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borders golden gate park, the largest growing group in my district are seniors. and so they are very concerned about accessibility issues. also curb space. if they were to drive there or to be dropped off there. and i think what people are just saying is that they -- we need to have sort of a formal and transparent process to discuss the plans of golden gate park and specifically john f. kennedy drive because it's not just for people who manage parks, it's actually about people who use the parks. and so i would love to have sort of a process to engage all park neighbors, stakeholders and moving forward and what that process might look like and are they willing to do that?
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what do you think, mr. ginsburg. >> there were several points wrapped in there. you were talking about golden gate park, and the golden gate park master plan is a living, breathing document. it actually sits on my desk. there are a number of golden gate park initiatives in the strategic plan and i would say to you from my last 10 years in this position that there is probably no more robust conversation than there is on any issue around golden gate park. i think that, frankly, i think that we have more work to do getting other neighborhood groups and folks from other parks engaged in, you know, sort of park policy and park advocacy conversations and there's a lot around golden gate park so i'm not sure that we're lacking in that regard, supervisor. you know, the -- the road closures, you know, traffic is an issue in the park. there are a lot of cars, there
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have been some pretty serious pedestrian safety issues in the park and it's something that we all need to consider seriously and that's also not really -- we are a partner in that conversation because it's in our park but we work closely with m.t.a. on that. the sunday street closure is codified, this board has, you know, passed that legislation and it's been around for seven decades. healthy saturdays, which is the partial three-quarter of a mile street closure on saturdays has been around for well over a decade when that legislation was developed and there was a lot of talk and contemplation about disability access and senior access. obviously, we're always open to suggestions to improve that. with respect to the future of road closures in the park, obviously, that would be a community very much of a community conversation but one thing that is overlooked is that there have been about m.t.a. led for well over a year about 30 different community meetings about pedestrian safety and
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traffic calming measures in the park and actually healthy saturday and the road closure thing was one of the issues that appeared to be people seeming to be most supportive of. they have that data. but, anyway, that is -- that piece is an ongoing conversation. and where upon to rangers, we would love your help, quite frankly. we have talked to numerous police chiefs, chief scott has committed to work on this. we think that rangers should be -- rangers can listen to ssfpd radio but they cannot talk which in our mind is a health and safety issue and there's technology issues -- technology challenges associated with this. but p.d. is aware of it, but thank you for recognizing it. we very much want our rangers to communicate with sfpd and it's a partnership with respect to keeping our parks safe. >> supervisor fewer: no, i agree. when we look at golden gate
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park, golden gate park is not in isolation and it borders lincoln way and also borders fulton and we are seeing much more traffic on to fulton and we're also seeing pedestrian accidents on fulton too. and we have an issue of people accessing the park, and crossing fulton. and so we're also trying to alleviate the traffic but the city keeps continuing the way that it's building we're going to expect, all expect, much more traffic. i think that this is the lack of planning, quite frankly, in our city, is that we would build, build, build, build, but when it starts to really impact the health and safety of people and pedestrians and seniors and specifically and families trying to get to the park, then i don't know that the road closures in golgolden gate park should be ia separate conversation than what happens on the streets that border golden gate park because
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that's also part of how the people access the park. >> i think that m.t.a. agrees with you. >> supervisor fewer: and i wanted to mention that i understand that you have the golden gate master plan and would you suggest having a hearing on the golden gate park master plan so that we can flush that out or how do you suggest that we actually address that -- this living and breathing document? >> i mean, i'll let you decide what hearings you want to call, supervisor. golden gate master plan is a document that was approved by the planning commission and this board. we use it, and we rely on it and it guides all of our management and policy principles with respect to the park. i'm happy to share it with you. >> supervisor fewer: when is the last time that we had an update on that? >> i do not know. >> supervisor fewer: does anyone on the board remember the last
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time that we had an update on the golden gate master plan? >> not that. the golden gate master plan was a document that was ratified close to around 2000, i think, maybe late 1990s. >> (indiscernible) it was approved in 1998. so i was close. and there is -- yeah, it's a wonderful -- it's an awesome -- awesome document. >> supervisor fewer: yeah, i imagine that it is. and i also want to say and then i will not say anything more about this, but i just wanted to mention that 70% of golden gate park is under my jurisdiction so, of course, i have special interest in it and the stakeholders in there and then i just want to say that i think that our parks in san francisco are one of our greatest assets in a city that is getting more and more dense, the need for
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open space and accessibility to open space becomes even more imperative. and i think that we have lovely parks and i think that we in the richmond district have been blessed that actually we have golden gate park in our backyard, actually, 365 days a year. and i want to thank you and your staff for all of the work that you have done on this and to beautify our city through your parks and also that the maintenance of them, but also i feel that as we build out constantly looking at opportunities to build in open space around more densely packed areas i think that commitment to our city is going to make san francisco a much more lovable city. thank you. >> supervisor kim: president breed. >> supervisor breed: thank you, thank you, supervisor fewer, for your questions and your comments. very helpful, which helps me to reduce my line of questioning as
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well. let me just start by saying that i'm really fortunate in district 5 that we have really i think some of the most beautiful parks anywhere in the city, alamo square park and the work with the bathroom and the benches and how it's looking and how so many people are enjoying it, it is just really an incredible asset here in the city and we have panhandle playground that is going to be renovated and the pathways are looking great and there's still, of course, more work -- the court was redone and the basketball court and i see people there all the time and we did the tennis courts in co valley and we're undergoing renovation at the hayward playground and that's going to be really be amazing. when i think about what is the parks used to look like in my neighborhood when i was growing up, they weren't so bad, but just compared to what they look like now, i'm excited.
