Parks

Mission residents await the screening of Zootopia at Garfield Square Park. Photo by Sonner Kehrt

SFPD Friday Night Out at Garfield Square Park

Some 120 people settled into the grass at Garfield Square Park. They sat in front of a large blank screen taped to the back of the park clubhouse and waited. They waited for the sun to go down, for the popcorn to arrive, for the projector to be ready. There was pizza while they waited. A dodgeball court was set...
Median parking. Photo via the SFMTA.

Citizen Advisory Group Votes Against Median Parking

A citizen committee on Tuesday recommended forbidding all median parking, when drivers park their cars along the unpaved, planted center medians on Dolores and Guerrero streets. The recommendation will go to the San Francisco Municipal Transit Agency’s board, which will decide what policy to put in place within the next 90 days. The committee’s votes ultimately dismissed several alternative proposals...
Palm trees on the south side. Photo: Joe Rivano Barros.

Dolores Park Glow-in-the-Dark Reopening Rescheduled

Mark your calendars, park lovers: Dolores Park’s long-awaited south side reopening has been officially rescheduled for Wednesday, January 27 from 4 to 7 p.m. after rain delayed the date, originally set for last Thursday. The northern side’s reopening in the summer was marked by a silent disco – the southern side will get a glow-in-the-dark bash. Attendees are asked to...
Garfield Pool in 2009.

Swimmers Dive into Garfield Pool’s Redesign Debate

Suggested improvements to the Garfield swimming pool and clubhouse at 26th and Harrison streets were met with concern by Mission residents who packed a meeting Tuesday night aimed at gathering input about the redesign of a facility that has served the community for nearly 60 years. Designers said their vision for Garfield includes improving site lighting, acoustics in the pool, air...
Rendering of one option for fencing McCoppin Hub Plaza. The fence's final design has not yet been finalized. Image courtesy of San Francisco Public Works

McCoppin Hub Will Be Fenced to Keep Out Homeless

After years of community meetings to get McCoppin Hub Plaza just right, plans have been set in motion to fence in the year-old space whenever it has no planned event. Though it will likely take six months or more to put up the fences – the designs have not yet been finalized – Supervisor Jane Kim said at a community meeting...
Rendering of a new parklet for Venga Empanadas!

Are Parklets in SF’s Mission Really Public?

If all goes according to plan, the Mission will have five new parklets, which are miniature parks that slightly extend portions of sidewalk into the street to offer decorative seating to the general public, by early next year. That would give the the neighborhood 16 parklets in total, with 13 on Valencia Street. The Mission’s 12 existing parklets make up approximately...
Amber Hasselbring (left) teaches third grader how to plant a seed in McCoppin Hub. Photo by Daniel Hirsch.

Towards a Wonderful World in McCoppin Hub

The sun shone brightly on McHoppin Hub’s Earth Day celebration Wednesday as a group of third graders performed Louis Armstrong’s classic “It’s a Wonderful World.” But the conversation around McCoppin, which reopened earlier this week following two weeks behind chain-linked fences, hasn’t always been so sunny. Debate about how the city is dealing with the persistent homeless community that often makes...
Ariel, 7, tests the obstacle-detecting abilities of a robot built by Garfield Square's robotics students. Photo by Laura Wenus

Garfield Square, Once A Nightmare, Now Hosts Fun

Garfield Square on Sunday was alive with all sorts of wholesome, informative, constructive activities, of varying popularity with the kids brought to the park to enjoy them. But the fact that they were there at all, laughing and throwing tantrums, asking for stickers and getting face painted, marks the success of a years-long police program. “The bathrooms here used to...
Looking into a fenced off McCoppin Hub. Photo by Daniel Hirsch.

McCoppin Hub Closed For Repairs, Open for Debate

Since late last week, McCoppin Hub on Valencia Street has been completely fenced off. According to the Department of Public Works, it will be closed for three weeks to repair damage caused by vandals. However, neighbors familiar with the open space, think there’s other issues at play: pushing away the homeless who use the park. Public works spokesperson Rachel Gordon...
Jene Rita Alviar, the executive director of Mission Education Projects, Inc., cuts the ribbon at the launch of Garfield Park's new youth book corner.

Garfield Park Has a New Book Corner for Kids

About 40 kids visited the Youth Community Center at Garfield Square Park on Tuesday for the grand opening of its new lending library, courtesy of the Mission police station. In the corner of a clubhouse room stood a couple of bookcases. Mission police station officers had found them in a city warehouse and stocked them with about 300 books for...
Photo by Cristiano Valli

There’s A New Parklet in the Hood, an Exploratorium

The project – Ciencia Pública: Agua, Spanish for Public Science: Water – is a “temporary public space which holds exhibits on the theme of water and sustainable water use” and has been developed by San Francisco Boys & Girls Clubs and a team from the Exploratorium’s Studio for Public Spaces. The parklet is on Valencia Street, between 23th and 24th....
Monday afternoon.  Photo by Daniel Hirsch

New Sand for Dolores Park!

You’ve probably been reading the series of unfortunate incidents at Dolores Park – the $100,000 joyride, vandals, trash, glass in the sandbox.  Now some good news. SF Park’s Department’s Connie Chan announces that CEMEX has donated some new sand for the playground. The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today that CEMEX donated 20 tons of sand to Mission Dolores...
Photo by Lydia Chávez

Turf War at Mission Playground’s Soccer Field

The viral video first posted on YouTube and then put on Uptown Almanac late Thursday depicts a group of men, some wearing Dropbox t-shirts, telling a group of neighborhood kids that they have to leave the Mission Playground soccer field because they had reserved it. “We paid $27,” said one of the men arguing in the video. The players object...
Parking Day 2013

Did Park(ing) Day Vanish?

So, we’ve been walking around looking for those lovely pop-up parks that used to appear annually on the third Friday of September—Park (ing) Day. There don’t seem to be any in the Mission. What a pity, but perhaps the day has been upstaged by all the permanent parklets, which I suppose was the point when Rebar started the day in...
One of the planter boxes at Local Grow's booth during Sunday Streets. Photo by Joe Rivano Barros.

Social Media for Vegetables

Coming soon: Facebook for heirloom tomatoes. Local Grow, a website for local gardeners to share and connect, has just released its new tool, MyGarden, to make it easier for people to exchange tips and tricks for cultivating their favorite produce. “Local Grow is about creating a tool for the community to make it easy and fun to be self-reliant and...