Park Maintenance Objectives

Maintenance objectives for parks renovated through 2008 and 2012 bond funding. These objectives are targeted for completion in fiscal year 17/18.

17th/Folsom Park

  • Aerate, overseed and topdress park great lawn 2x/year to mitigate use.
  • Establish park cleaning schedule to ensure park features are clean and usable.
  • Establish new park plantings to sustain appearance, provide habitat and control erosion.
  • Ensure proper establishment of over 26 new trees (19 Park Trees & 7 Street Trees) planted during the 2017 renovation.
  • Working through RPD Volunteer Services, establish regular volunteer events to promote park stewardship and help sustain this new park.

Alamo Square

  • Establish one rain-garden near new restroom to maximize irrigation/rain water diversion from storm water drains in park.
  • Ensure proper establishment of over 135 trees planted during the 2017 renovation.
  • Work to fully establish sustainable, climate appropriate plantings throughout the park to improve appearance, control weeds, provide habitat and control erosion.
  • Aerate and overseed dog play meadows 2X/year to mitigate compaction and wear from users.

Balboa Skate Park

  • Weed, replant and sheet mulch planting strip along Ocean Ave.
  • Weed, replant and sheet mulch planting bed on San Jose Ave. slope.
  • Sheet mulch street trees along San Jose.
  • Remove damaged Dodonaea around soccer field fence line and replace with more suitable plant materials for windy conditions.

Bayview Playground

  • Develop and maintain a 2X a year schedule to aerate, over seed and fertilize athletic field.
  • Replenish wood chips in beds for weed suppression.
  • Prune shrubs and trees as needed.
  • Regularly trap gophers on a weekly or monthly schedule to reduce holes and damage to lawn areas.
  • Top dress ball diamond with new cinder as needed.

Betty Ann Ong Recreation Center

  • Eradicate blackberry vines at basketball court to eliminate the fruit drop each summer that stains court surface.  Dig out the runners, install weed fabric and mulch to discourage re-sprouting.
  • Replace damaged or failed plant material with climate  appropriate plants which contain species diversity, drought tolerance, habitat potential and hardiness (can take abuse).
  • Continue to sheet mulch planting beds which supports the goal of reducing water use, suppressing weeds and encouraging a healthy soil with good structure, nutrients and plentiful microorganisms.
  • Cap some percentage of heads in large planting bed in the CPA to improve the pressure/coverage of the automatic irrigation system.  An under sized pump was installed originally.

Cabrillo Playground

  • Assist the steward/volunteer of the dahlia garden with annual bed preparation on 39th Ave. side of park (amend and rototill).
  • Renovate turf twice annually (aerate, fertilize, overseed and topdress) to mitigate heavy use by park visitors.
  • Replace damaged or failed plant material with climate  appropriate plants which contain species diversity, drought tolerance, habitat potential and hardiness (can take abuse).
  • Continue to sheet mulch planting beds which supports the reduction of water use, suppressing weeds and encouraging a healthy soil with good structure, nutrients and plentiful microorganisms.
  • Install protective fencing around center planting bed to discourage children from entering, trampling and destroying the plant material.

Cayuga Playground

  • Remove weeds from planting beds.
  • Continue to sheet mulch planting beds which supports the goal of reducing water use, suppressing weeds and encouraging a healthy soil with good structure, nutrients and plentiful microorganisms.
  • Address flooding issue at drain adjacent to recreation center entrance.
  • Prune shrubs and trees.
  • Remove perennial plantings that are inappropriate or past their prime and replace with drought tolerant California native selections.

Crocker Amazon

  • Develop and maintain a 3X a year schedule to aerate, over seed and fertilize the natural turf athletic playing fields.
  • Regularly trap gophers on a monthly or weekly schedule to reduce holes and damage to the playing fields.
  • Work to reduce number and frequency of illegal home and construction dumps in park.
  • Renovate diamond one by trapping gophers, updating irrigation, rototilling, adding new soil, grading, and seeding.
  • Establish 7 day a week park clean up schedule.