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and i'm happy about what exists now. and i'm also happy about what exists in the future and i also realize that we continue to have challenges with maintenance, we continue to have challenges with security and some of those other issues that we get regular emails from our constituents about because what's great about the emails that we get from people who are part of the community is that it shows that they care. they care about keeping our parks safe and they care about keeping our parks beautiful and so as soon as we received those, of course, we jump into action to try to address many of the issues that we can address as it relates to our parks and so i'm really optimistic about the future and what happens throughout our city and also in other areas outside of my district, and a huge fan of golden gate park and that was like the best field trip ever when you were a kid to be able to slide down the slide and just the things that we're able to do
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all over the city, to go to a whole other neighborhood and to experience a whole new world with the parks, kimbo was redone which i'm excited about, and hayward and the list goes on and so i'm really fortunate and it doesn't mean they want to basically be content with what exists. we want to always improve on work that we know -- you and i talked about the needs of albert lake and this is the entry way of golden gate park and we invested money into doing a study at lincoln and ninth so that we can look at making that entryway to golden gate park which is heavily used by so many folks all over the city and we want to make that definitely more safe and we also want to make it a nice entryway and look at signage and ways in which we could improve the experience and the ease of getting around in golden gate park. so that's a whole other
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conversation. but ultimately, i think that just dialing it down a little bit, the bigger vision of making the changes, and the peace plaza which we talked about and doing work there which is a great tourist destination and is in need of repair. but dialing it back just a little bit and i want to talk a bit about equity and talk about access. and i just remember, again, i keep going back to my childhood because when we were growing up the park was right across the street, hayward playground, and we'd walk to the park and we could rely on the lunch program and we could rely on the ability to go there anytime after school and there were always just people there and there were field trips, there were people to help you with things and recreational stuff, and, you know, and we -- we didn't have the money to pay for it. and i don't remember
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applications and all of that other than the field trips that we had to get permission to go on and to be able to participate in the lunch program, but ultimately now everything is electronic. and it's been a little bit challenging and somewhat i guess confusing for some families to try to sign up for the program and i think that you made some changes to that, so the things they want to know about, number one, you know, are the programs still free to public housing residents? and what improvements have been made to the outreach to those residents so they can know? because i think that there's still confusion and they think -- i know that there's been parents in the past that have paid and then they're like well i was told they had to pay and things like that. and just outreach to help them to understand that it's free and then, secondly, just the process and how much easier has the process gotten? because let me just back it up a little bit, my grandmother was not going to walk down to hay regard playground -- hayward
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playground and i had to take the stuff back and i want to do this and i couldn't always explain it so you have children who may have grandmothers and may have people who have limited english-speaking skills who need their child to be the one to explain. so what's going on with that program? and highway does that work? -- how does that work? >> that's a great question. so everybody has visions of what it was like when they were a kid and what i want to kind of put you at ease to a little bit, yes, things change, but there's a lot of the core principles for how our system operates that actually is very similar. yes, we have programs that you need to register and we have things like mountain biking and skateboarding and kind of new and evolving or digital media types of activities that may not have been as robust when you were a kid, supervisor, but we still have neighborhood camps where you can kind of drop in and hang out. we have a lot of -- our programming is a mix of structured and unstructured and
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you register but there's a lot of unregistered type of program and it's a mix of things that you pay for and a mix of things that you don't and, frankly, our fee model is designed -- we have a very, very core principle which is that everybody has access to our parks and programs regardless of the ability to pay. and we deliver on that. again, a million and a half -- we do track a little bit more so that we can kind of share with you how we're going about the thing that you want to achieve. yes, housing -- folks in public housing can use all of our programs and are enrolled in our camps for free and i think that our outreach has improved and it's one of the areas that i want to continue to drive and part is resource intensive. and in response to your question and dovetailing on a piece of supervisor fewer's question, the only way to sign up is not online. when we do our big registrations, every facility that hosts the program, you can walk in there and meet with a live body and meet with someone that is most likely to speak
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your language at the facility. and sign up. our scholarship program is very simple, it is modeled after the school district's free and reduced lunch program. and, frankly, where people have trouble, you know, kind of documenting or filling out forms, either our staff takes care of it or you're just in and it's a very human operation. and we care about kids and we care about families and we care about seniors and we want them to be in our programs. and so a lot of that still remains. yes, we've evolved and some of our business practices have evolved, by the way, for gotted. and you gave us a lot more money -- general fund support in the days when your park system was operating. so we have captured for people who can pay and should pay and we're able to capture a bit more revenue or at least track or account for it with those accounts practices were probably not as good back then. but the core essence of what we
