We are humbled by the amazing response to our year-end appeal, as well as an incredible outpouring from Google employees at their annual G-Give event in December. Learn about upcoming changes to the City's Recreation and Open Space Element, and enjoy a special spotlight on our Kids in Parks Park Partner! View on the web >>
SFPA Executive Director Matt O'Grady recently wrote a guest post for the Olive Grove nonprofit leadership blog, reflecting on the birth of the SF Parks Alliance through the merger of the San Francisco Parks Trust and Neighborhood Parks Council in October 2011. Each organization was well-regarded and effective in its own way, but Matt describes how the merger has brought about one unified, stronger voice for parks in San Francisco.
Yesterday, the SF Recreation & Parks Commission unanimously endorsed a grassroots community effort to establish a Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights. The resolution states that every child has the right to:
As expected, City supervisors voted 6-5 on November 19 to approve changes to the City's park code instituting overnight park closures citywide. Parks will be closed between midnight at 5 a.m. once the legislation takes effect -- 30 days after it is signed into law by Mayor Ed Lee.
The beautifully refurbished Palega Recreation Center re-opened Saturday in a joyful celebration attended by hundreds of neighborhood residents. The San Francisco Parks Alliance's Gear Up partnership with the Recreation & Parks Department provided $40,000 to outfit the new rec center; since 2000 Gear Up has provided over $500,000 to outfit and furnish new recreation centers after bond upgrades. Read coverage from the San Francisco Chronicle >
Read about our plans for Giving Tuesday, an effort to create a national day of giving in the midst of the frenetic holiday season (Giving Tuesday comes right after Black Friday and Cyber Monday, landing on December 3 this year). The newsletter also highlights our 2013 Impact Report, and upcoming opportunities to learn about applying for Community Opportunity Fund dollars to fund your parks project! Click here to get up to date >>>
The RichmondSF blog wrote an update recently on a new fundraising effort to upgrade the playground at Mountain Lake Park! We are proud to serve as the fiscal agent for this project -- and we salute the volunteers who are making the dream of an upgraded playground a reality!