June 25, 2016

GTSF’s 22nd Street Master Greening Plan moves ahead with Dogpatch’s first traffic calming/greening bulb-out on the corner of 22nd and Minnesota streets in front of Piccino.

Our Volunteers Planting Day at Piccino Bulb-out, 22nd and Minnesota Streets, Dogpatch will take place on Saturday, June 25 from 9:30am-12:30pm. Everyone is welcome to help out! No experience needed. We provide tools, gloves and instructions.


A few years of GTSF planning, fundraising, a CCG/Watershed grant, and permitting from several City agencies has finally come to fruition. The bulb-out which features a water percolation area in its Minnesota Street planter, will drain storm water runoff from 1/2 of the adjacent building’s roof. The water will travel down the downspout and into a drain under the sidewalk and plantings where it will be absorbed through percolation into the ground instead of going into the City’s sewer system.

A first-of-its-kind bulb-out, we hope this storm water diversion will be the beginning of many such projects throughout the neighborhood and city.

The corner will be planted with CA Natives plants and re-use the historic granite curbs for seating. An informative sign will let passers by know what is happening under the surface of the bulb-out's sidewalk garden.

GTSF engaged Fletcher Studio Landscape Architecture (fletcherstudio.com) for the design and supervision of this project. Many thanks also to our 501C3 fiscal sponsor San Francisco Parks Alliance’s Steve Schweigerdt for helping to guide the project through its many phases, and to the building owners and to Piccino for partnering with us on this project.

We are happy to report that San Francisco has adopted our 22nd Street Greening Master Plan, published in 2011. SF Planning and Public Works are working with the neighborhood to implement an enhanced plan which will benefit neighbors, workers and visitors to Dogpatch. The new Dogpatch and Northwest Potrero Hill Green Benefits District (dnwph-gbd.org) is also joining the effort and will take on maintenance of the enhanced features after three years of City maintenance.

Other projects GTSF has sponsored and/or assisted with in Dogpatch include IM Scott School Sidewalk Gardens on Tennessee and Minnesota streets, MUNI mini park CA Native plant garden on 22nd Street, Just For You Cafe Parklet on 22nd Street, 22 private homeowner sidewalk gardens on Minnesota and Tennessee streets and yearly Earth Day and Coastal Cleanup Days as well as monthly gardening and cleanup days at Warm Water Cove Park on 24th Street by the Bay.

See more on our Projects page.

February 25, 2016

I.M. Scott School Sidewalk Gardens get a Spring Jumpstart thanks to the Dogpatch and Northwest Potrero Hill Green Benefit District (GBD) and GreenTrustSF

GBD has taken over maintenance of this neighborhood green resource and is doing a “Jumpstart” refresh and additions to the Gardens. Madrono Landscape Design, the designer of the gardens for GreenTrustSF, has been contracted by GBD to do the project. All new plants and solar night lights are being donated by GreenTrustSF.

Look for the refreshed gardens on Tennessee and Minnesota Streets just north of 22nd Street. We are establishing CA native plant habitat for the benefit of all. These plants will attract hummingbirds and song birds, bees, other beneficial insects, and people! and will be growing and flowering throughout the year.

Please help the plants get established by avoiding stepping on them and walking your dogs away from the plants!

May 2, 2015

Community Planting Day at Dogpatch's Historic Scott School new Sidewalk Gardens

Join us for a community planting of CA native flowering species 9:30-noon at the school in Dogpatch.

Where: Scott School, 1060 Tennessee St., SF 94107. Meet on Minnesota St. just north of 22nd St. at the parking lot entrance.

When: Sat. May 2, 2015 9:30 am-noon

Tools, gloves and beverages/water provided. Please wear sturdy shoes. Pizza lunch to follow.

April-May 2015

GTSF installs CA Native Plant Sidewalk Gardens on Tennessee and Minnesota streets at historic Scott School with help from Bay Natives Nursery, SFDPW, SFUSD, and our donors and volunteers. Thanks to all! ... and see more on our Projects page.

February 28, 2015

Fourth Saturdays Gardening continues at Warm Water Cove February 28, same time and place.

January, 2015

Thanks to Burning Man/Black Rock City for an end-of-2014 generous contribution of $1000.00

December 2014

Fourth Saturdays Gardening continues at Warm Water Cove December 27, same time and place!

October 2014

GTSF helps 21 home owners plant CA Native Plant Sidewalk Gardens along Tennessee, Minnesota and 22nd Streets with grants and help from FUF and SFPUC, and GTSF volunteers.... and see more on our Projects page.

March 2014

4th Saturdays Gardening continues at Warm Water Cove March 22

4th Saturdays continue every month at Warm Water Cove 10:30 am-12:30 pm, March 22. We have 2 new native CA plants to put in as well as weeding and mulching. BYO drink/water and favorite gloves/tools BUT we will have gloves/tools and snacks, and a "door prize". The past two lucky winners received a $25.00 gift Certificate to Goat Hill Pizza. You could be next! Warm Water Cove Park on 24th St. at the Bay, Dogpatch. T-Line 23rd St. stop, walk 1 block south to 24th St., then 2 blocks east to the bay and park. Free, easy parking too! See more on our Projects Page.


January and February, 2014

4th Saturdays Gardening at Warm Water Cove


November 2013

Gardening at Warm Water Cove

4th Saturdays continue every month at Warm Water Cove 10:30 am-12:30 pm, Nov. 23. We have 12 new native CA plants to put in as well as weeding (and watering if it does not rain!) BYO drink/water and favorite gloves/tools BUT we will have gloves/tools and snacks, and a "door prize" or two. Warm Water Cove Park on 24th St. at the Bay, Dogpatch. T-Line 23rd St. stop, walk 1 block south to 24th St., then 2 blocks east to the bay and park. Free, easy parking too!


Just For You Parklet is Open!

Your first public parklet in Dogpatch opened at the end of October at 732 22nd St between Third St. and Tennessee St. thanks to many generous donors though our website link and to Just For You Cafe, the sponsor. Finishing touches— the potted planters— coming soon! This image shows Parklet under construction in October.


Dogpatch Gets some Green Sidewalks thanks to GTSF, SFDPW, SF Dept of Urban Forests and SF Unified School District

Stay tuned for more on this project. See more on our Projects page.

Green Sidewalk Scott School

September 2013

Saturday 9am-12noon, Sept. 21, GreenTrustSF Hosts International Coastal Cleanup Day at Warm Water Cove. Join Us!

Keep your Bay and oceans free of trash and plastics. Please join us for a few hours of cleanup by the Bay in Dogpatch.To cut down on plastic use, please bring your own bucket/gloves/water. We will have bags and gloves if you need them. For more info. and/or to sign up at Event Brite.

To get there: T Third MUNI bus stop at 23rd St. Walk one block south to 24th St., walk 2 blocks east to Bay. Free parking also.

