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Kezar Triangle Spring Celebration

It’s hard to believe Kezar Triangle’s makeover is already one year old – but let’s get together and celebrate Spring!  The monthly first Saturday workdays are making an impact and we would like to have a special celebration on May 2.  Join us to work refreshing the plantings from 9-12 and then bring a picnic and hang out from 12-2.

Friends of Kezar Triangle needs additional help lining up music, entertainment, and food donations for the event – if you can assist let us know.  You can contact Steve at steves@sfparksalliance.org or 415-621-3260×118.

We also need help spreading the word – here is PDF flyer that can be distributed!  Kezar Spring Celebration

Hope to see you on May 2!

 

 

Beautiful Opening Day

Carla Crane cutting the ribbon ~ it's official!

Thank you all so much for the inspirational Opening Day at the Triangle. Perfect weather, great turn out and lots of fun. Thanks to all who joined us and especially to the performers and volunteers who made it all possible. A truly heart warming way to celebrate the opening of this newly transformed public space.

Here are some photos from the event itself uploaded by Rec and Park staff plus an album of more photos on Facebook!

There’s even a video!

Please join us as we plan events and future temporary art for the Kezar Triangle as well as volunteer work parties to help week and tend to the plantings.

Landscaping Volunteer coordinator: email the Rec and Park Department

If you want to help us plan events and select new temporary art projects at the Kezar Triangle, please email us and consider joining the Kezar Triangle Art Coalition. We welcome feedback and any suggestions of ways to to improve the area as well as thoughts about what you love and enjoy already!

SAVE THE DATE! March 22, 2014


***  Mark your calendars!  ***

WHEN: Saturday March 22, 2014 from 1-5pm
WHERE: @ the Kezar Triangle

WHAT: Opening Equinox Celebration

To highlight the completion of the initial landscaping renovations of the Kezar Triangle and usher in the Spring Equinox, Friends of Kezar Triangle will be hosting a community picnic with opening remarks from Park and City officials, DIY giant bubblemaking, circus skills workshops, live music, crafts and create with nature activities and more! Please join us for this fun food and family-friendly free event and tell your friends! Hope to see you there!

More info and poster to help spread the word ~ coming soon!    :)

New neighbors!

CommUNITY Gardens

Park officials and kids at the ribbon cutting for the neighboring CommUNITY Gardens. (Little girl outsnips the giant scissors! FTW!)

The small site previously occupied for decades by the HANC (Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council) Recycling Center and gardens just East of the Kezar Triangle has been fixed up by SFRPD and is now called the Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden!  Here’s a brief video from the opening:

How will this space for urban gardeners affect the Kezar Triangle?  Looking forward to exploring collaborations as people begin to get their hands in the soil and garden and the Kezar Triangle gets spruced up to create new opportunities for everyone in the neighborhood. Stay tuned!

 

SF Rec and Park Commission Approves Conceptual Plan!

Abigail Maher from SFRPD and Jeff Miller from Miller Company Landscape Architects presenting the proposed improvements for the Kezar Triangle before the Commissioners.

On August 7th, the SF Recreation and Park Dept Capital Committee approved the Conceptual Plan for the Kezar Triangle and then referred it for further approval by the full Committee, Thursday, August 15th in City Hall in San Francisco. It was unanimously approved again, kind words were said and now we’re on our way!

We were item #11 on the agenda – http://sfrecpark.org/wp-content/uploads/081513-commission.pdf

Next we have more meetings with the Rec and Park Dept Structural Review Department who will go over technical and planting details and if all goes well, we’ll be able to begin work in late October / early November of 2013.  The whole construction phase will involve improving the irrigation system and upgrading the trails and entry areas as well as peripheral plantings and is predicted to take 2-3 months of work.  Fingers crossed!

Thank you all for your help and support getting us to this stage.  The final design is the result of all the public and individual meetings we’ve had to date with neighbors as well as years of work with the City and community groups to make something we hope will meet everyone’s needs artfully, ecologically and effectively.

Summer Solstice picnic event! Sat. Jun 22, 2-5pm!

                                                                              *SAVE THE DATE!*

On Saturday, June 22, from 2-5pm, we’re celebrating the Summer Solstice at the Kezar Triangle!

(Kezar Dr. & Lincoln Way, S.F.)

LOOKING FOR LOCAL STORIES AND HER + HISTORIANS

FOR: “markings“- a new workshop + artwork led by senseofplaceLAB.org

The piece is interactive, and will last until around 6pm.

Participants are invited to join us and sit on triangular picnic blankets (designed by Lea Redmond!) set out on the lawn bordered with marker flags. Acoustic music will be played off and on throughout the day.

