Outdoor Movie Nights
Come enjoy a free family-friendly movie night at West Portal Playground! Join us Saturday, October 20th for an outdoor showing of ‘The Incredibles’ sponsored by YMCA Stonestown in coordination with Supervisor Yee’s office. Friends of West Portal Playground will be seeking your support for the upcoming renovation and re-imagination of the West Portal Playground. Food and drinks will be provided, while supplies last! Bring the family, blankets, and chairs for seating in the grass. See you there!
Park Cleanup Days!
Please mark your calendars! Friends of West Portal Playground will host a clean-up event at the playground on Saturday, January 19th from 10am-12pm. Come join us in providing stewardship for our shared local space! Coffee and donuts will be provided. Additional clean-up days are scheduled for January 19th, 2019/ March 16th, 2019 / May 18th, 2019.
Playground Conceptual Design Approved
In December, 2017 the full Capital Commission of Rec & Parks approved our conceptual design for the new playground. This is a big step forward for the project. Department of Public Works is now working on translating the design into a construction plan.
West Portal Open House
On September 14, 2017, San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department hosted an open house to provide an update on the West Portal Playground project. The project is part of the Community Opportunity Fund program and the LetsPlaySF! Initiative of the 2012 Clean and Safe Parks Bond.
Playground Steward of the Year 2017
In May, 2017, San Francisco Parks Alliance awarded FWPP the Playground Steward of the Year Award for our efforts in maintaining and enhancing West Portal Playground. Beyond fundraising for the park, our group has been involved in regular park clean-ups. We feel that part of caring for our local park has led to building community.
Community Opportunity Fund Grant
In August 2014 FWPP was awarded the $500,000 Community Opportunity Fund Grant from San Francisco Rec and Parks! We are very proud of this accomplishment and would like to thank everyone who helped us to submit the application for this very competitive grant.
State Assembly Certificate of Excellence
The California State Assembly awarded the Friends of West Portal Playground a Certificate of Recognition to honor the community efforts to Reimage, Renovate and Redesign the West Portal Playground. Assemblyman Phil Ting, presented the certificate at our “Get Ready to Freeze” event held on June 21, 2014 – the day of summer in San Francisco!
Get Ready to Freeze Party
In honor of the first day of summer in San Francisco, the event included craft tables, “freeze tag”, a parade of winter costumes, and a snow machine! It was a true community effort: a story hour led by the children’s librarian from the West Portal Public Library; baked goods donated by neighbors, pizza donated by Goat Hill Pizza; and our own Assemblyman, Phil Ting, judging the ‘snowman’ building contest. In addition to hosting, Assemblyman Ting and Supervisor Scott Weiner and over 300 people attended the event. All agreed that the highlight of the day was the “Frozen” sign along.
La Boulange Public Grant
Our wonderful, new West Portal Avenue business, La Boulange has awarded Friends of West Portal Playground a $5000 La Boulange Public Award. This was their first grant. We are delighted that they chose our project!
Tour with Mayor Lee
In April, 2013 we were invited to present our project to Mayor Lee, his staff, Rec and Park, DPW and Supervisor Yee. They even took the time to touring the playground and review our designs. It was a wonderful day, and we felt really honored.
Community Opportunity Fund Draft Submitted
On Friday April 4, 2014 we submitted our 100+ page draft application for the COF grant. We want to thank everyone who helped with the grant application process. The application looks fantastic and the beautiful letters of support we obtained from the children at West Portal Elementary are included. In the next few weeks we expect to get feedback from SF Rec and Park. We will then make changes and submit the final on June 5, 2014.
Community Meeting 3
We hosted another wonderful community meeting! During the meeting we gave a project status, show the updated designs, obtain feedback and answer questions. We were lucky to have SF Park Alliance and Rec and Park attend as well. We also had a our first I SUPPORT Photobooth setup and obtained lots of great pictures.