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Two items from Neighborhood Parks Council that may be of interest …

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s Trail Reconstruction Program Meeting

The 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond Trail Program provides $5 million dollars for the improvement of the trails in the natural areas of San Francisco parks. The meeting will review the Trail Reconstruction program’s propose prioritization criteria, project list and gather your feedback. For more information, please visit the Parks and Recreation web site page about “Park Trail Reconstruction.”

Below is the detailed information about the meeting.

When: Thursday, May 28th from 6:00 to 7:30 pm
Where: San Francisco City Hall, Room 421
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
Transit: #21 Hayes, #5 Fulton, #47 Van Ness, #49 Van Ness/Mission, Civic Center Bart and Muni Station.
Driving: Accessible parking around the City Hall building.
Why: To gather feedback from our citizens on the planning for the Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond Trails Program

Come experience San Francisco’s waterfront treasure through a great fundraiser

With the help of local author Adah Bakalinsky, we would like to invite you to a unique fundraising event. On Saturday, June 6th we are hosting a 10K Hidden Waterfront walk to benefit Neighborhood Parks Council and to welcome Adah’s forthcoming great-grandson. This is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the Blue Greenway, a 13-mile long corridor along San Francisco’s southeastern waterfront.

The purpose of the Blue Greenway is to link established open spaces while creating new recreational opportunities and green infrastructure. This will also provide public access through the implementation of the San Francisco Bay Trail, the San Francisco Bay Water Trail, and green corridors to surrounding neighborhoods. In addition, we hope to install public art and interpretive elements, support stewardship and advocate for full waterfront access.

Adah is known for definitive and exceptional local guidebook, Stairway Walks in San Francisco, first published in 1984, and now in its fifth edition. With over 350 stairways crossing the city’s 42 hills, linking diverse neighborhoods and offering inspiring vistas and alternative routes. Adah Bakalinsky has spent more than 20 years exploring and chronicling these often overlooked stairways, and has tirelessly written and updated her unique book on the subject.

We would love for you to join us for the full walk or a portion of it. Please RSVP to Anita, achordia@sfnpc.org. If you are unable to join us, your donations via online or check are greatly appreciated. Below is the detailed information for the event and how to donate.

When: Saturday, June 6th at 10:00 AM
Where: Rincon Park Promenade (Embarcadero between Howard and Folsom)
Transit: Folsom Street stop on the N-Judah or T-Third light rail line.
Parking: There is metered parking on the surrounding streets. Paid parking is located on Hills Plaza.
Duration: 2 -1/2 to 3 hours (each way), 5-6 hours total
Lunch: At the Ramp Restaurant around 12:45 PM. We suggest bringing a bag lunch to eat outside.
Donate: We are encouraging a minimum amount of $1.00 per kilometer in gifts of support for NPC. Please write check payable to Neighborhood Parks Council, and make sure to write “Adah’s Walk” on the check memo. Please mail your check 451 Hayes Street, 2nd floor, San Francisco, CA 94102. To donate online or for more information, please visit: Adah’s Walk, we will accept donations until one month after the event.

Also, a survey to help improve our nearby parks … like Rincon Park at Folsom and The Embarcadero, South Park at South Park and 2nd Street, South Beach Park at Townsend and The Embarcadero (King Street), and Mission Creek Park at Berry and 4th Streets …

As many of you know, with the passage of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond in 2008, a $5-million Community Opportunity Fund was established to fund small-scale, community nominated park improvement projects across the city of San Francisco. In other words, community members like YOU will be able to apply for small grants to drive capital improvements in your park.

The Recreation and Parks Department and the Community Opportunity Fund Task Force are now beginning to design this program, and they would like your feedback on this initial stage of the process. Please take a moment to fill out the survey they’ve created, and be sure to take advantage of open-ended questions to give specific information about your park. Please note, this survey is only intended to solicit feedback on the design of the program, and is NOT an application for the grants themselves. We’ll make sure to let you know about future opportunities for feedback and participation as this process moves forward. In the meantime, if you have any questions about the Community Opportunity Fund, please contact Dawn Kamalanathan, Planning Director at the Recreation and Parks Department at dawn.kamalanathan@sfgov.org or (415) 831-2743.

Survey Link

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