Emporium SF / Harding Theater Update

The restoration work of the front of the building is now in full progress.  Exterior painting should start after the front facade refinishing is complete.  The storefronts have been replaced and await final glazing.

The terrazzo paving in the sidewalk area is being upgraded. This work was unanticipated by Planning, as well as the owners and is a result of the SFDPW’s requirement that it meet ADA requirements for slope, which the existing terrazzo walk did not meet.  The end result will match the current terrazzo and pattern, in addition to meeting stricter slip-resistance requirements.

The interior work is moving along as well. A sprinkler system has been installed in the building, the electrical systems have been upgraded, and a new mechanical system was installed. The  restroom upgrades and expansion is also almost complete.  The tenant improvements for the Emporium SF are also underway with level floor areas in the auditorium and balcony. Danny and Doug Marks are hoping to open Emporium SF soon this summer.

Finally, the new building at 1282 Hayes (around the corner from but on the same parcel as the Harding Theater) has finished framing work with interior plumbing and mechanical work is underway.

SFDPW Work for Week of July 4

Week of July 4, 2017

Crews are not scheduled to work on Monday July 3, 2017 and Tuesday July 4, 2017 in observance of Independence Day.

– The contractor will continue Auxiliary Water Supply System (AWSS) work at the Haight & Divisadero intersection.

– Sewer lateral replacement work will continue on Hayes Street between Buchanan and Webster streets. The sewer lateral work on this block is expected to take approximately one more week to complete.

– Curb ramp and bus pad work will continue at Hayes and Divisadero

Welcome Lady Falcon!

Starting Saturday, June 24, 2017, Lady Falcon Coffee Club will begin to provide coffee at Alamo Square!

At our last Alamo Square meeting, the proprietor of Lady Falcon presented a proposal for a trial run in Alamo Square.  After a series of questions regarding her operation, most attendees at our meeting supported the trial.  With Rec and Park reps present, we can begin to enjoy coffee in the park this weekend!

Lady Falcon Coffee Club will debut this Saturday at 9 am by the tennis court.  Starting next week, the truck is scheduled to be in the park Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays, with some exceptions due to previous commitments.

If the 1948 vintage truck looks familiar, perhaps it’s because it was at our re-opening ceremony on May 24!

Read more about Lady Falcon: http://www.ladyfalconcoffeeclub.com/


Shared Electric Moped Parking Permit Proposal

Shared electric mopeds (e-mopeds) are one of San Francisco’s newest types of shared vehicle services. To regulate and facilitate this new transportation option for the benefit of the city, the SFMTA has worked with Scoot Networks, the city’s primary provider of shared e-mopeds, to better understand its needs and impacts.

In August 2015, the SFMTA launched a trial policy which allowed all e-mopeds to be parked in areas with residential parking permit (RPP) restrictions, limited to curb spaces that are eight feet wide or less.

After evaluating the trial, the SFMTA has proposed a parking permit program for shared e-mopeds, which is set to be considered for approval by the SFMTA Board of Directors on June 20.

You can learn more about the proposed e-moped permit program here:

Shared E-Moped Parking Permit proposal fact sheet

Everyone is welcome to attend the SFMTA Board meeting and comment on the permit proposal:

SFMTA Board of Directors regular meeting
June 20, 2017, 1:00 pm
City Hall, Room 400

Comments on the proposal can also be made via e-mail to all members of the SFMTA Board:


If the program is approved by the SFMTA Board, permits for shared e-mopeds would be issued starting this summer. The SFMTA will continue to evaluate the program’s effectiveness for any adjustments needed, including whether to keep the 8-foot curb space limit on parking shared e-mopeds in RPP areas.

More info from Scoot’s FAQ page:

Scoots can park in any legal parking space in San Francisco, but riders can only finish using their scoot at Scoot Spots (garages and other designated charging locations) and at the curb in residential areas in the northeastern half of San Francisco. These residential areas are Scoot Zones where you can park at curblets (curbs 8 ft or less) and non-metered motorcycle parking spaces. We are expanding our service area and charging network every month! Look for scoots in your neighborhood soon.



Alamo Square Meeting, Monday, June 19, 2017

Alamo Square General Meeting
Monday, June 19, 2017
7 p.m. at 1660 McAllister St. (near Divisadero)

Join us for our next Alamo Square General Meeting. Hope to see you there!
On the agenda:

– Return of the Alamo Square Flea Market this Fall! We are not yet accepting vendor applications. Stay tuned!
– Rec and Park representatives will provide an update on pending improvements to Alamo Square and a timeline for implementation
– Falcon Lady Coffee Club will present an proposal for a coffee cart at Alamo Square (she was there at the re-opening ceremony)
– Ford GoBike will provide information on proposed locations in the neighborhood

Visit our website to get involved and learn more about Alamo Square, the history, the neighborhood, the park, and our neighborhood association.


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Alamo Square Park Restoration Status

Alamo Square Park was closed for approximately one year in order for the City’s Department of Park and Recreation to undertake various underground and above ground repairs, renovations, and improvements. The Alamo Square Board of Directors saw this closure as an opportunity to plant additional trees to make the park more environmentally friendly, to improve the park’s overall topography, and to make other enhancements that will increase the enjoyment for everyone who patronizes one the most popular destinations in San Francisco for both tourists and residents alike.

Thanks to ASNA’s tremendous community support, outreach, and generous financial contributions, the fundraising for Trees for Future Generations has been a great success, and we are on our way to making the park a more aesthetically enjoyable and environmentally-friendly venue.

The ASNA Board of Directors would like to update everyone on the status of ASNA’s park-related efforts.