Three times during the day, interested participants will be given a ‘tour’ of Kezar Triangle led by artist Emily Tareila, to heighten their ‘sense of place’ of the area. The tour will include 2 sections of KT: where the Quigley house was (NW near nasturtiums), and in the E end near where the stables were (future site of a temporary barley project).

Participants will be invited to share their memories of the area, drink barley tea and enjoy live acoustic music on the field. Recordings of local histories will be posted online on kezartriangle.org to create an archive of memories the area.

FREE and OPEN TO ALL:  Please spread the word and invite anyone who might enjoy sharing their memories of this area known as the Kezar Triangle (or “the Greens”).

Hope to see you there!       :)

 

Third and Final Public Meeting!

The Rec and Park Dept has announced this officially and we’ve sent out emails and posted on Facebook and would love your help spreading the word- hope you can join us!  :)

NOTICE OF PUBLIC MEETING

Kezar Triangle

Please join us for the third, and final, in a series of public meetings to present the Final Conceptual Plan for the improvement project for the Kezar Triangle, a section of Golden Gate Park between Lincoln Way, Kezar Drive and Arguello Blvd.   Your input is very important!

Tuesday, May 28, 2013
6:00 pm to 7:30 pm
County Fair Building, Auditorium
(9th Ave. and Lincoln Way)

Hosted by the Friends of Kezar Triangle. This project is sponsored by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and the San Francisco Parks Alliance

For additional information please contact
Friends of Kezar Triangle– email: friendsofkezartriangle@gmail.com
www.kezartriangle.org

Spread the word!

 

 

Equinox event Saturday, March 23, 4-8pm!

Hi everyone,

Please help us get the word out and share in your various online and offline networks.

Saturday, March 23 from 4pm-8pm Friends of Kezar Triangle is honored to invite you to an Equinox Celebration picnic with art and music, dirt and bubbles.

We’d love to have a good crowd at this.  Should be a fun way to usher in the change of seasons and welcome the tipping point of the Kezar Triangle as we move ahead into the new year!

You can help us out by posting this on Facebook, sending the invite by email to your friends and neighbors and even printing up a few to hand out!

Bring warm clothes, a thermos with hot tea and snacks to share!  Bring a flashlight too for the evening bubblescapes!

Hope to see you there!

Thank you for coming out to the 2nd public meeting!

 

Landscape architect Jeff Miller presenting the latest design proposal for the Kezar Triangle at our 2nd Community meeting.

 

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the SF County Fair Auditorium last night for our Second Design Proposal review meeting.  A good number of people attended and many new faces!

After an introduction by Eric Andersen of SFRPD and an overview by Holly Pearson of the planning process for projects like this one, Carla Crane shared her inspiration for the project and Sam Bower shared some of the context so far.  Landscape architect Jeff Miller then walked everyone through the previous design proposals and on to the latest version that incorporates feedback from the previous meeting and some new improvements.  Then the floor opened to questions, discussion and feedback from the public.  Much of the discussion centered around the pathways and the possibility of adding a second crosswalk along Lincoln near the existing one for added safety.  A proposal to stage the actual implementation of the landscaping in phases over time, was said to be unnecessary and we were encouraged to make the great bulk of improvements together, even if we had to close off the park to do it. The goal would be to get it all done soon, minimize disruption, heal the existing pathways and protect new plantings. Timing would also have to consider use of part of the field for discus and track events in the Spring.

After much discussion, the room was unanimously in favor of the proposal so far and encouraged us move ahead with things!

Then, Sam then shared some images of some of the temporary nature based art being considered for the area and discussed how an arts coalition could be formed to help manage that aspect of the project over time.  The audience was again receptive and encouraging and the evening ended with applause!

Now we have to get down to the detail level of budgeting, the specifics of trail and entry area stabilization, irrigation, native planting palette and the integrated art components and pass those back and forth with SFRPD and Jeff Miller and Co.  Once we have a clear sense of those details we then have a 3rd public meeting for public comments and review.  After that then it goes in front of RPD again and the Planning Commission and other digestive processes.

If all goes well, it looks like we might be able to begin actual landscaping improvements in the Spring of 2013.  If we can get city support for the new safety pedestrian crosswalk on Lincoln Way that will also help tremendously with the flow of people on the North end of the Triangle.

That’s the update!  We’ll be posting more details soon.  Thanks again for all the support and as always looking forward to your feedback and participation.

2nd Public Meeting

Dear Friends and neighbors,

Our next community meeting to review the latest proposal for the landscaping improvements to the Kezar Triangle is scheduled for Wednesday, November 14th!  Please mark your calendars and join us if you can.

We’ve been steadily getting together art ideas and meeting with local neighbors, Miller Company Landscape Architects and the Rec and Park Department as well as other public officials. Things are starting to come together and we’re quite excited to share the latest versions of the proposal with you.

Warm regards and as always, we welcome and look forward to your thoughts!