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do, of being able to show up at a park or at a rec center and enjoy it, i think that it very much remains. >> supervisor breed: thank you. i know that we're talking about capital related issues as well and piggybacking on supervisor fewer's request for a review of the strategic plan for golden gate park. i'm hoping, again, that that would include just the entryways. i think that we should come up with a vision to redesign those entryways and you know my dream of making it a very active, specifically with alfred lake, and making it a very active space and we have done a great job together with the bikes and with the red umbrella and the skateboarders and those kind of things, and so the parks are meant to be used and not abused. and the parks are meant to be enjoyed and we want to make sure that people feel welcomed, of
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course, no matter who you are but we also want to make sure that people feel protected and safe in our parks because that's another thing that is a challenge and when we activate, you know, the space, it just really makes a real difference. >> you know, i think that maybe -- you know, whenever, you know we all think that the right time is, by the way, golden gate park turns 150 on april 4, 2020. that's its 150th anniversary and it's a good time for us as a city to think about its past, its present, and its future. and we have recycled water coming to golden gate park in 2020 which is pretty exciting and we'll hopefully cut a ribbon on the golden gate tennis center and our tennis learning center program. you spoke about some of the capital work, supervisor, and i think that you said on the city's capital -- you sit on the capital planning committee as
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well and we're slated for a bond in 2018 and we have figuring out to do and what we're hearing from all of and you what we have heard from the community and numerous groups there's a lot of pent-up demand. so while we've done a lot of good there's a long way to go and we have jean friend which is one of our busy whyest an busies that needs a recreation and you and i have talked about the pavilion and the edge. and mclaren lodge, though it just houses staff, is a pretty important building and the most seismically unsafe building in san francisco. there's a significant amount of evolving need of the projects that are kind of big and gnarly and so in the next year or so the work will begin to think through how we're going to, you know, what are going to be our priorities and you talked about the japantown peace plaza and
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there's a lot of pent-up need for some pretty tricky, complicated projects. we have done a lot of work and we have done some of the smaller projects over time but particularly with rising costs of construction escalation and, you know, a whole host of things, you know, we're now in the realm of some very significant work that still needs to be done and, yes, that includes golden gate park. >> supervisor breed: thank yo you. >> supervisor kim: okay -- >> this is really fun for me, by the way, i like talking about parks. >> supervisor kim: good, i'm glad that you're having a good time doing that. >> supervisor breed: as you remind me every time we talk, the 150th anniversary of golden gate park is coming up. >> supervisor kim: what originally spurred this hearing was the civil grand jury report and one of the questions they had asked us to forward to rec and park was about its three stand-alone comprehensive plans and one of their feedback or comments was that it was very
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difficult to understand how the strategic capital and operational plan worked together because a number of the plans didn't cross-reference each other and it was noted that only the operational plan referenced the capital and strategic plan. and so there was a request that there's a way to simplify the way that an average layperson could understand what the recs and park's overall plan is. and perhaps a way to kind of align or consolidate these concepts together. i know that it works from the perspective, staff have three separate plans, perhaps, but for the average resident voter who just wants to understand our p.d.s and long-term vision and a way to reference them together and also to make them easy to find online, one. and, two, to align them into a singular document that is understandable. >> yeah, and so we'll continue to kind of improve our
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reporting, but to be clear, that one document exists. it's the strategic plan. there is nothing that is in our capital plan or in our operations plan that is not provided for in our strategic plan, which is very visible online. we have hard copies. i think that i will work on trying to translate hard copies and we have a translatable online in response to some of the issues that came up in this conversation. but the operations plan and the capital plans are pieces of the strategic plan which is sort of a longer-term document that we're working on and i thank we can -- we will figure out some strategies on how to cross-reference it and that can for the average reader make it even more confusing. but the way they were designed and if i go back very briefly -- hold on, well the me see if i can find it -- if we can go back to the presentation, if you go
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to page -- sort of the planning framework, you have our larger strategic plan that has our strategies and objectives and our initiatives over a five-year period. and we refresh these -- we're refreshing these every year, which we're not even required to do in any of the statutes. i want this plan refreshed and i want to be able to track and measure what we're doing so we're doing this on a -- refreshing them on an annual basis. and the operation plan and the capital plan, there' here's thek that we'll do in the next two-year budget cycle and, again, that is intended to help to feed and to support the preparation of our budget. but so that's how they interact with each other, supervisor, but i will -- we will work on how we can maybe certainly cross-reference back to the strategic plan in each of the documents and, you know, figure
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out a way to continue to make them, you know, increasingly user-friendly. >> supervisor kim: that would be great and i also want to go back to one of the previous slides that you had included on the g.o. bond. >> sure. >> supervisor kim: and i know that you have completed six of the -- i think six of the 15? 15 projects that were enumerated -- >> that means where construction is actually completed, correct. koim so six of the projects are -- >> supervisor kim: six of the projects are completed and there's only two colors. >> so green is done. all right? and this slide looks to me like it might be a bit dated so i apologize issue green means that the project is done and yellow means funding for the particular project has already -- is either -- is already encumbered and is being spent. and blue is where funds remain
