Glen Park Association

Quarterly Meeting

October 27,2016

San Francisco Police Academy

350 Amber Drive

Minutes

Called to Order at 7:10 p.m.

President Michael Rice has attendees introduce themselves.

Branch Librarian Katrin Reimuller introduces herself. GP branch library has a meeting room. Meetings must be booked on time. If we can book two months in advance, she can publicize the meeting through SFPL flyers and online.

GPA’s Nicholas Dewar announces “Adopt a Drain” program through SFPUC. YOu can go online to adoptadrain.sfwater.org and find one near you and adopt it. Adopting it means SFPUC gets you some equipment (including reflective vest!) and you help keep the tops of the drains swept and free of leaves.

Program

  1. Brett Desmarais, Project Manager for Recreation and Park Department, gives an update on the Glen Canyon Rec Center construction.

Project is a few weeks beyond the original schedule, thanks to some unanticipated dry rot. Spring opening expected. Focus now is on sealing the exterior to protect from rain. Windows go in next.

Sign kiosks have been graffiteed, so department will be replacing the glass with a treated plexiglass resistant to graffiti. They will also be adding some signs to the playground demarcating areas of play by age.

The Urban Forestry Team has come in and thinned leaves and understory bark of some of the eucalyptus trees. (No trees cut.) Scott Stawicki. mentions there was a two-year contract for the trees that were planted when the grounds were re-done that might be coming due. The contractor had agreed to replace dead trees, so we should make sure we’re taking advantage of that.

There will be some trenching along the field edge for a new water line that is going from the rec center to the road.

Glen Park History Project’s Evelyn Rose said the building will be getting a marker as an historical landmark. Glen Canyon was the site of the first dynamite factory in the United States licensed by Alfred Nobel.

The Sussex stairway, which was not part of this remodel project, will likely be wood stairs with metal nosing built into concrete footings to maintain stability in the rocky hillside. Now that the city is designing safety improvements to the Elk/Sussex crosswalk, the staircase will no longer be a natural areas staircase. It will require ADA upgrades like railings. Total cost will be in the realm of $200,000, so money must be found for that.

2. Kimberly Leung, associate engineer at SFMTA, gave an update on pedestrian improvements at Sussex and Elk.

After neighborhood gave feedback on possibilities presented at July GPA meeting, staff decided to:

  1. Stripe a crosswalk between the upper (northern) side of Sussex crossing Elk to the park.
  2. Do some concrete work on either side of new crosswalk so steep hill can accommodate the mandated curb ramps for ADA access
  3. Install pedestrian-activated double-sided rectangular flashing beacons on either side of the crosswalk
  4. Possibly install some street lamp lighting near crosswalk
  5. Probably get rid of some parking near crosswalk to increase visibility

Cars are averaging 34 mph down the street, so there’s no chance of reducing the speed to 25 mph at this point.

Neighbors asked about putting a flashing beacon higher up the hill so cars coming around the bend would see it sooner. Leung said she would take that idea back to senior staff. In addition, she said, the yellow sign alerting drivers to pedestrian crossing ahead could be replaced and made brighter.

3. BART Board of Directors forum for BART District 9. Candidates Gwyneth Borden and Bevan Dufty attending. The candidates responded to questions on BART management and capital improvement plans from moderator Rachel Gordon, editor of the Glen Park News, and from the audience. (Candidate Michael Petrelis could not attend.)

The forum was recorded AND?.

Meeting adjourned 9 p.m.