Parks

A day at Garfield Park where el futbol reigns

“Are we going to swim mommy?” asked the little boy on the stroller. Yes, his mom said, they were headed to the Garfield Square pool. I wasn’t here for the pool however. I was in Garfield Square on Saturday to watch soccer. Like any good Mexican, I wasn’t interested in lounging around or swimming, I wanted to see the children...

Community is grateful for art and culture

Precita Eyes’ Annual Urban Youth Arts Festival at Precita Park has always had a high community presence. “Everybody is very supportive of what we do,” said Yuka Ezoe, the Education Director of Precita Eyes Muralists, a community-based non-profit mural and arts education group. Many of the volunteers who help out grew up going to the festival and appreciate what Precita...

Decision to increase Dolores Park littering fee postponed

The Public Safety and Neighborhood Services Committee met Wednesday morning to discuss proposed legislation to raise the fee for littering at Dolores Park to $1000, but discovered that no one has been cited for littering in the park at the current fee of $200 in the past year. “They are not enforcing their own rules,” said Alex Albridge, a member...

Dolores Park, Monday morning trash report, D +

Although one wants to be encouraging, it is hard to give a passing grade to park goers who still require five to six SF Rec and Park employees to pick up after them, but in a trip to the park late Sunday night, it was clear there would not be as much trash to pick up on Monday as there was...

Garfield Square Athletic Field Resurfaced, Reopened

The athletic field at Garfield Square has reopened with a new look. Fencing and drainage have been updated, the field’s old turf was completely recycled, and the new turf has a natural infill made from sand and cork, according to the SF Recreation and Parks Department. Garfield Square underwent a previous renovation more than a decade ago through the City Fields Foundation,...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...