New Trash Cans In and Around the Park

Blue Stars = Existing Trash Cans; Orange Stars = New Trash Cans

In preparation for the grand re-opening of Alamo Square, the city has been busy replacing some of the trash cans on the perimeter of the park.  New trash cans will also be installed inside the park — coming soon!
We encourage EVERYONE to pick up your trash when visiting Alamo Square and we have started a pledge campaign so park-goers can commit to a clean environment. I pledge to take care of Alamo Square!  Let’s all do our part, leave no trace behind, so we can all enjoy the park’s natural beauty.
Want to go above and beyond?  Sign up for our first Park Greening Day at Alamo Square!  Saturday, June 10, 2017, 9AM-12PM.  Let us know if you can make it, please RSVP: park@alamosq.org.
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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

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!

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How do we fund Alamo Square in 2017?

We need you in 2017!

$15 may not seem like a lot. It’s a week’s worth of cups of coffee, a quick dinner, or perhaps the dry cleaning bill. It’s also what it costs to become a member of ASNA.

Why would you give $15 (our basic membership), where does the money go, and how can your contribution help?

Since the 60s, Alamo Square neighbors have been involved in various park and neighborhood improvement efforts. From saving the park’s hills, to preventing the Central Freeway, neighbors have been there to represent the Alamo Square community.

Pay your dues for 2017

As you know, the park has been closed since last year to install a new irrigation system and to build a new restroom on the ADA-accessible path in the park. But did you know: ASNA board members fought for these improvements for many years prior to construction, advocating for our park at City Hall, at the Rec and Park Commission, at the SFPUC, and with our various District Supervisors over the last decade.

Even as the park renovation was underway, board members (who are all volunteers) worked closely with Rec and Park to ensure that no park nook was overlooked.

We even managed to raise over $50,000 to plant new trees in the park, and just in time.

None of these efforts could have been accomplished without every neighborhood volunteer pitching in. With the park set to re-open soon, we once again need your help!

Pitch in $15 (or more) to help us fund our events for the year:

  • The Alamo Square Flea Market in September
  • Weekly Playgroups at the playground
  • Park Greening Days

When you give to ASNA, you are investing in your neighborhood park and your community. We are excited for 2017 and hope you can join us at our general meeting on Monday, April 10!

 

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Alamo Square General Meeting – April 10, 2017

Join us on Monday, April 10, 2017, when members will elect our 2017 ASNA Board of Directors.

Interested in serving on the ASNA Board of Directors? Send us an email at alamosquare@gmail.com by Friday, March 17. You must be a paid member of ASNA to be considered for the Board of Directors.

Alamo Square General Meeting
Monday, April 10, 2017
1660 McAllister St.
7pm – Meeting starts

On the agenda:
Elect the 2017 ASNA Board of Directors
Alamo Square Re-Opening Plans
Hear the plans for this year’s Bay to Breakers taking place on Sunday, May 21, 2017

Volunteer Opportunities

Are you interested in joining our Park Volunteer Days? How about planning our 2017 Flea Market, or volunteering that day. Want to help our organization grow? Got new ideas for Alamo Square?

We need you! Come to our first meeting to meet like-minded neighbors who want to get involved at the local level.

Save the date, and see you there.

Have you paid your membership dues for 2017?
Pay your dues, or renew today.

ADA Restroom nears completion

In 2008, San Francisco passed a Park Bond that included funding for restroom renovation in order to bring San Francisco restrooms into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

As part of our park renovation project, Rec and Park put funds together from the 2008 and 2012 bond in order to fully fund both the irrigation replacement project and the restroom renovation project.

Rec and Park is on track to complete both projects in Spring 2017.

Park reopening pushed to Spring 2017

Rain over the past several weeks has slowed irrigation trenching and other earthwork, pushing the anticipated park reopening into the early spring. Fortunately, this winter’s ample rainfall has not only ended the drought in the Bay Area, but has also been tremendously beneficial to the establishment of the park’s new lawn and trees.

Pathway repaving is now scheduled to begin in late February. This work will also include the replacement of catch basins and other drainage lines, which will improve drainage throughout the park. Construction of the new ADA-compliant restroom is also nearing completion as decorative metalwork and final finishes are installed.

Thank you for your patience as we move toward the long-awaited reopening of the park!

Read more on Rec and Park’s Alamo Square project page: