tv Recreation and Park Commission 42116 SFGTV April 27, 2016 3:00pm-6:01pm PDT
secretary please call the roll. >> commissioner buell. >> here. >> commissioner low. >> here. >> commissioner bonilla >> here. >> commissioner harrison. >> here. >> commissioner levitan here. >> and commissioner mcdonnell. >> here. >> a new few announcements this is the april 21st of the recreation and park commission and we welcome everyone here today, but ask that you turn off any sound-producing devices that could go off during the meeting. we also ask that you take any secondary conversations outside, in order for the meeting to proceed as efficiently as possible. if you would like to speak on an item today, please complete a blue card, and
unless otherwise announce by the president, each person has 3 minutes for public comment on each item. if there is an item of interest to you that is not on the agenda, and is under the subject-matter jurisdiction you may speak on item 4. there will be a 15-minute limit on item 4, but it will be continued to item 14. last, please address all your comments to the commission during public comment on items. in order to allow equal time for all, neither the commission, nor staff will respond to questions during public comment. the commission may ask questions of staff after public comment is closed. with that we're on item 2 the president's report. >> thank you. two items briefly. one, the general manager is appearing as we speak before the board of supervisors and when he arrives we'll have his report because he has an important presentation to make.
secondly, i'm going to ask commissioner harrison to update us on the issue of the peace plaza at the japanese center. >> yes. recently commissioner bonilla and i had an opportunity to tour the peace plaza in japan town and were pointed to difficulties and a lot of tiles were broken and so created a hazard. while we were there talking about all of this, a young woman tripped on some of the tiles. so i contacted the general manager, who in turn got the job order expedited and those tiles now have been repaired for safety reasons and the like of that. we took the tour in the garage with water intrusion and
between the two departments i'm sure that this problem will be repaired in hopefully the near-future. thank you. >> thank you, commissioner. that concludes the report. >> is there anyone who would like to make public comment on the president's report? being none, public comment is closed. the general manager's report we're going to wait. so we're on item 4, general public comment. i do have two cards. eli ziegis and john stokes, if you could forward please. you have three minutes each. >> good morning, commissioners. >> good morning. >> my name is eli ziegis food and agriculture policy director at spur and i'm back again to talk about the urnan
agriculture coordinator position. the position is still seeking someone, and i have talked with staff, and i know they are working on filling the position. but just here to make a plug that we keep this on the front burner, so there can be someone runing this program as soon as possible. my understanding from talking to dawn is that the aim is to have the position description up and open at at the end of this month, start of may. that would be fantastic to have someone filled and in the position hopefully by summer. that would be great. i'm just here to give a boost for that timeline and really want to see that happen. personally, and as a member of the san francisco agricultural alliance to spread the word to find someone good as the members of the urban ag alliance and to see the description recruit some good people and overall just looking forward to seeing that position filled. thank you very much. >> thank you
>> john. >> good morning, commissioners. i'm john stokes, member of the volunteer group that manages and operates alemany farm to add my voice to the importance of the urban agricultural coordinator position. for those of you unfamiliar with the firm, our group over the last eight years has turn an abandoned and difficult site into the second most active volunteer site in the rpd system. we're on-site 200 days a year, facilitate activitis on another 50 days or so per year. last year we grew and gave away about 11 tons of food. and made possible about 60 school group visits. hannah has an excellent collaborator for us and an important helper. and we provided her with quite a few resources, also,
mulch fertilizer and facilitating the agricultural days and it seems that the urban agricultural position has been vacant for months. thank you. >> thank you. >> anyone who wishes to make general public comment, come on up. >> hello, my name is adam and i apparently got here at the exact right moment. [laughter ] >> i'm one of the many san francisco urban agriculture people, i work alt gardens across the city that benefits from the programs that hannah worked on during her time and i highly highly recommend that quick action is taken to fill the position and people say there were great resource centers and i checked the website and there is nothing written. what happened? a lot of people are unsure what is going on. thank you for all the work
put into that position and get it back on-track as soon as possible. >> thank you. commissioner mcdonnell, do you have a question? >> just a question of dawn, yes, please. if i understand it correctly, there is what is in process is posting and subsequent obviously recruitment. a, timing of posting? and then secondly, do you anticipate the recruitment process to be easy or difficulty in terms of potential candidates. >> it's a great question and eli and i have been in touch over the past few years since hannah's departure. we think we can get a job posting developed by first week of may and posted and sent out. the nice thing is i believe this position is an exempt position and the recruitment process doesn't have to go through the same civil service more time-intensive laborious process and we have been contacted by a number of candidates over the past few months and folks who are interested. so i do think that the recruitment, once we get it started should proceed
pretty quickly. >> excellent, thank you. >> thank you. >> is there anyone else wishing to make general public comment? being none this item is closed. we're on item 5, consent calendar. is there anyone who would like to make public comment on the consent calendar? being none, public comment is closed. commissioners. >> entertain a motion. >> so moved. >> second. >> all in favor? >> aye. >> so moved. we're on item 6, the san francisco zoo. >> good morning, tanya peterson, director of the san francisco zoo. i wanted to give you an update on some of our programs here at the zoo. our mission is the three cez, correct, care and conserve, and i just wanted to give an overview how we have been
connecting, caring and conserving. connect by the numbers and our attendance is at 672,000 visitors. we were projecting to be at this time 682,000. that is a deficit of 10,000 visitors. unfortunately the rain has been coming on the weekends, and just to give you an example of how the rain impacts us. in january when the rain hits us on the weekends you can see our attendance was 42,000, which was a negative of 16,000 visitors. but in a shorter months february when the sun comes on a weekend, i grant you it was leap year. when it comes on a weekend, we were as high as 74,000. which was 14,000 over projections. so we're definitely weather-impacted and as we look at our strategic plans to get people to the zoo even which it's raining? there are other ways that we connect.
we have a weekend, over a million visitors come to our website and we love to translate each website visit to an actual visit and we'll work on that. we send out electronic email every other week to 42,000 persons and on social media, if you want to take the bet which is the most popular? facebook is trending first at 85,000 likes and instagram has surpassed twitter and my kids say this pass e and to do snap chat. zoo camp is sold out this summer, bringing in two new trailers to accommodate the children who want to come to camp and actually started a teen camp called "animal wellness 101." and gives them basic animal husbandry skills for those who want to pursue zoo-keeping or anything else. it's a great way for the
teens to interact where our vets and so forth. that is a whole new camp for teens this summer. right now we have 270 teens just volunteering on weekends alone. great effort and outreach to our teens. the other c is "care," and i wanted to show a picture of ulu. thanks to a donor who gave us $5,000 for ten tons of snow for uulu. we did this for a few years ago and a few years ago, she would have nothing with the snow, but this time she seemed to enjoy it and with 6,000 visitors came to see uulu and she was like a young cub and it was a great thing do for our geriatric animals. the other c is "conservation
and i can't believe i'm so excited about vulture, but vultures are in crisis. she will permanently reside in the zoo zoo and we'll bring her a male and hopefully have baby vultures soon. we have a new exhibit coming thanks to the gifts of two of our emeritus board members and we'll have a wolf canyon. we have taken two of our old bear grottos and combined them into one. on one side there will be glass, to the visitor can get close to the wolves and on the other side, there actually will be space between the wolf and visitors, so the wolf has choice to connect with the visitor or not? in between we're taking advantage of the old finger wall and creating an area where visitors can go in and get closer to the wolves. i wanted to show you a picture of wolfs that are coming. the mexican grey wolfs and they are reddish and gray.
this is a great conservation story, only five of them left in the wild this. is a program managed by the u.s. fish and wildlife, who came to the zoo and said can you help us? we're going to take in three males and the hope is that we release them once again into the wild. this will be a temporary, flexible space in response to what u.s. fish and wildlife needs. and another partnership in conservation, what is my next slide? i have to brag about our babies to the left there is our newborn giraffe, ingrid born at 6' high and weighs 150 pounds and she is not even 2-weeks-old. >> poor mother. [laughter ]. >> and we thank the oshers for their generosity and ingrid is after mrs. osher
mother. that is an baby ant eater, he or she was recently born. the baby stays on the mother's back for a year. we try not to interfere with that process. so we actually don't know the sex of that ant eater yet. ant eater is highly endangered and we're thrilled that we can continue to breed them. speaking of endangered, these are tadpoles. this is a project with yosemite. we're actually birthing these endangered frogs and we'll release them back into yosemite on may 25th. so i just thought i would show you a picture of the hatchlings at the zool they are offexhibit, but an exciting project to bring an extinct species. we're celebrating earth day this sunday. this is a number of activitis with a farmers market and walkers and others at our conservation corner. again, all is free with admission and free for
members. upcoming last, but not least we'll have our annual gala on april 30th. we'll be celebrating 40 years' of nature trail this. is one of our teen programs where teens are out in the children's zoo during the summer, taking care of animals, but also interacting with our visitors. and we'll be honoring senator feinstein, who has been a long supporter of the zoo. tickets are still available and i thank you for your support in the annual gala. with that, i finish my report. >> thank you. >> any public comment on this item? being none, public comment is closed. this was discussion-only. so we're now on item 7. franklin square shadow from 2435-2445 16th street
>> good morning, commissioners. >> good morning. >> i'm brian stokle with the capital and planning division of the department. before you, we have the shadow analysis on franklin square from 2445 16th street. as we know there was in proposition k was passed, that made the regulation that any building over 40' must have a shadow analysis, if it has a possibility of shading a recreation and park property. and the 1989 memo outlined
the details of what the impacts would be along with the planning department. so 2445 16th street is located at corner of 16th street and -- on the southwest corner as you see in the red square there. about a block away is franklin square. it's located in an urban mixed-use zone. and it has nearby other zoning of residential, and production distribution and repair zoning. and as you might see, just for reference, there is the shopping center to the north and muni yard to the south of the park. the project itself is proposed for 53 dwelling
units with ground-floor retail. it's a mixed-use development in the eastern neighborhoods area and has 42 off-street parking spaces. and it does have some on-site open space, roof garden, roof terrace and rear yard on the second-floor. it's 68' tall about 7-stories tall. franklin square is 4.4 acres in size. the features include the most prominent being the regulation-size soccer pitch. which is synthetic turf. there is a playground in the lower left corner, the southwest. and there is a path surrounding the soccer field.
so the shadow that would be cast by this project would only be arriving at -- in late afternoon and evenings, no earlier than 5:45 p.m., and it would be sometime between march and late-september to be specific, march 1st, and september 27th. the shadow does not reach the playground whatsoever. nor does it affect the soccer pitch. the largest shadow would be on june 23rd, and that would be around 7:36 p.m. and the longest shadow would be for 44 minutes on august 23rd. and the location of it would be -- we'll get to the map in a moment -- would be on the western edge, where there is a grove of small group of
trees. most of the shade would be in late afternoon, no earlier than 5:45 p.m. excuse me -- and the shadow cast by it would be an increase of .004%. currently the park has a shadow of just over 5%, and this would increase it by .004%. to a total of 5.558%. so you see here this is where the greatest impact of the shade. it's on the western edge of the park, beyond the soccer pitch. there is a path there, and some grass, and some trees.
and this would be at 7:36 p.m. in the area there are several other projects. one to the east, the yellow box is under construction currently. the other projects that are called out to the west, and the southwest have not had shadow studies performed on them yet, because they are much earlier phases of their development. we have received several letters of recommendation of the project supporting it, and the project is paying its impact fees, and it will for housing, it will be doing in lieu fees for below-market-rate housing. i will be available for questions, and planning staff is here also for questions. >> thank you. >> i do have public comment. would you like to go there? >> please. >> andrew greg.