Dolores Park

  • Continue installation and maintenance of pollinator friendly habitat plantings throughout the park.
  • Plan and install additional bio-swale – storm water retention area within the park.
    Install low, plant protection post and chain barrier around the Helen Diller playground.
  • Research, planning and implementation of climate appropriate, habitat friendly landscape improvements of the western slopes area.
  • Implement annual turf maintenance plan which includes aeration, top dressing, over-seeding and fertilization.
  • Replenish sand in CPA – major infill once per year, check every 3 months.
  • GPS/GIS mapping of irrigation systems and drainage infrastructure.

Esprit Park

  • With the assistance of the Friends of Esprit Park, conduct an irrigation audit and implement recommended corrective actions to ensure proper water delivery to support park trees and plantings.
  • Work to fully establish sustainable, climate appropriate plantings along Indiana Street to improve appearance, control weeds, provide habitat and control erosion.
  • Replace 3 missing Sycamore trees in Minnesota St allee.
  • Aerate, overseed and topdresss meadows 1X/year to mitigate compaction and wear from users.
  • Refresh DG paths along 19th St. and Minnesota St.

Father Alfred E. Boeddeker

  • Renovate and maintain Children’s Play Area planters to ensure ample diversity and children’s interaction with nature.
  • Replace three failing/missing street trees on Jones and Eddy Streets.
  • Work to fully establish sustainable, climate appropriate plantings throughout the park to improve appearance, control weeds, provide habitat and control erosion.
  • Establish daily waste service collection schedule ensuring no more than 75% of park waste cans are full upon service and that cans are emptied each evening.
  • Aerate and overseed park meadows 2X/year to mitigate compaction and wear from users.

Franklin Square

  • Sustain Children’s Play Area planters to ensure ample diversity and children’s interaction with nature.
  • Implement erosion control measures along 16th St. and Bryant St. along top of park retaining walls.
  • Expand sustainable, climate-appropriate plantings along 16th St. to improve appearance, provide habitat and control erosion.
  • Plant and establish 10 new trees in the park to mitigate the recent losses of the urban forest from prolonged drought. New tree selections will be suited to site and situated for hydrozone conditions.
  • Re-establish regular volunteer events and increase volunteer involvement.

Fulton Playground

  • Replace damaged or failed plant material with climate appropriate plants which contain species diversity, drought tolerance, habitat potential and hardiness (can take abuse).
  • Continue to sheet mulch planting beds which supports the goal of reducing water use, suppressing weeds and encouraging a healthy soil with good structure, nutrients and plentiful microorganisms.
  • Install protective fencing around planting bed adjacent to small tot’s area to discourage visitors from entering, trampling and destroying the plant material.

Garfield Square

  • Assess irrigation system and make necessary repairs and adjustments.
  • Renovate decomposed granite areas adjacent to synthetic field.
  • Redesign and update highly visible corners with new plantings.
  • Redesign and update planting scheme in playground.
  • Replenish sand in Children’s Play Area- major infill once per year, check every three months.

Glen Park

  • Replace missing trees (Brisbane Box) in tree wells along the Elm Street side walk strip.
  • Weed, sheet mulch, replace missing plants on landscaped planters in-between grass bleachers between path and ball field #2.
  • Replace failed trees behind the north side of the building.
  • Irrigation system renovation on the ball field to ensure full coverage, including the replacement and repair of mismatched irrigation heads.

Golden Gate Park

GGP Section One

  • Landscape enhancements at Kezar Drive (near Stanyan St) planting bed.
  • Install new turf at Haight and Stanyan, east of Alvord Lake.
  • Conservatory Drive east and JFK, east corner – plant entrance to multi-use trail with native plantings.
  • Conservatory Drive east and JFK, west corner – investigate irrigation, remove select shrubs and install new planting.
  • Sheet mulch and re-plant/enhance planter bed at north perimeter of turf in Bunny Meadow.

Panhandle

  • Revitalize planter beds along the bike/pedestrian path (north path) along Fell St.
  • Repave pedestrian path along Oak St. to help mitigate draining issues and potential safety hazards.
  • Routine clearing of debris from pedestrian and bike paths.

Conservatory Valley

  • Re-plant Conservatory tunnel entrance.
  • Install new annuals in annual beds.
  • Improve soil composition of annual planter beds to improve plant health and reduce weeds.

