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We are a neighborhood organization organized in the 1960’s when the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency created the model community of Diamond Heights.  The Agency mandated that planning in the neighborhood be coordinated with the neighborhood organization.  The DHCA is incorporated as a Section 501 (c) 4.

Muni 36/52 Special Route Starts May 15th

Message from Jacob Bintliff, Supervisor Mandelman’s Office:
I just wanted to confirm the final route and details for the combined 36/52 loop that will start service on Saturday, May 15th. The loop will run in both directions with 30 minute headways between buses, between 10:00 – 6:00 pm. The buses will also run from 8:00 – 10:00 am and 6:00 – 8:30 pm in the clockwise (southbound on Diamond Heights) with a 1-hour headway. This information will be posted to the MTA website this week. 

Again, we recognize this is not a replacement for full service on either of these lines, but are glad to be getting some service in Diamond Heights after more than a year. The next opportunity for service restorations will be in August, and we’ll keep on MTA about bringing these routes back fully. 

Link showing the 36/52 bus routes in both directions:
https://www.sfmta.com/sites/default/files/pdf_map/2021/05/36-52_special_pdf_map.pdf

Jacob Bintliff 
Legislative Aide
Office of Supervisor Rafael Mandelman
City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 284
San Francisco, California 94102
(415) 554-7753 | jacob.bintliff@sfgov.org

Friends of Christopher Park would like your comments about the renovations for George Christopher Playground

Message from Brynna McNulty, Coordinator:
“Friends of Christopher Park would like to thank everyone for your patience while construction was underway for improvements to the park and the renovation of the George Christopher Playground. There has been a long road of advocacy and hard work by Rec & Park, Public Works and Treaty Construction through challenging times to reach this exciting milestone. Some additional work is still to come. You may read about that and more in future Glen Park Association blog posts.

Friends of Christopher Park would like to create a photo essay documenting first impressions and experiences in the new playground and improved park grounds. Please consider emailing a photo and/or quote to be included @ 
friendsofchristopherpark@gmail.com or post to our Facebook page. As always we’d also like to hear concerns and new ideas, so please email us!  Many thanks and enjoy!” 

George Christopher Park Opening: Mayor’s Press Release, GPA Blog, Photos and Project Spotlight

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Wednesday, April 28, 2021
Contact: Mayor’s Office of Communications, mayorspressoffice@sfgov.org

*** PRESS RELEASE ***

LONDON N. BREEDMAYOR

MAYOR LONDON BREED ANNOUNCES REOPENING OF

REMODELED GEORGE CHRISTOPHER PLAYGROUND

Kids welcome new play equipment and nature exploration area in the Diamond Heights park
following renovation.

San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed today announced the reopening of the newly
renovated George Christopher Playground in Diamond Heights. Mayor Breed was joined by
Supervisor Rafael Mandelman, the Recreation and Park Department, Public Works, and kids
from Noe Valley Nursery School and Eureka Valley Arts to cut the ribbon on the $5.2 million
renovation of the site, located above the northeastern rim of Glen Canyon.

The new play area at George Christopher Playground features structures for both big and
little kids and includes swings, a whirl, and an imagination garden with a bridge, playhouse,
and stepping stones. A dry riverbed nature exploration area supports imaginative play. New
safety surfacing has also been installed.

“Safe, engaging playgrounds and accessible parks are essential for the health of our
children and our communities,” said Mayor Breed. “We’re investing in our children, families
and seniors by updating neighborhood gems like George Christopher Playground so they can
continue to shine. Thanks to the support of so many neighbors and organizations over the
years, this community now has a wonderful new space to enjoy.”

The renovation of the beloved 6.8-acre park also includes improvements to its pathways,
landscaping, lighting, drainage, and irrigation systems. An improved design focuses on safety
and connection of the park’s elements. A small amphitheater has been transformed into an
accessible plaza with views of the playground. Fencing has been expanded around the east
side of the clubhouse, which houses Noe Valley Nursery School. The clubhouse restrooms
have been reconfigured to a new single user accessible restroom, a gender-neutral, multi-user
restroom has been made more accessible, and a ramp has been installed from the playground
to the outside restroom.

Steps from the updated playground, two pieces of mid-century play equipment have been
preserved as a climbable modernist sculpture garden. Concrete Saddle Slide by sculptor
Jim Miller-Melberg and metal Pleasure Dome by sculptor David Aaron were part of the
playground when it opened in 1971 and are examples of the experimental Creative Play Design
movement of the 1950s and 60s. A third piece in the garden is a replica of Miller-Melberg’s
concrete sculpture Playwall.

