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Public meeting on redesign of Mt. Lake Park playground, Thursday night

Tomorrow night, June 7, St. James Episcopal Church (4620 California) will host a public meeting about the preliminary draft design for the renovation of the playground in Mt. Lake Park.

The is the second public meeting about the design, hosted by the Friends of Mountain Lake Park Playground (FMLPP). All ages are welcome to attend and give their input into the redesign of the playground.

The meeting runs from 6:30pm until 8:30pm. If you’re unable to make it, you can also provide your input via an online survey. FMLPP also has a Facebook page.

Sarah B.

6:25 pm | Posted under Events, Parks | 7 comments

Fulton Playground renovation moving along; Clubhouse put back in place

Photo by SFDPW

Fulton Playground closed in November 2011 to undergo a $4.2 million renovation that will include a completely new playground, resurfacing of the basketball and tennis courts, and upgrades to the park’s Clubhouse. The park will also showcase a unique, kinetic sculpture from artist Moto Ohtake.

Yesterday, SFDPW shared these photos of the playground’s historic Clubhouse being put back into place, on top of a brand new foundation.

We’re still several months away from the playground re-opening, which according to the project website will be in early 2013.

Sarah B.

Photo by SFDPW

Photo by SFDPW

3:17 pm | Posted under Parks | 1 comment

Volunteer to help clean up the neighborhood or Mt. Lake Park, May 19

Next Saturday there are two volunteer opportunities for those looking to give back to the neighborhood. Both of these events are suitable for the whole family to chip in and help.

The Department of Public Works (DPW) is hosting a Community Clean Team event in the Richmond District from 9am until 12noon. Volunteers of all ages can help out with cleaning and greening the neighborhood including landscaping, painting over graffiti, cleaning tree basins, weeding, picking up litter, etc.

This is a great chance to get your whole family involved in helping take care of the neighborhood. The event kicks off at George Washington High School at 9am (600 32nd Ave at Cabrillo). Lunch will be served to volunteers at the end. To participate, be sure to sign up by emailing dpw@sfdpw.org or calling 641-2600.

Also on Saturday, as part of a city-wide “Love Your Parks Day”, the Friends of Mountain Lake Park and SF Parks Alliance are hosting a clean-up event and nature walk at Mountain Lake Park (Lake Street at 12th Avenue) from 10am until 1pm. Help with new plantings and cleaning the beach, followed by a “kid-friendly nature walk to learn about the lake’s history, habitat and resident critters.”

Volunteers will receive a free “Love Your Parks” t-shirt and lunch afterwards. Register online in advance to participate.

Sarah B.

10:06 am | Posted under Kids, Parks, Volunteer | 1 comment

Local links: Plant sale, OL tunes, tree tour, Foggy Notion, Danube photo show

Photo by Max Spring

Happy Wednesday to all! Here’s some local links to make Friday get here even sooner…

  • 7×7 is already warming up for Outside Lands 2012 with a Rdio playlist featuring songs from the festival’s bands “to get you psyched!” Tune in here
  • The new Cajun House restaurant on 5th Avenue near Clement we told you about earlier this week will open up tomorrow, May 3.
  • This Saturday is the 45th Annual Plant Sale at the Botanical Garden in Golden Gate Park from 10am until 2pm. “Choose from over 4,000 different kinds of plants that thrive in the Bay Area’s frost-free fog belt – many plants not found at other regional plant sales or commercial nurseries.” Special to the sale this time around: unique, hard-to-find edible plants.
  • Do meatballs make your heart sing? 7×7 loves the Lion’s Head meatballs at Shanghai House (3641 Balboa), calling them “impossibly moist” when they arrive in their hot clay pot with bamboo and mushrooms.
  • This one’s for you, tree-huggers: On June 3, Naomi LeBeau of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy will lead a walking tour of the trees of Lands End and Sutro Heights Park. RSVP to Sarah Campbell at sarah@fuf.net.
  • Speaking of Sutro Heights Park… Check out the Architecture Spotlight: Sutro Heights Park over at UntappedSF. Creator Adolph Sutro tried to “recreate a European garden, dotted with statues, planters, and fountains.” Cool photos too.
  • SFStation paid a visit to the new Foggy Notion boutique and gallery on 6th Avenue, where owner and artist Alissa Anderson offers handmade, organic and environmentally conscious products made by her, as well as other designers and artists. “Alissa is gracious and charming, and a visit to her store is essentially a warm welcome into a working artist’s studio. It’s worth a visit to this little nook of creativity.”
  • Next time you’re near the Blue Danube Cafe on Clement, pop in to see a new photo exhibit by Spanish photographer Jose Ángel González. His New Life for Old Frames exhibition is his first in SF, and features his photos encased on old frames that he recovered from thrift stores and garage sales. “I can’t imagine a higher honor for a photograph than to be able to reside in a space destined to preserve treasured memories.”

