SKOS Annual Meeting & Election – Seeking board candidates + free pizza!

Our Annual Meeting & Election is scheduled at Starr King Elementary School on Monday May 16th in the cafeteria @ 6:30pm. This is an opportunity to update the community on the status of the land, including a special presentation on the status of our project to remove Coral Road, and to celebrate the land we love called Starr King Open Space.Starr King Open Space

Do you go to Starr King Open Space to watch the sunset? Do you walk your dog atop our hilltop open space? Do you enjoy this little urban oasis and want to see it protected from development? As a Potrero Hill resident, you are an owner and steward of this land. It isn’t managed by the SF Rec. & Park Department, it is up to us to take care of the land and protect it for future generations.

If you are a Potrero Hill resident and would like to help preserve our neighborhood grassland, please consider running for our board. We have three (3) open seats on the board this year. You can apply online. All residents (renters and homeowners) 18 and older are eligible to run for the Board, as well as vote for candidates at the Annual Meeting and Election. Proof of residency must be provided to be a candidate. If you have any questions about what this commitment means, feel free to email us at starrkingboard@gmail.com.

Doors will open a half-hour early for an informal meet and greet with candidates. Please enter via Wisconsin Gate. Pizza has been graciously donated by our friends at Goat Hill Pizza.

We hope to see you there!

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Our Final Spring Wildflower Walk Is In April!

Wildflower walks happen annually to showcase the great CA native plant diversity that we have on the Open Space. Over the course of the spring, more than 20 gorgeous wildflowers can be found blooming in the Open Space if you know where to look!

Photo by Greta & Manu Schnetzler

Photo by Greta & Manu Schnetzler

Meet at Coral loop across from Starr King Elementary. Walks are free, relatively informal, great for families (bring the kids!), fun for photographers, and last about an hour.

We have one last walk planned for Spring 2016:
Sunday April 24th, 11am

RSVP on our Facebook event, we hope to see you there!

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Starr King Open Space Was Awarded Two Grants!

Coral RoadDid you hear the news? We were awarded two grants to remove the concrete loop that runs through the open space. The Community Challenge Grant and SF Carbon Fund are supporting the removal of the concrete loop that currently runs through the top of SKOS. 

The removal of the concrete sitting in the middle of our native habitat restoration has been on our wish list for a very long time. The removal  and disposal will be handled by a licensed contractor and will not begin until later this year, but we’ll need your help for other aspects of the project. Part of our grant request includes several hundred volunteer hours over the next six to nine months as we move through the various stages of seed collection, re-grading and re-planting. 

We’ll be posting updates on Nextdoor Potrero and our Facebook page letting you know how you can help. Thank you for your continued support!

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An Incredible Sunset Piano Celebration

Tammy L. Hall plays piano with Veronica Klaus. Photo by Manu Schnetzler.

Tammy L. Hall plays piano with Veronica Klaus. Photo by Manu Schnetzler.

With over 400+ Potrero neighbors and friends of Starr King Open Space in attendance, we had an unbelievable turnout to celebrate our 30th anniversary with a special Sunset Piano event. A huge thank you to everyone who came out, and a heartfelt thank you to all of the wonderful local musicians who performed. Given the tremendous success, we plan to make this an annual event atop your neighborhood open space.

Check out more photos on our Facebook page.

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Sunset Piano Comes to Potrero Hill

Stay up-to-date with details as they are announced by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. You can also sign up for e-news to receive regular updates on events at the open space. A piano and musician playing atop Starr King Open Space in Potrero Hill, CA

We’re continuing the party for our 30 year anniversary with a special neighborhood celebration atop Starr King Open Space (at 23rd St. and Carolina). Enjoy the sunset from one of San Francisco’s most scenic viewpoints, and listen to live piano performances by amazing local musicians.

In addition to Sunset Piano, we’ll have free ice cream provided by Umpqua Bank, free local craft beer donated by Harmonic Brewing, wine donated by Dashe Cellars, delicious food from Namu, and screen printing (to show your neighborhood pride!). Also, don’t miss our raffle where we’ll be giving away a $500 AirBnB voucher and services at Potrero Chiropractors & Acupuncture.

Bring your own kites and seating!

Families, kids, neighbors, and friends of the Open Space are all welcome! See you there: Sunday, September 27 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Performance schedule:
5:00-5:20pm – Roz Hague-Foster
5:30-5:50pm – Anna Smirny, Arden Kerr, Jennifer Chang, and Leo Baluk
6:00-6:20pm – Barbara Heroux, Bill Neely, and Paul McCurdy
6:30-6:50pm – Ray Vaughn & Co.
7:00-7:20pm – Tammy Hall and Veronica Klaus
7:30-7:50pm – Joel Slater

*You may have seen Sunset Piano in the news recently after the incredible success of Flower Piano in the San Francisco Botanical Garden.

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