We are thrilled to announce we submitted our application for the Community Challenge Grant offered by the City and County of San Francisco. Thanks to Starr King Elementary, The Potrero Boosters, Literacy for Environmental Justice, our neighbors and our Board of Directors for making this possible. We will find out in December if we will be awarded the grant to remove the concrete Coral Road loop. We are excited to remove the concrete and replace it with a walking path and more native flora plants. We will let you know as soon as we hear!
In the meantime, we are still facing a roughly $6,000 bill from SF DPW to repair the sidewalks adjacent to the open space. And while we would like to continue to invest in meaningful projects to restore and improve the land, such as removal of invasive species and removal of concrete on Coral Road, it will be difficult for us to pay these bills without help from our neighbors and our community.
So how can you help out? Reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you can donate money to help out with our sidewalk repair bills, please send via check or PayPal here: http://starrkingopenspace.org/?page_id=24
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!
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!
Image by Manu Schnetzler
Meet at Coral loop across from Starr King Elementary. Walks are free, relatively informal, great for families (bring the kids!), and last about an hour.
We have two more walks planned for Spring 2014:
Sunday April 27th, 11am
Sunday June 1st, 11am
The Starr King Open Space (SKOS) Board Meeting is on Monday, March 17th 6 to 7:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the Public Potrero Branch Library.
Stewardship Day is March 8th 9:30am -12:30 pm on the open space.
The City of San Francisco offers a Community Challenge Grant Program and we’re
currently working on our grant application. We plan to use the funds for the removal of concrete on the Open Space. The northern loop of Coral Road is unused and causes rainwater to divert from the ground and into the overworked sewer system. We are excited about this project because it is a huge step in our ongoing efforts to maintain the land as naturally as possible and also helps the environment by reducing run-off that pollutes the Bay.
Letters of support are crucial to the application process, so email or snail mail a letter telling us why you think the Open Space is awesome and how it could be even better with less concrete!
If you’re interested in volunteering to help with the grant process or the work required to complete the project, please email the Board. We could use the help of any person with expertise in grant writing, civil engineering, diagram preparation, concrete removal, soil grading and restoration or law.
The Community Challenge Grant awards are given only to groups with a high level of participation, so we need as many letters as we can get. Spread the word, because we can’t do it without you!
Starr King Open Space
PO Box 880293
San Francisco, CA 94188-0293
The Starr King Open Space Board of Directors is reaching out to ask for your help to protect and support our treasured, neighborhood Open Space by making a tax deductible donation.
The Open Space is a 501(c) 3 organization and survives solely on donations and grants. With these funds, the Board is able to keep the Open Space safe, clean and beautiful for everyone to enjoy.
With your support, here are some of the great things we’ve been able to accomplish in 2013:
- On National Day of Service we planted over 1000 purple needlegrass seedlings (our California state grass), which are currently blooming
- We had over 25 people helping out to volunteer on National Day of Service, our largest number of volunteers ever!
- Starr King Open Space was recognized in Bay Nature magazine
- We hosted our 1st Annual Mimosas and Wildflower Walk fundraiser
Whether you walk your dog on Starr King Open Space, enjoy the sunsets, or just appreciate the value of wild open space, you understand we can’t afford to lose this neighborhood gem.
You can donate using the PayPal link on the right or you can send a check to our PO Box here. Our SKOS Tax ID # is 942967564.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
Starr King Open Space Board of Directors