Help Wanted for Concrete Loop Removal

Coral Road

Coral Road. Photo by Erik Hansen.

We are excited to be underway with our project to remove the Coral Road concrete loop and restore that portion of the open space to native habitat to make it even more valuable to our neighborhood, but we are looking for volunteers who can provide the following for donation or a greatly discounted rate:

Property survey:  

In order to remove the road, we need a property line survey, but unfortunately the typical land survey estimates are out of our budget.  SKOS is looking for someone who can donate their services or provide them for a reduced rate.  We don’t need a very detailed survey, only property lines, especially as it relates to the area that is involved in the removal of the road.

Drawings for permit:

As a continuation of this project, we would like to replace the sidewalks on Carolina Street where Coral Road intersects with the road. We have a contractor in place to build the sidewalks, but we need drawings that we can submit to the City for a permit. Would anyone in the community have the ability to draw and stamp these renderings for SKOS for a donation or a greatly reduced rate?

Timing: Ideally these should be completed by the end of July.

If you can help with either of the above, or can refer us to someone in the community who can offer these services, please reach out directly to Jamie Simon, our project manager via email.

Thank you!!!

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Annual Meeting & Election – Board of Directors Candidate Statements

Our Annual Meeting & Election is scheduled at Starr King Elementary School on Monday May 16th in the cafeteria @ 6:30pm. We will update the community on our accomplishments this past year, including a special presentation on the status of our project to remove Coral Road.

We have three (3) candidates for open seats on our Board of Directors and will hold an election open to the public to participate in. Each candidate has submitted a statement that you may read below.

2016 SKOS Board Candidates:

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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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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