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in the 2012 park bond for those -- for that project. i'm a little confused as to why there's a blue top at west sunset playground which from my perspective is done. there's a tiny bit of savings from the project so the project came in under budget. we are in the process of bringing to you the issuance of our third and final bond sale for the 2012 parks bond. which will allow us to access basically all of the blue. and the big one there you can see is margaret hayward. >> supervisor peskin: can i ask a question. it looks like blue, if we can go back to the slide, are already issued and that means that you have sold them. so there's another ones not shown here at all? >> you're right, there's four categories, thank you, supervisor. and taylor systemson behind me because she can clearly do this
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better than i a i can, but whate heck i'm in it. and so green is done. >> supervisor peskin: issued and expended. >> yes, funds issued and available and then there are -- there's funds that are encumbered and there's one more traunch that is coming your way, right? it came your way last month. so it's already before you. how's that? so where we are is that we're 90% complete of all of these projects and we have a few big ones that remain in construction but then we have another amount of money that is community opportunity projects and the let's play s.f. projects and the money for golden gate park and some of the money for mclaren and those are in different funds and not specific neighborhood park projects and that is -- you know, that's how we can trail money and that's how we complete the 2012 park bond which we think will be, you know, all of
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it will be hopefully encumbered by 19 and not spent by 19 which is consistent with how we did the 8 bond and shows that our bonds are actually spaced pretty leand that we're relatively in the big picture, you know, pretty close on schedule. there have been challenges and, by the way, we're beholden to a lot of other parties in this capital project delivery. and first and most importantly is the community. and supervisor peskin knows that the community process, planning process, for something like portsmith square is robust. and delores park, long completed, 50 community meetings and smaller projects maybe fewer. but once we complete that and we do concept design then we go through a process of environmental review and an entire regulatory framework before we have a project for which we can actually develop construction documents which takes a significant amount of time itself and then we go through the bidding process and
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then construction. so, you know, from -- from the minute that we actually start a project to the time that we have cut a ribbon, it depends on the project but it's definitely a multi--- multiyear endeavor and i think that is frustrating for people, but i think we also have to recognize that we're trying to build these parks for generations and generations and we want to get it right and we really want to do it with the community. >> supervisor kim: so does it mean that the nine other parks and playgrounds are all in construction right now? >> let's go through them. can you help me to just look at this and i can tell you -- i can tell you for sure that glen canyon rec center is done or is like 99% done. and it's probably in partnership with public works, one of the more beautiful projects that we've completed and would love you all to see it and joe dimaggio is done and west
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sunset, brand-new baseball and soccer fields and new levels of accessibility completed. and mountain lake completed. and willie woo woo wong begins construction in summer 2018. so that design is done and we have construction docs and then out to bid. and balboa pool is in construction and let's go from left to right, rossi is designed, completed. and it is going -- okay, thank you, going out to bid. why don't you take us through these. this is our acting capital project manager. >> got to delegate there, mr. general manager. it's very impressive but you can't know everything. >> supervisor kim: starting with garfield? >> okay, so garfield is in design. and it's going to be going out to construction in summer of
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2018. just christopher is still if design and gillman is complete and glen canyon is complete. and hyde turk is going into construction in summer 2018 also. >> supervisor kim: is the design complete because i haven't seen it? hyde turk mini park. >> hyde turk is in design, yes, detailed design. and then joe dimaggio is complete. margaret hayward is in design and it will go out to construction in fall 2018. and musconi rec center is in construction and mountain lake is complete and petria hill will go into construction in the spring of 2018. sunset is complete and willie woo wong as i say will go into construction in summer 2018. >> hyde turk, supervisor, we just had a third community
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meeting, because i saw it -- i saw it advertised so hyde turk, we're close, but concept design has not been approved and that's not come before the rec and park commission yet. >> supervisor kim: yeah, i know, we have been meeting on turk hyde since 2013. so i'm obviously very -- >> eager. >> supervisor kim: eager, thank you, that's the right word. is it challenging that you have one, two -- that you're going into construction on at least one, two, three, four, five parks next year? >> it is. i mean, it is -- >> supervisor kim: i only ask because, of course, i want to see turk and hyde move forward in the summer of 2018 and not be delayed but i'm concerned because there's so many parks going into construction in 2018. >> right. the construction bidding climate is very tight and there's a lot of demand. and so the more projects that we have in construction at once, you know, the tougher it is. and i think that we're resourced
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to project manage the construction and we're not doing the construction ourselves, so from that standpoint we're ready to go. my concern is that we have, you know, a healthy supply of contractors and subcontractors that can do the work, because the bids are coming in significantly over the engineering estimates which is a problem for us. to back up a little bit, when we do phase this work and part is because, yeah, we can only launch so many planes off the runway at once and different projects present different types of challenges and sometimes the community process takes longer and sometimes the environmental review takes longer and sometimes there's other regulatory issues if we've got an historic preservation issue and so we try to kind of stagger the projects and, by the way, the size of the projects really matter because we want to spend down on our bonds in a way that reduces the carrying costs and interest rates.