>> good morning, commissioners. mr. ginsburg. andrew greg, on behalf of the project sponsor. thank you for looking at this project. we had a nice meeting with the capital committee. you have heard from rec and park staff and planning staff has also done very nice work on this project. so we want to thank them. our project team has been working hard on this development for two years. it will provide, as was just stated, 53 new homes at this location, the northeast mission. we do care about franklin square. it's going to be an asset for our future residents and we're indeed forecasting 4/1,000 percent new shadow, but we see it as minimal and hope you agree with us on that. please know that i have
letters of support that are coming in in advance of hopefully our planning commission meeting in june. i have 15 letters of support. >> you can go ahead and leave it there. >> okay. for the project, i have the project architect today, if you have questions about the architecture and i have our shadow consultant adam noble. with that, we stand ready to answer any questions you have and i respectfully request that you approve this project and let us go forward. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> is there anyone else who would like to make public comment on this item? being none, public comment is closed. >> commissioner low. >> the 3.832 million dollar in-lieu fee, what percentage of affordability does that equate to? >>
roughly? >> i don't have that -- >> maybe the project sponsor might know? >> excuse me, commissioner low. in terms of our below market-rate housing as you know there is an ordinance going through right now that could impact what we have to do. so the in-lieu versus on-site is very much in fluc. if the current trailing measure goes forward, our minimum will be 18.5% on-site. the in-lieu fee will jump to 33%. so the project sponsor is kind of looking at which option, and that should be -- we should have an ordinance from the board in the next two weeks. >> so the staff report of
3.823 is base ed on what percentage. >> the in-lieu percentage i want to say was 23% or 25% perhaps. >> that could jump up to 33%. >> if we do in-lieu. that is the discussion -- the board at the land use committee this past monday was very clear that with this new legislation, what they are trying to do is really push on-site. >> right. >> so they are making the in-lieu fee much higher. >> okay. >> okay. so the project sponsor still those make that decision and in the intervening two months before we go to planning. >> our colleagues on the planning commission, i'm sure will sort that out. >> yes, they will, as will the district supervisor and some other folks. we will work through that. >> okay . . thank you sir. >> >> see nothing other comment to entertain a motion.
>> to adopt the resolution that is in our packet. >> thank you, margaret, i was just about to say that. i would like to move this for approval with the resolution in the packet. >> is there a second? >> second. >> it's been moved and seconded. all those in favor? >> aye. >> opposed? hearing none, it is passed. thank you. >> so would you like to go to the general manager's report? >> i would like to go to the general manager's report. welcome mr. general manager. >> thank you, commissioners. >> we're now going back to item 3, the general manager's report. >> thank you, commissioners. happy earth day. i apologize for my tardiness. i was down in the board chambers answering some questions. it went great, yes. so i wanted to just start off, i have a few announcements and a couple of special presentations and some people who have been waiting patiently to be recognized. i wanted to start off today's meeting by thanking everyone from the rec and parks
department, the police department dpw, supervisor breed and the mayor and everyone who helped us contain yesterday's unsanctioned 4 20 event at meadow. we have seen this very organic event grow -- pun intended with estimates of 10,000 people in the area in the park at once taken taken multi-agency. again supervisor london breed was very helpful in pulling agencies together and the mta, public works and fire department and captain sanford and park rangers including ranger celeste and eric anderson and the entire crew from golden gate park. i joined our staff this morning at 6:00 a.m. to pick
up garbage in sharon meadow. there were an estimated 17,000 pounds of trash left in our park after the event. an event that diverts about 50,000 dollars a year from our department and probably $100,000-$125,000 from the city as a whole. you know, it is an event that is a frustrating one. we can put a kid in camp for $350 a week and we're spending money to pick up other people's garbage and vast majority of people who aren't even from san francisco who are coming in, again, it's just we have been saying loud and clear, come enjoy our parks, but clean up after yourselves. i would say that the only silver lining in the event is that we really do have an amazing and dedicated crew of park rangers, gardeners, custodiains, apprentices, temporary staff as part of our programs and we had
about 40-45 people out there bright and early this morning with a great deal of pride and going to have this place cleaned up and ready for park use in a few hours. so i just wanted to give you that brief update. now on to some happier notes april 23rd, noon to 3:00 we'll join the san francisco unified school district with a whole slew of earth day events. sfusd, the mayor's office and supervisor cohen, bayview neighbors and school board hydra mendoza at the hunters point, include activitis for youth, bbq and opportunities to look back at what the youth park meant to the community. it also offers an opportunity for the community to learn about potential and future uses of the site. which may include a community garden, activity court for seniors and youth or additional park and open
space. this is school district property and the school district is primarily in the lead here. but this is a good sign of our strong partnership with sfusd and our commitment to that neighborhood. it will be a terrific event. there are also earth day events at india basin, which we'll talk about in a little bit. where we'll welcome the canoe mobile and alemany farm for earth day and quite a number of earth day events around the city. sunday april 24th, off of earth day to rugby and the professional rugby organization is at boxer stadium at balboa park when the league's denver team faces off against san francisco. it's a professional sports league comprises of five teams located in north america and it's the first competition to be sanctioned
by u.s. rugby and world rugby and we're excited to welcome them. we talk about innovation and technology and being the best parks department for the people who use it and i'm pleased to let you know this week the mayor's office of civic innovation announced an exciting new partnership between 13 tech start-ups and four north california cities that will look to tackle real-world problems that face city agencies. start-ups will be imbeded in city departments for 16 weeks to work with staff and understand some of the problems and offer innovative solutions. we're involved in two of the projects. the first is a partnership with animal care and control, and many people will be happy to hear it's called "coyote watch." to create a mobile app that maps and informs the public about coyote sightings on our parklands and you will be happy to hear particularly of late is with an
organization called spottery, working with recreation and park on mobile app and software solutions to allow users to reserve recreational facilities and participate in online lotteris for youth athletic programs and will help us with practice field allocation for sports league, an issue of late. and hopefully we'll allow us to do it a little more efficiently and transparently and we're excited about that. we have two presentations. i want to start with we are really, really proud to welcome some guests from wilderness inquiry. where is greg? greg and hannah, come on up. i want to tell you a little bit about them. wilderness inquiry we met them during the parks conference we hosted in san francisco and got to meet them again when cohort of interaction city representatives that included commissioner mendoza, wearing
both her hats and school district and sarah delaney and we traveled to st. paul for a league of city symposium to how better connect kids to nature? wilderness inquiry was a sponsor of that convening and i think there our idea -- at least partially our idea was partially hatched to bring them back this year to the san francisco bay area. so wilderness inquire has a canoe mobile with the amazing canoes that travel across the country to engage kids and people with disabilities in indoor paddling experiences. during its visit this week, they are working with recreation and park, usd and several other partners to share adventure experiences with people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities. i think they touched the data that i have and greg will
talk about this in a second, touching over 750 youth during their time here and they are not done because we have a great event at india basin on saturday. lowell high alums are sitting around this commission dais, special ed department, mira loma, mission high, janet pomeroy for these kids to have a life-changing experience, and for those of us who got to interact with the kids. a lit bit more about canoe mobile: they have a six handmade 24' voyager canoes that connect kids and -- 2015 they served 28,000 youth around
the country. 30 -- 80% from disadvantaged backgrounds will -- their projection is 30,000 youth and their families will participate in more than 300 events, 80% from disadvantaged d backgrounds and they are a wonderful organization and before bringing greg and hannah up to say a few words i wanted to give a special thanks to my recs staff to bob, jim wheeler and particularly lucas tobin who did a ton of work to make sure that we had kids engaged and participating in our programs this year. got to meet with our mayor yesterday who was very excited about the program and looks forward to welcoming them back. we'll present the certificate and have you say a few words. lots [ applause ]
wilderness inquiry >> good morning commissioners. we're thrilled to be here and as phil mentioned we met through the national league of cities initiative children connecting with nature and what we're really excited about is working with the city of san francisco and rec and parks department, because you folks are recognized nationally among the leaders
in doing this and phil and your crew and our staff referred to lucas as st. lucas. on this particular trip i want to put this out there, we're working with a lot of students and a lot of underserved kids and a lot of people with disabilities and developmental disabilities to correct connect them to the outdoors and hopefully we can get folks into the canoes. thank you. >> this saturday, starting at 9:30 elton? our event starts -- do you want to say a quick word what we're doing at heron's head? >> yes. sorry about that. so at heron's head and india basin we have the mobile units out. we have a climbing wall. that is from 10-2:30.
