***McLaren Playground is Now Open!***
This McLaren Park Playground project has provided the neighborhood with new play
structures and equipment, benches, trash bins, tables, 11 new trees and ground
cover, updated ADA, new drainage and irrigation
system. This project was able to come to fruition through the dedication and
support of Help McLaren Park, a community group that spearheaded the effort for
a new playground by applying for and receiving a Community Opportunity Fund
Grant under the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond as well as a
Community Challenge before that.
Thanks to Rec & Park for putting
together such a well done piece for us and thanks to the many hard working
members of Help McLaren Park for all your service and patience throughout the
Good things do come to those who wait and no one has waited
longer than the friends and neighbors of McLaren Park!
After 7 years of hard work and perseverance a neighborhood can once again reunite in its park and boast it has a playground for its children to play in that is safe and close to home. What began as a signature petition over 12 years ago by a mother and our friend Sue Zimmer, eventually became a calling for me and my wife which in turn spurred the Help McLaren Park children's advocacy group.
After countless letters and meetings all over town the Neighborhood Parks Council, later the SF Parks Alliance, joined our cause and through a competitive application process and we won a Community Challenge Grant for 65K and later a Community Opportunity Fund Grant for 238K but still no playground.... only a head of white hair to show for it ....until now : )
I would like to thank SF Rec & Park, especially the planners Jake Gilchrist and Matt Jasmin who did an amazing
job dealing with the unpredictable and seeing things through. Please believe me when I say nothing is as easy as it looks. Naysayers, who never attended a meeting or helped in any way will always look at the glass have empty but in the end McLaren Park will be a safer, cleaner and healthier place for all, including the wheelchair bound, to visit for years to come.
A big thank you as well to supervisors John Avalos & Malia Cohen who supported us monetarily, through both private and out-of-budget donations, as well as championing our cause at city hall. Thank you to Leslie Golden of Leslie Golden & Associates for donating her time and expertise creating the original plans for the playground from all our ideas many years ago. Thank you as well to Pacific, Gas and Electric and to the Police, Fire and Trades unions who's contribution help offset our financial obligation towards our grants. And the biggest shout out to all our members whose donations have supported us through the years, especially the Willows Foundations, whose funding was essential in making the difference in the park every step of the way both at the new playground and at the Gambier Plaza park entrance.
Lastly, a special thanks goes out to SF DPW as well who had to take on and hurdle a slew of technical issues dealing with the Burrows & Peru St intersection. Hopefully with some added attention by them we can eventually get the rest of Burrows Street paved, improving several park entrances and cleaning up a huge mess in the process.
I hope to see some happy faces on October 12th. It's been a long road but we have finally arrived!
Gambier St. Plaza Renovation
Our mission is to attract more park users from all walks of life and all corners of San Francisco and the bay through beautification, restoration, repair and most importantly, safety for all.
We plan to achieve this goal by
restoring lost playgrounds and picnic areas so our cities children can have a place to play once again as well as installing informational kiosks throughout the park so all park users, young and old alike, are aware of park functions, meetings, occurences and vital information they can use to help make McLaren Park be a stronger and more powerful force within our community and city.