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so it's a mix of, you know, big projects because, frankly, it's the same amount of planning for a $20 million park renovation and a $2.5 million playground renovation. and so we we have a mix of big projects and small projects and, by the way, this slide is not all of the 2012 parks bond, just to be clear. >> supervisor kim: these are the enumerated parks? >> there's other pots of money and we're trying to drive those processes and there's the let's play s.f. playgrounds and that's the one that sergeant mccauley is in. >> supervisor kim: i understand all of that and i'm going to be very, you know, be very point blank which is that i just want to see hyde and turk go forward in summer 2018. >> i have heard that. >> supervisor kim: and see the parks going into construction next year and i'm concerned that our park will get delayed and i'm not saying to prioritize us over willie woo woo wong or
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margaret hayward with my other supervisor sitting next to me, i'm just concerned and i don't want us to get to summer 2018 and you're like we had delays because of construction parks and we have five parks, you understand what i'm saying? >> i can't guarantee that there won't be delays but it won't be because we won't be able to go. remember, that there's a lot of regulatory steps along the path. but i hear you and we're so proud of our investment in the tenderloin, quite frankly. we really are. starting with bodecker and civic center -- >> supervisor kim: bodecker is amazing -- >> and sergeant mccauley will be amazing and then hyde turk. and that is a community that so desperately needs the space. it's not lost on us. >> supervisor kim: thank you so much, mr. ginsburg. and supervisor peskin and then we have a number of public comment cards to get to. >> supervisor peskin: i will be exceptionally brief and i wanted to just -- this is
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specific to willie woo woo but may apply to the projects and willie woo woo is not a $2 million project so that's just a portion from the 2012 bond? >> correct, correct. is willie woo -- it looks like, that's odd to me because i think that the portion from the 2012 parks fund is more -- it's what has been issued so far. i think that willie woo woo,. >> supervisor kim: that was confusing because turk mini hyde park looked like it was getting five dollars. >> it may not have been the best chart. >> supervisor kim: thank you so much, mr. ginsburg and because we have members of the public waiting since 10:00 amy want to call those cards. and to save comments and questions for later. i have jane wheel, casey asberry and chad houston and phyllis dees, and leslie strong, and
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patrick roddy, and drew becker, and ellen, and mark elliott. and you can line up on the other side of the podium, even if i do not call your name, please feel free to line up on this item and i see miss wheel has walked up to the front so let's get started. and thank you for serving on our committee and being a vigorouso advocate for open space in district 6. >> well, thank you, to the other supervisors my name is jane while and i represent district 6, and i thank you, supervisor kim, for reappointing me. i live on mission street between seventh and 8th in the heart of mid-market and tenderloin and so i'm here to speak on behalf of the most open space deficient part of the city. i just have to commend our park and rec staff, our city is blessed with amazing parks and open space and they ring the
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city and the park and rec staff do an amazing job overall and they're dedicated and hard working. the biggest problem is that they're understaffed and underfunded. so let me just emphasize my two main points -- green space circles the city and park and rec is underfunded and understaffed. mid-market in the tenderloin are the densest part of the city as we have said and the largest concentration of low-income seniors and children and yet we have practically no open space. we have been begging for the acquisition of a small half acre parcel to serve our neighborhood but we're told that there's no money in the acquisition fund because the funds have been used for parks in other districts that are richer than we are in open space and the grand jury report observes that the acquisition priority is for high needs areas defined as high density and a high percentage of seniors and children and low-income households that have
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have short space and yet we're told that we can't have a park in mid-market because there's no money. where is the equity metric? s our neighborhood is poor and we don't have the wherewithal to privately fund maintenance and staff like other districts and the grand jury report states that property should not be given priority based on the funding of the purchase. we need to require any open source that we can in the center core and stop circling the core. and the proposed park... >> supervisor kim: you can finish your sentence. >> the 11th street park is wonderful and tell serve the hub neighborhood coming and the proposed 5th and brian park is wonderful and it will serve the neighborhood over by the tennis club but there's nothing in the center for us. the little parks that we have have not been maintained well enough and they're understaffed and they're underfunded and once again the equity measure is not
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being implemented. we have the highest concentration of poverty and need and yet we need -- we need double the maintenance of other areas and yet we're actually being left. so if other districts refuse to carry their share of the burden of the poor housing the homeless and providing services and yet at the same time increasing density, we need more green space in the center for healthy living. so i just want to say i don't think that there's equity in our park, acquisition, or maintenance. and i think that we need to rectify this but at the same time i do want to congratulate park and rec staff. i think they do a fabulous job. thank you very much. >> supervisor kim: thank you, miss wile. >> good afternoon, supervisors, my name is mark, and i'm a resident of san francisco. volunteers with the san francisco bicycle coalition completed a 2.5 month survey of bike parking in sa san francisco