Warm Water Cove Park

September 2013

Parklet Update! We are 3/4 way to Goal of $17,000. Please donate (tax deductible) now. Any amount much appreciated!

Thanks to all who have donated to the first Parklet coming very soon to you in Dogpatch! We just need a little more to reach our goal. See update here.


July and August 2013

July and August 4th Saturdays keep the Cove looking good in dry summer months

Thanks to our volunteers, Warm Water Cove is staying clean, weeded, mulched and watered. Also with continued help from DPW and the Port we are keeping the graffiti and trash to a minimum! While getting some exercise, our volunteers enjoyed great views and "door" prizes from a couple of our ongoing sponsors, Just For You Cafe and La Stazione Coffee and Wine Bar both located on Dogpatch's 22nd Street hub. See more on our Projects page.


July 2013

GreenTrustSF is helping to bring the first Parklet to Dogpatch

With our $2,000 challenge grant we are inviting all friends of Dogpatch and GreenTrustSF to make a tax-deductible donation through our Park Partner/fiscal sponsor, San Francisco Parks Alliance, to help bring the first public parklet to Dogpatch. See more on Just For You Cafe website where the Cafe is offering T-shirts, raffle prizes and a dinner, or donate directly on our page.

The Parklet will be open to the public at all times with Louisiana style bench seating next to a new magnolia tree at 732 22nd St between Tennessee St. and Third St. in the historic and sunny Dogpatch neighborhood of San Francisco. Located on the "main business street" amongst cafes, a frame shop, chocolatiers, nail salon, coffee, cocktail and wine bars, coffee houses, "Made in SF" shops, a boxing gym, a climbing gym, historic Victorian houses, near the CalTrain station and a Third St. T line Light Rail stop.

With permit and design in hand, we are aiming to complete the Parklet in August so PLEASE HELP BY DONATING NOW! We are 1/3 the way to our goal of $17,000.

June 22, 2013

Warm Water Cove first Summer Garden Day

Join us for our first Summer Garden Day and the first of our continuing Warm Water Cove 4th Saturdays. Gardening and cleanup Sat., June 22, 10 am-12:30 pm at Warm Water Cove Park. Bring water to drink, closed-toe shoes. We provide tools, gloves, light snacks and perhaps a door prize! We will be here Every 4th Saturday of the Month, same time and place so mark your calendars and come on out! Third St. T line stop at 23rd. walk 1 block south to 24th St., 3 blocks east to the Bay. Free parking at Park- 24th St at the Bay, 2 blocks east of Illinois St.

On April 27 we weeded, added soil, mulched, replaced the rock border in the front garden and watered. We will be rotating around the 3 gardens and wildflower areas each month. Thanks to our local business friends for our "Door prizes": One pound bags of coffee from Dogpatch Cafe, 2295 Third St/20th St. and a delicious jar of spice from Olivier's Butchery, 1074 Illinois St.near 22nd St.






See more on our projects here!

April 27, 2013

Warm Water Cove Spring Garden Day

Join GreenTrustSF and your neighbors for Earth Day extension! Gardening and cleanup Sat., April 27, 10 am-12:30 pm at Warm Water Cove Park. Bring water to drink, closed-toe shoes. We provide tools, gloves, light snacks and perhaps a door prize!

Third St. T line stop at 23rd. walk 1 block south to 24th St., 3 blocks east to the Bay Free parking at Park- 24th St at the bay, 2 blocks east of Illinois St.

Feb. 23, 2013

Join GreenTrust SF for the second 2013 Gardening Day at Warm Water Cove Park, Sat., Feb.23, 10:30am-1:00pm

More fun! Weeding, planting, mulching and tidying up. Bring your own water/drink, wear sturdy closed toed shoes. We will have gloves, tools and a "door prize" or two! Walk from Dogpatch. Third St light rail stop at 23rd, walk 1 block east to Illinois St, 1 block south to 24th St., 1 block east to water front and the park. Also plenty of free parking.

See more on our projects here!

Feb. 10, 2013

Join GreenTrust SF for the first 2013 Gardening Day at Warm Water Cove Park, Sun., Feb.10, 10:30am-12:30pm

Enjoy bayside views while getting the gardens ready for spring! Weeding, planting, mulching and tidying up. Bring your own water/drink, wear sturdy closed toed shoes. We will have gloves, tools and a "door prize" or two! Third St light rail stop at 23rd, walk 1 block east to Illinois St, 1 block south to 24th St., 1 block east to water front and the park. Also plenty of free parking.

See more on our projects here!

Dec. 15, 2012

GreenTrustSF hosts a winter rejuvenation at Warm Water Cove Park, Sat, Dec. 15, 10:30am-12:30pm 

Join GTSF for planting new California Natives, mulching, weeding, and trash cleanup. Shovels/gloves and water dispenser provided by Port of San Francisco. Please bring your own drinking container. We'll have snacks to fuel you, and a couple of "door prizes" from our local businesses/supporters. Flowers are blooming. Come out and enjoy your waterfront park! See more about our projects here!

September 15, 2012

GreenTrustSF and Sea Scavenger hosted International Coastal Cleanup Day at Warm Water Cove Sat., Sept. 15, 9am-noon

Coastal Cleanup 2012

100's of pounds of debris were removed from the shoreline, helping to keep San Francisco Bay and ocean safer for sea creatures, the general health of the oceans and ultimately for you!

For more info.:


August 16, 2012 

Please join us for the Green Connections Walk 

Potrero Hill to the Blue Greenway, Grey to Green to Blue -- with Chocolate Sprinkles!

Join Walk San Francisco and the SF Parks Alliance to explore walking connections from Potrero Hill to parks and the Blue Greenway. A 3-mile walk along San Francisco's southern waterfront. We'll start off at Potrero Hill Recreation Center and head down to the bay, exploring how the City can improve walking connections to parks and the waterfront. Highlights of the tour include Potrero Hill Recreation Center, 22nd St./Dogpatch, Progress Park, and Warm Water Cove. Oh yes, and we'll have a special stop for ice cream (optional) at Mr. and Mrs. Miscellaneous. Yum. 

Date: Sunday August 19, 2012

Time: 1pm - 3pm

Meeting Location: Potrero Hill Recreation Center
801 Arkansas Street  (between 22nd and 23rd Street) 

Leaders: Elizabeth Stampe & Rachel Russell Nearby

Transit Routes: Muni Bus: 10, 19

Please RSVP by August 16th, by clicking here

January 19, 2012 

GTSF receives Blue Greenway Partner Appreciation Award from San Francisco Parks Alliance


For the past few years GTSF has been working with SFPA (formerly Neighborhood Parks Council (NPC) and San Francisco Parks Trust (SFPT) and other neighborhood groups along San Francisco's eastern waterfront to see that the Blue Greenway comes to fruition. With the coming of the America's Cup we hope to see Way-finding signage and improvements to several Port Parks and open saves along the waterfront from China Basin (Baseball park area) south to Candlestick Point. Stay tuned!