GGP Section Two

  • Redesign and replant planter beds at Beauty Point.
  • Replant planter beds at the south entrance to the Lily Pond.
  • Design and implement a canopy replacement program for the Rhododendron Dell.

Music Concourse

  • Replant music concourse planter beds in front of Academy of Sciences along Music Concourse Dr.
  • Improve/enhance landscape beds at east entrance of the deYoung Museum.

GGP Section Four

  • Continued enhancements at Martin Luther King Jr. Dr. (MLK) and Transverse Dr. planting bed.
  • Edging along John F. Kennedy Dr. (JFK) turf and shrubs/ground cover.
  • Dead wood removal along western section of MLK.
  • Implement a new planting plan for Strawberry Hill volunteer projects.

GGP Section Five

  • Complete south training quarters restroom planting bed.
  • Clean up and replant north side of John F. Kennedy planting zones.
  • Service all bus stop erosion areas between Lincoln and MLK.
  • Dead wood removal at select natural areas along MLK.
  • Targeted new plantings along select areas of MLK.
  • Irrigation renovation on western portions of MLK.
  • Turf aeration, fertilization and maintenance of Hellman Hollow and Lindley Meadows.
  • Lloyd Lake landscape and irrigation improvement project.
  • 25th and Fulton entrance landscape and irrigation improvements.
  • Automated irrigation installation in Porch Meadow

GGP Section Six

  • Complete MLK and Chain of Lakes planting enhancements.
  • Complete the “Lincoln Gateways” planting/signage and boulder placement project.
  • Enhance existing plantings along Great Hwy and Railroad Path.
  • Enhance existing plantings at Beach Chalet soccer fields.
  • Improve soil structure at Tulip Garden to improve plant health.

GGP Section Seven

  • Prune/thin out redwood grove planting at Big Rec restroom.
  • Install new plantings at Little Rec slope near tunnel.
  • Prune, thin, remove selected leptospermum and melaleuca along Lincoln Way at Whiskey Hill.
  • Install new plantings at east end Sharon Meadow at Bowling Greens to replace removed pittosporum and screen bowling green shed.
  • Renovate planter bed at north east corner of Sharon meadow.
  • Install new plantings at Big Rec entrance at MLK and 9th.

Great Highway Restrooms (Judah & Taravel sites)

  • Remove dead wood and plant material along the Lower Great Highway.
  • Renovate one of the circular planter beds along the Lower Great Highway using sustainable and ecologically friendly practices such as, sheet mulching, amending the soil and installing low maintenance drought tolerant plant material.
  • Ongoing sand removal along the multi-use pathway along the Lower Great Highway.
  • Assess current irrigation system and make necessary adjustments to eliminate water waste.
  • Ongoing pruning and removal of ice plant that encroaches on the multi-use pathway along the Lower Great Highway.
  • Ongoing monitoring and removal of illegal encampments along the Lower Great Highway.

Hamilton Recreation Center

  • Renovate and sustain Children’s Play Area planters to ensure ample diversity and children’s interaction with nature.
  • Renovate Library planters to reduce misuse, open sight lines, improve habitat value and reduce water consumption.
  • Plant and establish 5 new trees in the park to mitigate the recent losses of urban forest from prolonged drought. New tree selections will be suited to site and situated for hydrozone conditions.
  • Aerate, over seed and topdress the multi-purpose athletic field 2x/year to mitigate wear from neighborhood and permitted uses.

Hilltop Skate Park

  • On the adjacent hillside that was not part of the recent renovations, develop and implement a planting scheme of native, drought tolerant specimens.
  • Weed the above mentioned hillside and sheet mulch planting beds which supports the goal of reducing water use, suppressing weeds and encouraging a healthy soil with good structure, nutrients and plentiful microorganisms.
  • Plant hillside with appropriate plant material and mulch heavily to aid in weed suppression and enhance water retention properties of the soil.
  • Install a system of wattles or netting material to help with erosion control and aid in water retention.

