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Park Greening Poster Contest

Deadline:  Saturday, May 6, 2017

Submit your design for our Park Greening Days by Saturday, May 6 to be considered.  We will select finalists to vote on!

Guidelines:

  • 8.5″x 11″ standard paper size — please include a white border since we will be running copies at a local print shop (we cannot print to the edge of the paper!)
  • Include:  Park Greening Saturday, 9AM-Noon, meet by the tennis court at 9AM, hosted by the Alamo Square Neighborhood Association, www.alamosquare.org
  • First Date:  Saturday, June 10, 2017
  • Email your entry to:  alamosquare@gmail.com Subject Line: Poster Contest 2017
  • See below for a sample:

 

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Announcing the Grand Re-Opening of Alamo Square

Neighbors and friends gathered this week at the Alamo Square General Meeting on Monday to hear directly from San Francisco Rec and Park project manager Brett Desmerais about the plans for the re-opening of the park.  The date is has now been confirmed and is scheduled for May 24, 2017, at 11 a.m.  All are welcome to attend!

Take the pledge!

Pledge that you will take care of Alamo Square while visiting the park.  Please list your name, if you are a neighbor, and let us know if you would like to receive information about park greening days at Alamo Square.

Let us know you’re coming on our Facebook event page.

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Park Renovation Recap

At Monday’s meeting, we learned about the re-opening plans for Alamo Square.  We also learned how the funds were put together for the renovation project.

The total cost of the project is $5,318,000.  This was put together from the following sources.

Funding Sources:

  • Public Utilities Commission / Grant: $1,618,000
  • 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond: $1,300,000
  • 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond: $1,029,000
  • 2006 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond: $653,000
  • 2000 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond: $265,000
  • Recreation and Parks General Fund: $400,000
  • Trees for Future Generations Grant from ASNA: $53,000* (first phase)

Project Highlights:

  1. New single user, all‐gender, ADA‐compliant restroom
  2. New “smart” controller weather‐based irrigation system that will reduce water use by over 3 million gallons per year
  3. Entirely new sod lawn areas
  4. Water‐efficient native “no mow” grasses
  5. New asphalt pathways throughout the park; a new top coat for the accessible path
  6. New catch basins in the pathways
  7. Significant drainage improvements to address long deferred maintenance problems
  8. New shrubs, groundcovers, and perennials at park entrances and in the understory
  9. New trees funded by ASNA with more to come (45 so far)
  10. Dozens of additional new trees planted by the Recreation and Park Department
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Wiggle improvements coming soon

SFMTA has updated us about the plans for the Wiggle Bicycle Route improvement project.

The construction contract has been officially awarded, and SFMTA expects to give the notice-to-proceed to the construction contractor in mid-May.  Construction will conclude by the end of December.

The bulbout construction at Fell/Scott will occur this summer.  The extra-large bulbout at Scott and Fell will act as a traffic diverter, requiring southbound automobile traffic on Scott to turn on Fell, and preventing westbound traffic on Fell from turning left onto Scott.

Traffic signals on Divisadero were retimed in January between O’Farrell and Haight Street.  This improvement will help make Divisadero flow more smoothly so that it becomes the preferred cross-town route for drivers who use Scott Street or other parallel residential streets.

The intersection of Scott and Page will incorporate textured paving on the pavement to highlight pedestrian crossings and encourage slow traffic through the intersection.

 

See SFMTA’s full plan here

 

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City work around Alamo Square

SFMTA on McAllister

Bigger Buses for 5 Fulton Local Service

SFMTA is adding more of the bigger 60-foot trolley buses to provide more room for riders on 5 Fulton local and 5-Rapid service.  https://www.sfmta.com/projects-planning/projects/5-fulton-rapid-project

SFMTA’s plans for traffic lights and roundabouts for McAllister Street are going to be implemented this year as well. Neighbors spoke out against the proposals repeatedly at hearings.

What’s included in the proposal?

Traffic circles at McAllister and Steiner
Traffic lights at McAllister and Scott, McAllister and Broderick

Read the details:  https://www.sfmta.com/about-sfmta/blog/more-muni-forward-service-improvements-roll-out-february-25

These projects were approved in September 2015.

 

SFDPW on Hayes

Haight & Hayes Sewer, Water, and Paving Project

Week of April 17, 2017

The SFDPW contractor is scheduled to begin sewer main replacement work on Hayes Street between Laguna and Buchanan streets.

http://www.sfpublicworks.org/haight-hayes

 

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Bay to Breakers on Sunday, May 21, 2017

This year’s Bay to Breakers is scheduled for Sunday, May 21.

Come hear about the plans for the race, and provide direct input to the race organizers.  We will have Eliote Durham, Bay to Breakers City Liaison, at our April 10 Alamo Square General Meeting, to present the plans and answer any questions you may have.

Review the Bay to Breakers 2017 Community Outreach presentation

 

 

City plans: level the park to install playing field

It’s true.

Residents were alerted to the plans to level the park when a keen-eyed neighbor, who is also an architect, noticed that renovation plans for Alamo Square included staircases that descended into the park.  Instead of leading up to the crest of the hill, the staircases were going down.

The City’s plan, Measure D, proposes to slice off the crest of the hill, level it for playing fields.

The plan also calls for the construction of a large field house at the corner of Fulton and Steiner.

Neighbors opposing the plan have already made appeals to the Mayor.

Thankfully, this was in the 60s, and the plans were never realized.  This is how ASNA was born: to save the park from the city.

Happy April Fools Day!