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parks and we went to 285 parks and there were 30 of us and looking for parking spots and the kind of parking that was available. and 20 of those parks were rec and parks parks. so there's a balance for that and open spaces. the big surprise from this is that 60% of the parks in the parks and -- recs and park department jurisdiction are without bike parking at all. so 60%, no parking. needless to say this lack of secure parking is an impediment for people wanting to ride to the parks and to park there. so i'm here to ask that the department develop a comprehensive plan for being able to install secure bike parking throughout the city and that this plan should be part of the next round of funding. thank you very much for your time. cloip thantime. >> supervisor kim: thank you so much.
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>> hello, my name is chad houston and i work with local 261 and i can't speak to the majority of the strategic plan that ginsburg presented but i can speak to strategy 5 which was inspired by how much our members like working with parks and rec. and also just the workforce in general and the different programs that we have with workforce development and we have free apprenticeship programs that we partner with the parks to provide career pathways for the working class, it's dwindling in san francisco. and it's really important that we keep that program going, which we are doing, in that we continue that partnership so that we can create working-class jobs. we've had a long-standing relationship with the parks and we are happy to continue that. thank you. >> supervisor kim: thank you so much, mr. houston.
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>> good afternoon, supervisors, and colleagues. friends from recreation and parks department, you guys really do an amazing job. i'm casey asberry, a resident of the t.l. and the director of the demonstration gardens at u.t. hastings and i'm speaking on behalf of the d6 sustainable open space plan in the rec and department strategic planning. it's being developed in a network of support for increased access to healthy green space and the t.l. and soma where the residents organized in friends of parks groups, including bodecker park and turk and hyde, the fountain at u.n. plaza and
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d.m.v. and we're looking into the grand jury report and reviewing the rec and parks strategic plan and we need to elevate d6 concerns commensurate with the density of vulnerable people in our district. here we have the highest concentrations of seniors, children, people speaking other languages other than english and formerly incarcerated people, disabled and drug addicted people and it's notable that in general manager ginsburg's talk that the gaps that were identified are none seemed to be in our neighborhoods and yet we know that they are. we know that the gaps exist there. the 6,000 hours of programming that he cited are -- they're not -- it doesn't show in the catalog that our neighborhood is being represented in that. we're asking for increased investment in resident-led
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activations and maintenance and increases of staff and facilities, acquisition, as jane said, and innovation, we want to support a green space development on lot d6 before construction and our plan talks about how that can be done so we have specifics and we know it because we have been activating these places and we want to inform the process. >> supervisor kim: thank you so much, miss asbury. >> hi, i am will douglas and i work for the st. francis memorial hospital foundation. four years ago we started the tenderloin health improvement partnership which is a collective impact initiative to improve the health in the tenderloin. working with the community partners, with whom i have the privilege of working on a daily basis, and i just want to honor the hard work of many people who have been working to advocate for parks and green spaces in
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the tenderloin neighborhood before i ever got involved in this. and i'm here today to talk about the importance of community partnerships and aligning resources and making the tenderloin parks safer, healthier, active and pore vibrant for -- more vibrant for the community. as we have mentioned and noted, 33,000 residents live in the proximity of three parks in the neighborhood and it's -- it's one of the densest neighborhoods but has only 9.5-acres of park space. so in terms of the equity measures that we're looking at, we're not even as positive as some of those in the catalog here. and in terms of people's perception of safety in the neighborhood, something that we've been researching with the community partners is the lack of safety and perceived safety that folks feel as we see as a barrier to accessing parks. in the case of bodecker park with a collective impact approach we've been really,
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really successful and actually reducing -- or improving our perception of safety in that park. what we have note side that 50% of the people feel safe walking in the tenderloin during the day, according to various research. however, in tenderloin, 95% of the people feel safe there. and we believe that it's because there's a commitment and a sustained commitment from many different partners and the key to that success has been accountability, partnership, active programming, and commitment over time to ensure that this is going to continue to the parks. so you'll hear a bit more from additional community partners about their experience working in that park as a model for the other parks in the neighborhood. >> darsha>> supervisor kim: tha, mr. douglas. >> supervisor breed: are we in morning or afternoon? >> supervisor kim: it's
