SAN FRANCISCO – In partnership with the Laborer’s International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 261, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission and Department hosted the ninth Annual William Hammond Hall Awards on May 24 at the Lake Merced Clubhouse. The awards honor the top professionals in gardening and horticulture and recognize the men and women who work day in and day out to make our parks clean and beautiful. This year’s event emcees were San Francisco Board of Supervisor’s President London Breed and Supervisor Jeff Sheehy.
“It’s of the highest honor to be recognized by your peers,” said Theresa Foglio, Laborers Local 261 City Representative. “To know that your Union Brothers and Sisters admire, appreciate and view you as their MVP is truly humbling and worthy of praise.”
Those honored are responsible for the horticultural care and maintenance of San Francisco parklands. The award is named for William Hammond Hall, who designed Golden Gate Park and became the city’s first Park Superintendent in the 1870s. Hall planted trees and crafted pathways for the pleasure of visitors and the preservation of wildlife.
“Honoring these gardeners is one of my highest priorities,” said Recreation and Park Commission President Mark Buell. “Every day they are the ones that keep our parks and open spaces clean, welcoming and beautiful for all to enjoy them.”
Today the Recreation and Park Department stewards more than 220 parks, playgrounds, and open spaces, such as the Marina Yacht Harbor, the San Francisco Zoo, and the Lake Merced Complex as well as two outside the city limits—Sharp Park in Pacifica and Camp Mather in the high Sierras.
“Our gardeners are on the front lines, making our parks thrive so that each day, families can come and enjoy a beautiful park,” said Phil Ginsburg, General Manager of San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. “Our parks are among the best in the world largely because of our incredible gardening staff.”
The Award was presented to the following gardeners for their outstanding work in keeping San Francisco Parks clean and beautiful: Ainsley Chew, Shawn Hill, Parke Edward Lewis-Deweese, Goran Marjanovic, Allison McCarthy, Teresa Perez, Cadi Poile, Edwin Quintana, Jeanne Rich, Todd Sucy, Mark Tilley and Daron Tyson.