>> 10-2:30 at india basin. >> i went down there yesterday, great place do some investment for the city and everybody is welcome. thank you. >> one more presentation today, commissioners. i'm really to take time to thank and acknowledge our staff who have supported our senior program and golden gate senior center. for 51 years it's been a beacon for our senior population on the northwest side of the park offers programing to seniors seven days a week from dance classs to ceramics and even an annual trip to camp mather. it's more than a recreation center, but it's where our senior members meet and socialize and continue to thrive in their golden years and [pw-erpbdz/] yard shaw say we don't stop playing because we get old, we get
old because we stop playing and that is the philosophy these three spectacular members of our team, claudia, victor and catherin display day and in day out and they promote play to those very much still young at heart. claudia, one of the reasons we wanted to do this -- we wanted to do this for two reasons. one to draw attention to the amazing resources and programs that we do offer to our senior population. i have been -- i joined them at a luncheon. there might have been a thousand people there and i was amazed at how much support the center gets. we're also very bittersweetly happy for her, but claudia reinhart is retiring after 41 years with the department. many of which were spent managing the senior center and she has been a fixture at camp mather and i have heard rumors that we might see claudia working at the
>> >> good morning, commissioners. thank you, phil. my career with rec and parks has been wonderful, 41 years' of a lot of fun. i hope we inspired a lot of people. i mentored a lot of kids and adults and i really enjoyed being a supervisor, because supervising especially these two and others in the room made it really easy, because they are excellent employees. the best thing about being a supervisor is mentoring and bringing along really hard working and creative people, which is just a joy and easy. i am continuing my career alongside rec and parks. i have been hired as the store manager at camp mather. what we do up there we sell things, and we make money. so if you come visit, which hopefully commissioners i will see you there. you spend your money at the store and all the money/profit goes back to camp mather. when i am not doing that
i'll be out hiking and having a really good time. the other thing i want to plug, i'm also very involved with the pacificka beach coalition doing earth day. on the 23rd, i'm one of the leaders of the committee that runs -- we do it for the whole city of pacificka. so i'm very involved and maybe some day i will be the mayor, i don't know. [laughter ] >> thank you very much for a wonderful career. i'm retiring in very good health and really happy and don't know what else i could ask for. [laughter ]. >> thank you very much. >> good morning commissioners. my name is victor lee and i work at golden gate senior centers a facilitator coordinator and i want to congratulate claudia as a wonderful boss, and just let us grow freely and excel in our professions. 30 years ago i committed to myself to become a public
servants and it's been a wonderful ride. the first-half of my career was in chinatown, working with kids. and second-half is with seniors, what great spectrum there is there? and i really appreciate all the seniors, and what i learned and all my staff, and coworkers. just really thank you. >> thank you very much. [ applause ] >> i'm catherine hill, the citywide senior program coordinator. and claudia, thank you for your inspiration, never giving up on what you feel and what you want to say. i really take that to heart, and you've given me advice for all ages. i want you to be like uulu from the zoo, if you want to
frolicin the zoo, please do so and it's appropriate that it's earth weekend, because you have taught me a lot about being more eco-friendly, and giving back that education to our seniors and children. i love working for everyone, and our department, and there is lots to look forward to in the golden years. >> thank you, catherine. >> thank you. >> thank you. i was very remiss in not recognizing, but have our amazing manager stand up, who is sitting back there quietly as he always does, never taking credit, but thank you, chris. [ applause ] . >> all right. so finally, tomorrow is earth day and as i mentioned several earth day volunteer events in our parks, india basin,
the earth with my own two hands. i can reach out to you, with my own two hands. with my own, with my own two hands. [ [ music ] with my own, with my own two hands, i'm going to make it a brighter place with my own two hands. i'm going make it a safer place, with my own two hands. i'm going to help the human race, with my own two handings. hands, with my
own, with my own two hands. [ applause ] >> it makes you a little verklemp. >> anyone wishing to make public comment on the general manager's report. richard, come on up. >> good afternoon, chair -- how you be? i haven't seen you for a while. i have been getting recovery time in rehab and i heard phil ginsburg talking about coyotes and to say it a little bit more on the
subject-matter. there was spotting of coyotes a long time ago and [speaker not understood] -- it's usually the case whether or not you a naturalist? if you are a naturalist and somebody who believes in the natural environment, some people who do believe in such would say, leave the coyotes alone. others who look at the coyotes that make those -- i think they are m860 explosives that they have all over the country and when they did do that, what had happened in the persecution of coyotes, the coyotes spread and went all over the place. so if we have any charting of coyotes per se of general manager ginsburg, what do you do with such information? if you do plot it out, you have to correctly identify the paws on the animal are much narrower, almost like a dogs and they can get cross-bred with dogs.
when the coyote is during breeding season it's usually twice a year. what you are going to have to do is post its breeding season -- , as well as your own dog and aggressions between the male animals. that is what i wanted to bring across, that myself, i would rather the coyotes not be persecuted any further. because if it does happen, they just spread and we get more coyotes and more problems. but the biggest deterrence of is just making noise. you don't make yourselves small. you make yourselves big. and you jump up-and-down and not even know it's a coyote. it looks almost like a little doggie. i hope we get signage when it's breeding season to have
signage that has "breeding season, coyote crossing or coyote present." thank you, mark. >> thank you, richard. >> anyone else wishing to make public comment on this item? being none, public comment is -- wait did you want to make public comment? no? thank you. being none, public comment is closed. we are now on item 8, union square, st.s maries square and portsmouth square and justin herman playgrounds shadow from 50 first street and following this item, we have the portsmouth square garage renations and i believe commissioner low needs to recuse himself from both items. >> yes, i need to recuse myself from items 8 and 9. >> thank you very much. we need a motion. >> so moved } second. >> all those in [tpa-eufrb/]? >> aye. >> thank you, you are
recused. go ahead >> good morning, commissioners. the item before you today is the shadow analysis from the 50 first street ocean wide development. as brian discussions proportion k or sunlight ordinance was voter-approved in 1984 and codified as planning code section 295 and the momo has provided us guidance how we review these shadow projects. again this project -- this is not a project approval, but , but to provide guidance to the planning commission from the rec and parks commission. going to start with a summary of the transit center district plan. it enables about 4800 additional residential units and 6.5 million square feet
of open space. i'm sorry, of new commercial space, not open space. since the plan adoption about 3070 units and 2.4 million square feet of commercial space, both office and retail have been entitled by the planning department. within the next five years, we're anticipating $9 million of open safe impact fees to be allocated to chinatown open space improvements including enhancements to portsmouth square and central subsway chinatown open space. in the transit center plan there is a 5.4 acre city park, and an underramp park of 2.5 acres of open space. the plan itself was adopted by the shadow impacts was looked at in october 11, 2012 by the joint commission. it raised the acls for nine parks including the four at
50 first street will be shadowing. at that same meeting the transbay tower was approved and 181 fremont was approved. this table here provides the shadow allocations that were provided for union square, st. mary's square, portsmouth square and justin herman plaza, the four parks that would be shadowed by the building. the shadow that would hit from 50 first street and remaining budget and projects. i will go through each one in equality and end with -- each one in detail. this is the building design. i'm joined by marcel
boudreaux. >> at the northwest corner of first and mission in the transit center district plan. two mixed use towers proposed both generally contemplated in the transit center district plan. the first street towerer is 850', would include over 1 million gross square feet of new office space and 109 units. the base is proposed at 68' tall urban or indoor park, who could create a signature public space in the transit center area. together with privately-owned
spaces, approximately 50% -- ocean street tower includes 169-room hotel, 156 residential units and ground-floor retail and it's linked by new pocket park. the project also involves demolition and commercial structures and including a public art requirement, and additional public realm enhancements, which will improve existing pedestrian interconnectivity in the area. that is the conclusion of my brief presentation. if you have questions, i am available. thank you. >> thank you. >> next item i'm going to go through the different impacts of the project. the first is union -- >> powerpoint. >> thank you. >> on the left-hand side is an image of the park. it's 2.6 acres. on the right-hand side is the day of highest maximum impact. time of day will be in the
morning between 7-8 a.m. time of year will shadow between may and august. about 12 weeks annually. the maximum shadow days on june 21 at 7:15 a.m. duration of the shadow is less than 45 minutes and it's on average 30 minutes. the size of the shadow is 0.35% of existing -- and the greatest shadow day is just under 3,000 square foot hours. next is st. mary's square. for the shadow analysis, they looked at st. mary's square extension and found that no new shadow would be cast on that park. left-hand side is an aerial image of the park and features and right-hand side is the shadow effect. st. mary's square is 1.11 acres. this shadow will occur in the morning as well between 8:50
and 9:10 and will occur for four weeks annually march and september no more than 20 minute and average is 20 minutes and shadow is .001%. the next park is portsmouth square. this one is 1.3 acres. the shadow here will fall in the morning between 8:05 and 9:10 in the morning. it will occur 12 weeks throughout the year between november and february. and it will last less than 60 minutes on average, around 40 minutes. and it will shadow the park throughout the year by 0.219%. we have an animation. >> the shadow has it goes through the park between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 a.m. and 9:40
in the morning. one more time -- the last park is justin herman plaza, 4.2 acres. and this new shadow would be cast between 1:50 and 3:25 in the afternoon, 14 weeks annually between october and february. the duration of the shad ow is less than 60 minutes and on average 36 minutes. the size of the shadow 0.044%. we also have an animation for this one. showing between 1:45 and 3:15 in the afternoon.
project outreach, the project sponsor has had multiple meetings with stakeholders and general public with focused outreach on neighboring businesses. the planning department has received comments on a wide variety of issues relating to this project. but not really much related to the shadow. the project benefits include $117 million of impact fees with $13.8 million towards open space, $647 million in the transit center district or melaroose and 21,000 square feet of publicly accessible ground-floor open space and bmr will either be off-site or with an in-lieu fee -- it's still up for debate, i believe. this is the shadow summary
that i started the presentation with. and the project sponsor ocean wide center marcelle and myself are all available if you have questions. thank you. >> thank you. so i think we're going to get into public comment and i just would like to remind the audience that the recreation and park department is concerned with the impact of the shadow on parks. i know there is lots of issues that surround development in san francisco, but for your testimony purposes here today, we're interested in those matters that are under our jurisdiction only. thank you. >> so i'm going read some names off. gordon chin, jeffrey heller, sara yuan,tan chou and yuan fan chen. >> good morning. >> good morning. >> commissioners, phil, i'm sure it's been 12 years since i sat up there and i'm sure you guys all miss me, as
much as i miss you. [ laughter ]? >> i miss margaret the most. i'm just delighted to be here in support of item 8, speaking on behalf of the chinese chamber of commerce. i don't have to talk about the high need in chinatown both for open space and recreation. you all know that story. and you have all the done a great job working in partnership with the community on recent developments. the wahiyuan project and portsmouth square and we're really excited about the planning process for chinese playground. shadows in our park, mr. president, as you just stated are very serious matters and in my opinion they absolutely need to be minimized or mitigated. parenthetically, margaret, i have been waiting 12 years to
say the words "diminus." again. as you know it's probably the most limited area for new park siting as anywhere in the city. so the need is really to maximize the utility and the programming of our existing parks. probably among the most utilized parks in the city and so the idea of a chinatown parks fund, focused on programing is very, very important, now more than ever. so we're very excited to support the idea. we're very excited to work with the department, and the parks alliance overseeing this fund and i urge your supplement. support.
