Posts Tagged ‘Recreation and Parks Department’

The SF Recreation and Park Department Picks a Cold December Day to Confiscate This Communal Tent in GGP

Monday, December 9th, 2013

I’ll tell you, it’s just 59 degrees up near the ceiling of my living room this chilly AM, but I think I’m getting used to our current cold snap. People who might feel differently would be those who were making this big-ass tent their home in Golden Gate Park as recently as Thursday night.

Man, that was a big-ass tent:

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Do hippies really try to pitch tents within a couple hundred yards of the Conservatory of Flowers? Hippies do. Apparently. I guess it makes for an easy commute to Upper Haight or wherever.

Anyway, here’s the scene about an hour later, with this woman yelling, incredulous, saying, “The tent’s gone? They took the fucking tent?” And dude up the hill was all, ” I tried to stop them.”

I know that RPD staffers get irked by homeless people living in GGP but the 415 is experiencing a pretty epic cold snap these days and Golden Gate Park has the coldest places in the city, like four or five degrees colder than what gets officially reported for San Francisco.

So I think I’d probably let the hippies be until things warm up a bit, just saying.

Bocce Ball Courts Go Into Justin Herman Plaza Just Under the Wire – New Area Residents Not Organized Enough to Stop It

Monday, November 15th, 2010

All’s I can say about this one is that we’ll have to wait and see how it works out. Deets below.

You know who likes today’s news? It’s Benji Tosi, American Grand Champion:

As seen in San Francisco Magazine, back in the day


MAYOR NEWSOM BREAKS GROUND ON BOCCE BALL COURTS AT JUSTIN HERMAN PLAZA

San Francisco, CA—Mayor Gavin Newsom today joined community partners including Laborers Local 261, salesforce.com, and Webcor Builders and seven-time U.S. Bocce Ball Champion Benji Tosi to break ground on two regulation size bocce ball courts in the south lawn of Justin Herman Plaza along the City’s waterfront.

“These two new bocce ball courts are a great example of activating unused public space,” said Mayor Newsom. “This innovative public-private partnership shows creativity in finding solutions to positively impact our City as a whole and help foster a community of new bocce ball lovers.”

Ever more deets, after the jump.

First Annual Golden Gate Park Volunteer Fair is Coming February 10, 2010

Thursday, January 14th, 2010

Here’s what you should do – turn off the Ricki Lake and volunteer at Golden Gate Park.

Representatives from the California Academy of Sciences, the de Young Museum, the Conservatory of Flowers, the San Francisco Botanical Garden Society, the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and the San Francisco Parks Trust will all be on hand to recruit you this coming Feb. 10:  

Become a Volunteer at the Golden Gate Park Volunteer Fair!

Wednesday, February 10th, 2010 – 10 AM to 2 PM

Location: Conservatory of Flower’s Orchid Gallery, 100 John F. Kennedy Drive, SF, CA 94118

Representatives of the California Academy of Sciences, de Young Museum, Conservatory of Flowers, San Francisco Botanical Garden Society, San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, San Francisco Parks Trust and affiliated community groups will be on hand at the Conservatory of Flowers to provide information about volunteer opportunities in Golden Gate Park. The fair is a one stop shop for an exciting and meaningful way to meet new people, pursue lifelong passions, educate the public and lend a helping hand in one of the Bay Area’s most beautiful parks! For more information, please contact, Erika Frank at 415-637-4326 or efrank@sfcof.org.

Volunteering at the Conservatory of Flowers is a great way to learn more about tropical plants, meet people with similar interests and share your knowledge and enthusiasm for plants with visitors. We invite you to become a greeter, docent, horticultural volunteer or a children’s Jungle Guide.

Volunteer opportunities

Greeters welcome visitors, check tickets and answer general questions.*
Gift Shop volunteers sell souvenirs to visitors in our Gift Shop in the Special Exhibits Gallery.
Docents provide visitors with information about the plant collections, the Conservatory, and provide guided tours.
Horticultural volunteers work directly with our plant collections and Nursery Specialists.*
Children’s Jungle Guides lead 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes on scheduled tours through the Conservatory.
Young Ambassadors are volunteers from high schools and colleges who staff the “Young Explorers Adventure Carts” for children.
Volunteer requirements

The Conservatory is looking for volunteers who can commit to working at least twice a month, or approximately 6 hours a month.

All volunteers are required to have an interview with the Director of Volunteer Services- Erika Frank, complete an application, and go through our Training Program (depending on the position). We provide our volunteers with the training they need for their position, along with ongoing educational and social programs that promote a positive volunteer experience.

We appreciate our volunteers and invite you to join our dedicated and fun group.

Interested volunteers should contact Erika Frank, Director of Volunteer Services, at (415) 637-4326 or efrank@sfcof.org.

* Full training program not required for this position