Posts Tagged ‘rpd’

Parks & Wrecked: Arson Fire Burns Large Playground Structure at Koret in GGP – Photos

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

[UPDATE: Oh, per Andy Bosselman of Hoodline, the arson occurred early this morning.]

Here’s the news, via Peter Chu:

Who burns a playground?

And:

Vandals strike playground in SF’s Golden Gate Park By Evan Sernoffsky

So now the largest play structure at five-star Yelp-rated Koret Children’s Quarter(s) in Golden Gate Park is shut down. And the part that is burned, with the slides and roofs, is connected to the climbing pole / pyramid you can see here on the right, and they’re connected to a few other things as well. All roped off:

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So that’s it for the bigger kids play area at Koret now, and for a long time it looks like.

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Look at the black burned out area underneath. Guzzoline? IDK. There used to be an enclosed slide on the left here – it’s all gone now.

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I’m thinking this is a teardown. I’m thinking this will take months to fix.

Anyway, here are a few shots, showing the melted meltiness, some porno for pyros:

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Rec and Parking: BMW’s Roundel is Practically a Parking Pass for RPD, an Organization Disconnected from La Raza

Wednesday, June 14th, 2017

Just saying.

BMW roundels, which DO NOT represent spinning propeller blades, apparently, are not the problem, but they are one symptom of the problem.

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The problem is that RPD is clubby and conservative, a bastion for those who decidedly are not like the people of Frisco.

Oh well.

DOUBLE TROUBLE: Refurbished Alamo Square Now Hosts Slackliners and Hammockers

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

You can get cited for either, of course…

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SFGov Invites YOU to a FREE DINNER at the Park Branch Library Tonight – New Panhandle Playground – Bring the Kids!

Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Here’s the news from a few years back and here’s what’s going to happen tonight at our SFPL’s Park Branch Library at 1833 Page near Clayton at 5:30 PM:

“Panhandle Playground Project – Planning Workshop – May 31 @ 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

A workshop to discuss future improvements to the Panhandle Playground as part of the Let’s Play SF! Initiative – a partnership with the San Francisco Parks Alliance.

Food provided! Children and youth welcome as we will have planning activities geared towards them!

For more information about the Panhandle Playground Project, please visit tinyurl.com/PanhandlePlayground or contact Project Manager Melinda Stockmann at Melinda.Stockmann@sfgov.org or at 415-581-2548.”

But oh, there are a few issues.

1 So who’s paying the millions of dollars SFGov is proposing to spend? Well, they don’t get into that. I assume it’s local tax- and fee-payers. So that’s one of the costs of this project, right?

2. I mention that because destroying the current setup, the popular Kid’s Kingdom playground what’s the current Panhandle Playground, and then putting in a replacement will take, what, months, years? I mean, delays are baked into the cake, right?

Oh, here it is. “WELCOME TO KID’S KINGDOM – DONATED BY YOUR LOCAL SATURN DEALER.” Or at least it used to say that. But area residents didn’t cotton to this kind of marketing, so chop chop:

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3. One way to take care of this lengthy shut down issue would be to build the new playground someplace else nearby. THIS IS ONE OF THE CHOICES THAT YOU MIGHT POSSIBLY HAVE INPUT ON TONIGHT. Frankly, I don’t think Rec and Park would really be into moving the site JMO. The current location has a bunch of exotic trees around it, which many find appealing, but given the half-assed way RPD conducts its bidness, there’s a heightened risk of a big old branch coming down and killing somebody someday. Anyway, our RPD seems to think nothing of shutting down playgrounds for basically no reason for like a year, so I don’t think it cares oh well.

