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Saturday in the Park McLaren Announces October 2015 Shows

For Immediate Release                         Contact: Linda D’Avirro

September 14, 2015                                               (415) 999-3814

Saturday in the Park McLaren Announces October 2015 Shows

Closing its 3rd successful year and  after 15 shows of free concerts, Friends of the AMP (Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park) announce the October lineup of its final two 2015 Saturday in the Park – McLaren afternoon concerts in McLaren Park’s outdoor Jerry Garcia Amphitheater. Saturday in the Park – McLaren’s free family friendly performances showcase talent to appeal to all ages and musical tastes and the last two shows deliver on that promise.

October 10 –    The Kid’s’ Festival – A full day of activities for the little ones starting with Charity and the JAMBand at 11am, and continuing all afternoon with the Alphabet Rockers, Magic Dan’s Magic Show, Tree Frog Treks, Bubble adventures with The Excelsior Science Workshop and the Exploratorium’s Skateboard Science Trailer and 2 fun Rope Squirters. This promises to be a day of non-stop fun for kids and adults alike!

October 17 –    The Blues Show – our season finale concert presenting: a Tribute to B. B. King with a great lineup featuring multitalented blues man and saxophonist Bobbie “Spider” Webb and The Smooth Blues Band, Blues, and American Roots singer Jan Fanucchi and her band and special guest, Miss Tia Carroll.

This final 2015 show also celebrates 3 anniversaries: the 44th anniversary of the Amphitheater with the annual Saturday in the Park Amphitheater Birthday Party, the 10- year celebration honoring the naming of the Amphitheater after Jerry Garcia, front man for the Grateful Dead Band, and the 40-year anniversary of the 1st SF Blues Festival held at the “McLaren Park” Amphitheater. Come celebrate with us and enjoy a great day of music!

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The Mission of the Saturday in the Park – McLaren Concert Series is to promote and foster local talent, present an eclectic range of free live music performances in an outdoor Greek-style stage, and work to revive San Francisco’s legacy of a rich original music scene that produced today’s music legends.

Situated on a sunny hillside meadow and surrounded by tall shade trees, the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater creates an intimate, friendly setting, allowing for the talents of these artists to truly shine. Concert goers can enjoy bringing the family and a picnic lunch, away from the “hustle and bustle,” for a few hours on a Saturday afternoon. “We want to bring people together in special ways and showcase area talent,” said Linda Litehiser of Friends of the Amp.

In-between shows, the Friends of the AMP want you to discover over seven-and a-half miles of serene beauty, hiking, biking and natural trails and spectacular vistas running throughout the 318 acres in San Francisco’s second-largest park.

Saturday in the Park-McLaren is funded by SF Parks Alliance, grants & donations and support from SF Recreation & Parks, & the San Francisco’s Board of Supervisors.

For more information about Saturdays in the Park – McLaren visit the Saturday in the Park McLaren Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Saturday-in-the-Park-McLaren/546735475383735 and Eventbrite.

Thank You to the Magic Seven!

Today’s workday went extremely well even with an extremely thin crew (7 folks which included one beautiful 6 months pregnant lady!) We got the new playground in ship shape by taking down all the weeds and sweeping the rubber surfaces and paths nearby.  All the bark was spread evenly again on the landscaped areas and then we were off to the Gambier Plaza to take on the weeds around the fountain and cut back the crab grass that’s slowly starting to encroach on the plaza.  As if that wasn’t enough, my magic hardworking crew still had enough energy to  move  large amounts of wood that gardener Ken Kelley was clearing from the old Cyprus trees at the Harvard street entrance.  Please see the piles of wood for yourselves.  By this time we were all quite exhausted and we were unable to continue our efforts  on Harvard Street but there was so much to show for our hard work.

The Magic 7 at Work

Two of “Seven”

Thank you again so much to those who came out on a weekday, even during a world cup event.  It goes to show, all it takes is 7 folks to make magic happen in McLaren Park.

Pictures soon to come!



New Pacific Chorus Frog Habitat Near McLaren

Kids in Parks and the students of Visitation Valley (VVMS) and Herbert Hoover (HHMS) Middle Schools are revitalizing neglected areas of the school grounds measuring more than 2,500 square feet, transforming them into a thriving habitat for local native plants and animals.

