Parks


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...

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...

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....

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...

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...

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...

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...

Bare and At Home in Dolores Park

There were fewer bared chests for today’s topless in Dolores Park Day, but perhaps as has happened in France, more women are being cautious about exposing their breasts to the sun. The Guardian article attributes diminishing toplessness to a number of reasons other than health including a more political FreetheNipple movement and a fear among women that with social media,  the bared breasts will travel endlessly...

From Transit Hub, to Drug Hub to McCoppin Plaza

Shaping San Francisco, a participatory community history project, created an outdoor gallery on Sunday afternoon showcasing 17 historical images from the former Market Street Hub Neighborhood. A lively spot in the 1940s, it is the current site of San Francisco’s newest public space, McCoppin Hub Plaza, named for Frank McCoppin, the city’s first foreign-born mayor (from 1867 to 1869) and to remember the transit hub...

New Skate Park Grinds Neighbors’ Nerves

When the SoMa West Skate Park opened under the Central Freeway earlier this month, skateboarders greeted it enthusiastically, crowding the park with kickflips and ollies at all hours of the day. To the chagrin of some neighbors, all hours of the day means all hours of the day. Neighbors are less than thrilled by what they deem excessive noise coming...

Locals Rate the New Mission Skate Park

Want proof that San Francisco is a skate town? The new park underneath the Central Freeway, between Valencia and Otis streets near Zeitgeist bar, has been teeming with skaters since opening July 1. “It’s hella packed,” as a young Mission skater, and therefore expert skate critic, told us yesterday afternoon. Once an empty Caltrans lot and now a smoothed over expanse...

Kings of Cricket: Chefs One Day, At Bat Another Day

  Walking by Garfield Square on Treat and 25th, you’re likely to see people playing soccer. Whether it be Latino men playing the game that is near religion in their country of origin or youth leagues in pint-sized world cups, it’s almost always soccer. But, if you walk by at the right time on Monday morning you’ll see another game...