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Man almost gets hit by falling tree near Sutro Heights park

Photo by Bruce H.

On Saturday night around 8pm, a man and his dog were sitting in their silver Prius on 48th Avenue near Anza.

A moment later, a large tree near Sutro Heights Park came crashing down on top of them. Miraculously, the man was able to exit the car after the crash and walk home.

DPW crews worked late into the night to dismantle the tree, which fell across 48th Avenue and blocked access.

Reader Bruce H. said he was there when the car owner returned on Sunday morning.

“The car owner returned, said he was just about to step out of his car when the tree fell.”

Woah – close call!

Sarah B.

Photo by Bruce H.

Photo by Bruce H.

Photo by Gabriel L.

Photo by Bruce H.

4:15 am | Posted under Parks | 4 comments

Richmond District’s third parklet debuts on Balboa near 6th Avenue

Photo by Derek

Last week, a new parklet opened on Balboa Street between 5th and 6th Avenues.

A parklet, also known in city corridors as “Temporary Sidewalk Extensions”, is a small public spaces that take over one or more parking spots in the street. Parklets are privately funded, typically by an adjoining business.

This newest parklet, the third in the Richmond District, sits outside Cinderella Bakery at 436 Balboa. Constructed of wood and a stone tile floor, the parklet features benches and a large communal table with planters on the outside edges.

The parklet was designed by Gehl Studio, a San Francisco division of Gehl Architects in Copehhagen, Denmark.

The other two parklets in the Richmond District are located outside Simple Pleasures Cafe at 3434 Balboa, and Cumaica Coffee at 200 Clement Street. View the full map of San Francisco parklets

Unlike the first two parklets, this new one on Balboa is smaller in size and appears to have only taken over one parking space.

The parklet program, part of San Francisco “Pavement to Parks” initiative, is currently accepting submissions for additional parklet proposals through May 29.

Sarah B.

Photo by Derek

Photo by Derek

Photo by Derek

4:20 am | Posted under Business, Parks | 13 comments

Another parked car on Funston damaged by falling tree Saturday night

Photo by Kira B.

On Saturday night, another parked car fell victim to falling branches on Funston near Clement. It’s the second incident in as many weeks.

Reader Kira B. shot these photos of the large eucalyptus branch that fell and damaged the windshield, roof and front end of a truck.

A homeless man named Myron, who often camps under the tree, told Kira he was able to get out of the way quickly when he heard the branch crashing overhead.

Ok city of San Francisco, what is the plan for maintaining the trees in the greenbelt? It’s only a matter of time before a pedestrian gets hurt.

Sarah B.

Photo by Kira B.

Photo by Kira B.

4:45 am | Posted under Parks | 20 comments

Local links: Wildflower walks, best regional Chinese, new fish in Mt. Lake & more

Photo courtesy of Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Happy Thursday to all! Here are some local links to distract you as the weekend approaches…

  • Wildflower walks at Lands End kick off this Saturday. From 11am-12:30pm enjoy a free guided tour with the Parks Conservancy along the trails and share the folklore, medicinal uses, and biology of the native wildflowers. All ages welcome; registration is required due to limited space. Dates: April 4, 18, 25, May 9, 16, June 6, 13, 20, 27
  • The Outside Lands Music Festival ramped up recently with the announcement of the lineup and schedule. Tickets are selling fast so if you’re planning to go to catch bands like Mumford & Sons, Elton John, The Black Keys, Sam Smith and more – don’t delay! August 7-9
  • The Richmond District Neighborhood Center has opened up registration for their summer camps, which includes Summer Solstice Camp for Elementary Students, where campers will be hitting the trail to adventure around the Richmond District neighborhood, as well as hands-on activities, crafts and games. RDNC Summer Camp is also available for 6-11 year olds, and features an art-based camp, a performing arts camp, and an urban farmer camp.
  • Mountain Lake received some new residents recently, when biologists and volunteers introduced more than 150 three-spined stickleback fish after a multi-year rehabilitation of the lake water and bed. Get the full scoop on SFGate. Soon to come – chorus frogs, Western pond turtles, thousands more California floaters, and rough-skinned newts. In other lake news, the new aquatic amnesty box on the south shore is being used according to Planning Association for the Richmond. “Recently, two red-eared slider turtles (one of the most popular pet turtles) deposited in the box were taken to Sonoma County Reptile Rescue.”
  • Several Richmond District restaurants were named among San Francisco Magazine’s 15 Best Regional Chinese Restaurants, including Hakka (4401 Cabrillo; house specialties include salt-baked chicken, clams stir-fried with basil, and lush slices of braised pork belly served over preserved mustard greens), Shanghai House (3641 Balboa St.; a good place for xiao long bao and salty soy milk, a savory-spicy soup spiked with chili oil, pickled vegetables, fried Chinese doughnuts, and tiny dried shrimp), Spices II (Szechuan, 291 6th Ave.; good bet for authentic versions of classics such as chili oil–spiked “water-boiled fish” and ma po tofu), and Grand Hot Pot Lounge (Szechuan, 3565 Geary Blvd.; for the communal tongue-scorching of a ma la hot pot meal).
  • Grocer Fresh & Easy announced they will be closing their store at Silver and Somerset in the Portola neighborhood as of April 3. Still no word on the Richmond District location at 32nd Avenue and Clement, which will be the sole Fresh & Easy in the city. [Socketsite]
11:09 am | Posted under Events, Food, Lands End, Parks | 2 comments

