Mayor Ed Lee Meets with Park Advocates
In early April, more than 100 park lovers and Parks Alliance supporters gathered in City Hall for our annual invitation-only Meeting with the Mayor event. Mayor Lee listened attentively to testimonials from park leaders and volunteers Jean Bogiages of Potrero Hill, Fran Martin of Visitacion Valley, Lorraine Woodruff-Long of Sunnyside, Vivian Araullo of SoMa, Lee Anne Weldon of the Richmond District, Joelle Kenealy of Crocker Amazon and Rosemary Cameron of Miraloma Park, covering tough issues like planning for growth and the need for more open space in San Francisco, as well as funding needs in our park systems like park patrol and maintaining our playgrounds.
The Mayor said that after starting his first term focusing on job creation and economic growth, he is now focused on quality of life and a prosperity agenda and that parks are a part of that agenda.
He was receptive to the idea of setting objective standards for park accessibility and quality, like determining the adequate amount of open space for the City and how we measure up against other cities. "Whatever we do here, everyone else is watching," the Mayor said.
Mayor Lee acknowledged the need for additional investment in park patrol and other needs, and committed to continue to work with the Parks Alliance and all park lovers to infuse more resources into our park system. However, he cautioned, these investments won't happen overnight. "When I go into Room 200 I have to work with the rest of my team to balance the budget. Everyone wants to make San Francisco a better place," Mayor Lee said.
The Parks Alliance is very grateful to Mayor Lee for taking time out of his demanding schedule to meet with park advocates.