Our Tree-Planting Project has planted seventeen trees, each 4-5 years old, along the Greenway between Brompton and Burnside Avenues. These are mostly Island Oaks. We also direct-sowed 36 Coast Live Oaks from acorns between Lippard and Burnside Avenues. We expect these to produce 12 adult Live Oaks in a couple of decades. And we’ve planted over 100 shrubs along the Greenway and in two raised beds. The trees, oak sprouts and shrubs did remarkably well in their first year. Only one of the seventeen trees needed to be replaced and over 80% of the acorns produced seedlings. We have re-sown this year wherever we didn’t succeed last year and hope that we will reach 100% this time around.
The new Greenway sign is a big “Thank You” to the funding agencies, the other organizations and the scores of people who have worked with us:
- The Community Challenge Grant has been our major funder for this project providing a grant of $70,000
- The 8th District Supervisor – we have received funding and other important assistance from Supervisor Mandelman as well as from Senator Wiener and Jeff Sheehy when each was our Supervisor
- SFPW – Public Works owns about 75% of the Greenway and they were particularly helpful in 2017 at the start of the project when the Bureau of Urban Forestry cleared away many of the hazardous trees to make way for our planting. SFPW also helps organize many of our work parties
- SFPUC owns about 15% of the Greenway and has provided a grant to pay for the installation of a new irrigation water meter
- The Bay Area Ridge Trail has provided funding to support the Greenway’s role as a link in San Francisco’s trail system
- The Glen Park Association – GPA got the project started and provides funding and all sorts of support
- San Francisco Parks Alliance – the Greenway has become a project of the SFPA. The Parks Alliance provides all the administrative and organizational support that we need to be a thriving community project
- And, of course, YOU – you and scores of others have taken part in many ways – planting, weeding, watering and many other tasks. In fact, during the 16 months of the project you collectively put in almost 1,800 hours of work (yes, I was tracking you!) The vital task of watering required almost 600 hours just by itself.
As well as thanking all who have made the Greenway possible, the new Greenway sign has a pair of maps: one locates it in the neighborhood and the other shows how you can use the Greenway as the start of hikes to every corner of the City.
So come and celebrate with us and, as the new Greenway sign says:
Take to the trail!
Previously on the Greenway:
- Greenway Work Party May 4
- Greenway Signage Celebration March 23
- Next Greenway work party coming soon!
- Glen Park Association winter meeting rundown
- Greenway beautification event next Saturday
- Greenway Cleanup Dec. 15
- Saturday 11/10 Greenway workday has been canceled
- Greenway Cleanup Nov. 10!
- Join the Greening of Glen Park
- Notes on the Quarterly Glen Park Association Meeting, July 26, 2018