Getting rid of the rats should be high on the agenda regardless:

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RPD’s hands are tied about getting rid of rats. They can cull the herd, but getting rid of them altogether, well that’s a gonna be hard. They have some helpers though, to swoop down and carry away the poor little rattus rattus:

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4. But here’s the thing: Once you wrap your head around building the new playground while keeping the current one open, then who’s to say that people would prefer the new one? In fact, the current Kid’s Kingdom Panhandle Playground is remarkably popular, drawing in kids from all over the city. Why? Well mostly it has to do with all the tons of sand. People love the sand. And these days it’s a rare thing in Frisco. You know who hates sand, or at least hates taking care of sand? That’s right, your RPD. Speaking of which, RPD isn’t all that popular and yet the current playground is. So why not get a new RPD and leave the current playground alone?

5. Or better yet, take the money set aside and use it to take care of the Panhandle Playground better – is that so crazy? Ask people who are there and they are shocked that RPD and associated non-profits run by millionaires consider this place a “failing” playground. What makes it a “failure?” Its popularity? The current playground is a beat up Toyota Land Cruiser with 100,000 miles, which means that if you take care of it, maybe spruce it up a bit, then it will last for decades more, right?

6. But, RPD is already set upon getting rid of Kid’s Kingdom, without asking anybody. (Our SFMTA once made the mistake of actually asking if people wanted the crazy, I mean just crazy traffic circles they randomly put on Page, among other places. And the answer was no, we want our stop signs back, by a three to one margin. So this kind of thing is on RPD’s mind when it considers asking people what they want.) And they’re already paying a project manager and they’ve selected the main contractor, so RPD would think it “sad” if they had to give back the millions of dollars set aside.

7. Oh well.

8. And let’s see, is all that sand what’s there bad because of parasites? Well that could be true but it’s not because we don’t have no cats around, at least the way the ‘burbs do.

9. And is there arsenic in the wood at the playground now? Oh, yes there is. But it’s not all that big a deal. Typically, if there’s arsenic in your kid, then it’s going to be from something other than CCA wood. And you’re supposed to wash your hands after leaving, at least that’s what an RPD sign says what’s posted near the eastern entrance.

10. Oh, what’s that, playgrounds have changed so so much in the two decades since (Old) General Motors simply gifted us $100k to put in Kid’s Kingdom? Noooooope! You’re wrong, RPD.

11. But you have a new Theory of Playgrounds that you’re happy to share and discuss? Well, that’s fine, but the people who made Kid’s Kingdom also had theories and I’ll bet if you put them together, cut them up and then presented them to RPD employees, they wouldn’t be able to distinguish betwixt the bad old theories and the great new theories.

12. Oh well.

13. So the current playground is “failing” but the current users don’t have the foggiest idea of what that means, so why doesn’t RPD face up to this?

14. Anyway, you’ve paid for this project, so you deserve some free food at the library. They’ll ask you about your feelings about this and that, like what color should this be kind of thing. One supposes.

15. If the food’s not to your liking, Mickey D’s on Haight has 2 for 1 Happy Meals today, via their app.

16. Adieu Kid’s Kingdom. Many people will miss your ocean of sand, especially the Little Ones. Expect a playground geared more for Big Kids. For Better or Worse. Eventually.

17. OIOW:

“long-suffering playground” [IRL, it’s an extremely popular playground. Its current Yelp rating is 4.5 stars, which is the very definition of almost perfect, right? And hey look, what about the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Yelp rating – it’s much lower, it’s actually just 2.5 stars, right? Is RPD “failing?” Should we simply fire everybody and start over? Hey, why don’t we start using objective measurements, like asking the playground’s existing customers what they think? Is that too radical a notion?]

“finally” [This “framing” assumes 100% of what the millionaire-run Parks Alliance nonprofit says is accurate]

“Victim to time” [Well sure, you could replace this or that at this location, but what’s so wrong with it? What makes it a useless tear-down?]

“frequent wear and tear” [Because it’s popular? We’re going to change it because it’s popular and it gets used?]