>> thank you very much and welcome back >> commissioners, mr. heller part of the ocean wide team for the project. i would just like to address the core values of what we're doing, because the staff has done a terrific job summarizing the details. we are available to also expand on the details, if you wish? so the first point i would like to make is that of all of the parks in the area that can be reached by the transbay district, there are only the four parks which are of concern. and i would like to remind you that -- those four parks have been mentioned. but i would like to remind
you that this has all gone through your commission, board of supervisors, planning, when the transbay district was done. but to that point, we have taken very seriously the controls that were established at that time, and we live within those. in some cases, in some of these four parks, we take very little of the shadow. in some cases, more. but we always stay within what we have been told is the framework that we need to stay in for all of the good reasons of the importance of the shadows and the balance of what the city needs and wants and what parks and rec is doing in protecting its parks. we're highly aware of that. i want to show you this image, because it's quite an interesting illustration.
this is the envelope of the sun plane around the top of the first street building as it relates to justin herman plaza. this is just to show you the lengths we have gone to to make sure, ensure that we were within these rules and regulations. and because of this, we did exactly what we needed to at justin herman plaza as we did with all the others. and then finally, just remembering also that we're conscience of everything that we have to do for the city. the project itself gives back to the city in open space ways, which i know you will be very much sensitive to. and it does that by creating a real heart of open space in the transit district at grade-level and creates over half an acre of public open space within the project as well. so not only are we paying attention to the
parks and your issues, but the people's needs for open space in the private sector. this will be probably the most important one that the city will see. >> thank you. >> i will stop with that and just with a pretty picture. >> so we have sarah, tan and yuan and they we also have danielle, daniel, and jerry lee. >> good morning,, commissioners and director, my name is sarah wang, executive director of community youth center of san francisco. we serve about 5,000 youth and families in san francisco citywide and we actually have a great partnership with the rec and parks department since last year to operate the clubhouse. and every day we have been serving young people from 5-year-olds to 25 years old, as well as sro parents and seniors. apart from that we also host different events throughout the year at portsmouth
square, including our seismic disaster preparedness fair, and we also run the monthly clean-up project there and we also do these throughout the year at portsmouth. open space is very precious in chinatown. the chinatown youth center has been changed to the community youth center because we can't find the space to run the program. until we had the partnership with rec and parks, to bring back the program to where our constituents live. we see its a very precious and very special and important relationship with the city departments. i understand the shadow impact of portsmouth square that will definitely affect our population in the communities. we also appreciate the developer's goodwill to partner with the community and agencies like us that are providing service to our constituents. we look forward with these possible partnerships to expand our current programs and also reach out to more community folks in our community to benefit the
well-being of them. i greatly appreciate your concerns and to really appreciate your efforts in thinking how we can enhance this collaboration and partnership between the developer, private partnership and the community at the same time. thank you. >> thank you. >> next speaker. >> good morning. my name is tan chou, speaking on behalf of the committee for better pac in parks and rec in chinatown and chinatown development center. chinatown is an extremely high-need neighborhood in open space. open space is not only valuable, but absolutely a necessity. our parks are not only well-used, but overused and for the last four decades our organizers have worked successfully and worked extremely hard in bringing quality open space, whether it's preserving existing open space or creating new open space. we're definitely looking
forward to the project sponsor working with our effort and also the support in creating -- bringing quality open space in chinatown. we're looking forward to work with rec and parks and the project sponsoring. it's not a one-day or one-year investment, but thank you for supporting this one. >> thank you. >> next speaker. >> could you please hold a moment? commissioner, we'll double the time with a translator. >> right. >> hold on a second then. >> thank you. >> you are welcome.
first and mission and the effects it brings to portsmouth square. i know that a lots of the community members in chinatown actually have been very small sr units and a lot go to portsmouth square every day to get fresh light and fresh air, which is part of the necessity for them. so this is really -- this is
more than just public space, but a place for them to rest and it's a place for them to socialize. if the building will block a lot of the sunlight in the park throughout much of the year, i think a lot of the residents will not want to go to a park that is always so dark and gloomy. so i hope the commissioners will all understand how
important portsmouth square is to the residents of chinatown and knowing that the development of this building is not just affecting the park itself, but really affecting the lives of many residents that live in chinatown. so i ask that you please work with the developer to make a compromise on this issue. thank you. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> good morning commissioner, i'm here on behalf of aunty chung and self-help for the elderly. we are concerned about the shadow that will be cast by 50 mission on portsmouth square in chinatown. we have been running programs out of the clubhouse for over five years and we're very familiar with the usage of the park, and it's used by the community for recreation and also for exercise. as you all know there is limited open space in chinatown, and it's used by
children, by seniors, from the sro buildings and the neighborhood. if you visit the park, you will see it's used from morning 8:00 a.m. during the time period when the shadow would be cast all the way until the end of the day. we also feel that the lack of sun could affect the health of seniors living in that area. chinatown as you know doesn't have a whole lot of open space and we would like to preserve the quality. we do appreciate the goodwill that the developers have shown in working with the community and with you all to do that. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> good morning, commissioners. my name is jerry lee. i'm president of the portsmouth plaza parking corporation. the underground below portsmouth garage and i'm here to also speak on item 9, the next item. portsmouth square parking
corporation has been one of the many organizations in chinatown that has a pulse on what goes on in the community, whether working with the rec and parks department, of course, but also department of public works or mta, which always stirs up a lot of controversy within the community. but as far as this item is concerned, we are always concerned about the quality of life for the people that use the park, and are in and around the chinatown area. so i'm very happy to support this item. i think that the developer has shown good-faith in working out a compromise, and mitigation for this. i think that it will in the overall picture of things, enhance and improve the quality of life for the people that use the parks, not only portsmouth square, but also st. mary's park. thank you very much. >> thank you. >> next speaker.
>> good morning, commissioners. dan fraten with reuben and rose. if i could get the overhead, please? i wanted to talk about the project's public benefits, but before i do i would like to put it in context. the dollar amounts for this project are impressive, but they are a part of a larger hole. when the planning commission and this commission increased shedo shadow budgets in 2012, they found "the plan cannot be reasonably evaluated for public interest on i building by building basis. the public benefit program would be obscured by piecemeal evaluation." and the public benefits that flow from the plan and private developments in it are really quite compelling. there is about $420 million in funding for the transit center and caltrain extension. this represents the lion's
share of the city's commitment to pull down another $2 million in federal and state fundings. over $150 million goes to sustainable streets, and open space. the plan area itself goes from having really no publicly-owned open space to having about 12 acres' of it. there is another 12.5 million that will go to open space outside of the plan area, including $9 million slated for chinatown parks and about a thousand new affordable homes built. so that was the overall goal of the transit center plan to anchor downtown growth around major investments in both transit and open space. and this project is a very large part of realizing it, and there total, it will generate $117.6 million in one-time impact fees, $647 million in special taxes for community facilities over a 30-year period, and $21.6
million in annual general fund revenue. these figures include $13 million in required impact fees, exclusively for parks and open space. , that will go to a broader range of uses than you see for typical downtown plazas. last and certainly not least, because of the project's shadow on chinatown parks, and ocean wide's commitment to being a good corporate citizen, i'm very pleased to [tpho-upbs/] an agreement in principle to endow $12 million for a community collaboration that is led by the committee for better parks and recreation in chinatown. as you have heard, chinatown is one of the city's most underserved communities for open space. and ocean wide is very excited to help improve the condition of parks and access to them. we expect to execute a formal agreement in the near-future. we're very pleased and
we're available if you have questions. >> thank you. >> anybody else wishing to make public comment on this item? being none, public comment is closed. >> commissioners? commissioner levitan. >> i shall go. so we want to thank the project sponsor. so whereas other projects in the past have cast shadows and always thought they were diminus and i agree with you gordon, that word "diminus" is fun to say and welcome back commissioner chin. what is good about this project is the project sponsor's willingness to work with the department to recognize and take care of the communities that they are impacts and that is what they are doing with the
agreements achieved by the project sponsor and city. i would like to propose some change to the resolution before us. >> thank you. commissioner mcdonnell. >> >> thank you, president buell. my questions are broad about the shadow items that come before us on a regular basis and my concern and i recognize and acknowledge there is a fine line between the mitigation of the impacts, and the reality that what is under the jurisdiction as i understand it of the commission is to determine whether or not the shadows will have a negative impact on park/open space, and community? not evaluation of the level of community benefit investment. and we dance that fine line all the time and often the case for the benefits of the investments, which are
significant and very commendable for project sponsors to make. it often feels a little like -- forgive the pun, but it's sort of intended shade thrown over the fact of shadows by virtue we're investing x amount of dollars in community. that makes me uncomfortable, and raise the question frankly that shouldn't be raised. if the shadows are insignificant, they are insignificant on their own and stand alone when you juxtapose them next to each other, what are we actually evaluating? i support this project and i don't have that concern, but it makes me uncomfortable when those two factors stand next to each other, in my opinion, often unnecessarily. >> thank you, commissioner. commissioner levitan. >> i just want to say, commissioner mcdonnell, i totally agree. it is a dance we have done for some time. and it's a struggle; right? because these projects are
what they are. and the impacts are what they are. what i appreciate about this situation though is the recognition that there are impacts that affect open space and this department. and whereas other projects have done their mitigation fees for other aspects of city function, there has not been recognition of the impacts on our parks and recreation. so maybe this is shades -- shades of things to come. but i do appreciate that this project sponsor at least is putting their money where their mouth is and recognizing that we have impacts with this project. >> any other comments? commissioner bonilla. >> there is no doubt that there will be an impact on the community from these shadows. we have heard that today. it's been very loud and clear that there will be impacts. so what i am requesting is that the sponsor continue to listen to the community, and
to do whatever possible to minimize those impacts. and i will support the project , but i am in agreement with commissioner mcdonnell that the public benefits are important. but i think the shadow is a more important issue. >> thank you. seeing no other comments, let me weigh-in that i echo commissioner mcdonnell's comments. we're looking at the impact of the shadows on parks, as a part of our jurisdiction. as a separate and unrelated matter, and i'm not so sure i know who to address this to, but i will startle start with staff and i would like to get a clearer explanation of the $9 million for chinatown park and to what degree this involves this department or is simply a
separate jurisdiction? i don't want to make this part of the decision-making process and i just put it out as a request to get that information. with that i would entertain a motion. >> colleagues, i would move that we accept the resolution that was presented tos us with a couple of changes, one of which is there is some diminus housekeeping language within the resolution that is not substantial. but the addition of "whereas " clause to this effect, whereas project sponsor will provide an additional community benefits package, which includes a substantial inclusionary housing and the creation of a $12 million endowment fund to support supplemental program for chinatown rec and parks and open space. and then it continues into the remaining whereas's. so again, essentially the same resolution before us with the exception of the addition of that clause. that is my motion. >> second. >> it's been moved and seconded. all those in favor? >> aye. >> so moved.