Sept. 17, 2011 

GTSF hosts another Coastal Cleanup Day at Warm Water Cove

15 industrious volunteers joined GTSF and the Port of San Francisco for the annual International Coastal Cleanup Day.


Neighbors and fans of Warm Water Cove and the SF Bay brought their own buckets, bags, gloves and drink containers to make this the lowest carbon footprint Coastal Cleanup Day yet! Recology (the City's garbage company) joined in by providing toters and debris boxes for the event. Recology took away all of the trash and sorted it.

Preliminary cleanup  information is posted here for CaliforniaPreliminary Results from 2011 California Coastal Cleanup Day.

Find out more about Coastal Cleanup Celebrations and Events going on until Oct.9 here.

It was a beautiful sunny morning on the Bay. Thanks to our volunteers, a lot less trash and plastic will find its way into the Bay and ocean by way of Warm Water Cove. After a 3 hour cleanup, several lucky volunteers won "door prizes" donated by our local businesses while enjoying snacks and drinks provided by Good Life Grocery.

Our generous sponsors added to our fun with their donations of services, support, and gift cards for our "door prizes." Please patronize them!

Caffe La Stazione
701 Pennsylvania Ave/ 22nd St
Coffee House

801 22nd St./Minnesota St.

The Good Life Grocery
1524 20th St (between Missouri St & Connecticut St) Potrero Hill  and  448 Cortland Ave (between Bennington St & Wool St) 

The New Spot
632 20th St./off Third St.
Mexican and Salvadorian cafe

The Potrero View

We are happy to report that we are actually finding less trash at the park now, after 4 years of stewarding the park and several cleanup days. There are still flowers out even after the dry summer but the winter rains will renew the native and drought tolerant plants bringing lots of new flowers this winter and spring.

Read more about Warm Water Cove below and on our Projects page. 

GreenTrustSF hosts Coastal Cleanup Day at Warm Water Cove

Sat. Sept.17, 9:30-noon.

24th Street at the Bay (2 blocks east of Third St.)

Use T-Line 23rd St. Station and free parking available at site.

Join your neighbors, and bring a friend to help keep trash out of the Bay and the park. Approximately 80% of San Francisco's debris ends up in the eastern shoreline. For a low environmental impact— bring your own water in re-usable container, gloves and large bag or bucket to collect trash. We will have some for those who do not have!

Also watering of the flower beds to perk them up from the rainless summer. We should see some water birds and/or a harbor seal, hummingbirds, butterflies, dragon flies, late summer flowers,earth art and great views of the Bay. 

Snacks and a few "door prizes" provided by local businesses!

See more and register here: http://www.signuptocleanup.org/

Fill in "Warm Water Cove, San Francisco" for site. We would like you to register but can also just sign in on day.

June 25, 2011

BlueGreenway Day and Warm Water Cove!

Warm Water Cove

On a sunny day in mid June, Warm Water Cove was the first stop in a seven-stop bicycle tour of the developing parks and open spaces along the Blue Greenway trail (http://bluegreenway.org/).  

Several dozen bicyclists gathered to visit the park, hear about the history of the park from our Board Vice Chair, Stephen Antonaros, and to admire the abundant flowers and witness the transformation from a derelict open space with lots of potential to a giant garden on the bay with views of the water and an expansive amount of new flowering plants—definitely fulfilling that potential!  

From there, the tour went on to visit Islais Creek, Heron’s Head Park, India Basin, Hunters Point Shipyard,  Yosemite Slough and Candlestick Point State Recreation Area. See more photos of the ride: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sfnpc/sets/72157627071720184/

Warm Water Cove impressed many of the attendees as being a hidden jewel that has risen from humble beginnings and is now among a rare number of bayside open spaces that are a pleasure and joy to visit! Visit it soon! Thanks to all of our volunteers, sponsors and San Francisco Port gardeners who have helped us transform Warm Water Cove over the past 4 years. See more on our Projects Page. (link to Projects page-WWC)

There will be more planting days in the late fall and occasional maintenance days until then. The Garden Project, a San Francisco non-profit has been recently engaged by the Port of San Francisco to assist in ongoing maintenance of the park. Read more about this great local group here: http://www.gardenproject.org/thegardenproject.htm

April 23, 2011

GreenTrustSF Creates Buzz on Earth Day at Warm Water Cove Park

Warm Water Cove Flowers

Warm Water Cove Flowers

It was a perfect day for gardening--not too sunny, yet warm enough to shed the outer layer after a half hour of work. Over two dozen volunteers began arriving at 9:30 am.  Thanks to Caffe La Stazione, Good Life Grocery and a generous neighbor, there were donuts, coffee, juice and snacks to get us started and keep us going through three hours of weeding, mulching and general clean-up. 

Volunteers ranged from grade schoolers through retirees —experienced and novice gardeners, individuals and families. Gardeners from other local projects and groups including Pennsylvania Street Garden Project, Progress Park, Burning Man, Sea Scavenger and India Basin Neighborhood Association joined Dogpatch and Potrero neighbors for the morning.  Neighborhood Parks Council brought energetic volunteers from Tretorn Wellie Wagon along with a pop-up boots display for on-site discount shopping. At least 4 volunteers ended the morning with colorful new boots!

NPC also set-up their interactive Blue Greenway “ideas” board on which the attendees wrote and drew while “resting” between garden tasks. The board went to all of the Blue Greenway Earth Day events over the past couple of weeks and received quite a few suggestions. See photos here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sfnpc/sets/72157626453039929/

Thanks to the Port of San Francisco for providing tools, mulch and professional expertise.

Five CA native wildflower beds of seeds from Eden Brothers, planted during our January 23 event have begun blooming. The first wave--Baby Blue Eyes (Nemophila menziesii) are now flowering. The beds appear as carpets the color of a San Francisco sky on a clear, sunny day. Other CA native plants from HANC SF Native Plant Nursery, Flowercraft Garden Center) and SF Arboretum are flowering as well. Honey and bumble bees busily work among the blossoms along side of hummingbords. Fly-overs by groups of Canada Geese, and the ever-present gulls added to the audio/visual charm of the morning.

At the end of three hours we packed up the tools, and our memories of good work and conversations, and left with a last look at the lovely gardens we had helped to create in the neighborhood.

Visit the park (at the east end of 24th Street at the Bay, 2 blocks east of Third St.) everyday to see the flowers and enjoy the Bay views. Stay tuned for future garden days at Warm Water Cove Park. See more photos on our Projects page.

Announcement - April 20, 2011

The annual meeting of the GreenTrustSF-Central Waterfront will take place on Wednesday, April 20, 2011 from 7pm - 8:30pm at 2298 Third Street, corner of 20th Street.  All welcome.