Jefferson Square Park

  • Establish one rain-garden to maximize irrigation/rain water diversion from storm water drains in park.
  • Ensure proper establishment of over 35 trees planted during the 2012 renovation and subsequent plantings. Continue to expand on park forestry goals by planting an additional 7 trees every five years to mitigate natural senescence.
  • Work to fully establish sustainable and climate appropriate plantings throughout the park to improve appearance, control weeds, provide habitat and control erosion.
  • Replace sections of plantings that suffer from trampling with more durable species. Install log borders on logical “social” trails to establish access and to control trampling. Special focus will be on areas under established trees. Installation of decorative protective barriers such as wattle fencing may be necessary.
  • Aerate and overseed dog play meadows 2X/year to mitigate compaction and wear from users.
  • Maintain No-Mow turf areas to ensure weeds are promptly eradicated sustaining a minimum 95% overall monoculture in these areas.

Jose Coronado

  • Tree pruning – thin and lift Acacias along 21st Street and Shotwell Street.
  • Renovate and maintain Children’s Play Area planters to ensure ample diversity and children’s interaction with nature.
  • Install new soccer goals.
  • Continue reconstructive pruning of pear trees in the Children’s Play Area.

Juri Commons

  • Renovate/re-sod two lawn areas.
  • Remove senescing leptospermum trees in perimeter beds.
  • Renovate/replant perimeter planting areas.
  • Initiate Community Opportunity Fund project for park renovation, irrigation replacement, pathways replacement, CPA improvements, tree removal, and lighting.

Lafayette Park

  • Renovate turf twice annually (aerate, fertilize, overseed and topdress) to mitigate heavy use by park visitors.
  • Replace damaged or failed plant material with climate appropriate plants which contain species diversity, drought tolerance, habitat potential and hardiness (can take abuse).
  • Continue to add Ceanothus and Artemisia to areas in the ‘Yarrow’ beds along Sacramento St. where the kikuya grass and other stubborn invasion weeds have taken over.  The dense and spreading habit of these low perennial plants have proven to suppress these problem weeds the best.
  • Replace the oversized flax around the CPA with more appropriate sized plants to improve visibility.
  • Continue to sheet mulch planting beds which supports the goal of reducing water use, suppressing weeds and encouraging a healthy soil with good structure, nutrients and plentiful microorganisms.
  • Maintain the protective fencing already installed around the park entry planting beds as they fail, to continue to discourage people and dogs from entering them.
  • Continue to collaborate with Friends of Lafayette Park on monthly volunteer clean-up events and schedule additional volunteer groups to participate in the stewardship of this beautiful facility.
  • Work to replace the supplemental plastic fencing on the wrought iron fence surrounding the off leash dog area to keep the balls from going into the landscape.
  • Coordinate with outside vendor to come out and re-install tennis wind screens that were vandalized.
  • Develop possible plans to install more lighting in the park to address safety concerns.

Larsen Playground

  • Sheet mulch and install drought tolerant California native plant material at the corner of Vicente and 20th Ave.
  • Rejuvenate perennial beds around playground area by planting more low maintenance drought tolerant plant material.
  • Replenish mulch in all planted areas for weed suppression.
  • Remove excessive leaf debris from playground surface and surrounding area.
  • Ball field will be aerated, over seeded, top dressed and fertilized twice a year to mitigate use by park visitors.
  • Trap gophers on the ball field and in turf areas to reduce turf damage and provide a safer playing surface.
  • Remove ivy from trees and the fencing around the athletic courts to control this invasive species.

McCoppin Square

  • Plant trees along the slope on 22nd Ave.
  • Replenish planter beds around the children’s playground and the Library with low maintenance drought tolerant plant material.
  • Prune overgrown plant material throughout the park.
  • Remove dead plant material in and around the park.
  • Renovate ball field turf twice annually (aerate, top dress, over seed, fertilize).
  • Assess current irrigation system and make necessary adjustments to ensure proper water use and eliminate water waste.
  • Remove ivy from the trees in the park and from the fencing along the ball field.

McLaren Park

Brazil Park Entrance

  • Renovate Brazil Park entrance as follows:
    • replacement of high maintenance plants and installation of drought tolerant low maintenance plantings at the site.
    • Install a new irrigation system or assess and adjust the current irrigation to current water conservation standards.
    • Weed abatement and sheet mulching planting beds which supports the goal of reducing water use, suppressing weeds and encouraging a healthy soil with good structure, nutrients and plentiful microorganisms.
    • Prune shrubs and low hanging branches from tress to improve the site line for the park entrance site.