thank you. >> we're now on item 9, portsmouth square garage renovation. >> good morning commissioners. >> good morning,. >> katie petrucione and i'm here this morning to ask for the commission's approval of a resolution that takes five separate actions. and recommends that the board of supervisors similarly take these actions. one that the commission approved the purposes and activities of the portsmouth plaza parking corporation. two, that the commission approve the amendment and restatement of the articles of incorporation and bylaws of the portsmouth plaza parking corporation. 3, that the commission approve a loan up to $12.5 million and the corporation's use of the proceeds from that loan to finance a portion of
the costs of a renovation project of the garage. 4, to approve the city's execution and delivery of a revenue commitment letter. and 5, to approve any additional related matters. so as you all know, rec and parks owns a parking garage under portsmouth square in chinatown and last year the department received $1.4 million in net revenue to help support our general fund project. the city approved a new lease with the portsmouth corporation for management of the garage. that lease anticipated that the corporation would renovate the garage to address a variety of deferred maintenance issues and last september this commission approved the concept plan for the garage renovations.
the renovations will include relocation and renovation of staff areas, improvements to pedestrian circulation in the garage, lighting, mechanical, electrical, pluming and sprinkler system upgrades, repairs to concrete, installation of a new fire alarm system, implementation of a new parking revenue control system, as well as construction of new elevators. detailed design for the project is complete. regulatory and permit approvals have been secured and the corporation is getting ready to issue a bid package for the project. the final step of the planning process for the renovation is approval of project financing. the project will be funded through a $12.5 million loan from first republic bank. this loan has a 30-year term, and a 3.3% interest rate. it is structured as interest-only during the construction period, and
will convert to a fully amortized loan in its second-year. per the term sheet, between first republic and the portsmouth plaza corporation, the city will provide a revenue letter to first republic that pledges that the city will ensure that the portsmouth square garage will continue to operate as a revenue-producing facility for the term of the loan, and also, pledging use of gross revenue from the parking garage to pay debt service on the loan. annual debt service is estimated to be approximately $665,000. we have done a cash flow analysis that demonstrates that the garage can fund its operating expenses, pay debt service, and also, comfortable meet the debt service ratio of 1.5:1.
staff and department is working with the corporation to increase the park garage's parking rates to offset the loss of annual net revenue to the department due to the debt service. i just want to remind you that any rate increases must be approved by the metropolitan transit authority board. finally in addition to approving the project financing, the federal internal revenue code requires that the commission and board of supervisors both affirm the purposes and activities of the portsmouth plaza parking corporation, and approve revised articles of incorporation and bylaws for the corporation. upon approval by the commission, this item will be submitted to the board of supervisors for its review and approval. and i'm happy to answer questions. >> thank you. >> is there any public comment on this item?
>> good morning, bary lee, president of the board of directors for portsmouth parking corporation. a little history, the garage was initiated by the community in the 1950s and they approached the city administrators three times and were turned down that there was no need for a garage in chinatown. this coincided with the closing of the criminal courts and the jail that used to formally sit on the hotel that is across from the park. finally the community hired its oven attorney and hired its own engineers and paid for a study that showed that a garage could be built underneath the park. in 1958, the construction of the garage started. it was built for $3 million.
through city bonds. and it was paid back in two-thirds of the time that the bond life was. so it was paid off in 20 years as opposed to 30 years. all of this time managed by the community as the tenants -- as the landlord renting from the recreation and park department. parking was $0.25 an hour and all-day parking was $2 at that time. so we have come before this commission because no renovations of any major type have been done in the 58 years since the garage opened. so it's time for these improvements to be made. there was not even a plan for putting a gate at the front of the garage. so for these last 56 years since the garage has been opened, it has never been closed in 56
years. not even for any city emergency or because of an earthquake. so these improvements are long overdue. and we're able to build the garage for 25% of what the cost is now to renovate and we hope to increase the number of parking spaces within the garage and increase revenues. we have already submitted a proposal to mta regarding the increase in fees to meet the needs of the income to rec and parks would not be affected and that is already in process. i just wanted to speak in favor of this motion and i'm available to answer any questions. thank you. >> thank you. >> anyone else wishing to make public comment on the item? being none, public comment is closed. >> commissioners? >> move to approve. >> second. >> moved and seconded. all those in favor ? } aye. >> so moved. thank you. >>
first i will start with some background. i'm sure most of ware of the non-profit art center focused on arts and culture, and they are along the waterfront adjacent to one of the department's parking lots along the waters's edge. they serve about 1.2 million visitors a year and they are home to a variety of cultural performances, artistic program and a number of tenants -- also i want to note that i'm joined this morning with rich hillis the executive director of the fort mason center, who you will hear from a little later. as i mentioned, the department owns the parking lot directly adjacent to the fort mason center and
actually serves as you will see in the presentation as the only entrance to the fort mason facility. the parking lot is in dire need of improvements and investment in safety infrastructure. the fort mason center approached the department with a proposed plan to install nearly $1 million in improvements in the site, which will greatly improve the waterfront property. the improvements range from storm water retention plantings, new irrigation system, pedestrian/bike and vehicle safety enhancements, a new plaza and new furniture and fixtures and repave and restripe the existing parking lot. the project will reduce the existing parking from 80 to 60 spaces.
directing your attention to the video that shows the existing conditions. it's a fairly congested area right along what is going to be the new plaza. there are many pedestrians and bikes, coming to this area, stopping and they see the golden gate bridge and wondering how they get there and know the bay trail is close by, but not a direct route to get there. this project will greatly improve those conditions, and including adding a crosswalk. as you can see pedestrians sort of wondering through the parking lot, trying to navigate through the cars who are circling around and finding parking and entering the fort mason center. it become a fairly congested and potentially dangerous scenario. i want to direct your attention -- i put
together a slide about the bird's eye view of the proposed project. i point out the sole entrance to the fort mason center. as you can see, you have to go through that entrance, go through the entire parking lot in order to enter fort mason center. i want to point out where the rec and parks parking lot is and the relationship to the fort mason center campus. here an artist's rendering of the proposed project. you see new plantings and irrigation, which help to reduce stormwater run-off and also aid in traffic-calming. there is a repaved and restriped parking lot and note the new crosswalk. and shorter distance for the pedestrians to travel across that parking lot. there is new pedestrian fixtures and furniture and new plaza. i think that is really important. s as you saw from the video, people are naturally gathering in the area and it provides a safe place for
that gathering. the bike concession is proposed to move to the plaza area, at activating the area and making it more aesthetically pleasing. here is another artist's rending rendering showing the better pedestrian and bike safety. fort mason center is proposing to invest a little under $740,000 in the project. the total project cost is over $900,000, including soft costs and contingencies. fort mason center has leveraged about $175,000 in grants including from the san francisco bay trail and from the public utilities commission. and they are proposing a paid parking program to recoup their investment. the parking program would be in the form of multi-space
meters and fort mason center is proposing to contract with the same operator who manages the parking inside the fort mason gate. we're proposing five years with one 3-year option to extend. minimal annual rent is $10,000. if the project -- the fort mason center recoups their initial investment, the department would receive 75% of net revenues. however, that scenario is unlikely as the projected revenues are showing that the fort mason center will not recoup their investment during this short-term. the department will have use of 25 times per year, and we -- this project is exempt from competitive bidding due to the impractical based on goals and objectives based
on the length of the term. to give you a sense of the proposed parking rates and we consider these nominal and consistent with mta's parking rates. this is the structure that occurring currently inside the fort mason center gate. fort mason center has done an incredible job of outreach on the project and held a publicly-noticed meeting on their campus last month. per your approval today, the fort mason center will keep their consultations going with the bcdc and again final approval from them. they are hoping to start construction later this summer. i want to note this project has received a categorical exemption under ceqa.
the language around the exemption has been updated in your memo and your packets. the project has received a lot of support from some local non-profit groups, as well as a lot of the residents and tenants inside of the fort mason center. as some of you on the operations committee saw, there because some concern at the operations committee ranging from opposition to paid parking in general, whether or not the department was maximizing their potential opportunity with fort mason center? and some members of the public wanting free parking for boaters in the parking lot. i'm happy to answer any questions about my presentation or the proposed license agreement in front of you. i do know that rich hillis will be providing some comment as well. thank you. >> let's go to public comment with rich hillis.