“grown-up play” [Turns out it was sixth-graders who busted the slide, per the word on the street]

“the playground pales in comparison to other high-tech kids’ play areas in the city.” [What on Earth could  make a playground “high tech?” Like, “sure this playground is great, but I feel it doesn’t employ the most recent application of science?” Like, who says that? IRL, it’s perfectly fine.]

“failing playgrounds” [But the Panhandle Playground isn’t “failing,” right? Ask all the people who use it and try to find one person who would give it a letter grade of “F“]

“low household income” [Is this area a low household income area? WTF to that. In fact, the 94117 is an extremely high household income place, right? It’s off the charts, actually, nationally speaking. And even locally, it’s anything but a low household income area.]

“low Parks Alliance Report Card grades and rankings.” [Oh, here we go, here’s the problem. What’s the PARC and why does it matter?]

“an early holiday gift to District 5.” [London Breed is thinking “CHRISTMAS” but she says holidays – good for her. But who’s paying for this gift? Oh, we are? So it’s not really a gift, is it, London Claus?]

“high-tech play matting” [I have no fucking idea what this means. Currently, the joint is basically a giant sand box. Is this a bad thing? One supposes that some think so, but one doesn’t know.]

“What would you like to see improved upon in our small neighborhood playground?” [Keeping it the same, except for maintenance, which, if it’s lacking, then whose fault is that? Cough RPD, cough]

Wouldn’t it be ironic, dontcha think, if the Yelp ratings of the Panhandle Playground go down after we spend all those millions of dollars on this simple, functional playground?

We’ll see.

 

RPD Takes Down Its Tree Mail in the Golden Gate Park Panhandle

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Before:

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After:

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Well there we go.

Thanks, RPD!

While you’re at it, why not fix the walking path along Oak? I don’t think this is a money issue, it’s a something-else issue. It has to do with your priorities, RPD…

Oh, Here’s the Rest of the Panhandle “Transformation” Project: A Bench and Some Bike Racks, But You Don’t Want to Use Them

Friday, May 26th, 2017

Why? Cause this will happen:

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Or might happen, if you lock up your bike in the middle of the Panhandle and then walk away.

If you’re there to lounge on the grass, you’d be better off locking your ride to itself and then just keeping an eye on it.

And here’s the rest of it, garbage cans

I guess this project is over for now.

RPD v. DPW: Rec and Park STAPLES Its Ad to a TREE in Golden Gate Park – Is This Allowed?

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2017

I’ll tell you, our Rec and Park (rated at just 2.5 stars) is SICK AND TIRED of taking care of the ocean of sand that makes up our perfectly fine, 4 star-rated Kid’s Kingdom Panhandle Playground, so it wants to spend millions of dollars on a replacement.

So here’s the ad for the next step, for a public meeting at the Park Branch of our San Francisco Public Library:

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RPD stapled its ad to a tree.

Now let’s check out what DPW has to say. See that? No staples allowed. Like not even on a telephone pole, man.

I recognize that DPW rules might not apply all over Frisco, but geez man. Do you want people stapling crap to your trees, RPD?

Now as far as the proposals for getting rid of Kid’s Kingdom, well, what if the new playground were free and what if it could be created in an instant – would existing users prefer the new place or the existing playground? You know, IDK.

The parents / caregivers are, generally, astonished when they hear that the Panhandle Playground is one of the worst in Frisco. And actually a lot of them travel past other playgrounds to get to this particular one, so they aren’t looking forward to RPD taking all that sand away.

OTOH, RPD doesn’t have the scratch to fix the nearby walking path next to Oak. For want of a half-mil, it’s given up on doing anything with that abysmal macadam anytime soon.

So that’s why RPD going to lengths to dismantle a perfectly fine playground is a bit funny.

And of course, the new playground isn’t free – it’ll cost millions. And of course, it won’t get built in an instant – it’ll take months. And of course, there are other pros and cons to putting in a new playground. But RPD has already decided to get rid of Kid’s Kingdom, so they want people to now focus on tiny details (oh, what color would you like the paint to be?) as opposed to the big picture (the place is very popular, and people are sad at the idea of losing the sand, but they’d like RPD to do a better job of taking care of the place, and why not just keep this place instead of destroying it?)

