The Glen Park Parents list is dead. Long live the Glen Park Parents list!
Fifteen years ago, I launched an email group for parents in Glen Park. The idea was to help connect people and give a stronger sense of community.
It worked. Today the group has 2,277 members.
That first email was a notice that the San Francisco School District had listed the date for the school enrollment fair wrong on its calendar. The list quickly took on a life of its own, becoming a place where members could share parenting advice, give away or sell out-grown toys and clothes, offer up information about babysitters, kid-friendly restaurants and schools.
Since that time other parent email lists have sprung up, including Noe Valley parents and Bernal Heights parents in 2005 and Excelsior parents in 2006.
And the Glen Park Bulletin Board email list was created for those who weren’t parents but wanted a place to meet online as well.
Then Yahoo announced that beginning on December 14, Yahoo Groups would no longer host user-created content on its sites (things like photos of that changing table you’re trying to find a new home for). So the decision was made to move the group to a new home.
Over the past 15 years, sites such as NextDoor.com, Facebook and Google Groups have appeared and taken some of the space for such neighborhood connections.
We chose Group.io as our new platform because it’s a stand-alone company that is free at a basic level but supports itself by charging for more services. We’re all in favor of people getting paid for their work and would prefer to pay in money rather than ads and in some cases information about our users.
Glen Park Parents and the Glen Park Bulletin Board lists were shifted over mid-November.
So if you’re a parent and want to be part of a 15-year-old community of Glen Park Parents, send an email message to
to sign up.
And if you want to join the decade-old Glen Park Bulletin Board, send a message to
We look forward to talking with you there!