commissioner hillis. >> thank you very much, commissioners. president buell, vice president low. thank you to cassandra and others for working on this project. we realize one-off parking lots aren't your priority. i have three young children and spend most of my weekends in parks and doing soccer and little league and appreciate what you do and happy you are willing to take this on because it's important to us this parking lot. it's an odd configuration, it's our only access through a city-own ed parking lot to the federally-owned center. coming off of laguna was difficult maneuver with the bay trail and marina and the entrance in the '70s was changed to where it is now
off of buchanan. fort mason center is in its 35-year center and our arts and cultural organizations, many have been with us, magic theater and blue bear school of music and many more. we recently added flack as they were displaced from the downtown san francisco art institute and will begin construction of their graduate campus in june. we're proud of what we have been able to accomplish in the 39 years. we have 1.2 million visitors that come annually, most come through that pinch point. whether they come by bike or walking. the only other way to get there is down a rickety staircase, if you have done it from upper fort mason. if you are coming by auto, you have to come to that location and most other travelers come that way, too. our motivation here is not
financially as cassandra pointed out. we'll lose money, we're putting investment into the lot, realizing we're not getting it back, but it's an important thing to do. we recognize the limited funds that you and the city have and this would not be a priority for you to make that investment. so we're willing to take that off that on and to make a nicer entry for visitors. the rates are modest and it will make for a better and safer experience coming into the fort mason center. you have letters of support from the bike coalition and walk sf and bay trail folks, as well as some of our resident organizations including flack and we're happy to answer any questions that you have. thank you. >> thank you. brief stone, maureen gaffney and sarah rosedale. >> hello commissioners i
don't know if you have the letter i sent yesterday, but highlights of the point that don't object to the idea of the project at all. i just don't think it's priced correctly from rec and parks's perspective. we could be collecting $5,000 to $7,000 a month from the increased capacity utilize that would occur inside the gate. currently they are making over $1 million a year on parking and i don't know how high their percentage is 70-80%, whatever the number is, the behavior is going to be that people who are currently getting free parking outside, and walk inside, are going to have two choices. they are going to park a little further away and take free parking away from the marina, or they are going to bite the bullet and park inside. so you go to 100% capacity utilize inside and increase their profits, that they don't have to share with us. secondly, you are taking 20 city-owned slots and handing them to the federal government, on which they
are collecting revenue. because they are closing off one of the entrances, and creating 20 paid parking spots. that was briefly touched on in the operations committee and i hear the commissioner saying this is a problem, but we'll live with it. i don't think we should live with it. i think we -- -- rec and park and harbor to collect that. i don't think the financial analysis was really done correctly on that. when rec and parks decided to accept $10,000 a year. it's much more valuable than that. it's more $10,000 a month. and i think the project is lovely. but price it correctly. the other thing that is going to happen here, the folks from marina middle school, who are parking there for free are not paying the $2 an or whatever it is, but moving further into the harbor
parking and those getting squeezed with parking availability will have much less of it if this project is done in this system. what we asked for a waiver on any paid parking by berth holders if they find they need to park over here, the same way spots are taken over there. it's a reasonable offset, but right now the users of the harbor are getting nothing from the project, but more pressure on the harbor. it's a simpgive bac and to take a look at that. it's the economics and customer behavior and what is going to happen to the berth holders. >> thank you. >> next speaker, please. >> good morning, commissioners. maureen gaffney with abag's san francisco bay trail project. as i'm sure you are aware the bay trail say planned 500-mile trail around the entire san francisco bay running through all nine bay area counties and 47 cities.
we in part through grant funds from abag, abag's bay trail project, important bike and pedestrian improvements have been made in this area over the last about ten years. and this -- some of those were the cutting back of the train tunnel wall to improve that connection there. there are thousands, as you know and have seen by the great video, which really sums up the use in this area. that piece, the fort mason squeeze as it was called before, some of the improvements made on the regular chronicle watch hit-list in the chronicle because of its dangerous configuration. because changes in the meadow and the city's work on completing a gap in the bay trail there, directly adjacent to marina boulevard, all of these things have made some great improvements here and this is sort of the last great piece to be done. a plaza in this area exactly for the condition that we
saw in the video, thousands of people coming through. this is where they sort of naturally stop and get their bearings. these improvements are just going to make this such a gem, such a great addition to the bay trail and to this part of the city. so we whole-heartedly embrace there project and have been looking forward to it happening for a very long time. in coordination with these other improvements, this segment of the bay trail and the city is really just start coming into its own. so we very much urge you to support this project, and thank you for your work. >> thank you. >> next speaker. >> hi, good morning. i'm with the friends of the san francisco public library, one of the resident organizations long-term for over 20 years down at fort mason center. i have personally been there for about ten years now within the shore space on
ground-level down there. i just wanted to speak briefly today about the need for improvements that everyone has been referencing down there. the general confusion that happens in that plaza zone whether it's cars or pedestrians, people do generally pause and wonder about fort mason center? it's something that wes along term residents have been watching hang for years. it has seen some improvement, but we look forward to and recognize the need for greater improvement. the plaza area would be fantastic to keep people safe navigating the area and to learn about fort mason center, which can be a tad mysterious as well. we look forward to added aawareness of the benefits itself. thank you for your time. >> thank you. >> any other public comment on this item? being none, public comment is closed. >> commissioner levitan. >> we heard this at the operations committee and i
just want to say that i think the net of this is that this is a good project for all of us. and that though this is rec and parks property, this is complimentary to fort mason and that is good not only for fort mason, but for us, bringing people to this plaza in a safe, and attractive settling. facilitates them going on to our marina and we're working very symbiotickally on this and it's a positive. fort mason is undertaking a huge -- i think the elephant in the room to mr. stone's point is the parking in the marina. and people still looking for free parking on our property, and at some point, that will have to be dealt with and frankly, that is a conversation i look forward to. i would urge my colleagues to support this. >> seeing no other commissioner comments, let me echo that i think that if
revenue were the only motivation here, that there are ways to generate more revenue. i think that the improvement of the area, the benefiting also fort mason, the bay trail issues, and clearly the problem of people taking age of free parking down there have been a problem. i think this solution is a five-year lease with a three-year option. we're going learn a lot in the process and may well eight years from now or five years from now look to some modifications to reflect some of the comments that have been made. i think all in all, this is a good solution and would recommend approval. with that would entertain a motion. >> so moved. >> second. >> moved and seconded. all those in favor? >> aye. >> so moved. thank you. >> we are now on item 11, franklin square and garfield square synthetic turf replacement project. >> thank you, margaret. >> any time. >> good morning,
commissioners. dan mauer with the capital division. i will try to wrap it up before noon. i'm going read the agenda wording item just to be clear for the record. the reason we're here on this item is discussion and possible action to authorize the recreation and park department to net a construction contract with the qualified contractor for the franklin square and garfield square turf replacement project. contract no. 16-007. as required under the san francisco administration code section 6.02 subparagraph 2 -- >> is it 6.02. >> it's a typo. it's 6.23 (c) . >> okay. so as i -- whether i made the presentation to the capital committee, i gave some background on this particular project. it's essentially a maintenance project, as seen
by capital division. the project is going back into two of our initial turf athletic field projects that were completed back in 2003 and 2006. as i mentioned, at that point, that -- it was always anticipated when we started our synthetic turf field project we would have to replace the turf and these two facilities, being one of the two first out of gate, to replace the turf. it's seen its useful life and the project in essence is rolling up the old carpet and laying down new carpet in the at same configuration as the field lays today. we're also doing some amenity improvements associated directly with the field, improving the fencing, like franklin, raising the fence heights on to the sides where balls are continually flying over the fence and into the roadway and garfield square is doing similar fencing to
mitigate that. as with all construction contracts we put our packages together and sent for bid process and we did that here. we put the package out and advertised on the city's contract website. i made some solicitation phone calls to contractors applicable for this type of work and hosted a pre-bid meeting for the project and invited contractors out before they submitted bids. during the process we heard limited feedback from potential contractors, i think because of the economy and boom in construction. there were a few contractors that declined. we entertained one bid that came over engineer's estimate, and our estimate was about $1.73. with that, the question
comes up what do you do at this point? one bi, over the engineer's estimate, what is the city's process moving forward? under the san francisco administration code that i, mentioned we can negotiate a bid with a qualified contractor to see to reduce the price back down to our target budget? that process under the admin code requires kind of multi--pronged evaluation. one is you have to evaluate the project and determine if one, if we did more outreach, would it solicit more contractors to come and play in the game? or two, augment the contract documents that more people might be invited to come and participate? with the outreach that i did initially on the project, it was my professional opinion that doing more outreach would not bring more people to the process it's just a busy time for contractors and people aren't going to play. the second item is modifying the contract to make it more
inviting and evaluating that project is basically kind of a maintenance project as i mentioned. so there is not a lot of extras on the project, where would he can actually reduce the project or change the contract specifications to make it more inviting. most if not all of the items that were in there are actually regulated by code or law. so that wasn't a possibility. under the admin code requires the general manager to look at those evaluation efforts and determine whether or not we can go out for a negotiated bid? and based on those findings, general manager ginsburg moved forward with the next step to come to you folks to get your approval for a negotiation process. so with that, i'm looking for your approval to allow staff to go out and talk with a qualified contractor, to see if we can get our bid price back closer to what we anticipated as our engineer's estimate? >> thank you. >> is there any public comment on this item? being
none, public comment is closed. >> commissioner low. >> dan, instead of -- sorry i have been sequestered too long and haven't been able to talk to anybody. [laughter ] >> instead of doing a public bid process, this allows the general manager to do a sole source negotiated contract? >> it does. it's basically a negotiated contract with a qualified contractor, and the term "qualified" means that they still need to adhere to city codes and regulation as part of the bid process, but allows us without going through the formal process to pick up the phone and contact someone who meet those requirements. >> okay. so the qualified bidder could be based on the qualifications that the general manager determines? >> well, we stick within the framework of the contract that we advertised original ly. for instance, i require that the contractor have experience with synthetic fields. >> so we maintain that that framework when we go out and
select. i have made a phone call to possibilities to start that process. but i wanted to wait for your feedback and approval on that. >> thank you. seeing no other comments, entertain a motion. >> gloria has a comment. >> i'm sorry, gloria. commissioner bonilla. >> the question i have is going forward will we have to -- will the department have to budget this budget dollars to replace the synthetic fields at this level? are we looking at -- because it seems that it's been ten years, and now we're replacing these fields. are we going to have to look at replacing all our fields at this cost?