Circular Raised Planter at Overlook

  • Renovate the circular raised planter bed at Overlook park vista point as follows:
    • replacement of high maintenance plants and installation of drought tolerant low maintenance plantings at the site.
    • Install a new irrigation system or assess and adjust the current irrigation to current water conservation standards.
    • Weed abatement and sheet mulching planting beds which supports the goal of reducing water use, suppressing weeds and encouraging a healthy soil with good structure, nutrients and plentiful microorganisms.

Tennis Courts Parking lot Island Planter

  • Renovate the tennis courts parking lot island as follows:
    • replacement of high maintenance plants and installation of drought tolerant low maintenance plantings at the site.
    • Install a new irrigation system or assess and adjust the current irrigation to current water conservation standards.
    • Weed abatement and sheet mulching planting beds which supports the goal of reducing water use, suppressing weeds and encouraging a healthy soil with good structure, nutrients and plentiful microorganisms.

Landscape Maintenance

  • Continue to remove ivy from the trees throughout McLaren Park. Clear out debris from asphalt channel drains. Re-defining natural channel creeks and waterfall areas.

McNab Lake Bridges

  • Brush removal and pruning to improve site line in and around the McNab Lake bridges area.

Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre

  • Abate weeds around the seating area of JGA using ‘Bay Friendly’ practices. Add grey colored ¼”decomposed granite around the seating area.

Erosion Control

  • Mud, dirt and silt will be removed from the asphalt path that connects the Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre parking lot to the JGA. Install straw wattles and line the edges with logs to alleviate further erosion onto the path.

Landscape Improvement Projects

  • Playground sand will be added to Greenway CPA, Herz Playground CPA, and Louis Sutter CPA.
  • The irrigation system at the tennis courts area will be assessed and renovated according to the needs of the site.

Current Project at Herz Playground

  • Make the batter’s backstop ADA accessible and renovate the ramps and paths to confirm with ADA standards.

Park Trails

  • Work to identify paths and areas that are in the most urgent need of renovation and repair.
  • Renovate park entrances to establish sustainable, climate appropriate plantings throughout the park to improve appearance, control weeds, provide habitat and control erosion.
  • Locate and identify irrigation systems and mark all existing pipe lines and connections.

Restroom

  • Beautify the entrances to the restrooms with planting beds using drought tolerant, shade loving plant specimens.
  • Remove the old irrigation control box next to the garbage can by the entrance.

Minnie and Lovie Rec. Center Fields

  • Weed all planted areas; string trim and manual removal of weeds and add mulch in appropriate areas to help with weed suppression.
  • Remove all damaged or failed plant material in the park.
  • Trap gophers in the turf areas to reduce turf damage and provide smoother turf surface.
  • Resurface athletic courts and replace old basketball poles, backboards, and goals.
  • Work to reduce the frequency of illegal home and construction dumps.
  • Prune shrubs and trees in the park.
  • Address erosion control issue around the giant slide area by installing jute netting or wattles.
  • Assess irrigation system and make necessary repairs and adjustments.

Mission Playground

  • Renovate turf area on the 19th Street side.
  • Redesign planting scheme in tot playground for aesthetics and ease of maintenance.
  • Re-design of 19th Street pool entrance planting beds.
  • Install soccer field equipment storage cage and new goals.
  • Install pigeon protection on field lighting.
  • Replenish sand in 19th Street tot playground – major infill once per year, check every three months.

Palega Playground

  • Develop and maintain 3 x per year schedule to aerate, overseed and fertilize athletic field.
  • Replenish mulch in beds for weed suppression and water retention.
  • Replace any missing or dead plant border specimens with drought tolerant California natives.
  • Install a permanent border to retain cinder that currently migrates into the street.
    Top dress the diamonds with new cinder as needed.
    Prune trees, shrubs, and dead head flower beds as needed.