Oh well…

Vaunted Panhandle “Transformation” Project Appears to be Mostly the Addition of Green Garbage Cans on Concrete Pads

Friday, May 19th, 2017

Here it is, more neighborhood minutiae.

When did this project start? I forget, a half-year ago? You can see an old-school can in the background. I guess they’ll take it out soon? (They used to have a recycling catcher for aluminum cans up top, but I guess that system didn’t work out, and a lot of the time your bottle/can would go straight down into the garbage pile anyway oh well. Sometimes I leave recycling atop the cans, for recyclers, but RPD don’t like recyclers I’ve noticed, and these new-school cans are curved up top as you can see.)

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People thought that they’d put benches in here, but obviously not.

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(I don’t get SFGov, man. Are garbage cans good or not? Sometimes they are, apparently, but you can’t find a one in Dolores Park these days. And yet, they just added a bunch of cans on the Valencia Mission corridor. And right around these places you can see in the Panhandle here, they’ve taken out cans, to fight rats, I guess, but now they’re adding more in the same basic place. And for that matter, is free parking for cars on Sundays good or bad? Our SFGov can’t seem to decide. First it’s good, then it’s bad, and now it’s good again, and there are proposals to get rid of it again. This is like over a period of what, three-four years? And our SFMTA seemed to like traffic for a while there, but now it’s against traffic, particularly when it’s caused by UBER Lyft. Etc.)

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You know man, down in some place like Mexico City, they decide to put garbage cans someplace and then they do it, no muss no fuss. It doesn’t take a year, it takes like a week. The local government doesn’t boast about how great it is with endless signage and marketing and it doesn’t tell us how we should all support the area’s unpopular, appointed Mayor. So IDK, Man.

Anyway, there are still a few concrete pads unfinished, so there might be a few more benches going in. And I guess we got LED streetlamps last year (so now when they’re shining all day long in the daytime, they use less juice).

But many places in the world have garbage cans, and LED lighting for that matter. Like all over the place, the Central Valley, for example. And yet they don’t have this whole self-congratulatory hullaballoo about “transforming” the “streetscape” or whathaveyou.

Oh, and another thing. People fall down on the horrible, unmaintained surface of the Panhandle walking path along Oak like every day/week. Do you know that Rec and Park? Oh you have claims filed against you from joggers and others so you do know that? But you don’t really care? OK. OK fine.

And, needless to say, the Panhandle is still the same place as it’s been the past half-century. There will be no “transformation,” anytime soon. Sry.

Anyway.

Giant Eucalyptus Attacks Pickup Truck, Wins – Someday, Somebody Will Get Killed by a Tree in Our GGP Panhandle

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Our RPD’s way of taking care of trees appears to be to wait for them to fail and then haul off whatever hits the ground. IDK, do Blue Gum Eucalyptus really belong here on the somewhat sandy fringes of the Great Sand Wastes of the West Side? No, not really. But they’re here now, and they’re just waiting to kill you.

Here’s your clue as to what happened:

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A definite prob here:

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The sad message to our heartless SFMTA MUNI DPT:

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And look, no ticket on sweep day. Que bueno!

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And here’s the offending tree branch, cut up into firewood:

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I suppose both tree and truck will both live on, a bit worse for the wear.

But this tree and others like it? Well, THEY SHOULD ALL BE DESTROYED.

JMO.

Our Thoughtful RPD Provides a Bird Bath for Our Fine Feathered Friends – Or, This Fountain has been Broken for Years and Years

Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

Well, I guess it’s been broken.

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Can’t really turn it off, and it’s generally all plugged up, so it’s now a birdbath…

(And ask about our nearby rats they live about 20 feet away. And of course, that attracts birds of prey. Check it. But they’re far too big to take a bath in a bubbler.)