>> yes. so the answer to your first question about replacing the field is yes, we do have a plan in place, where we have identified our synthetic field inventory. and put anticipated timelines on when we think the turf is going to need to be replaced. as i mentioned at the committee-level, most manufacturers warranty for we hope 8 years, 10 plus and franklin square installed in 2003 is going on 13 years. which is terrific. i think every field is going wear at a different use pattern, as some of the larger facilities, they are single fields and get a lot of foot traffic per square foot out there. i think the turf wears quirker on single-pitched fields. if go out to crocker-amazon with five soccer fields in the area, the wear is dispersed over a larger area. so my thought and hope is that those larger facilitis
are going to wear and have a longer life expectancy than the smaller fields. so we are budgeting for that. the department is well-aware of cost. we put some projection costs together in trying to evaluate as we move forward. that is where the funds for these two fields came from. we anticipated the need and the general manager ginsburg and executive staff put funding in place in the general fund and we're going continue doing that as-needed throughout the course of the life of these projects. >> that will be pretty much the standard? >> correct. >> anywhere from 10- -- i mean 13 to 10 years in a good case scenario. >> technology is constantly evolving with synthetic turf and hopefully becoming more durable over time. the committee were trying out a natural infill product rather than the sbr infill, the black rubber material. so we're going to give this
a whirl. we have done a lot of research and evaluations of fields put in over the last several years and feel comfortable we should move forward as pilots at the two sites and hopefully the technology lasts longer over time. >> so i wanted to ask what will happen when this is -- when these two are going on in terms of activities normally going on there? >> we have been working with the permits division very closely and anticipating these construction windows. and and dana has maneuvered her permitting procedures and the people who use these fields to utilize other facilityies in and around the neighborhood, when appropriate and again, giving adequate notice to the user groups is important, so they can plan accordingly. >> thank you. >> now seeing no further
comments, entertain a movement. >> so moved. >> sensedsing. >> second. >> moved and seconded. all in favor? >> aye. >> motion carried. >> i need to recuse myself because i live within five fetus et feet of the park or something like that. >> that means you live in the park. that depends on what time i get home at night. is there a motion to recuse me? >> so moved. >> second. >> moved and seconded. >> so moved. >> c'ya >> we're going to hear items 12 and 13 together, both dealing with alta plaza park. 12 is alta plaza park improvement and item 13 is alt [phra*-ursz/] park donor recognition grant and once we are done with public comment on the items they will be voted on separately. >> good morning, marvin yee
-- sorry, good afternoon. capital project manager in the capital division. i'm pleased to present to you the proposed master plan for alta plaza park, 12 acres, equivalent to four city blocks. the park itself is bound by clay street, scott street, jackson and steiner street. the southern part of the park side is composed of terraces. these terraces were renovated in 2012. replaced the irrigation system, because we had an antiquated system that was leaking. we also replaced the lawn with no-mow grass because it's lower-water using plant material. the project goal was water conservation on that southside. similarly, on the north side, we have an antiquated system.
it's leaking. we received a grant from the sfpuc to replace that irrigation system and implement other water conservation -- conserving scope. and that budget would be supplemented with the recreation and park department 2012 park bond to create the project, again towards water conservation. in 2013, the department conducted a series of meetings. we have three community meetings to develop a plan for the north side water conservation project. although we did develop a plan through the community process, there was still lingering concerns on other concerns surrounding alta plaza park. these are parkwide issues in terms of deteriorating conditions of the park and master plan. some of the deteriorating conditions that you see on
the slide, the overhead includes landscape, the pathways, the unsightliness of the maintenance shed and just general infrastructure is failing. you can see the photo here of a retaining wall with cracks in it. we also have a long standing issue along the perimeter of the park. there is a water seeping from within the park out towards the sidewalk. we don't know what the source of that water is. we have done some investigation, but it's suspected that it's a combination of leaking water pipes, as well as natural groundwater springs that are within the park itself. to address these parkwide concerns, the friends of alta plaza park initiated the master plan process through a selective process of a landscape architect. they selected miller company, landscape architects to conduct a series of meetings
and to create a proposed master plan, which is being presented today. participants of the process includes the recreation and park department. we have participated in the meetings, as well as reviewed the master plan document, and of course, the sf parks alliance is also a partner in this team. they are the fiscal sponsor for the friends of alta plaza park and they have had a long-term partnership with the group. the outreach for this master planning process was quite extensive. we have done multiple mailings. there has been postings on the site. we have used social media and also emails to the database that the friends of alta plaza park have. as you can see on the overhead, we have done multiple community meetings.
a total of 12 community meetings, as well as an online survey conducted by the friends of alta plaza park. this slide simply shows a timeline of the master planning activities that began two years ago and on behalf of the team i'm pleased to present the proposal of the master plan. the overarching goal is to crete a guiding document that includes future capital improvement, as well as integrating existing projects. and ongoing projects such as the north side water conservation project. and this would move us towards a vision, an overall vision for alta plaza park, as well as supporting the department and city's goals such as water conservation
and maintainability. the master planning process, the master plan has identified ten recommendations. and they are listed here, but i will present them in the following slides with illustrations. recommendation 1 is the investment towards park sustainability. again, that goes back to water conservation, selecting appropriate plant materials, as well as durable materials within the park for low-maintainability. related to that, recommendation 2 is to conduct a study for an underground cistern to utilize those natural springs within the park, capture that water as well as form water to reuse within the park.
recommendation 3 involves the utilization of a drought-tolerant plant pallet to give the park identity and character along the park interior. as well as the park exterior, such as at the entrances. recommendation 4 involves the repair or replacement of the park infrastructure. clean the walls, the stairs and replacing the asphalt pathway with concrete. this is the vision for what the southside pathways could look like, by replacing those asphalt pathways with concrete and also creating these nice bench alcoves. recommendation 5 is to replace the existing park's
furnishings which are somewhat mismatched including benches, bike racks, drinking fountains and trash containers. recommendation 6 is to expand the park lighting for security and safety. recommendation 7 is to increase the park's accessibility at the park's entrances, as well as within the park. recommendation 8 involves the consolidation of maintenance activities, and to create a hub within alta plaza park. you can see on the right side of the slide, that we have an image of a stockpiling area. and then in this set of slides we see a cargo container, which is in a different space within the park and the goal is to combine these two and create an attractive maintenance
hub in the park that matches the overall vision for alta plaza park. recommendation 9 is to continue the support of the public and privateship to maintain alta plaza park and the friends of alta plaza park have quarterly events and this is to support these events and future activities as well. and finally, recommendation 10 is to implement the key design elements within the park. i will go over those in next set of slides with before-and-after shots. here is the before-photo of clay and pierce street entrance, known as "the grand staircase." here is an after-photo, using the plant pallett proposed.
here is the entrance at clay and scott streets. and here is the vision for that entrance utilizing that same plant pallet. this is an entrance at scott and washington. and this is the vision for that entrance, which includes plantedsing planting of two palm trees that matches the entrances in the park. here is the existing pierce and jackson entrance and this is the vision, again, using the same plants pallet. this is the existing photo of jackson and stanish street entrance and retaining wall that leads into the park would be replaced with a concrete wall that matches the park's perimeter. within the park there is an unprogrammed lawn area,
where water-thirsty lawn, that would be replaced with a group picnic area. removing a large portion of the lawn and boarding the new group area with drought-tolerant plantings. another key design element is a bench overlook, which are a donor-recognition area planned. and this takes advantage of an overlook spot within the park, where there is no benches at all. so this really develops that. and you'll hear more about this element in abigail's presentation on the donation proposed to the city. here is the visual of what that overlook could look like. taking advantage of another view spot within the park is this central plaza, which looks out towards the
southern part of the city. this is how it currently looks today. and here is the vision for that plaza. and here is another perspective of that plaza, looking south. all right i'm sorry, here is the vision looking south. much better. if this master plan approved by the commission, the department would be able to proceed with a portion of those improvements and that would be along the north side of the park side. as i have mentioned earlier, we have funding for the north side water conservation project. the future phases estimates $7 million, and would be implemented as the funds become available. the future funding would be
-- the friends of alta plaza park is seeking future funding by continuing to work with supervisor farrell 's office, as well as starting a fundraising capital campaign. the specific scope of the north side water conservation project would be replacement of the irrigation system, selective replacement of the lawn, and this project also received general funding secured by supervisor farrell's office, for such as replacement. pathway and doing perimeter drainage improvements. the funding sources are again the 2012 bond, water conservation program, sfpuc large landscaping grant, as well as two allocations of
general fund for $2.5 million and the total cost break is 30% for soft costs, which is very typical and 70% for hard costs. and also would like to just add that the holders of the copyright for the master plan have signed a right to use agreement for the city to be able to make reproductions of that document for its intended use, which is to implement the improvements at alta plaza park. so i think i'm going now -- that is the end of my presentation and i believe abigail will be presenting the next part. >> good afternoon, commissioners. good morning general manager
ginsburg and as marvin mentioned i'm here to present item 13 discussion and possible action to accept and expend a grant in the amount of approximately $80,000 from the san francisco parks alliance on behalf of the friends of alta plaza park and submission of donors to the 2006 parks playground renovation. this donor recognition is included in the master plan. it is considered part of recommendation 10 to implement key design elements. just to give you a quick background as i mentioned in my staff report, in about 2005-2006 the friends of alta plaza park led a very successful fundraising firefighter and some of the
funds were used to renovate the parks playground and also renovated the sports court when the donors gave to the playground the friends of alta plaza park wants to honor donors of $10,000 for more to be installed on the plaque and boulder. that was never finalized so this master plan project provided the perfect opportunity to create a recognition area. and the plan is to have it installed during the north side water conservation construction phase. the donor recognition will of course honor the donors who gave, but it also adds a beautiful feature to the park and provides a beautiful
the curved radial bench and you can imagine sitting down and taking in the beautiful view. this is the design of the pavers and plaques that will be installed on the ground right in front of the bench. that concludes my presentation. please let me know if you have any questions. >> we do have comments. janet [ reading speakers' names ] >> good afternoon commissioners, general manager ginsburg, it's a really happy day for us to be here. it's a culmination of a couple years' of work on this with what i consider a
dream-team, really had wonderful people to work with. just want to give you a little background information how we got to this part, and give a bit of recognition to the founding mothers of the friends of the alta plaza park, who started this whole process back in 2004. they were molly brown, casey mcgarage, lauren holand elysfreedman and the funds -- this was completed in 2006. with the landscaping master plan was to be implemented after remediation of the irrigation problems that marvin demonstrated to you in the presentation. these excellent enhancements resulting from their campaign continue to draw park users from all over the city and
particularly families bernal heights, richmond, marina, they all come up to alta plaza park. it's a mecca for families. meantime without the irrigation remediation, the landscaping was not addressed and gardener staff shortages contributed to the park deterioration. fast-forward now ten years. two park advocates, janet gamble, my colleague and terry goodman in collaboration with parks alliance, our fiscal partner initiated a community opportunity fund grant process and to engage the community to identify a park project in their priorities. at this time i was recruited to assist because for nine years i have been running the volunteer program. we established a core of dedicated volunteers, and a database of over 600 residents in our address list. there is no accounting for
free breakfast and dog biscuits, [laughter ] >> so three community meeting dates were scheduled and first standing-room only meeting was overwhelmingly apparent that ongoing infrastructure and maintenance issues far outweighed any enhancements. people wanted the leaks fixes and pathway s addressed. because of the planned north side conservation project -- [speaker not understood] now you will hear from my colleague janet gamble on how we accomplished community outreach. thank you. >> good afternoon, i'm janet gamble. >> could i get you to -- >> pardon me. >> friends of alta plaza park and first to start by thanking everybody that we have worked with, rec and parks and parks alliance and miller company. everybody has done a terrific job on the project.
