Neighbors and friends of McLaren Park,
Here's whole handful of ways for you to get into McLaren the
next couple of months, from hunting butterflies to building trails to
enjoying picnics and nature walks. But don't wait for us, get out and
explore McLaren Park every chance you get, and tell us what you find
Celebrate our work and enjoy our park...
McLaren Park Community Potluck
Sunday, May 22, Noon - 4 P.M.
Redwood Grove picnic area (north side of Shelley Drive Loop)
All friends and neighbors of McLaren Park (this means you!) are
encouraged to join Friends of Crocker-Amazon Excelsior (FACE
) for their annual picnic
meeting. Help McLaren Park
Save McLaren Park
, and other groups will be helping, too. Meet old
friends, make new ones, and learn about what's happening in the park
and surrounding neighborhoods.
Birds! Bees! Views! Trees! Short nature walks leave at 1:00 and 3:00
P.M., and will take about half an hour -- just enough exercise to shake
off that last bit of pie you snuck off with. Announcements about
FACE activities, other groups, and upcoming events will take place throughout the
a dish or some grillable food to share, as well as your favorite
beverage. See you there!
Help our kids play safely...
Crocker Amazon Playground Monthly Work Party
Saturday, June 4, 9:00 A.M. - Noon
Join Friends of Crocker-Amazon Excelsior (FACE
and other volunteers along with SF Recreation and Parks Department
staff in cleaning, planting, painting, and otherwise improving this
local hub of rough and tumble goodness.
For more information, contact Linda Litehiser at 415-585-8005 or
Experience our species diversity...
17th Annual San Francisco Butterfly Count
Monday, June 6, 9:30 A.M. to 5:00 P.M.
Mansell@Visitacion parking lot
McLaren Park is second only to the Presidio
for butterfly species diversity within San
Francisco's natural areas. The Butterfly
Count is a fun way to learn about our local varieties while collecting
valuable data about our environment -- in other words, it's citizen
science at it's
best. Lepidopterist and event coordinator
Liam O'Brien tells us "it
be very thorough and will take you about all over. We
will give you a "Butterflies of San Francisco" brochure and maps to show what you
might find where. You'll have a blast!" Here you can review last year's results
and here are articles from the Marina Times
, and Bay
If you are interested in attending the McLaren count, please drop a note to
. We'll gather at 9:30 A.M. with
coffee and pastries but please bring your own lunch and water.
If you would rather participate at another
park in the City-wide count, meet at Randall
Museum at 9:00 A.M. For more
information, please contact
. A $3.00 fee from each
participant will go towards butterfly conservation through the North
American Butterfly Association.
Join our Collaborative...
Working Together for a Better McLaren
Wednesday, June 15, 6:30-8:00 P.M.
Several Save McLaren Park volunteers attended the March 30 and May 2,
2011 meetings of the McLaren Park Collaborative. At the March meeting,
the guest of honor was SF Rec and Park Planner Karen Mauney-Brodek who
presented a follow up on last year's McLaren Needs Assessments
meetings. She reported on the road work and sidewalk cuts/ramps being
installed at the corner of Visitacion Ave and Mansell St, making the
Philosopher's Way trail accessible to persons of different abilities.
She also briefly discussed a few other topics such as more garbage cans
being installed in the park, various drainage issues, and Help McLaren Park's procurement of a large grant for
upgrading the Peru St. playground and the Gambier St. entrance to the
At the May Collaborative meeting, participants met Robert Watkins, the
new Recreation and Park Service Area #3 Manager (includes McLaren). He
shared that each of the gardeners at McLaren is responsible for an
overwhelming 80 acres! So, volunteers are appreciated to help with
weeding, trash pick up, trail maintainance and to be watchful eyes/ears
in keeping McLaren Park beautiful and safe. Robert Watkin's phone
number is 415-468-1292.
Recently the Natural Areas committee enjoyed an informative
get-acquainted hike in the park with Lisa Wayne and Chris
Campbell of SFRPD's Natural Areas Program. We discussed threats to
native vegetation such as invasive species, soil compaction and erosion,
trampling and social trails, various classifications of Management
Areas, volunteering and stewardship opportunities, the philosophy and mechanics of
trail building, and disc golf, among many other topics. An upcoming
meeting of the Infrastructure Committee will discuss installation of
some new signage at entrances to the park, and explore other ideas for future
To learn more about the McLaren Park Collaborative join
. The next meeting will be Wednesday, June 15, 2011, 6-8:00 PM
at a location soon to be announced. All are welcome.
Build and repair our trails...
Trailbuilding Weekend In McLaren Park
Friday - Sunday, July 22-24
Once again the stewardship organization V-O-CAL
(Volunteers for Outdoor
California) will spend a weekend helping SF Recreation & Parks
Department build and repair several different sections of the park's
trails, and you can help! Watch
to see what V-O-CAL and 150 volunteers
accomplished a couple of years ago in McLaren.
Most folks we talk to didn't find out about the 2009 project until it
was all over, and many of the volunteers came in from out of town (not
that there's anything wrong with that). This time, let's all
pitch in and show V-O-CAL what us locals can do! You can sign up
for a single day or the whole weekend, and
you can even sign up for a campsite on Friday or Saturday night and
wake up to a spectacular City view.
On Saturday and Sunday breakfast and lunch are provided, and Saturday
evening there will be entertainment and a scrumptous outdoor dinner.
Bring boots, work gloves and water. More information and a registration form is available
. Don't delay, sign up today!