1 DR. CARLTON B. GOODLETT PLACE, ROOM 200 SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA 94102-4681 TELEPHONE: (415) 554-6141


Christopher Park Playground Opens After Remodel Link:

https://www.glenparkassociation.org/christopher-park-playground-opens-after-remodel/
 
By Brynna McNulty, Friends of Christopher Park

APRIL 29, 2021 BY BRYNNA MCNULTY, FRIENDS OF CHRISTOPHER PARK

Playground photos courtesy of SF Rec & Park

George Christopher Playground in Diamond Heights has reopened after a near
two-year, $5.2 million renovation and park improvement project. The 6.8 acre park
is tucked between the Diamond Heights Shopping Center and the northeastern rim
of Glen Canyon. The park improvements include a new playground, resurfaced
pathways, lighting, drainage, and irrigation systems. The clubhouse restrooms
have been reconfigured into a new single user accessible restroom and a gender
neutral multi-user restroom.

The project, which broke ground in late 2019, was shaped by feedback gathered
through neighborhood meetings, community surveys, electronic voting, and
outreach at the “Where in the World is Christopher Park? Festival,”
a free community event to raise awareness for this park.

With improved accessibility and visual connection between spaces as guiding
design goals, the park amphitheater has been transformed into an accessible
plaza with views of the playground, and a ramp to connect the playground to
the new accessible restroom. Pathways connecting the Little Red Hen Community
Garden and Christopher Park have been resurfaced. The tennis court will be
resurfaced and new lighting installed as a future project phase.

The renovated playground features play areas for both big and little kids and
includes swings, climbing structures, a whirl, and an “Imagination Garden,” a
concept developed by landscape architect Jasmine Kaw, who led the SF Public
Works design team for this project. Nature-based play enthusiasts from the Noe
Valley Nursery School, located in the Christopher Park Clubhouse, asked Rec and
Park to draw upon the natural surroundings of Glen Canyon in the new playground
design.

This was a fit for Kaw, who is a member of San Francisco Children and Nature, a
citywide collaborative working to expand opportunities for nature connection in
parks, schools, and neighborhoods. Kaw explains,

“We were excited to integrate a nature exploration area within the playground
footprint, with child friendly plants, a dry riverbed, logs, tree stumps and loose
natural parts to encourage imaginative play, especially for the younger age set.
This is a first for a city park where a large natural play space is directly adjacent
to two structured play areas, giving children more play choices.”

Big Kids play area
South facing view of Big Kids play area. Imagination Garden in foreground
Imagination Garden on right
Sculpture Garden from original playground

Community advocacy created an additional opportunity for creativity in Kaw’s
design, when members of Friends of Christopher Park requested the preservation
of three beloved play structures. This request came as the SF Planning Department
completed design plan review and environmental impact analysis for the project.
The Planning Department took an interest in the original playground and
amphitheater, in part because its 1961 schematic design was by one of California’s
foremost modernist landscape architects, Robert Royston.

Steps from the updated playground, two pieces of mid-century play equipment have
been preserved as a climbable modernist sculpture garden. Concrete Saddle Slide 
by sculptor Jim Miller-Melberg and metal Pleasure Dome by sculptor David Aaron
were part of the playground when it opened in 1971 and are examples of the
experimental Creative Play Design movement of the 1950s and 60s. A third piece
in the garden is a replica of Miller-Melberg’s concrete sculpture Playwall.

The Planning Department completed a thorough review of the architectural
significance of the playground, which included the playground structures
community members were asking Kaw to save.

Friends of Christopher Park researched these artists and were fascinated to learn
that their “play sculptures” were part of the experimental Creative Play Design
movement of the 1950s and 60s. This information laid the groundwork for
community advocacy to save the historic play sculptures.

Friends of Christopher Park requested a safety inspection for the sculptures and
sought support for their preservation from District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman
who, together with prior support from former Supervisors Jeff Sheehy and
Scott Wiener, ultimately secured an additional $552,000 in funding for salvaging
the vintage play sculptures and making pathway improvements, ball field fence
replacement, and new tennis court lighting.

Original play structure

Rec and Park Project Manager Lauren Chavez worked diligently to provide
remaining funding through Rec and Park deferred Maintenance and Open
Space funds.

Thanks to the good work of local contractors Treaty Construction, Kaw’s excellent
design team and Rec and Park’s dynamic project management team led by Chavez,
two original and one replica of the mid-century play equipment comprise a
climbable modernist sculpture garden just steps from the updated playground.
Friends of Christopher Park is delighted that current and future generations will
enjoy these play sculptures, and is grateful for the experience of working with the
project team, the Diamond Heights Community Association, and the Office of
District 8 to make the new George Christopher Playground exceptional.