just to follow-up from where anita ended. it was clear that the close at the last community meeting we needed to begin with a comprehensive master plan and also decided that money held in reserve from the playground efforts would be used to hire an architect. friends sent an rfp to six firms and miller company was ultimately selected not only because of their excellent design capabilities, but because of their experience working with community groups. we were advised you can never do enough outreach and prior to the first of the three cof meetings and three master-planned community meetings, we mailed an announcement flier to homes within 300' of the park. the week before each meeting we posted fliers and on the kiosk and at restaurants and
shops along fillmore street and distributed them door-to-door and sent emails to our list of community members. we posted notices on our website, and rpd's website and new fillmore features the park in an article about the master plan. in total there were three community opportunity fund meetings, three master plan meetings, three north side water conservation meetings and two pacific height resident association meetings. to achieve consensus on the master plan concepts were -- we asked the community to fill out a comprehensive evaluation form for the concepts. we conducted an extensive online survey. and we answered all questions and comments emailed to us about the plan. and throughout 2015 and early 2016, as the plan made its way through the city process, we consistently sent out email updates to our community and posted them on our website. the community was kept informed as to the outcome of all of our committee meetings, meetings with rpd,
with supervisor farrell and all of the commission hearing dates. at the end of the process we received a tremendous amount of support for this master plan, and i am proud of what this community has achieved. in terms of our next steps, all the available funds are being directed to the north side work, in coordination with the north side project. unfortunately, we weren't granted the cof grant, that is okay. the reality is that we're about $1.5 million short on the north side work. so we will be outreaching to the community to help raise funds for this project. thank you very much. >> next speaker, please. you are speaking on both; right? >> sure. i'm jeffrey miller, and just want to say thank you to the community. thank you to the staff of the department, and thank you
specifically to the folks from the friends group. they have been tireless in reaching out to the community, and encouraging people for their input. and we have had an amazing process. i just have been through numerous processes now and parks and community facilities and this one does stand alone. as many, many people debate what is your address we -- debated what we're going to go through this park as a jewel of san francisco and maintain the park pretty much as it is, go lightly. this was the message and i think what we have done in the master plan was embellish the vision for the park and make improvements that are long overdue in the park and set a path forward to follow and rely on; that will
maintain the beauty and simplicity of this park. so my word is just thank you to everybody that participated and i hope you accept the vision. i would like to thank my staff also, who put in an amazing effort to create all the drawings and do a lot of writings and go to the meetings and this was a big effort. >> thank you. >> calvin, judith and kit. >> i'm steve swigert with parks alliance. we have been very privileged to work with the friends group and the department and it has been a robust community out reach process. which is how we like to describe outreach processes.
and i think it's come up with some great results. parks alliance is very supportive of this plan. as jeff mentioned, it doesn't really changing moving around uses or anything, but really some of the small touches that we notice in the parks sometimes. the nicely laid-out plants, the consistent feel that gives people enjoyment of the park and we think this master plan will really help guide that and implement that over the years it's implemented. it's a great example again of private and public partnerships, where the friends group was able to fund the work by miller company and develop the master plan. we have been able to secure a large number of grants, but as you see, there is still more to come, that will be needed. most likely some public money, as well as the private fundraising that the group will be doing. so i think those two things working together, really creates successful projects, because we're able to leverage the real interests, and the support that the community
brings to these projects. thank you for the support of the master plan and donor recognition elements and i look forward to your vote. thank you. >> thank you. >> next speaker. >> hi, i'm judith maxwell, alta plaza neighbor and thank you for considering funding this plan. it's really become apparent, when all of this work has been done, there has to be a sequence of things that happen in a certain order for it to work. and that is why we needed a master plan and we learned that when the nomo grass was put in, but the leaks weren't fixinged. fixed. this is really crucial. i want to add one piece, which is to the part about public-private funding that i am working with janet and we met with jonathan goldberg,
the public works green benefit district manager -- project manager. to discuss setting up a green benefit district. so that we could, you know, harness even more participation among the neighbors, and have ongoing funds for things, like, maintenance and we're particularly interested in getting the business owners in the fillmore area to participate in this. because at -- they will see it's a great draw pore them, the better the park is, perhaps they will see more business coming their way? so again, i want to thank you. i really want to especially thank janet and terri and anita, they have done an amazing amount of work. and thank you for your consideration. >> thank you. >> next speaker.
>> i was going to say good morning, but it is afternoon. [laughter ] good afternoon to commissioners and mr. ginsburg. my name is kit haskel and i'm a professional artist and muralist. although a long time resident of the marina district, i appreciate this opportunity to speak in sunday support of the alta plaza master plan, it is important to me both professional and personally the pacific heights neighborhood book written by ann blum.
remarkably arthur also choose to include alta park plause. it's a great assemblage of rooms with many attractions for the sports-minded and children and comparable views for those at leisure. the master plan as shown to me will restore and enhance this grand lady. while enjoyed the homes that graces the park perimeter in 2007, i look forward to packing up my pencils to alta park's restored beauty. thank you. >> thank you. >> next speaker. >> good afternoon, i'm calvin, i live about three blocks from alta plaza park and i have lived in the
neighborhood for many years now. i have enjoyed using this park. walking dogs there, bringing out of town guests to see the views. and i'm asking that you please support our master plan. it's really necessary in order to -- in order for this park to improve, and maintain its but thy and actually its usefulness and community has worked very hard on this master plan. we would greatly appreciate your support. thank you. >> thank you. >> anyone else that wants to speak on this item? being none, public comment is closed. >> i just realized i'm chairing this matter. general manager ginsburg. >> thank you, commissioners. it's been a long meeting. i just wanted to say some thanks really -- about gratitude. it's been a long road for the friends of alta plaza park
and it's not lost on us how much you care about this piece of open space. and your stewardship and philanthropy and saying thank you and to jeffrey, who does amazing work with us and to the parks alliance and lastly to both marvin and abigail and we have a wonderful foundation. wouldn't it be great if we were able to end up with master plans at all 225 parks? so thank you for all that you have contributed. >> commissioner levitan } well speaking of master plans i want though thank the community for taking on a master plan. that is one of those things that you don't quite know what a master plan is until you are in the thick of it, working on one. it always sounds like this thing you can reference a master plan, but to actually do one is a tremendous undertaking. and it's such an important road plan for the future. so thank you for doing that.
and ms. gamble, i think you referenced the belief you cannot do too much outreach and in this department we believe in that so whole-heartedly and you have set a new standard and raised the bar. we thank you, because it makes our lives easier so people are informed about the great changes that will occur. thank you to all of you and we look forward to the next steps. >> i just wanted to say as we don't live in the neighborhood , but my kids were beneficiaries of the alta plaza park and running the stairs and my dogs were perhaps unpermitted users of the park as well -- [laughter ] well, for later discussion. but i do want to say thank you. i mean, after hearing the story that you have been pursuing this since 2004, that is awfully good
persistence, energy and passion for this park. i just wanted to say thank you to the volunteers and the friends of alta plaza park. i do like the design from miller and company. it is exactly a right balance of not too much, but really drawing attention and improving the park appearance. so commissioner bonilla. >> i just want to make this short and sweet. just want to say congratulations to the friends for putting together this magnificent project. >> general manager ginsburg. >> one important thank you i left out, i thank supervisor farrell and his office deserve a lot of credit for their support and commitment. >> here here. >> and engagement in this process. and if supervisor farrell has actually provided some very
significant funding to get the work done and that is not lost on us. >> yes, thank you. >> commissioners, we need to take two separate items. >> so we're going to vote on two separate items, correct? >> the master plan, first, please. >> item 12 adoption of master plan, is there a motion? >> move to approve. >> second. >> all in favor? >> aye. >> any opposed? okay. on item 13, al plaza park donor recognition grant, motion? >> move to auto approve. >> second. >> all in favor? >> aye. >> motion carries. thank you. >> [ applause ] >> we're new now on item 14, general public comment. being none, the item is
closed. item 15, any commissioner matters? any public comment? being none, public comment is closed. item 16, new business agenda-setting. commissioners? any public comment? being none, this item is closed. item 17, communications? public comment? being none, this item is closed and item 18 is adjournment. >> so moved. >> second. >> thank you [ gavel ]
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