Potrero Hill Recreation Center

  • Renovate and maintain Children’s Play Area planters to ensure ample diversity and children’s interaction with nature.
  • Remove ivy from trees surrounding the ball field to control this invasive species and expose the vistas from the field edge.
  • Expand sustainable and climate appropriate plantings along the north and east slope of the upper terrace to improve appearance, provide habitat and control erosion.
  • Plant and establish 10 new trees in the park to mitigate the recent losses of the urban forest from prolonged drought. New tree selections will be suited to site and situated for hydrozone conditions.
  • Working with Volunteer Services, establish regular volunteer events and increase volunteer involvement at this site.

Raymond S Kimbell Park

  • Renovate and maintain Children’ Play Area planters to ensure ample diversity and children’s interaction with nature.
  • Ensure proper establishment of over 50 trees (17 sidewalk and 35 park trees) planted during the 2014 renovation.
  • Work to fully establish sustainable and climate appropriate plantings throughout the park to improve appearance, control weeds, provide habitat and control erosion.
  • Replace sections of plantings that suffer from trampling to more durable species. Special focus on areas under established trees. Installation of decorative protective barriers such as wattle fencing may be necessary.
  • Aerate and overseed meadows 1X/year to mitigate compaction and wear from users.
  • Maintain No-Mow turf areas to ensure weeds are promptly eradicated sustaining a minimum 95% overall monoculture in these areas.

Silver Terrace Playground

  • ADA ramp installation is currently being implemented for access to the recreation building entrance on Waterville St.
  • Prune or remove old shrubbery around playground area, replant with sustainable, climate appropriate plantings to improve appearance, control weeds, provide habitat and control erosion.
  • Prune or remove ivy that is between the back of houses and the path that runs at the rear of the playground.
  • Update existing irrigation in children’s play area with uniform irrigation heads.

SoMa West Dogpark

  • Establish monthly deep cleaning of synthetic turf to reduce odor and maintain a sanitary surface.
  • Replace damaged park rules signs ensuring that skateboard prohibition is clarified along main path and in dogpark.

SoMa West Skatepark

  • Establish monthly closure date to provide deep cleaning of course, graffiti abatement, and structural maintenance repairs.
  • Replace damaged park rules signs.

South Park

  • Ensure proper establishment of over 24 trees planted during the 2017 renovation.
  • Work to fully establish sustainable and climate appropriate plantings throughout the park to improve appearance, control weeds, provide habitat and control erosion.
  • Aerate and overseed park meadows 2X/year to mitigate compaction and wear from users.

Sunset Playground

  • Mulch all ornamental plant beds for weed control and soil moisture retention.
  • Replenish planter beds around the children’s playground with durable drought tolerant plant material.
  • Prune all overgrown plant material in the children’s playground to create clear visibility throughout the playground.
  • Ball field will be aerated twice annually which includes top dressing, over seeding and fertilizing, to help combat compaction and visitor use.
  • Irrigation will be tested regularly to ensure proper water use and eliminate any water waste.
  • Aerate and top dress lawn area Full renovation of ball field including aeration, top dressing and fertilization.

Union Square Park

  • Renovate existing main plaza beds replacing areas where plant trampling is rampant with more suitable plants that compliment the existing plantings.
  • Develop and implement a Canary Island Date Palm replacement plan to address the decline in this species while maintaining the park design integrity.
  • Aerate, overseed and topdresss meadows 2X/year to mitigate compaction and wear from users.
  • Renovate all plaza container planters to provide exuberant color and vitality.

Upper Douglass Dog Park

  • Re-seed and top dress turf areas with sand.
  • Locate all buried irrigation control valves to ensure better system maintenance and repairs.
  • Use wattles to slow down the soil erosion on 27th Street strip.

Victoria Manalo Draves Park

  • Renovate and maintain Children’s Play Area planters to ensure ample diversity and children’s interaction with nature.
  • Establish one rain-garden to maximize irrigation/rain water diversion from storm water drains in park.
  • Establish a restroom attendant pilot program to reduce the incidence of misuse, vandalism and illegal activity in the restrooms.
  • Plant and establish 10 replacement street trees in the park to mitigate the recent losses of the urban forest from prolonged drought, vandalism and storm damage.
  • New tree selections will be suited to site and situated for hydrozone conditions.
  • Aerate, over seed and topdress the multi-purpose athletic field 2x/year to mitigate wear from neighborhood and permitted uses.