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May: Love your parks? Become a member!
kidsBecause great parks don't just happen -- join today!
Being a member of the Parks Alliance means you are deeply committed to supporting and improving our parks. Membership comes with great benefits and thank you gifts! Learn more >>

plant through sidewalkHelp us give out Action Grants!
Every year, the Parks Alliance gives out Action Grants of up to $5,000 to deserving park organizations. This year, we've got 18 great applicants. Our grants committee is meeting late this month to decide which organizations will be funded, but we'll also award one "people's choice" grant to the organization receiving the most votes in our online voting process.  Meet the contestants and cast your vote!

Lincoln Park StepsNewly-tiled Lincoln Park Steps to reopen May 28
After years of fundraising and other work, the Lincoln Park Steps at 33rd Ave. and California Street will be the site of a reopening celebration on May 28!
Learn more

Mayor Ed LeePark lovers discuss funding, open space with Mayor Lee
In early April, almost 100 park advocates and Parks Alliance supporters gathered in City Hall for our annual Meeting with the Mayor event.
Read more about the meeting »
Kelly NiceA belief in great parks leads to a planned gift
Kelly Nice is the Chair of the SF Parks Alliance Board, and he and his wife Maureen believe that great cities need great parks. This deeply-held belief has led to a planned gift to the Parks Alliance.
Read more about the Nice family's gift »

As always, thank you for your support of the Parks Alliance!

Matt O’Grady
Chief Executive Officer
San Francisco Parks Alliance
May 2015
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Events this month

Workshop: Organizing 101 Learn how to set up your community group for success! May 13, 6:30 to 9 p.m.
RSVP today!

Friends of Strawberry Hill monthly work day Saturday, May 9, 10 a.m. to 2 pm. Meet at Stow Lake Boathouse. Bring a sack lunch and sunscreen!

Gene Friend Rec Center Survey The Recreation and Park Department is asking for public feedback as it plans the upcoming renovation of Gene Friend Rec Center. Take this online survey; learn more about the project here.

Science Saturdays at the Heron's Head EcoCenter! Saturday May 9: Get down and dirty with native plants! 9:30 to 12:30 pm. For more information on this event and other upcoming Science Saturdays, visit the EcoCenter web site.

Don't forget to RSVP for Love Your Parks Day!  Our annual celebration of all things park is happening June 11, at Sue Bierman Park (on the Embarcadero at Washington Street).  RSVP today! 

Potrero Hill Cleanup -- Volunteer Opportunity Cleanup at four sites in Potrero Hill including Texas Street Farm, June 13 from 9 to 3 pm, including a barbecue cook-off with SFPD at Potrero Rec Center.  For more information, email

Help Beautify McLaren Park! Volunteers needed to help with mosaic project for retaining wall at Louis Sutter Park. Artist Rachel Rodi will train volunteers and supervise the project. To sign up for shifts, please visit this link.

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