Sarah B.

10:30 am | Posted under Food, Golden Gate Park, Green, Ocean Beach, Parks | 3 comments

Opening celebration for the new Lands End Lookout visitor center, Saturday

This Saturday, the Parks Conservancy will host a celebration for the grand opening of the new Lands End Lookout visitor center.

The new visitor center – located just above Sutro Baths in a corner of the Merrie Way parking lot – features “exhibits and artifacts, interpretive merchandise, a café, restrooms, and “green” features throughout”. Also newly built is a 1,000 square foot building for restrooms (no more porta-potties!).

Saturday’s celebration kicks off at 11am with a ribbon-cutting ceremony. From 12noon until 2pm, the center will be open to visitors and there will be live music performances. Beginning at 1pm, you can join guided walks on the area’s Ohlone heritage, wildflowers, history or archeology.

The construction of the Lands End Lookout was made possible through a $5 million donation from the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund and the Goldsmith Foundation. Additional funds were provided by the National Park Service and Parks Conservancy members.

In early community meetings, the architectural firm on the project, Esherick, Homsey, Dodge & Davis (EHDD), said they envisioned the Lands End Lookout as “a touchstone for a network of places along the edge”, a starting point for visitors to begin their exploration of Lands End. And visitors don’t just mean tourists – according to a surveys conducted for the project, 80% of visitors to Lands End are local to San Francisco.

To help guide the design process, the Park Service developed five themes for the project: Lands End’s history of recreation (think Sutro Baths, Camera Obscura, rides along Merrie Way, the Cliff House and its Sky Tram), the cultural landscape (who’s been part of the history of Lands End and the archaeology that has evolved), the natural landscape, the Native American presence of the Ohlone/Costonoa tribes that visited seasonally for nearly 3,500 years, and finally, Lands End’s identity as a National Park.

EHDD summed up their design goal for the center as “a place that reflects the past, represents the present, and provides opportunities for future use of Lands End, its protection and enjoyment.”

Come out Saturday and see if they accomplished it!

Sarah B.

10:50 am | Posted under Events, Lands End, Parks, Recreation | 9 comments

Public meeting about Mt. Lake Park environmental cleanup, April 19

In late 2011, a $13.5 million settlement was reached between the Presidio Trust and CALTRANS for cleanup of contaminated sediments that have run into Mountain Lake off of the Park Presidio roadway above it. The runoff has been occurring since the roadway opened 70 years ago.

Under the terms of the settlement, Caltrans will pay $5.5 million to the United States for remediation of Mountain Lake, $4 million for re-configuring the Mountain Lake overflow pipeline, $500,000 for the Presidio’s legal costs, and will fund and construct a run-off diversion project, at an estimated cost of $3.5 million, so that contaminants from Highway 1 will no longer enter Mountain Lake.

According to project organizers, sediment at the bottom of the lake “contains contaminants of concern at concentrations that pose a potential risk to the environment.” The contaminated portions will be removed by dredging and Caltrans will make changes to treat future storm water runoff from Park Presidio before it enters the lake.

