Rendering of Francisco Park
Francisco Park design rendering by 450 architects, inc.

July 2014 
Budget success, thanks to you! Up next: Support the ROSE to plan for open space 
Great news: The Board of Supervisors has passed the City budget for next fiscal year, and Parks Alliance advocacy has paid off!

The City budget now includes a big increase in staffing to keep parks safe, with 17 out of the 25 staff requested for park patrol, plus $100,000 more for tree maintenance and TLC for the beautiful but neglected Buena Vista Park. The final budget also includes $750,000 more for doubled staffing to clean public space, adding another crew to keep transit stations and surrounding areas free of debris, waste, and graffiti.

Thanks to Supervisor Wiener for the original proposal - and thank you for all your calls and emails to support a cleaner, greener, safer San Francisco!

Up next: Support the ROSE, an updated plan for San Francisco open space  

Next week on July 8, the Recreation and Open Space Element (ROSE) of the City's General Plan will go to the Board of Supervisors for final adoption. The ROSE allows the City to plan for open space -- it is a much-needed update of a plan dating from 1986, and is particularly critical now, at a time of major growth and development in San Francisco.

There has been some misunderstanding about what the ROSE is. It is a high-level plan that enables the city to plan for open space. It is not a plan for any specific area or action.

Here's why it's important to pass:
  • The goals of the ROSE are shared by the Parks Alliance: invest in existing parks with preservation, maintenance, and use; connect existing open spaces to prioritize underserved areas and increase accessibility and diversity; and support community participation in the planning process.  
  • This update includes important additions: up-to-date priority areas for land acquisition; local biodiversity in natural areas; living alleys, POPOS (privately owned public open spaces), and parklets; a plan to connect existing open spaces through "Green Connections"; and more community engagement.  
  • The review process was thorough: the Parks Alliance went over this ROSE draft in detail, together with many stakeholders and community members. The Planning Department has considered all comments and incorporated community input. 
The SF Parks Alliance strongly supports the adoption of the ROSE.

You can help! Contact your Supervisor before July 8 and express your support for this long-awaited ROSE update. You can find contact information for each member of the Board of Supervisors here. Email us and let us know you spoke up for a long-term vision for San Francisco's parks!  


Chief Executive Officer
SF Parks Alliance
New park potential: The City may acquire new land for parks in San Francisco
In July, the Board of Supervisors has an historic opportunity to add green space to San Francisco by approving the City purchase of the three properties below:
  • Francisco Reservoir: This site is atop an old reservoir on Russian Hill. It offers a once-in-a-generation opportunity to acquire over four acres of open space in the city's dense northeast. The $9.9 million purchase will be paid over 12 years, and community members have already pledged another $9 million for construction, an expense that is often more difficult to meet. The park (pictured above in a draft design rendering) will provide sweeping waterfront views for the public to enjoy.  
  • 900 Innes Avenue: This parcel represents a key link in the Blue Greenway, the vision of a network of trails, parks, and waterfront access for the City's southeast. This parcel connects two existing open spaces -- India Basin Shoreline Park and India Basin Open Space -- in Bayview-Hunters Point, an area where much new development is planned, and where there is great need for open space.   
  • Schlage Lock: Two sites at the old Schlage Lock factory site in Visitacion Valley will provide much-needed open space in the City's southeast, as part of a major new transit-oriented development. The developer will fund construction and maintenance of the two parks, which will help revitalize the neighborhood.  
The Parks Alliance strongly supports these acquisitions, which will go before the Board of Supervisors on July 15 and 22. Real estate in San Francisco is booming -- this is an exciting chance to set aside key areas for public enjoyment and public benefit now, to create a city that gets greener as it grows.

Read the Parks Alliance's full policy memo here.
2014 Volunteer of the Year: Craig Dawson, Sutro Stewards!

Congratulations to Craig Dawson, the San Francisco Parks Alliance's 2014 Volunteer of the Year!

Craig is the Executive Director of the Sutro Stewards, who do excellent work on Mount Sutro, where they have created a network of multi-use trails and are restoring natural habitat as well.

The Sutro Stewards foster a positive balance between habitat conservation and the recreational needs of a dense urban population, drawing upon a large active pool of volunteers. 

Growing Home Garden closing, but the growing continues: Free plant giveaway July 2, July 12

Growing Home, Octavia Street's temporary community garden, is closing this week as the land is readied for new development, including affordable housing.

The garden organizers are offering free plants and materials to continue greening the city, with support from DPW, SF Parks Alliance, and the Recreation and Park Department.

Available now: Established annuals, perennials, fruit trees and lots of good soil
for San Francisco gardens and public projects. 

Free plant giveaways:  
  • Wednesday July 2, 12:00 - 5:00 pm
  • Saturday, July 12, 10:00 am - 3:00 pm   
If you cannot make these dates, please contact Jimmer Cassiol or Hannah Shulman and they will try to accommodate you.  Please bring your own tools and containers. First come, first served! 
Street Parks Workshop & Tour

Don't miss this free workshop for Street Park stewards! Learn about applying for fall's Community Challenge Grants and best practices for creating and maintaining a sustainable garden, and tour innovative Street Park sites created by community members on public land. Lunch and transportation will be provided.
  • Saturday July 26, 9:30 am - 2:30 pm, Academy of Art, 601 Brannan 
Priority will be given to Street Parks groups. Space is limited; please RSVP to

Park Partners Construction


The Dogpatch playground should be ready for fun by the middle of July!  This will be the first playground in the neighborhood, filling a gap in an area where many new families are moving in.  


Fallen Bridge Mini Park, on the west side of Potrero Hill beneath the 101, has transformed an unusable slope into brand-new areas for petanque, tai chi and other activities.  


The Alemany median is going green from Lyell to Congdon, thanks to Ney Street Neighborhood Watch. DPW has begun the median's rebuilding; look for beautiful new plants courtesy of the Neybors (and their Community Challenge Grant) later this summer.


The Diamond Heights Boulevard median greening kicked off June 21, landscaping several blocks, with support from Supervisor Scott Weiner and Friends of the Urban Forest.  There is still more to do: Stay tuned for more planting days!


Failing Playgrounds Task Force

The Parks Alliance is partnering with the Recreation and Parks Department to lead the Failing Playgrounds Task Force,  identifying criteria for failing playgrounds, and recommending priorities for renovation.

The Task Force has rescheduled its final three meetings:
  • Wednesday, July 9, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, City Hall Room 278
  • Tuesday, July 29, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, City Hall Room 278
  • Tuesday, August 12, 5:30 - 7:30 pm, location TBD 

Meetings are open to the public, and public comment is encouraged. 

Find out more about the Task Force here here, with agendas and all meeting materials, presentations, and handouts.
Bee Volunteer Work Parties
Photo: Jack Wolf, Flickr 
Spend a sweet Saturday helping SF Bee-Cause, which supports urban apiculture in San Francisco.

Bee Farm volunteer work parties:
All at 3299 Mansell at San Bruno 
  • Saturday, July 19, 12 - 4 pm
  • Saturday, August 16, 12 - 4 pm
  • Saturday, September 20, 12 - 4 pm
Free Music in McLaren Park  

Mark your calendar for great music in McLaren Park during the month of August:
  • Jerry Day celebrates the life and music of Jerry Garcia on Sunday, August 3   
  • Saturday In The Park live music series
    • August 9: Rock and roll
    • August 16: International music
    • August 23: Blues, funk, and soul   

Get out to enjoy this hidden gem of a park! Find out more on Facebook and at 

Join us July 12 
at our monthly Strawberry Hill Restoration workday.
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