Alamo Square improvements planned by ASNA

    • Completed to date through Trees for Future Generations:
      • PARK TREES / DONOR PAVERS – 54 park trees and donor paver installation
    • Upcoming improvements:
      • PARK TREES – 29 New park trees funded by  Trees for Future Generations
      • SAND – Additional sand in playground funded by ASNA
      • VOLUNTEER WORK – understory planting, weeding and other activities throughout the year

Like many of you, the Board has noticed certain aspects of Alamo Square that appear to be a work in progress, and that there is more work that must be done by Park and Rec to bring Alamo Square to its full potential as an enjoyable park. To that end, the Board would like this update to serve as the beginning of an Community Wish List where the residents identify concerns and offer suggestions for improvement to Park and Rec.

Some examples that the ASNA Board would like Park and Rec to address are:

      • On/off-leash signage – painted on the walkways, similar to Duboce Park
      • Decomposed granite picnic area with new picnic tables
      • Improved grass maintenance to eliminate the various brown patches, dead grass, and the presence of weeds
      • Improved tree maintenance (and removal of tree stumps); and
      • Finishing of the planting areas

The Board would like to hear from the community regarding other issues or concerns have come to light since the park’s reopening. We see the reopening of Alamo Square as the beginning of a process for identifying projects and maintenance issues that we believe Park and Rec must undertake so that our park is restored and maintained in such a manner that affords all residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy Alamo Square.  

If you encounter situations or see physical conditions that cause your concern, please feel free to raise your concerns with the Board or its individual members at board@alamosq.org.


Work by SF Park and Rec

This posting also summarizes what Park and Rec has informed the Board as to the work that has been completed to date, as well as what additional work remains from Park and Rec’s perspective.  

Alamo Square work completed to date by Park and Rec

  • Irrigation: Park and Rec replaced Alamo Square’s 70-year-old irrigation system.  After completing this irrigation project, Park and Rec estimates that there should be a reduction in water usage by 2.5 million gallons, leading to a 33% annual water savings.  Most of the system is now automated with updated technology that is programmed to run at prescribed intervals and can adjust irrigation run time based on moisture levels in the soil and humidity levels in the air.  (Due to the historic design, there are still sections of the park landscape which require hands-on management of manual irrigation systems.)  Park and Rec also added a new booster pump to address poor water pressure in the park.  
  • New Restroom: Park and Rec added an ADA-accessible, all-gender restroom near the playground area.  
  • New Pathways: Park and Rec repaired crumbling park pathways throughout the park
  • New Trees: In partnership with ASNA, Park and Rec planted over 100 new trees.  
  • New Landscape: Park and Rec introduced hundreds of new drought tolerant plantings, new sod, new landscape beds, and new no-mow fescue grass on the steepest portions of the hillside around the perimeter of the park.

Upcoming Work by Rec and Park

  • Additional new park benches:   Prior to construction, Alamo Square had 21 park benches.  During construction, 14 benches were removed to replace the crumbling pathways.  Unfortunately, too many of them were too poorly conditioned to be replaced.  New benches are being ordered and will be installed in the coming months.
  • Additional new picnic tables:  Prior to construction there were two picnic tables in Alamo Square.   Park and Rec added a third during the project and intends to add two new ones in the coming months.
  • New trash cans:  Prior to construction, Alamo Square had a total of fourteen trash cans.  Upon completion, Alamo Square now has nine trash cans located around the perimeter of the park at every major entrance and exit, plus three additional trash cans located inside the restrooms and playground. There are currently six temporary cans located throughout the internal landscape.  Park and Rec will replace these six cans with state of the art, two-stream trash cans in the coming months.
  • Newly resurfaced tennis court:  Alamo Square’s tennis court has been selected for resurfacing through a project unrelated to the park’s renovation.   It is scheduled for completion by September.
  • Enhanced park landscaping:  Park and Rec planted four park entrances and two signature landscape beds.  Three additional entry beds, one large planter bed and seven understory areas are still in the process of being landscaped, including new eco-trails behind the playground.  Park and Rec estimates this work should be completed by the end of July.

There are other work items that need to be identified beyond those listed by Park and Rec. We will continue to reach out to Park and Rec so that they address the concerns that our residents have raised to date about the current status of Alamo Square, and we look forward to your observations and constructive suggestions.


Wiggle under construction this summer

Construction on the Wiggle Neighborhood Green Corridor Project is beginning this summer! Construction will start with the traffic diverter at Fell and Scott, and will eventually include new curb ramps, pedestrian bulbouts, landscaping, raised crosswalks, and permeable paving along the Wiggle bicycle path.

Construction will occur between summer and winter 2017, Monday-Friday between 7 am and 4 pm. Weekend work is allowed, but not anticipated. 

Construction will begin at Fell and Scott, generally continue southeast along the Wiggle, and conclude at the intersection of Church and Duboce.



Ford GoBike bike share coming to the neighborhood

Bay Area Bike Share is expanding, funded by sponsor Ford Motor Company, and the system is being re-named Ford GoBike.  The seven-year agreement was announced in September 2016.

From 2017-2018, bike share in San Francisco will grow from 328 to 4,500 bicycles, thanks to the fiscal sponsorship.

In our neighborhood, many bike share stations are on the way. While some of the stations are proposed to be installed on the street along a designated bike route (in green in the map), the one at Steiner and Hayes was proposed to be off a bike route and installed on the sidewalk instead.

We have requested a review of this location, in the context of all the other stations in the neighborhood, to be presented at our upcoming June meeting by a representative of Ford GoBike.

Phase 2 station locations currently going through SFMTA approval

4-Phase expansion areas