If you would like to participate in the creation of future greening projects throughout the Central Waterfront, come to the meeting, become a member and consider volunteering to be on the Board of Directors.  

The annual meeting will include a review of the GreenTrust's progress so far on the 22nd Street sidewalk greening, update on Warm Water Cove Park wildflower seeding and CA Native plantings and discuss upcoming grants in progress as well as future plans for new greening projects. We will have a few printed copies of the FINAL 22nd Street Master Greening Plan, which will also be available as a pdf on this website. Food and drinks will be on hand. Parking in the lot adjacent and located on the Third St. Light Rail 20th St. stop. Any questions call Stephen 415-713-1501 for more information.

Final 22nd Street Master Plan (pdf)

Announcement - April 23, 2011

Earth Day Gardening at Warm Water Cove Park (24th St. at the Bay) 10:00 am-12:30 pm.

Enjoy spring, flowers blooming and the birds, bees and butterflies at the water's edge while doing some earth-friendly mulching, weeding and planting in the gardens and wildflower beds that we have been cultivating and adding to since August 2007. SAVE THE DATE and stay tuned.

January 22, 2011

On this warm and sunny Saturday morning, GreenTrustSF sponsored a CA native Wildflower Seeding with the assistance, support and participation of our terrific community neighbors and businesses. Read/see more on our Projects page


January 8, 2011

Close to 20 "Sea scavengers", including local GreenTrustSF neighbors, descended on Warm Water Cove from 10:00 am-noon on Sat. Jan. 8, 2011 to clean up the shoreline of plastics and other debris as part of a bigger effort by home-grown Sea Scavenger to rid the oceans of plastic pollution. by noon, volunteers had collected a pickup truck load of everything from plastic bags to clothing, netting and every version of plastics, metal and other undesirable shoreline trash. After each "first Saturday of the month" event along SF's industrial eastern shoreline, the volunteers sort and bag the trash.

Recology, our local trash collector, helps sponsor the clean-ups by picking up the trash after each event. 

Local restaurant Thirsty Bear on Howard St. hosted lunch and beer at the restaurant for the hungry scavengers. A different local restaurant sponsors lunch each month.

To find out more about the group and to locate and join future shoreline clean-ups, go to seascavenger.org.

November 2010

The 22nd Street Greening Master Plan gets closer to completion. GreenTrustSF and Fletcher Studio  made a presentation to Dogpatch Neighborhood Association and neighbors at the Nov. 9, 2010  DNA meeting, of the latest draft of the 22nd St. Greening Master Plan. Following the Jan. 2010 community meeting and comments, Fletcher and GreenTrustSF developed  this Plan to the final draft. See/read the entire final draft Plan on our Projects page.

22nd Street Plan

October 2010

GreenTrustSF is awarded $2,000. Innovator Award from San Francisco Parks Trust  towards the Greening of 22nd St. Your pledges of matching volunteer hours and donations helped to  win this grant. Though we wanted to have a project started by Dec. 2010, we will be aiming  for early spring 2011 upon the completion of our Master Plan for 22nd St. Thank you all for  your support and participation. Stay tuned!

January 25, 2010

Over 50 residents, property and small business owners of Dogpatch, Potrero Hill and nearby areas participated in the Jan.23 community workshop sponsored by non-profit GreenTrustSF-Central Waterfront (www.gtsfcw.org). Breakfast treats compliments of our 22nd Street  businesses: Cup O' Blues, Just For You, Piccino, Dogpatch Saloon. Thanks To Rickshaw Bagworks for donating their space for the workshop.

Fletcher Studio 22nd Street Presentation

Discussed at the gathering were options for "greening" 22nd Street between Third Street and the CalTrain station at Pennsylvania Street. Local landscape architect David Fletcher presented alternative concepts for enhancing the experience of the street including opening sidewalks for more vegetation and street trees, redesigning the Muni mini park, improving storm water handling, parking reconfiguration and traffic calming. An important element of the presentation was the use of "temporary to permanent" solutions which allow the neighborhood to try out ideas that can later be made permanent as consensus is built and funding is procured.

Greentrust meeting

Potrero View article about the meeting (March 2010)

January 23, 2010

GreenTrustSF hosts the 2nd neighborhood workshop on the 22nd Street Greening Project. David Fletcher Landscape Studio will present alternate design plans based on suggestions received at the first meeting on April 2008. Rickshaw Bagworks, 904 22nd St. between Minnesota and Indiana Sts., is opening their shop/studio for our workshop. Breakfast snacks and coffee compliments of our neighbors on 22nd St.— Cup o' Blues, Just For You, Piccino.

We will discuss the plan alternatives and decide on a final design which will be presented at a follow-up meeting. Neighbors at the meeting will decide which section of the plan gets first priority for funding and implementation.

See you there. Bring a neighbor!

Meeting Announcement (pdf)

September 23, 2009

GT BOD meets with Fletcher design team to discuss existing conditions/review groundwork for the 22nd St. greening project.

August 25, 2009

With the help of grants from UCSF and SF Foundation, GTSFCW hired David Fletcher Studio, located in Dogpatch, to assist the neighborhood in designing our planned pilot street greening project on 22nd St. from Third St. to Pennsylvania St. Taking the information gathered at the GT public meeting of April 3, 2008, and subsequent suggestions from interested neighbors, Fletcher Studio is preparing preliminary design alternatives to be presented to the neighborhood, interested parties and stake holders at an upcoming meeting tentatively planned for fall/winter 2009.

If you have suggestions or questions please contact us at info@gtsfcw.org.

April 7, 2009

Annual Membership Meeting

Board of Directors voted in:

  • Janet Carpinelli, Chair
  • Stephen Antonaros, Vice Chair
  • Corresponding Secretary Mark Walther
  • Treasurer Loring Sagan
  • Member at Large and Webmaster Ralph Wilson

Discussion of 22nd St. Greening Project and bids submitted. GT decides to open up bidding to local Central Waterfront designers with a notice in the Potrero View newspaper.

Annual Membership Meeting
Tuesday, April 7, 2009
7:00 - 8:30pm
2298 Third Street
San Francisco

Nominated for the Board of Directors:

Stephen Antonaros
Janet Carpinelli
Loring Sagan
Mark Walther
Ralph Wilson
Charmaine Yu

Nominations of qualified persons will be taken until time of meeting.

Officers will be nominated and elected from elected Board of Directors.


  • Welcome
  • Nominations and election of BOD, and officers
  • Discussion of 22nd St. Greening Project.
  • Adjourn.

March 6, 2009

Board Of Directors meeting

Next Board Of Directors meeting: 7:00-8:30 pm, Thurs. March 12, 2298 3rd. St./20th St., San Francisco. 3rd St. Lt. Rail 20th St. stop. Parking in lot on 3rd St. next to building.


