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June 6th (Sun): The Glad Tidings Church Men’s Ministry is holding their 2nd Annual Horseshoe Tournament and Barbeque. The event will begin at 2:00 p.m. and continue to dusk. For more information, contact SFHPC member Matt Lusher.

May 15th (Sat): 2pm-5pm Narcotics Anonymous (NA) Group meeting and horseshoe pitch. SFHPC is supplying horseshoes.

Jan. 13, 2010:
SFHPC and the Guardsmen have been awarded a SF Community Challenge Grant for the continued restoration of the Golden Gate Horseshoe Courts!!! On January 12 we held a meeting with the top managers and directors for the Golden Gate Park, Natural Areas Programs, SF Parks Trust, Natural Trails program, SF Neighborhood Park Council, Oak Woodlands restoration, the Guardsmen, Tree Frog Treks, landscape architect Masato Kametani and architect Peter Zepponi. The horseshoe court restoration will be a key feature of the larger Oak Woodlands restoration and Natural Trails program. Several other community stewardship partners are being developed with organizations such as Tree Frog Treks who have come forward and committed to being ongoing stewardship partners. Several upcoming volunteer workdays are being planned to continue the ongoing Oak Woodland and Horseshoe Court restorations. Significant hillside stabilization and native plant restoration is well under way. Projects that we are currently planning for under the grant are the completion of the new iron backstops and railings, new concrete, artwork restoration, and utilizing the presently welded shut restrooms for an SFHPC maintenance clubhouse and functioning restroom on a limited hours or event basis. While it is fantastic to have an operating budget to continue the restoration progress, but we are still well short of necessary funding to complete the entire scope of work that we have identified to make this a top landmark destination within the Park and City. Donations of time or money to the cause are welcome. Also thank you to Supervisors Elsbernd, Mar, and Mirkarimi, the SF Park Commission, SF Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg, and Mayor Newsom for their continued support. Let SF Rec & Park know that you support what's going on.

The Park Bond B funds for Trail Improvements in Natural Areas are being released for upcoming construction of a main nature trail upgrade thru the Oak Woodland and around the rim of the horseshoe arena. RPD Capital and Planning lead the co-operation with Natural Areas Program leadership and volunteers. Parks Trust has agreed to lead a co-operative effort with Oak Woodland volunteers to get a City Guide / Park guided tour up and scheduled by this summer!! Increased public awareness, foot traffic and visibility will greatly improve the safety and security of this problematic area of the park.

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The first Volunteer Work Party was on June 6th. Click here to see Photos. The second Volunteer Work Party was on July 11, 2009 with over 20 volunteers. See the July 11, 2009 Photo album! July 25th workday & August 8th workday photo album coming soon... The courts are looking great! I was there the morning of Aug. 11 with several of the top Rec & Park Supervisors and representatives from the City Manager's office, along with Ted Bartlett of the Guardsmen and SF Chronicle reporter Meredith May, MMay@sfchronicle.com . Click here to view the Aug. 18, 2009 article in the SF Chronicle! Rec & Park and the City are stepping up their efforts and putting their resource into action for this amazing restoration project! The courts are looking better than they have in decades!!! Rec & Park was out along with their plumbers, heavy equipment operators and structural improvement supervisors. We'll soon have club access to WATER! in order to maintain the pits. They are planning a few other safety improvements in anticipation of greater community use.

The Guardsmen are actively seeking donors to assist in the larger scale restoration projects. Zepponi Architects have designed a completely new galvanized steel railing system for the arena in the same style as the historic railings, but in a more durable and vandal resistant material. Bob Blanchard of Mr. Router Plumbing in San Francisco has made a $2,500 donation toward the first of our new railings!!! In addition to already donating time to cleaning out the central court drain. THANK YOU MR. ROUTER!!! S. Cudden Construction has volunteered the labor to install the railings.

As of Aug. 8th there is finally a SIGN at the bottom of the steps leading to the horseshoe courts! This is just a small temporary park sign, until a larger traditional park sign can be hung from a metal bracket off the lamp post! There are so many things in the works that Sept. 12th will be a great re-dedication of a truly beautiful and historic public recreational space!
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See the article in the Sunday edition of the SF Examiner newspaper! Email or call Kamala Kelkar at the San Francisco Examiner and let her know what you think of all the work going on in GG Park! (415) 359-2738 , e-mail: kkelkar@sfexminer.com
See the announcement in the SF Neighborhood Parks Council!




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