On April 19, the Presidio Trust will host a public meeting to receive feedback on the project’s Draft Feasibility Study/Remedial Action Plan (FS/RAP). The Draft FS/RAP proposes excavation by dredging as the preferred cleanup alternative for Mountain Lake. A California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Draft Negative Declaration for the cleanup project has also been prepared. (View FS/RAP & CEQA Documents | View project fact sheet)

The contaminants are in the lake sediment and do not pose a risk to human health, but do pose a potential risk to the lake’s freshwater aquatic habitat. The Presidio Trust plans to remove contaminated sediment from the lake by dredging. The dredged sediments would be processed on site to remove excess water and then placed in trucks and hauled to a disposal facility off the Presidio. Caltrans would stabilize Highway 1 before remediation to protect the roadway from failure during dreding operations. After dredging, the bottom of the lake would be graded to a stable and natural lake configuration. The Presidio Trust is working closely with the City of San Francisco and Caltrans to develop the dredging plan.

The meeting will take place Thursday, April 19 at 6:30 pm at the Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop, Main Post, Presidio of San Francisco.

Comments can also be mailed to: Genevieve Coyle, Presidio Trust, P.O. Box 29052, San Francisco, California 94129, sent in via email to gcoyle@presidiotrust.gov or by calling (415) 561-4293. Comments must be received by May 3.

Sarah B.

10:12 am | Posted under Events, Parks | 6 comments

Neighborhood meeting about 2012 Parks Bonds projects, April 18

At the Lincoln Park playground re-opening in April 2010

This year, the SF Recreation & Parks Department is developing another parks bond proposal for voter consideration on the November 2012 ballot. The last one passed in 2008, and has resulted in $185 million in redesigns and upgrades to many city parks, including ones in the Richmond District like Fulton and Cabrillo playgrounds.

On Wednesday, April 18, a public meeting will be held to get feedback from residents on what they’d like to see included in the projects and improvements that the bond would fund. Organizers are looking for feedback to these questions:

  • Which of these parks or programs are the most important to you?
  • Are there new open space improvement priorities or new program needs in your neighborhood?
  • What’s missing –what other parks or programs should we consider?

View the SFRPD presentation for District 1

In addition to city-wide projects, the 2012 bond measure proposes improvements to two Richmond District parks: the Richmond Playground on 18th Avenue between Lake and California, and Angelo J. Rossi Pool and Park on Arguello near Anza.

According to Rec & Park, “a new parks bond will not increase the City’s debt. The City plans to issue these bonds as old bonds are paid back, keeping tax rates approximately the same over time.”

The April 18 public meeting will also cover Districts 4 and 7, and will be hosted by Supervisor Eric Mar, Supervisor Carmen Chu, Supervisor Sean Elsbernd, and the San Francisco Parks Alliance.

The meeting will take place at the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park, located at 1199 9th Avenue near Lincoln, from 6:30pm until 8pm.

If you can’t attend the meeting, you can also email your feedback to rpd.bondfeedback@sfgov.org or click the “Feedback” tab on the Bonds project page and fill out a short form.

Sarah B.

5:10 am | Posted under Eric Mar, Parks | Comments Off

Out with the old, in with the new at Fulton Playground

Fulton Playground neighbor Wendi sent us these photos of the park’s street sign coming down yesterday. The playground closed back in November to get ready for its makeover; construction began in January.

The playground is undergoing a $4.2 million renovation that will include a completely new playground, resurfacing of the basketball and tennis courts, and upgrades to the park’s clubhouse. The park will also showcase a unique, kinetic sculpture from artist Moto Ohtake.

Don’t rush over there, though. :) It will be awhile until Fulton Playground re-opens – early 2013 according to the latest status update on the project website.

Sarah B.

5:01 am | Posted under Parks | Comments Off