Mayor London Breed presents Certificate of Honor to Betsy Eddy as
co-president of Diamond Heights Community Association.
Sup. Mandelman on left. Photo: Josh Aberant

Mayor London Breed is fired up about the new playground. 

The usual crowds for a ribbon cutting ceremony weren’t in attendance due to
Covid-19 concerns. But Mayor London Breed, District 8 Supervisor
Rafael Mandelman, and  Rec and Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg,
were among the city dignitaries who brought spectacular weather to the opening
festivities. And excited kids from Noe Valley Nursery School and Eureka Valley Arts
eagerly tried out all the new fun stuff.

“George Christopher Park has been called the best kept secret in San Francisco
for its views and trails that connect to Glen Canyon. Now its playground is among
the most innovative and fun in San Francisco,” said Ginsburg. “This space has been
beloved by the neighborhood for decades, which was reflected in the community’s
enthusiasm guiding this project.

Christopher Park is Open!

The park is beautiful and will be loved by children and adults. Many thanks to all the Rec and Park staff that made the new park possible.

Mayor Breed, Supervisor Rafael Mandelman and Phil Ginsburg, Rec and Park General Manager; Brynna McNulty, Friends of Christopher Park and I spoke at the opening of George Christopher Playground this morning. 

Mayor Breed presented the Diamond Heights Community Association a Certificate of Honor for its critical role in the creation of the new playground. Brynna McNulty received a Certificate of Honor for the Friends of Christopher Park also for working on the park development.

More photos of the event will be posted soon.

Enjoy the park!

Betsy
DHCA Co-President

Resilient Diamond Heights Virtual Workshop Activating St. Aidan’s in an Emergency, April 28, 7 pm

 
Resilient Diamond Heights (RDH) will be restarting our RDH Workgroup training sessions this month with a review of the procedures for activating our Heat Wave or Services Center at St. Aidan’s if needed after an event such as a major earthquake.

If you have an interest in becoming a safety volunteer or have already signed up as a volunteer, please feel free to attend the training session on Wednesday, April 28, starting at 7:00 PM. Greg Carey will lead the workshop. If you like what you learn, we invite you to become more involved in neighborhood safety. This will be a “virtual” (Zoom) session. We hope to be able to bring back our in-person meetings once the COVID restrictions are relaxed and we are approved to meet at St. Aidan’s Church again.

For the Zoom link and more information, please contact Betsy Eddy, by replying to his message or emailing betsy.eddy@gmail.com.


Hosted by the Diamond Heights Community Association (DHCA) 

Please download (click at bottom of flyer) and post the attached flyer for the meeting and send to your email lists, friends and neighbors who would like more information about the proposed 24-unit market rate development. Thank you!
 
Please reply to this message or have others email dhcasf@gmail.com for the Zoom Link. The public is invited. We ask that each person requests the Zoom link and not pass it on to others for meeting security.
 
Steve Chaffin will present a slide presentation on concerns about the development expressed by neighborhood residents. Please come to express your thoughts and for answers to your questions. 
The DHCA website, www.dhcasf.org, provides the following documents concerning the development. Select – 5367 DH Blvd. – 1900 Diamond – at the top of the home page:

  • Steve Chaffin’s Slide Presentation listing neighborhood concerns
  • Marc Babsin’s, Emerald Fund, presentation given at the DHCA community meeting on March 4
  • A recording of the March 4 meeting.

 
The DHCA has defined its purpose as providing information on the development, both pro and con. There are neighborhood residents that applaud more housing in Diamond Heights. Others would like the view, open space and 27 mature Cypress trees preserved. Another alternative is to change the size of the development to save some of the view and trees while retaining the scale and character of homes on Diamond Street.

 

DHCA Announcement: Stairway Signs Posted in Diamond Heights

Diamond Heights Stairway Street Signs Installed

The DHCA congratulates Patrick Carroll, Board Member, for working with the SFMTA and Supervisor Mandelman’s office for this terrific effort for our neighborhood!

Story by Patrick Carroll:
When the planners designed Diamond Heights back in the 1950s and 1960s, they went for a suburban feel, with winding, curvilinear streets and plenty of parking. They also included stairways to connect hill dwellers with shopping and parks. The stairways received names; some, like the streets they connected were named after semi-precious stones. Others, in the time-honored San Francisco tradition received women’s names. But only a few received street signs. Some of the names appeared only on maps. Until now.

Signs have gone up on Colleen Lane, Onique Lane, Coralino Lane and Opalo Lane. The driving force to place the street signs was Patrick Carroll of the Diamond Heights Community Association with the able assistance of Supervisor Rafael Mandelman’s office and the SFMTA. Patrick observed that a person could pass right by an unmarked stairway and not even notice it was there. A frequent stairway user, he hopes that bringing greater visibility to the stairways will increase their use and promote walkability in one of San Francisco’s hillier neighborhoods. Thanks to all who made this possible!