7:00 - Welcome

7:10 - Nominations for 2009 Board of Directors

7:25 - Update/discussion on 22nd St. Greening project

7:50 - Bluepeter Building discussion

8:10 - Other News and announcements

8:20 - Public comment

8:30 - Adjourn

2009 Annual Membership Meeting
Tuesday, April 7, 2009, 7-8:30 pm, 2298 3rd./20th St., St., San Francisco (old Pro Camera building). Thirrd St. Lt. Rail 20th St. stop. Parking in lot on 3rd St. next to building.

Final Nominations and Election of 2009 Board of Directors

January 2, 2009

UCSF Makes Second Donation to GreenTrustSF

With their generous arrangement to donate a portion of yearly Giants baseball season parking garage revenues to GreenTrust, we are closer to our goal of hiring a planning/landscape consultant to help us and the neighborhood to design and Implement a greening plan for Twenty Second Street from Third St. to Pennsylvania St. and eventually to extend both ends east to the waterfront and west to connect with Potrero Hill.

Your donation will help us reach that goal! Please join us. Please donate now.

September 20, 2008

Successful Second Annual Coastal Clean-Up Day at Warm Water Cove - New plantings brighten park’s future

Warm Water Cove Park is looking a lot more inviting thanks to the volunteers and City Departments that converged on the Port park for a morning of Coastal Clean-Up and the establishment of two gardens of native and drought tolerant plants.

Working with Community Clean Team and the SF Port, GreenTrustSF coordinated the efforts of community volunteers, local businesses and neighbors for a FUNTASTIC event. With plants, food and the cost of the Fat Tuesday Band donated by local businesses, our volunteers had fun and ate well.

GreenTrust will “adopt” the gardens by watering until the plants become established, as well as helping the Port gardeners keep the weeds in check. A thick layer of mulch provided by the Port and spread around by more volunteers on November 8, 2008 will assist in keeping the weeds down and the moisture in the soil. By the spring and summer of 2009 we should see lots of flowers with birds, bees and helpful insects spending more time in the park.

Take a walk, MUNI light rail 23rd St Station, or ride your bike to the park. See the garden grow and enjoy the waterfront. Located at the eastern end of 24th St. at the Bay, just east of Illinois St.

Warm Water Park Before Clean-up

Warm Water Park Planting

Warm Water Park Volunteers

Warm Water Park Volunteers

Warm Water Park Volunteers

Warm Water Park Clean-up

thank you

September 8, 2008

GreenTrust SF helps sponsor Coastal Cleanup Day at Warm Water Cove Park

Cleanup Day

When: Saturday, September 20, 2008, 9am-noon

Where: Warm Water Cove Park, east end of 24th Street at the Bay, one block east of Illinois St. (2 blocks east of Third St.)in the Dogpatch, Central Waterfront

What: An annual International event that nets lots of trash that would otherwise find its way into our waterways and oceans.


Join GreenTrustSF and your neighbors and friends along with Community Clean Team, Literacy for Environmental Justice, Pretrial Diversion, the Port of San Francisco and the California Coastal Commission at the Cove at 9am. We have something for everyone to do! Pick up trash and recyclable items. Prepare a planting bed for a winter planting and wild flower seeding. Plant some native California plants. Spread mulch to keep future weeds down and to enrich the soil. Paint out graffiti. All materials and equipment provided.

Food, beverages and the cost of the event is generously donated by local restaurants, businesses and entities including Sheedy Drayage, San Francisco Boatworks/the Ramp Restaurant, Just for You Cafe, Piccino cafe, Hard Knox Café, Serpentine, Transbay Cable, Harrigan Weigenmuller Properties, Norcal Waste Systems, Walgreens, SFDPW, Green Connect. Plants generously donated by Flora Grubb Gardens, Flowercraft Garden Center and Pacific Nurseries.

A thank-you lunch at noon with live music by Fat Tuesday Band featuring Edna Love.

It will help for the count, if you signup: call 385-7778 or visit the SF Connect website at www.sfconnect.org . But you will not be turned away if you show up!

To learn more about International Coastal Cleanup Day see:

Bonus! Residents of District 10 can drop off unwanted bulky items and more between 8 am-noon, Sat. Sept 20, at Martin Luther King Jr Middle School, 350 Girard at Bacon St. (off San Bruno Ave., south of Silver Ave. for more info, call 552-9201)

See you all there. Bring a friend.

April 26, 2008

GreenTrust Earth Day Event at Agua Vista Park

A fabulous sunny morning greeted our April 26, 2008 Earth Day clean-up and planting in Agua Vista Park sponsored by GreenTrust SF Central Waterfront and the Port of San Francisco.


Thanks to our hard working volunteer neighbors - Joe Boss, Janet Carpinelli, Renee Deger, Roger Donaldson, Liz and Tom Kelly, David Siegel, Anna Stern, Mark Walther, Charmaine Yu;  and Tom Carter - Deputy Director, Maintenance, SF Port and Rachel Sooter, SF Port gardener, weeded, spread bark mulch, picked up litter, cleaned pathways and planted drought resistant, flowering, bird and butterfly attracting perennials.

Thanks also to Stephen Antonaros, and Ralph Wilson for helping in the preparation and to Port employees Daniel Lazzari and Tai Trang for getting our tools and supplies ready.

We stayed nourished thanks to Charmaine Yu for the delicious home-made scones, Mission Rock Cafe for hot coffee, cold water and "facilities", and specially discounted pizza by Goat Hill Pizza.

According to Rachel, we got two weeks of work done in three hours!

Follow up items will be: repainting the graffitied tables, possibly getting another picnic table or bench and another clean-up/maintenance effort in the fall. The Port is working on getting the fishing pier repaired. Any other suggestions, please send to info@gtsfcw.org

Please take the time to go by and enjoy this waterfront SF Port park just north of Mission Rock Cafe on Terry Francois Blvd.


GreenTrust Hosts Successful Neighborhood Gathering to Kick Of our Initial Greening Project for Central Waterfront - Twenty Second St. from Illinois St. to Missouri St.

GreenTrustSF organized and sponsored an exciting evening neighborhood design workshop on April 3, 2008 to discuss streetscape improvements that could be made to 22nd St. from Third Street to Pennsylvania Street. Participants enthusiastically generated a host of ideas and supported pursuing long-range improvements and greening along 22nd Street, east to west, from Illinois St. to Missouri St. and to further extend that connection to the waterfront on the east and up to Potrero Hill on the west.

