We accomplished so much in 2014 thanks to your support and the hard work of our many volunteers. Today, we are writing to let you know what to expect in this coming year and to give you a quick summary of our efforts in 2014.
Funding Secured for Soccer Field Renovation, Outdoor Adult Workout Center, and Park Lighting
Our goal last year was to advocate for Franklin Square to renovate the soccer field as well as to install additional lighting and construct an outdoor adult workout center and a new, fenced-in dog play area. We are very proud to announce that together with San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, Franklin Square received funding to renovate the soccer field and install the outdoor adult workout center.
Through the advocacy of Supervisor Cohen, Franklin Square also was allotted $25,000 to install lighting along the western edge of the park bordering Bryant Street. Although Friends of Franklin Square was not awarded grant funding from the Community Opportunity Fund, we are re-applying in 2015 for the fenced in dog play area with additional irrigation and water conservation amenities.
Our Friends at Trumark Urban led three Franklin Square Park Clean-up Days which were very well attended. You can see the fruits of our labor along 17th Street that now features a beautiful ornamental bed. Set your calendars for our next three Park Clean-Up Days on March 28th, July 18th, and October 3rd. Franklin Square’s first annual community Easter Egg Hunt was a tremendous success. Please join us again this year on Saturday, April 11th from 10 a.m.- 11:30 a.m.!
New Homeless Navigation Center Opening in March
The Mayor’s Office on Homelessness (SFHope) is opening a new facility in March 2015 called the Navigation Center at 1950 Mission Street (by 16th Street). The Center will provide several dozen beds, a cafeteria, laundry machines, showers and personal storage area, and counseling services. The Homeless Outreach Team (HOT) will be targeting homeless people in this part of the Mission and encouraging them to use the Center.
Farmer’s Market, Crosswalk on 17th Street, and Bookmobile
As a result of our 2014 park user survey, Friends of Franklin Square also tried to bring a Farmer’s Market to the park. We met with the Pacific Coast Farmer’s Market Association and while they fully supported a Farmer’s Market at Franklin Square, the site didn’t meet their logistical requirements. We also lobbied the SFMTA to install a stop sign or crosswalk at the intersection of Hampshire Street and 17th Street; unfortunately, SFMTA indicated that the proximity to the signal light on Potrero Avenue and Bryant Street precluded additional pedestrian crossings. On another note, we are lobbying to bring the SF Bookmobile to Franklin Square. We will keep you posted on our efforts!
We Need Your Help!
Of course, all of these accomplishments would not have been possible without the generous help and support of our friends. There is so much more work to be done and WE NEED YOU! Join us and together we can build a better park! To volunteer, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Leader of Friends of Franklin Square