Recognizing the visual blight caused by the many overhead wires that mar the beauty and views of San Francisco, the Planning Association for the Richmond has put its support behind the plan proposed by the San Francisco Coalition to Underground Utilities (SFCUU) to have those overhead wires moved underground. PAR joins the SFCUU in advocating for the immediate implementation of the recommendations of the January 2007 Utility Undergrounding Task Force of the San Francisco Board of Supervisors. Read PAR's endorsement letter here, and learn more about SFCUU at their website.
The Friends of Cabrillo Playground proudly presents Family Movie Nights at the clubhouse. Our Saturday evening presentations will be free to the community, thanks to our sponsors Supervisor Eric Mar and SF Recreation & Park.
The tentative schedule of showings are:
August 9, “Toy Story” (Outside Lands same night, plan to walk or take transit)
September 6, “Finding Nemo”
October 11, “The Incredibles”
(movie suggestions are welcomed / movies subject to change)
Place: the clubhouse at Cabrillo Playground, 851 38th Avenue Time: doors open at 5:30, showtime at 6:00 - come early Bring: blankets, pillows & sleeping bags; PJ attire optional Cook: We have full use of the kitchen, you are welcome to prepare snacks/meals (see House Rules)
Questions/movie suggestions: email Mark at firstname.lastname@example.org
All children MUST be accompanied and SUPERVISED by an adult at all times
Everyone is responsible to clean up after themselves, that includes keeping your space neat and kitchen clean
It's Big Event Season in Golden Gate Park, starting with Outside Lands on August 8-10. PAR has been working closely with event organizers Another Planet Entertainment, the SF Police Department, SF Municipal Transportation Agency, Recreation & Parks Dept, Dept of Pubic Works, and Supervisor Eric Mar to prepare for this big event and address community concerns like parking and traffic and noise.
Again this year, Another Planet will have a Community Hotline to respond to any issues that may arise during the festival. The festival hotline will be available from 10:00am – 11:00PM on the festival days (starting on Thursday afternoon 8/7). The hotline number is 415-390-2737.
To help alleviate vehicle congestion in our neighborhood, festival promoters are strongly encouraging patrons to take alternative means of transportation to the festival, including MUNI, private shuttles, biking or walking. There will be 2 dedicated tow trucks and 1 Parking Control Officer on each side of the Park to quickly respond to any blocked driveways or any other parking issues related to the Festival. Rec & Park has printed signs alerting attendees to not block driveways, which may be obtained at the front desk of McLaren Lodge at 501 Stanyan St. If you need to have a vehicle towed please call the MTA directly at 415-553-1237.
Read about: Solutions sought for parking pressures in the Outer Richmond; Presidio contamination cleanup certified a success; Street Smarts program promotes safer streets; updates on Balboa Street improvements, Clement Street calming, new murals in the Richmond, ATT sidewalk boxes, and more.
And be sure to come to the Summer member meeting, everyone's welcome:
PAR Summer 2014 general meeting Wednesday, July 16, 2014, 7 pm - 9 pm Richmond Recreation Center, 251 18th Avenue (between Clement & California streets)
Summer Concert Season in Golden Gate Park is upon us — hear from representatives from Outside Lands, Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, SFPD and SFMTA, and be part of PAR's community conversation.
On Saturday May 24, a dozen Richmond neighbors and local folks joined Andy Thornley, long time member of PAR and the SF Bicycle Coalition, biking all the way from the sunny Panhandle to foggy, windy Ocean Beach. We wove in and out of many of the bicycle-prioritized entrances and exits to the park, north, south, east and west, criss-crossing JFK Drive.
The goal of the ride was to explore bicycle access to the park, surveying the various ways that families and visitors and commuters and fitness riders can get to and through to park by bicycle. We test-rode recent and older bike improvements on the streets, projects and plans meant to help make the streets more bike- and pedestrian-friendly. Unfortunately, we also traveled along some fairly scary streets and intersections which, even though designated as bike routes, were often unmarked with bike lanes, riddled with pot holes, clogged with double-parked trucks, and prowled by speeding autos, buses, and trucks weaving over lane lines and ignoring stop signs.
Sometimes smooth bike connections to the park fall through the cracks between city departments. The Recreation & Parks Department claims park streets, distinct from conventional city roads maintained by the Department of Public Works and managed by the SF Municipal Transportation Agency, so coordinating budgets and operations and perspectives can make the business of providing good bicycle access to and through the park challenging. Of course, Rec & Park's priorities are not necessarily street improvement and parking enforcement, as they are with DPW & SFMTA. For me as a driver, biker, walker, and bus-rider, it was a real eye-opener to imagine a family with children attempting to bike safely into the park on the weekend.
There is definitely more community involvement needed to pave the way for our neighborhoods to pedal to the park, along with tourists and other Bay Area visitors. Janice Li of the SF Bicycle Coalition was on the ride and described some of the ongoing and future projects that the coalition is working on, with the City and public agencies. If you want to get involved, be sure to contact Janice at email@example.com or Andy at firstname.lastname@example.org.