Ideas generated at the workshop include: seeing the 22nd St. Muni mini-park between Minnesota and Indiana streets renovated to be more enticing and neighborhood/family friendly with a new garden area and the addition of an outdoor pizza/bread oven (or space for a portable one), adding sidewalk bulb outs at the corner of 22nd/Tennessee Sts. near Piccino cafe and at 22nd/Minnesota Sts. in front of Cup o’ Blues coffee house, installing new lighting under the CalTrans overpass, engaging the CalTrain 22nd Street.Station and adding landscaping and permeable paving along 22nd St.t wherever possible. Additional bulb outs will be considered to guide future growth around 22nd St. GreenTrustSF is seeking funding, in the form of grants and donations, for taking these ideas to the next level which will be to hire a consultant to guide the community through two more workshops and to produce a plan for implementation, based on these workshops, by Dec. 2008.

With the consultant hired, GreenTrustSF will re-engage the community and begin a final plan for the improvements of the initial stretch of 22nd Street from Illinois St. to Mississippi St. A second phase plan will be to study and implement a future pedestrian/bicycle connection to/from the waterfront at Pier 70 and the adjacent Port lands east of Third and Illinois Streets, and in the other direction to the west, we are looking to develop a green path/steps connection along the 22nd St. right of way beyond Mississippi St. connecting to Missouri St. and on to the SF Recreation and Park land at the top of Potrero Hill.

When fully implemented this plan will connect Potrero Hill and Dogpatch with the waterfront and the Blue Greenway via a pedestrian friendly, bicycle friendly green corridor.

Stay tuned for more details!

See photos


Annual Meeting and Public Meeting for GTSFCW Inaugural Neighborhood Greening Project

Thursday, April 3 - 2298 Third Street (at NW corner of 20th St.), 7:00 - 9:00 pm.
Parking available in lot next door. Enter from Third St. going south from 19th St.

Join us for the evening - Help plan our inaugural neighborhood greening project, Twenty-second St. from Third St. to Pennsylvania St./CalTrain station, and help jumpstart the greening of the Central Waterfront.

This section of Twenty-second St. is an important corridor and mini-commercial district which connects Potrero Hill to Dogpatch and the waterfront, connects travelers from Third St. and the Light Rail to and from the neighborhood and brings people to and from the CalTrain Station. This is the time for a "green Street" plan as the neighborhood begins to grow.


2008 Board of Directors to be ratified at meeting:

  • Janet Carpinelli, Chair
  • Stephen Antonaros, Vice Chair, Corresponding Secretary
  • Mark Walther, Treasurer
  • Pat Mulligan, Recording Secretary
  • Loring Sagan Member at Large
  • Michael Yarne, Member at Large
  • Charmaine Yu, Member at Large, Membership Committee Chair
  • Ralph Wilson, Member at Large, Web Master


Public Meeting for GTSFCW Inaugural Neighborhood Greening Project
Thursday, April 3 - 2298 Third Street (at 20th)
7:00 - 9:00pm

Join us for the evening - Help plan our inaugural neighborhood greening project and help jump start the greening of the central waterfront. For more info, email info@gtsfcw.org


YES on Prop. A! Election Day is February 5th 


GreenTrust Board supports Prop. A. Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks, Election Day, Feb.5

In October the Board of Supervisors approved a $185 million Parks and Open Space Bond (Proposition A) for the February 2008 ballot. The bond was prepared by the Recreation and Park Department and the Port of San Francisco to address the capital needs of the City's neighborhood parks and improve open space quality and access along the bay shoreline.

Attached you'll find a fact sheet with basic information on the bond. The link to the Park Bond campaign is www.fixourparks.org.

Here is the schedule for volunteer events:

Phone Bank:

5:30 - 8:30PM, location TBA
Wednesday, January 9
Wednesday, January 23


10 - 12PM, various locations
Saturday, January 12 - Dolores Park
Saturday, January 19 - Sunset Recreation Ctr
Sunday, January 20 - Districts 2, 3, 5
Saturday, January 26 - Palega
Sunday, January 27 - District 1

All volunteers can call San Francisco Parks Trust (SFPT) at 750-5110 to sign up.

Other outreach: SFPT has signs that can be put in windows and flyers that can be distributed and of course the fact sheet attached is a great piece to use.


Bike the Blue Greenway!

See What Prop. A Will Do For San Francisco’s Waterfront Parks

9:30am-12:00pm – Sunday, January 13, 2008
Heron’s Head Park to Fisherman’s Wharf
Followed by Reception and Prop. A Presentation
Free Coffee at the Start, Free Refreshments at the Presentation

Bike the Blue Greenway with waterfront lovers and experts, neighbors from the Southern Waterfront to the Northern Waterfront, members of the S.F. Bicycle Coalition, the Neighborhood Parks Council, and park advocates. 

The bike tour will stop at future and existing parks along the waterfront where experts and planners will speak about each site’s unique contribution to San Francisco’s eastern shore and how these open spaces will benefit from Prop. A, and discuss development of the first mile of the trail connecting these parks.

Limited capacity * MUST RSVP * bus tour available for those unable to bicycle. 

To RSVP or for more information, please call: 415/240-4150.


UCSF Awards Grants to GreenTrust and Friends of Esprit Park at Mayor's Reception on Thursday, November 15, 2007

UCSF Check Ceremony

At a November 15 reception celebrating the inauguration of the Mayor's Open Space Task Force,  UCSF awarded grants to two neighborhood open space organizations.  The $21,125 donation to the GreenTrustSF/Central Waterfront represents $5 per car when fans attending SF Giants games parked in the UCSF Third Street Garage during the 2007 baseball season--more to come next season!  The GreenTrust is a community-based nonprofit that works to realize a greener Central Waterfront and improve the community's social and ecological health. 

Left to right:  Mike Farrah, Senior Advisor to the Mayor; Supervisor Sophie Maxwell; Bruce Spaulding, UCSF Senior Vice Chancellor; Janet Carpinelli, Chair, and Mark Walther, Treasurer, of the GreenTrustSF /Central Waterfront.


Warm Water Cove Park Clean-up Day - August 4, 2007, 9 a.m. - noon

See the Projects page for information about the Warm Water Cove Cleanup.

GreenTrustSF—Central Waterfront has elected our Board of Directors
Congratulations and thank you for offering your time to serve


Janet Carpinelli, Chair
Michael Yarne, Vice Chair
Pat Mulligan, Internal (Recording) Secretary
Stephen Antonaros, External (Corresponding) Secretary
Mark Walther, Treasurer


Loring Sagan, committee chair, Project Development/Implementation

Charmaine Yu, committee chair, Membership/Communications

Ralph Wilson, Web master

Next Board of Directors meeting: 6:15, May 8, Piccino, 801 22nd St @ Tennessee St., San Francisco.

Elections for our first Board of Directors for the GreenTrustSF/Central Waterfront will take place during our meeting on Thursday, April 26, 7-9pm at Sundance Coffee, 2295 Third St. @ 20th St. The voting will be by secret ballot by those attending the meeting. As per the By-Laws, nominations will also be taken from the floor.