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officially afternoon. >> good afternoon, my name is pat somora and i'm the area director for boys and girls clubs of san francisco and we are the current master tenant at bodecker park and i also chair the bodecker park advisory committee and i'm here to really underscore the need for the commitment to the ongoing dedicated resources to ensure that tenderloin parks continue to, you know, to be safe, active and accessible for all community members beyond the capital improvements and working with bodecker park, people always ask what is the secret sauce? and it has really been this collective impact model and that no one organization can do it alone and that our strength is in our neighbors and in our unity and also working with the -- mr. ginsburg's staff and they have been dedicated and
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they've always gone the extra mile in working with us and with supervisor kim's office, and some of the community anchors that, you know, ymca and safe passage, glide. we have so many different partners that are stewards of the park and eyes on the park as far as safety. and so it really is a different model and just really the people make the difference because when we talk about equity, safety is a big issue because we have mothers, immigrant mothers, children, a hundred children use the park a day from the school. we have a large yemen populati population. monolingual seniors and they're all in the park and it's very safe but it's because we do a lot of the background work and connecting so that we can have this space and so i just want to really thank you for your support.
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please let us know how we can help to be successful in supporting other parks as well that will be renovated in the upcoming year. so thank you. >> supervisor kim: thank you, and i have to say that the boys and girls club, in partnership with many of our community-based organizations and with tenderloin and done a tremendous job with bodecker park and the city put in money to renovate this park but many of us were worried that we would not be able to maintain bodecker as a safe park that was activated but this it would be a beautiful park but not necessarily a safe park and the work that the community has done to activate this park every day is outstanding and i think that it's beyond anyone's expectations. thank you. >> hi, good afternoon. and rec and park. i am leslie trong with the
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central ymca and we are called an anchor organization at bodecker park and i won't repeat a lot of the statistics that my partners and the colleagues have stated but i do want to just give a bit of perspective from a main programming partner's perspective on how bow decker park is transformative for the community but also how i hope and the y hopes that we can see similar models take place in the tenderloin. in the ymca offers, over 50 50 hours a week of free programming and we hope that by doing this we can increase access for, you know, folks in some of the most vulnerable population in the city of san francisco, and we want -- our intent is to be inclusive alongside our partners with the types of programs that we offer so not just for youth but also for seniors and adults. and, you know, we have been in
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conversations, you know, with partners that have been working to activate the turk and hyde mini park and so we are excited to see, you know, plans moving ahead. we have participated in some activation activities and i wanted to speak that on behalf of the y that we are excited to partner, continue to partner, in the tenderloin to help activate other -- positively activate other areas in the tenderloin. thank you. >> supervisor kim: thank you. >> good afternoon, i am patrick roddy i'm the site director over bow decker park and i work with boys and girls club and a lot of the colleagues have given you stats and stuff and my big thing is what is actually happening at the park. you come in the mornings and you see seniors do thai chi and there's no programs but they decided to do it one morning and there's a group of seniors that i have to remind to leave the
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doorway clear because they like to do line dancing. this is the activity that we like to see in the parts of the tenderloin, especially the mini parks and we have been hosting the planning meetings about the turk and hyde mini park and mccauley park as well. and so with the concerns that i'm receiving at the park is that a lot of it feels like the parks are on an island. they're isolated. and so what i would encourage is some sort of connectivity, some sort of programming and we're working on that as well with the wellness trail and trying to connect the parks as bright spots in the tender lin tenderle these are great spaces and there's extra work with stewardship and programming and what is happening to make sure that space stays safe throughout the day. thank you. >> supervisor kim: thank you so much. >> good afternoon, supervisors, i am drew becker, san francisco park alliance and i just want to
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say thank you for this great ability to hear all of the great things that are happening in the san francisco rec and park world. i want to reiterate something said at the top of the presentation is that the san francisco rec and park department is actually and it should not be missed is that it's one of the top rec and park programs in the country. i'm a founding board member in ththe 1990s and we never really talked about san francisco and now everybody wants to talk about san francisco and what's going on here and what's happening in the capital world and what we're building and how we do our programming and i think that is a testment to the supervisors and also the leadership under phil and the leadership team of the rec and park department. i want to specifically talk about this type of leadership also brings funding and that's another thing that can't be overlooked here is that a lot cannot happen without private funding and the ability for the