Local links: Police forum, driver arrested, new GGNRA chief, auctions & more

Land’s End

Happy Friday Richmond folk! Here are some local links for your almost-weekend.

  • There’s a Police Community Forum meeting this Sunday at 11:30am, hosted by St. James Episcopal Church (4620 California St. at 8th Ave.). SFPD Richmond Station Captain Simon Silverman will be there and the forum us designed to discuss public safety, community relations, and the Captain’s priorities after one year as our local station chief.
  • It’s auction time for a couple of neighborhood organizations. Argonne School has an online silent auction that includes VIP passes to Outside Lands, Giants stuff, kids camps, and hotel stays. The Richmond District YMCA is holding their annual silent auction on Thursday, April 2 from 6pm to 10pm. Tickets to the event, which will feature catering by Burma Superstar and BStar (and free childcare!), are available online.
  • The Chronicle’s “City Exposed” column has an interesting article on the keeper of the Land’s End labyrinth. “I didn’t choose the place. I think it chose me,” she said. “I didn’t even know what a labyrinth was. It just felt good.”
  • The driver who fatally struck an 87-year old man in the crosswalk at Geary and 26th Avenue last week has been arrested and charged with felony vehicular manslaughter. Investigators determined the victim, Alfred Yee, was walking north across Geary Boulevard in the crosswalk when the driver, Daniel Schultz, 40, made a left turn from 26th Avenue and struck him. Schultz stopped at the scene but was not arrested until this week. [SF Bay]
  • Foggy Notion owner Alissa Anderson was interviewed recently by the SF Etsy blog. Anderson talks about opening her business, how she finds products, her additional sewing business, and her participation in the merchant community of the Richmond District. Foggy Notion is now open 7 days a week, 275 6th Avenue.
  • The Golden Gate National Recreation Area, which includes the coastline in the Presidio, Land’s End, Sutro Park and Ocean Beach, has a new chief. Christine Lehnertz, a biologist and regional manager for the National Park Service, will become superintendent of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area in May. [SFGate]
  • The YMCA’s Presidio Trail Run on April 26 is looking for volunteers from 6:45-10:45am as course monitors, support at water stations and race bib/t-shirt pick up. If interested, contact Lindsay at lindsay@alittlemighty.com.
4:45 am | Posted under Business, Crime, Lands End, Parks | 6 comments

Storm downs tree branch in Mountain Lake Park, tree at police station

Photo by Kira B.

Aside from some heavy rains that caused flooding at many corner sewer grates, we didn’t see too much damage around the neighborhood from Stormageddon II this weekend.

But reader Kira B. sent us pics of a downed tree branch at Mountain Lake Park near the meadow. The branch fell onto a section of the fence around the lake.

And ABC News was on scene to catch the cleanup of a tree that fell onto the side of the Richmond District police station on 6th Avenue.

If you’re in the neighborhood today running or walking, be mindful of debris. The high winds really stirred things up!

Sarah B.

Photo by Kira B.

10:00 am | Posted under Parks | Add comments

Video: Overview of the Mountain Lake restoration project

The Academy of Sciences shared the above video on their blog this week. It gives a nice overview of the various efforts that were made, and are still underway, to clean up the lake and restore native plant and wildlife species.

It’s been a multi-year, community effort involving Caltrans, the Presidio Trust, the Academy of Sciences, experts from Stanford, and dozens of volunteers.

We had to chuckle that they left out the mass fish “genocide” that took place in November, but we’ll focus on the great, long-term benefits this project will bring to our little lake!

Sarah B.

4:35 am | Posted under Parks, Video | 1 comment

Photo: High winds topple tree on Park Presidio near Balboa

Photo by @MeganPrelinger

Around 4:30pm this afternoon, the high winds pushed over a tree on Park Presidio/Highway 1 near Balboa Street.

SFPD and CHP were on the scene quickly, diverting traffic as crews worked to saw apart the tree and remove it from the roadway.

There were no injuries reported from the incident.

This appears to be a cursed block. Another tree fell on the same stretch of roadway back on December 13.

Sarah B.

6:57 pm | Posted under Parks, Transportation | 1 comment