I hope you all enjoyed the Treasure Hunt in McLaren last month. It was certainly a fun way to get the word out concerning this next all important meeting. This is the meeting that will help RPD decide how to spend the 10 million dollars McLaren received through the 2012 bond. We all wrote letters back in 2012 about how we wanted our fair share for McLaren and how much work was needed to make it shine again. We succeeded in winning the vote and now the money is here but 10 million is far from what is needed to call it a day.... though it is a nice start. We need all of you to choose wisely and get this park back on its feet again! I hope to see you all there in October. Spread the word. Print the flyer and post it please! The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department invites you to attend the upcoming *McLaren Park Project* *Planning Workshop at 10am, Saturday October 1st*. Join us at the *Group Picnic area at 116 John F. Shelley Drive* to help us prioritize $10 million dollars, dedicated to the Park from the 2012 Parks Bond. Please download and distribute the attached flyer and project page link, and send to your groups. Let us know if you would like hard copies, they are available in English, Spanish and Traditional Chinese. Please be sure to RSVP here, if you plan on attending: http://ift.tt/2cv0gXy rkshop-tickets-27198985899?aff=email82516 For more information on the McLaren Project visit: http:http://bit.ly/mclarenparkproject *If you cannot attend, please consider filling out a very brief (less than 2 minutes) phone survey by calling 415.214.9358 Location 001 (in Spanish and Chinese too).*
Certificate of Recognition
From restoring landmarks to saving parks, San Francisco Beautiful acts for the benefit of all who live, work and play in San Francisco. San Francisco Beautiful is the only organization in San Francisco whose sole purpose is to protect and enhance the city´s urban environment. They work year round to improve the quality of daily life, strengthen communities, and empower citizens to maintain the character of the city´s parks, neighborhoods and streets. Through civic initiatives and outreach, grants, and award programs, San Francisco Beautiful helps ensure that this celebrated City by the Bay becomes even better.
We are pleased to announce that Help McLaren Park has been awarded with a grant in the amount of $3,800 to help us with some improvements at Burrows and Gambier St. site. Part of these improvements will be removal of dirty sand, addition of new planting and to pay for the remaining balace of our kiosk installation.
Thank you San Francisco Beautiful for your support.
McLaren Park is San Francisco’s 2nd largest park after the crown jewel, Golden Gate. But what a stark contrast—whereas Golden Gate Park boasts world-class attractions, McLaren is not widely known—nestled in the southeastern corner
The Community Challenge Grant Program (CCG) provides matching grants to local residents, businesses, non-profits and other community groups to make physical improvements to their neighborhoods.
On December 18th, Mayor Newsom held a reception at City Hall for CCG award winners. NPC staff were on hand to celebrate with members of Help McLaren Park and Guerrero Park Neighbors. Help McLaren Park received funds to help build a children's play area, while the Guerrero Park Neighbors will create sidewalk gardens to green their neighborhood.
"Innovator Awards honor Park Partners and other community-based organizations that are committed to improving their neighborhoods, parks or recreational programming in sustainable, forward-thinking ways.
Help McLaren Park has been awarded with $2,000! This grant-money will be use towards the building of an informational kiosk for our park at the corner of Gambier and Burrows street entrance.
Thanks to everyone in our group who always help and support us by letter writing, donating goods and attending our functions.
I Love My Park
Welcome to “I Love My Park”, NPC’s monthly column featuring interviews with people all over the city talking about the personal connections they feel to parks in San Francisco.
We are breaking with format this month to bring you an unsolicited essay sent to NPC by coalition member Chuck Farrugia, a native San Franciscan and resident of Portola for 41 years, who holds a special place in his heart for McLaren Park. We are happy to present his poetic memories of San Francisco’s second largest park, though it is, for many, an undiscovered treasure. We hope it inspires you to visit there!
Where do I begin to start when trying to explain how much a park means to me? Almost every fond memory of my life originated in McLaren Park.
My oldest memories as a child are playing in the old sand pit on Oxford and Burrows (which no longer exists today), digging in the sand and listening to music my sister was playing on her transistor radio.
Tree houses, forts, bicycle trails, animal discoveries, kite flying, rope swings, baseball games, football in the rain, concerts at the old amphitheater, motorcycle rides on trails that were all named by previous riders before me (back when we thought it was legal) Making out with my first girlfriend on a park bench, BBQ’s with all my friends while watching the clouds drift over my head, Soap box racing down Shelly Drive when being naked was normal, I guess, Walking my dog on the trails everyday until I could basically draw a map of the parks every feature in my head, Checking out the amazing views at night from the top of Blue Tower hill, Going to Tiny Tots as a 4 year old at the old Roundhouse (which hasn’t change one iota in 40 years!) Chasing rabbits and catching pollywogs and frogs from McNab lake (which every kid in the neighborhood referred to as Tadpole Pond), Being chased by the police on horseback because I was breaking tree branches in order to build a tree house,
Eating cherries from the only cherry tree in the park,
Having picnics with my mom and sister under the giant Willow tree on Shelly near Cambridge St. (gone now – but a baby Willow is growing in its place),
Drinking my first bottle of alcohol as a young teen that I stole from my parents liquor cabinet and being busted by the cops after while pushing my bicycle home,
Being scared to death when my friend had an epileptic seizure while we were checking out an old abandoned van someone dumped in a thicket of trees,
Falling from the giant Eucalyptus tree on Oxford flat on my back so hard I couldn’t breathe for what seemed like an eternity,
Climbing the old bathrooms and sitting on the roof while I gazed at the myriad of cars and people go by,
Building a dam under the bridge near Oxford street using sand from the sand pit nearby and seeing it finally give was such a big thrill for a 5 or 6 year old,
Getting my dad’s car stuck in the mud near the big parking lot on Shelly Drive because I listened to my stupid friend who is now a cop,
Parking my truck in the valley between the two hills on Mansell Ave. after the bar closed and drinking beer with my friends till sunrise…..
**********I could go on and on forever but I guess the point has been made. As a child, teen, young adult and now a father, McLaren Park meant/means everything to me. Without her I wouldn’t be who I am today, and I love her more than any man can know.
I thank God that I had such an amazing resource so close to my house and was able to enjoy her without fear my whole life and I hope my son who is now 14 months old can live through the same experiences I lived (well, almost all of them) while he grows up here in a big city of concrete, wood and glass. Without McLaren Park, children of San Francisco who live in the Portola and Visitation Valley would have little chance ever to know how beautiful mother nature can truly be.