Support your neighborhood open space in Potrero!
We have removed most of the Coral Road concrete loop as part of our project to restore Starr King Open Space to its natural state, but we need volunteers to help plant natives to ensure our restoration is a success.
Join us Saturday November 5th from 9am-Noon. Snacks and drinks will be provided. Meet at Coral Road and Carolina Street, across the street from Starr King Elementary School.
No prior gardening experience necessary. Our non-profit partner Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ) will provide instruction and assistance.
Please RSVP so we can get an accurate count for snacks and drinks.
Coral Road Removal (photo: Bill Gollihur)
This week marked a big milestone for our project to remove the concrete loop that runs through the open space and restore it to a native grassland habitat.
We began the process to remove Coral Road as well as grading the land underneath to restore it to a more natural slope.
You can view more photos, including before and after, here.
Stay tuned for volunteer opportunities to help plant natives where Coral Road once was. If you are interested in helping, please reach out via email.
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Following the success of last year’s inaugural Sunset Piano celebration atop Starr King Open Space (at 23rd St. and Carolina), our Sunset Piano Block Party is back this year and bigger than ever! Enjoy tasty food and craft beers from one of San Francisco’s most scenic viewpoints, while listening to live piano performances by amazing local musicians.
In addition to Sunset Piano, we’ll have local craft beer from Triple Voodoo Brewery, Harmonic Brewing, and Magnolia Brewing Company. Expect delicious food from local food trucks, so come hungry.
We will also have special music performances from Little Bears Music that kids of all ages can participate in (no musical experience required).
Bring your own kites and seating!
Families, kids, neighbors, and friends of the Open Space are all welcome! See you there: Sunday, September 25 from 12 to 5 p.m.
Performance schedule to be announced.
Meet our new President: Maureen Loya
We are happy to announce that Maureen Loya has been voted President of Starr King Open Space Board of Directors. She has been on the board for the past year and a half, and steps into the vacant President role following the final term of former President Julie Shumate.
Maureen is a fourth generation native San Franciscan who has lived in Potrero Hill for close to ten years. A mother of a young son and owner of two active dogs, she walks through the open space every day.
More from Maureen, in her own words:
As the new president of the Starr King Open Space Board of Directors, I’m really excited about this upcoming year. With the project to remove Coral Road starting to take shape, I think we all can expect to see some very positive changes that will help further restore our neighborhood treasure to a more natural state. I also look forward to working with the new owners of 1321 De Haro as they build their dream house on the foundations of what I referred to as ‘the shack’. We are happy to have good neighbors that value our urban oasis move in next door.
Our board is also working hard to make sure our second annual SKOS Sunset Piano Block Party is a bigger success than last year. Please save the date of Sept. 25th. It’s going to be a fun afternoon of good tunes, good food and drink, and of course, good views. I hope you can join us.
We are extremely lucky to have such unfettered beauty so close to our homes. I enjoy climbing the rocks, drinking in the views, admiring the wildflowers and watching the hawks and other wildlife co exist along side us. As a member of the board my only goals are to protect this area from development, help continue to restore the land to a more natural state, and to encourage my neighbors to both enjoy the open space and to help keep it beautiful.
We want to thank Julie Shumate for an incredible five years of leadership. Her passion and commitment to our open space was exceptional. Under her leadership we were able to achieve many firsts, including our first community day with California College of the Arts, our first Sunset Piano celebration, and securing grants to permanently remove Coral Road so we can restore our native habitat.
Thank you Julie!
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:
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.