The following people are nominated to the Board of Directors of the GreenTrustSF

Stephen Antonaros

Stephen Antonaros is an architect, community activist, and San Francisco native and has lived and worked in the city most of his life. His office is at 2298 Third Street. A resident of Bernal Heights for 15 years, he served for 10 years on the Board of Directors of the Bernal Heights Community Foundation, 6 years as Board President. Among other things he was responsible for securing a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts for completing a large-scale community planning process in that neighborhood. Stephen is known for his ability to facilitate collaborative solutions that address all stakeholders' concerns. He is keenly interested in effectively incorporating community input into urban design and planning projects, especially around enhancing the streetscape, expanding open space, and encouraging alternative transit systems. He looks forward to the GreenTrust becoming a model for successfully bringing developers and community together to produce innovative solutions to neighborhood improvement needs.

Janet Carpinelli

I am an avid believer in the need for green space within urban environments. Green spaces connect people to the natural environment and the other creatures of the world, and in so doing, help bring balance to urban living. I am particularly interested in public/private/neighborhood partnerships that can go beyond what Park and Rec. can provide. We can create and enhance green space that will bring people together and have a positive and lasting impact for this neighborhood and The City.

As an active neighbor in the Mission Bay Plan citizens meetings, I initiated and successfully petitioned to have the soon-to-be waterfront green space moved from the west to the east side of Terry Francois Way, resulting in more usable open space for the public.

A Dogpatch resident for 26 years, I have enjoyed being involved in the neighborhood’s evolving character through my active membership in Dogpatch Neighborhood Assn and BOD, the steering committee for the neighborhood driven Potrero Central Waterfront Plan of 1999, UCSF Mission Bay Community Advisory Committee and its Hospital Replacement Committee, Potrero Boosters Neighborhood Assn., and Potrero Hill Garden Club. Active in establishing the Dogpatch Historic District; worked with neighbors, Friends of Esprit Park and Supervisor Maxwell to save Esprit Park as a public park. With FUF, Dogpatch neighbors and MUNI, planted flowering trees in 22nd St. mini park and street trees throughout the neighborhood.

I look forward to seeing a network of greenspace grow throughout the central waterfront.

Pat Mulligan

I was born and raised in San Francisco and graduated from UC Santa Cruz. For the past eight years, I have resided in Dogpatch and am an active member in the Dogpatch Neighborhood Association. I look forward to raising a family with my wife in this neighborhood and am concerned with social and environmental issues that impact our area.

I currently sit on the boards of two local non-profits in San Francisco. For the past seven years, I have been serving on the Executive Board of Carpenter's Local Union 22, and am currently serving as the financial officer. Carpenter's Local 22 has been operating as a non-profit in San Francisco for the last 125 years, providing job placement and job training for local residents. For the past six years, I have also sat on the board of directors at the Ella Hill Hutch Community Center, currently serving as Board Secretary. Ella Hill Hutch is a full service community center providing childcare, homeless facilities, after school programs, job placement and counseling for Western Addition residents.

Loring Sagan

I have been involved in designing and building homes and buildings for 28 years. With experience in architecture and development, (consisting of allocation and management of various resources), and working with various community interests, I would be happy to contribute time towards doing the same for our city. My Sagan-Piechota website (www.sp-architecture.com) and Buildinc. website (www.buildinc.biz) exemplify the work I am involved with.

Ralph Wilson

I've been a Potrero Hill resident since 1989, and a resident of San Francisco since 1973. I'm a member of the Potrero Boosters and was active in the Boosters-sponsored Central Waterfront citizens planning effort (1999). I've also been a contributor to the Potrero Hill History Archives Project and am particularly knowledgeable about the history of Potrero Point. I'm a member of the Port of San Francisco's Citizen Advisory Group for the Central Waterfront, which focuses on the preservation of the historical resources of the Pier 70 shipyard. I created a website (www.pier70sf.org) to document Pier 70 and surrounding areas, including Dogpatch. The site has had thousands of visitors, and serves as an important resource for preservation efforts. As an avid photographer, I've documented the central waterfront for many years, and I frequently explore it on bicycle and on foot. I am the volunteer web designer and Webmaster for GreenTrustSF-CW. I believe the GreenTrust is a great initiative to enhance the livability of the central waterfront, an area I care deeply about. I know that with active citizen involvement the central waterfront can be a beautiful, vital and exciting asset for our city.

Mark Walther

Mark Walther is the principle of Walther Law Associates based in San Francisco, CA and a co-founder and partner in Oso Rojo Wine Importers also based in San Francisco, CA. Mark earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin at Madison and his law degree from Willamette University in Oregon.

Mark has been a resident of Potrero Hill for 3 years and a resident of San Francisco for the past 10 years. During his residence in San Francisco he has demonstrated a strong commitment to service to his community including serving as an active member of the GreenTrust Steering Committee. His other community activities include being and AIDSride cyclist, serving as a local area coordinator for Toys for Tots with his wife, and volunteering his time with the California Mental Health Association, the San Francisco Food Bank, Conard House of San Francisco, Dogpatch Neighborhood Association, and Legal Aid of San Francisco. Mark is an avid outdoorsman who enjoys hiking, kayaking, and mountain biking and as such possesses a strong commitment to the preservation of green space in the urban environment as well as open lands for public use. Mark is also a dedicated and responsible dog parent who hopes to preserve open space for use of all residents of San Francisco, both the two legged and four legged varieties.

Michael Yarne

Michael Yarne is Director of Development for Martin Building Company (MBC), a local real estate development company with expertise in historic preservation and urban mixed-use residential projects. MBC is currently obtaining entitlements for a 179-unit mixed-use residential project located in the heart of the Central Waterfront, at 2235 Third Street. Working with Susan Eslick and members of DNA, Michael was instrumental in launching the concept of the GreenTrust, including committing $100,000 in seed money to help launch the GreenTrust. Under Michael’s leadership, MBC has also obtained approvals and financing for the creation of Mint Plaza, a new public green space near 5th and Mission Streets.  When MBC breaks ground on this project in May 2007, it will be the City’s first privately-financed public plaza built in a former street. In addition to working at MBC, Michael is Chairman of the Board of City Carshare, San Francisco’s first car-sharing service and the largest non-profit car sharing organization in the United States.  Michael is also President of the Board of the newly formed Central Market Community Benefits District and serves on the Board of Friends of City Planning. Michael received his law degree and a Masters in City Planning at University of California, Berkeley. Prior to his graduate work, Michael served in the US Peace Corps, working on sustainable agriculture, forestry and education projects in rural Niger, West Africa. Michael lives in the Mission District.

Charmaine Yu

I am interested in becoming a member of the Board of Directors of Greentrust. I've been a resident in the Waterfront neighborhood for more than 2 years, and -- even in the short time that I've been here -- seen the development and subsequent pressure on our greenspace increase by leaps and bounds.