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rec and park department and ourselves and other organizations to leverage that this organization actually gets projects done on time, under budget, and is the ability for us to go out and sell this project to philantropists and private individuals to help with the capital budget. with that, let's play initiative we have $11 million that we're committed to for 13 playgrounds throughout the city and i think that one of the things that i wanted to talk about here really quick is that we have engaged almost 2,000 people in community meetings for the let's play initiatives over the last couple months and we are working with the rec and park department to really figure out a great new mix of having different meetings at different times, morning, afternoon, evening, weekends and we're focused on bringing kids and getting the understanding of what these playgrounds should be and playing with numbers, so that people don't have an open checkbook when they design their playgrounds and they have
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numbers and figure out the budgets and we bring the budget into the planning process. so with that being said, i just want to again to reiterate the partnership here is -- is a beautiful thing. we love working with rec and park and the other city departments to make san francisco the greenest, most beautiful park-friendly city in the country and we couldn't do it -- >> supervisor kim: thank you, and supervisor peskin appreciates it in his district. >> supervisor peskin: as well as the fundraising. >> good afternoon, i'm phyllis and i'm a 30-year resident in my home with an extensiv extensiven and i'm aware of the effects of climate change and particularly global warming on my garden. so my question today is, could we hear a little bit more about what the park and rec department is doing in turns of strategic planning for the protection of the botanical gardens, that is
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55-acres of extremely rare and expensive planning and there's no doubt that it's getting extremely warmer and i would like to see how we're going to protect that. thank you. >> supervisor kim: thank you so much, miss deets. and seeing no further public comment on this item i am closing public comment. and i do want to thank all of the members of the public who came out to speak on the rec and park strategic plan and also in particular to the residents of the district 6 for coming out and i feel incredibly fortunate to have an actively engaged neighborhood around our open space in our parks and the success of bow decker park would not be possible without the tremendous organizing of both of our residents and the community-based organizations like the y and the boys and girls club and tenderloin, and the collaborative and the others
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and the tenderloin c.b.d. who was here prior on item number one with their report back and their daily afternoon activation at the mini park at turk and hyde and we are also fortunate to have lower c.b.d. who is overseeing sergeant mccauley playground in the afternoons as well. but that work was funded because of the tremendous organizing that happened in our neighborhood to ensure that we are putting our resources and eyes on the park and i thank the rec and park commission staff for working so closely with our district residents to ensure that we're not only improving our parks but also activating them so people feel safe utilizing them. i think that at this time -- i just want to appreciate, mr. ginsburg, for coming in and answering many, many different questions and we all care so much about our parks and open space so it was great to actually have this presentation and update. and also to get a sense where
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rec and park is moving on the equity metrics and plan that this board had requested in 2016, under supervisor john ovolo as we move forward with a set aside for rec and parks, ensurinsuring that we adequateld our parks and open space that we're also ensuring that we have an ecwitdy lens on how we do that because we know that certain neighborhoods have less parks, fewer parks, but much more public safety issues which inhibit our residents' ability to enjoy their recreational spaces. and thank you again to parks alliance and rec and park has done a tremendous job in developing private/public partnerships to improve our parks and we could not do it without the organizations that help us to raise money and help us to convene our neighborhoods which is also important as well. i know that this is going to be a continuing interest to this
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committee but at this time i'm going to entertain a motion to file the item, but i'm sure that we will have other hearings with rec and park and i do just as a plug for my own just look forward to hyde turk mini park moving forward because this is a playground that i have been asked to really prioritize since 2010 when i first ran for supervisor so i really look forward to the shovels going into the ground this summer. all right, supervisor peskin, any closing comments? >> supervisor peskin: i wanted to thank you for scheduling this hearing and i thank the general manager and members of the public who came out and who are invested in the stewardship of these 216 parks and most particularly i want to acknowledge the working men and women of the recreation and parks department for their work day in and day out. thank you. >> supervisor kim: thank you. and i did hear from the community, we are going to make sure to push along with you the funding for the activation of
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bow decker park and that's a concern as money is winding down for that programming and our office will be advocating along with you and so we have a motion to file and we can do that without objection. mr. clerk, any other items before this board? >> clerk: no further business. >> supervisor kim: meeting is adjourned. and thank you to everyone who came to attend today. morning, everyone, i
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will call to order the board meeting for the transbay joint powers authority for thursday, december 14th, 2017. >> clerk: we'll have roll call. director harper. and director kim is expected. and director reiskin. and director