Pictured in the photo are Supervisor Mandelman, Patrick Carroll, Betsy Eddy and 2 SFMTA staff members who helped make the sign installation possible.

Donate Specific Items for the Unhoused on March 20, 1 – 3 pm at the Diamond Heights Shopping Center

Specific Donations for the Unhoused Accepted on Saturday, March 20, 1:00 3:00 pm at the Diamond Heights Shopping Center Parking Lot


Message from Nelson Barry, Founder & President, Urban Angels SF, Diamond Heights Shopping Center:
WILL YOU HELP??? 
Support a new and wonderful joint program between the Buddhist Church of San Francisco and Urban Angels SF to collect supplies for the unhoused.
 
PLEASE COME AND DONATE
ALSO SPREAD THE WORD TO YOUR FRIENDS, FAMILY, NEIGHBORS AND COMMUNITIES (FAITH-BASED AND PROFESSIONAL ORGANIZATIONS) 
 
The Buddhist Church of San Francisco will be collecting Blankets and Supplies for SF homeless in the Diamond Heights Shopping center parking lot (the east end closest to St. Aidan’s church on Gold Mine Drive) on March 20 from 1 pm to 3 pm. 
 
Specifically the members and volunteers of the church will be accepting: 
– Blankets (comforters, throws, fleece; bundled with a string preferably), 
– Hand Sanitizer (in 2 oz and 4 oz bottles) and 
– Socks (new or in like-new condition). 
 
For more information; 
bcsfoffice@gmail.com or 415-776-3158
 
The donations are tax deductible. 
 
The donations will be handed out to our unhoused SF neighbors by volunteers of Urban Angels SF, a nonprofit headquartered in the Diamond Heights Shopping Center. 
 
Please spread the word to your friends, family, neighbors and communities and churches. This is a one-time donation effort by the Buddhist Church of SF. If it goes well, they may do it again. 
 
Grateful to be in Service, 

Nelson  Barry 

Founder & President, Urban Angels SF 
5228 Diamond Heights Blvd. SF 94131 (2nd floor in Diamond Heights Shopping Center)
415-952-0711
UrbanAngelsSF.orgNB3@UrbanAngelsSF.org
Urban Angels SF is a 501(c)(3) tax ID #84-3536488 – All donations are tax deductible. 

“When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed.” Maya Angelou 

“If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” Mother Teresa

Fundraiser for St. Aidan’s March 20 with Entertainment and Auctions

Are you ready for “A New Day!” ?

This is an opportunity to help St. Aidan’s raise funds for community programs and also learn about an online silent auction application.

St. Aidan’s Episcopal Church is having a spring Auction Fundraiser on Saturday, March 20th at 7pm Pacific time. Our auction raises funds to support the ministries of St. Aidan’s including food-centered ministries, community-centered ministries and elder-centered ministries. If you’ve ever been to one of our events before, you’ll know that this is truly a FUNd raising event.

Dymphna Productions will perform a short preview of an upcoming musical “Ranch Dressing” and Elaine Jennings and Janet Lohr will sing some hits!

Of course, we can’t gather in person this year, so all the festivities will be online.  We’ll use Zoom for the actual event, and registration and bidding will use an Internet platform called Auctria.  Everyone who registers will receive an email on March 20 with the link for the Zoom event.

Use the link below to register, buy a ticket and preview the online and live auction items:

charityauction.bid/ST_AIDANS_SF

There you will find art, crafts, edible delectables, home-made items, collectibles, recorded stories for children and the family, goods for the home, and experiences to look forward to – all available at the online and live auction!

Online and live auction bidding will require a ticket (Registration).

The Silent Auction also called the  “Online Auction” will begin on Sunday, March 14th at 6pm and will close Sunday, March 21st at 6pm. A ticket is required to bid. Items may be added in the course of the week, and some items may be offered as “Buy it Now.”

The Live Auction event with entertainment will begin Saturday, March 20th at 7pm. A zoom link will be sent out a few days before the event on March 20th to each registered ticket holder.  The live auction will not run on Auctria, only on the zoom event.  The silent auction will only be run on Auctria online.  

Tickets (Registration) may be purchased with a credit card at this link:

charityauction.bid/ST_AIDANS_SF

$25 per person

$50 for a “Table for 2”

$75 for a “Table for 3”

$100 for a “Table for 4”

Sliding scale also available starting at $15 per person

Happy to “meet” you there!

For Information contact:

Dave Frangquist

frangquist@acm.org