The totem species of this project is the Pacific Chorus frog, once found throughout San Francisco but now limited to one naturally-occurring population. The essential components of its habitat are small, shallow, ephemeral ponds for mating during the rainy season, and brushy areas of low growing native plants in which it lives during the dry season. Over the past five years, Kids in Parks has already successfully created six ponds at VVMS and HHMS. For the last five winters, frogs have returned to the ponds and reproduced. [Read More…]

Yosemite Creek Daylighting Project Survey, Webinar, and Workshop

[From SFPUC]

Provide Your Input Online for the Yosemite Creek Daylighting Project 

Thank you to those who were able to attend our Community Open House on October 2, 2013 and helped us identify the community’s priorities for daylighting Yosemite Creek near McLaren Park and the Louis Sutter Playground. We enjoyed meeting all of you from the neighborhood and gathering your feedback. If you weren’t able to make it to the community open house or were unable to finish the survey, you can still provide input online through the end of the month. Take the survey here today. It takes just a few minutes to learn about the project, give us your input, and contribute to the greening of San Francisco.

Discover Your Urban Watershed Web Seminar – Thursday, October 24, 2013

Mark your calendar for the first in the Discover Your Urban Watershed webinar series. Learn about SFPUC’s Sewer System Improvement Program and the role of the Urban Watershed Assessment planning process in this program. This webinar will focus on current conditions in San Francisco’s Islais, Sunnydale, and Yosemite watersheds. Join in and learn how you may get involved. The webinar will be held on October 24, 2013 from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm. Please sign-up here.

SF Watersheds Interactive Workshop

The SFPUC is excited to announce an interactive workshop on Saturday, November 16 from 10:00am – 1:30pm at the Southeast Community Facility to help plan for necessary upgrades to San Francisco’s combined sewer system.    We especially want to make sure that folks from the southern and eastern sections of the City are represented.

This interactive workshop will take the form of a participatory planning game and focus on developing infrastructure solutions to sewer system challenges in three of San Francisco’s urban watersheds: Islais Creek, Yosemite, and Sunnydale.

During the workshop participants will learn about their watersheds and use grey infrastructure game pieces (pipes) and green infrastructure game pieces (permeable pavement, rain gardens, and green roofs) to solve challenges specific to each watershed. Your input will contribute to the SFPUC’s Urban Watershed Assessment and the next 20 years of green and grey infrastructure upgrades in San Francisco’s neighborhoods.

Help us plan for healthy urban watersheds.  Click here for more information and to RSVP. Please note that space is limited and you must RSVP in advance.  Lunch will be provided.

If you cannot make it on November 16, there are other ways to get involved.  Also, please feel free to pass this along or suggest others who might be interested.   We would like at least one person from your organization—and the more the better!

Community Meeting Wed. Oct. 2 – Yosemite Creek Daylighting

Help us Plan the Upper Yosemite Creek Daylighting Project


Photo of the Yosemite Watershed from 1938We need your help to identify the community’s priorities for daylighting Yosemite creek, such as community space and nature habitat opportunities. Join us for the community meeting to learn about creek daylighting and tell us what you want to see! Stop by the community open house anytime to learn more and provide input, and meet at the Yellow House for a site walking tour at 5:30pm to walk the project site and get more details about the project.

More info at the SFPUC Project Page


Picture of the Yellow House from 8.31.09

Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Community Open House: 5:00 – 8:00pm
Site Walking Tour: 5:30pm

SFPUC Building – Yellow House, 401 University Street (at Bacon), San Francisco, CA 94134

City Plans New Yosemite Creek Project – Community Meeting Sept. 11

Don’t miss the next McLaren Park Collaborative meeting at the Crocker Amazon Clubhouse (Moscow @ Italy), Wednesday, September 11, 7pm, when San Francisco Water Department will present their plans to upgrade and manage storm water runoff affecting Yosemite Creek and the marsh area.


Scope of the Yosemite Watershed project — click image for full pdf report

Be a part of the initial planning process, come see the planned changes and give feedback and voice your concerns.  Should the creek be day lighted?  How will this plan improve the play fields?  Will this plan ease storm water flowing down the sidewalks and street?


Historic Yosemite Creek alignment — click image for full pdf report

Linda D’Avirro, Chair of the City’s Parks, Recreation and Open Space Advisory Committee (PROSAC) and a volunteer with the McLaren Park Collaborative, elaborates:

What is really great is this project will involve YOU as the designers of what you would like to see to improve the overflow and water runoff problem while possibly day-lighting portions of the creek that runs through the park (and neighborhood) enroute to Yosemite Slough.

McLaren Park is the very first planned improvement project taking place over the next 20 years in the City’s other watersheds, so YOU can lead the way in the community vision for McLaren –enriching the habitat, restoring the paths and the marshes, fixing McNab Lake, improving the muddy soccer fields and many other projects. The PUC wants to work closely with the community as this project takes place and take the ideas from McLaren’s project forward to others.

There are planned community meetings starting in late-October to move this project forward as soon as designed. Please share this information with neighbors and others who may be interested in attending next week or future PUC meetings.

Light refreshments will be served. See you there!