I'm interested in increasing and preserving greenspace for all types of uses -- children, sports, picnicking, sunning, walking. Most specifically, though, I'm interested in ensuring that adequate greenspace is preserved for dog owners to use as recreation and socialization space for their dogs.

To that end, I've been involved in negotiation about Esprit Park, located at Minnesota and 20th Street in Dogpatch over the past year. I'm past-president of Dogpatch Dogs (our neighborhood association of dog owners) and a member of the Esprit Park task force headed by a staff member of Sophie Maxwell's office.

The GreenTrust Springs Forward! We now have Adopted By-Laws

Thanks to the folks who came to discuss and vote on these By-Laws at our Feb. 27 meeting.

As announced in the pre-Feb. 27 email sent to all who have attended previous meetings and have given us their contact information, nominations are being accepted, as per the Adopted By-Laws (read them on the website), for Board of Directors, to be voted on at our Annual meeting in April. Because we are getting a bit of a late start, we will have the meeting during the last week of April. You may nominate yourself or another qualified person.

Please submit a brief descriptive paragraph with interest and qualifications to info@greentrustsf.org by April 6.

The list of nominees with descriptions will be posted on the website by April 8.

Join your neighbors for the first 2007 meeting of The San Francisco Central Waterfront GreenTrust

Tuesday, February 27
Sundance Coffee
2295 3rd St. (cross street-20th St.)
7-9 pm

The steering committee has written the Vision Statement and proposed By-Laws.
(Please read them before the February 27th meeting.)

In order to fulfill our non-profit status we need to discuss and vote on the By-Laws at this meeting. We will nominate candidates for Board of Directors at this meeting and during the month of March. We will vote for the Board at a general membership meeting in April.

The neighborhood will benefit from your energy and interest in our greener future.

The Vision Statement and proposed By-Laws will be posted on our web site shortly.

Save the date and stay tuned.

Thank you,
Steering Committee

Join your neighbors for the first 2007 meeting of The San Francisco Central Waterfront GreenTrust

Tuesday, February 27
Sundance Coffee
2295 3rd St. (cross street-20th St.)
7-9 pm

Please read our Vision Statement and proposed By-Laws before the February 27th meeting.

In order to fulfill our non-profit status we need to discuss and vote on the By-Laws at this meeting. We will nominate candidates for Board of Directors at this meeting and during the month of March. We will vote for the Board at a general membership meeting in April.

The neighborhood will benefit from your energy and interest in our greener future.

Save the date and stay tuned.

Thank you,
Steering Committee


(Potrero View, February 2006)

by Janet Carpinelli

GreenTrust Kickoff

Susan Eslick, Janet Carpenelli, Jane Martin, Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, Loring Sagan, Patrick McNerrey, Marshall Foster, Isabella Wade, Lou Vasquez, Michael Yarne

On Thursday evening, January 19 th over 250 people took part in an event marking the creation of a unique project, the Central Waterfront GreenTrust. The celebration was the kick-off for an ambitious neighborhood-based mission to create a greener and cleaner Central Waterfront neighborhood, on the eastern side of Potrero Hill. The keynote speaker, Supervisor Sophie Maxwell, offered her congratulations and full support to the effort, spearheaded by the Dogpatch Neighborhood Association (DNA), the Neighborhood Parks Council (NPC), the Mayor’s Office of City Greening, and the Martin Building Company (MBC), a local developer who is planning a new 180-unit residential project on the east side of Third Street between 19 th and 20 th Streets.

Conditioned upon final approval of their project, MBC has pledged approximately $100,000 of start-up funding for the initial organizing and planning efforts of the GreenTrust. Its first task will be to hire a planning consulting team to draft a “Green Blueprint” that will document existing conditions in the Central Waterfront Plan Area, provide a clear vision and set of priorities for the future maintenance and development of green spaces in the growing Central Waterfront. Based on this new plan, the GreenTrust hopes to leverage additional funds through public and private sources, including City, State and Federal grant programs. This is a complicated goal that will require cooperation and coordination with the Port of San Francisco, the City Planning Department, the Department of Recreation and Parks, Department of Public Works, MUNI, new developments, and local property owners. Without the leadership of such and organization, real progress would be impossible.

Michael Yarne of MBC described how the idea of the GreenTrust developed after several presentations to the Potrero Boosters and the Dogpatch Neighborhood Association of their proposed project. “It became apparent that the residents and businesses in the area were concerned about the lack of planning for open space to accommodate the residential projects being proposed for the changing industrial neighborhood. Our company concluded that we needed to be part of a solution. We went back to the Dogpatch Association and offered to partner with them to create an area-wide greening plan. The idea of the GreenTrust was born.”

Susan Eslick went on to explain that for years the Association, in which she serves as President, has worked with developers such as RAM Development (22 nd and Texas) and Build Inc (Esprit Headquarters at 900 Minnesota) to set aside money for an open space fund. “We are delighted that these pledges are now going to be put to use, creating a fund to not only plan for parks and more green space, but to create the mechanism needed to raise funding for development now and in the future. We are very thankful for the generous financial support from MBC.”

The Executive Director of the Neighborhood Parks Council, Isabelle Wade spoke of how excited she was that the GreenTrust had chosen her organization to serve as the fiduciary agency while the GreenTrust matures. “This is the type of grassroots effort that can achieve so much, particularly dealing with the myriad of jurisdictions in the area.” Jeff Condit, Program Director for NPC added, “We will work very hard to make this model work and believe it will be replicated elsewhere in the City.”

Jane Martin, founder of Plant SF, a sustainability and beautification citywide organization, spoke of the need to take charge of local greening projects. The Shotwell Greenway, the first project completed by Plant SF, is a model of rethinking how we deal with storm water being directed into the ground instead of running off into our already over flowing sewer system. That type of permeable sidewalks, along with the use of native and drought tolerant plants will be a big part of the area’s greening efforts.

Marshall Foster, Mayor’s Office of City Greening then explained how Mayor Newsome has put him in charge of a new program to work with the City agencies to make it easy and affordable for private property owners to create and improve their streetscape. He promised to help with the coordination that will be needed to make the GreenTrust vision a reality.

In addition to the speeches, attendees had a delightful meal, with beverages and sushi from Moshi Moshi paid for by Build Inc. Music was provided by a DJ from Mezzanine. The event concluded with a raffle of over 30 door prizes contributed by area merchants, businesses and residents.

Susan Eslick invites all interested people to get involved. “We need to build on this incredible momentum. We have already received an offer to develop our GreenTrust web site from Ralph Wilson, a Potrero Resident who built and maintains the Pier 70 and Dogpatch website.”

The planning group will meet on Thursday, February 9 th at 2225 Third Street from 6:30 to 8:00 PM. Goat Hill Pizza will be served to those attending.