Local street artist provides poppy mural to Potrero Hill

If you’ve visited the open space over the past few months, you may have seen the beautiful mural of our state flower, the California golden poppy, on the southwest side of the hill near De Haro Street. Many neighbors asked us “where did the mural come from?”, followed by “who is the artist?”.

We’re glad you asked!

Poppy mural in progress by local SF artist fnnch.

Several months ago former Starr King Open Space board member (and neighbor) Dan Fineman and a friend were conversing at 24th Street deli Wise Sons about the need for a mural along the large wall on the side of his property adjacent to the open space.

A neighbor overheard the conversation and suggested reaching out to local SF street artist fnnch and put Dan in contact with the artist (you might recognize his images of honey bears around the city).

fnnch was game, and the project took a couple of months from initial idea to finished mural.

Property owners and neighbors Gary Hirsch, Les Hanson, Jennifer Stebner (another former SKOS board member and active supporter of the open space), and Dan commissioned and paid for the mural.

Jennifer says she came up with the idea to do golden poppies in alignment with the state flower found naturally all over the open space.

We think it is a perfect representation of the open space–thank you Gary, Les, Jen, and Dan for gifting this beautiful mural to your neighborhood!

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Meet our newest board member

Meet our newest board member: Siobhan Dolan

This past May during our Annual Meeting & Election we added a new face to our board: meet Siobhan Dolan!

So who is Siobhan? We’ll let her tell you in her own words via her candidate statement:

As a thirteen-year resident of San Francisco across a half dozen neighborhoods, the warm welcome Starr King Open Space offered me two and a half years ago when I became a newly home-owning resident on Potrero Hill’s Southern slopes stands out in a city with many wonderful neighborhood spaces. SKOS truly embodies the spirit of our neighborhood.

This sort of magic is not effortless however, and I look forward to contributing to the underlying administrative projects that keep this space open, natural, and community-defined. My professional experience in IT and software development includes 7 years in the nonprofit sector at an organization facilitating organ donation, 2 years in government at the USCG, and 3 in the private sector at companies in employment law and finance. I’ve worked within many different regulatory frameworks and can easily adapt to the requirements of the board’s bylines and standard practices. I happily offer my technical skills to help build, modernize or automate any internal tools the board uses to manage their processes. I’m always happy to offer my unskilled labor for planting and weeding efforts, or take on other tasks as needed.

In San Francisco, I’ve previously volunteered at the Hyde Street Pier National Historic Park and the Strybing Arboretum in Golden Gate Park. Within our community, I’ve volunteered with Unite Potrero as an assistant organizer of their community clean-up and BBQ. I’m also a hobby gardener with a plot at the 25th and De Haro Community Garden. I look forward to contributing to the magic of SKOS and our neighborhood.

We’re excited to have Siobhan on our board; feel free to say “hi” if you see her atop our beautiful open space!

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Sunset Piano is back!

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. 

Our third annual Sunset Piano Block Party atop Starr King Open Space (at 23rd St. and Carolina) is right around the corner! 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 our friends at Harmonic Brewing, Anchor Brewing, and Magnolia Brewing Company. And you can pair your beer with tasty pupusas from D’Maize.

We will also have games and activities for kids of all ages.

Bring your own kites and seating!

Families, kids, neighbors, and friends of the Open Space are all welcome! See you there: Sunday, September 24 from 3 to 7 p.m.

Please let us know you’re coming and RSVP on Facebook.

Performance schedule as follows:
3:00-3:20pm – Dean Mermell, Mauro Ffortissimo (Sunset Piano)
3:25-4:05pm – Sarah Dineen, Julien Robert
4:10-4:30pm – The Blue Swamis
4:35-4:55pm – Ciara McAllister (McAllister Music Studio)
5:00-5:20pm – Ray Vaughn
5:25-5:45pm – Tammy Hall
5:50-6:10pm – Suzanne Beignet Ramsey (Kitten On the Keys)
6:15-6:35pm – Mark Fedronic (More Fatter)
6:40-7:00pm – Joel Slater (7SF)

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Join our board and help your community

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? Do you want to get more involved in your community?

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 one (1) open seat on the board this year. You can apply online. All residents (renters and homeowners) 18 and older are eligible to run for our all-volunteer Board, as well as vote for candidates at the Annual Meeting and Election on May 15th @ 6:30 at Starr King Elementary. 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.

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“Mimosa” Wildflower Walks Are Back!

Do you like free mimosas? Do you like wildflowers? Do you enjoy great views of San Francisco in a natural setting?!

Then join us for our 1st Spring “Mimosa” Wildflower Walk of 2017!

Photo by Manu Schnetzler

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 wildflowers can be found blooming in the Open Space if you know where to look!

Meet at the swing across from Starr King Elementary. Walks are free, relatively informal, good for families, fun for photographers, and last about an hour. This year we will provide free mimosas to enjoy while we walk.

The is the first of two (2) walks planned for Spring 2017:
– Sunday March 12th, 11am
– Sunday April 9th, 11am

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

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