We're Celebrating 125 +
Corporate Volunteers as of May 2013!
That's right! It's barely Summer and yet again this year McKinley Square has been blessed with over 125+ corporate employees volunteering a Day of Service thanks to a great bunch of new McKinley Friends arriving from lPG&E, LinkedIn and Old Navy.
Check out the details here!
We actively recruited 250+ volunteers to work this world class sporting event with all donations benefiting McKinley Square Park. Special thank you to all of McKinley's many friends, family, and coworkers for coming out for a great day together...for a great cause!
All volunteers received FREE admission to the tournament. Watched golf before or after shift! FREE parking. FREE lunch A GREAT experience.
Learn Hard! Live Well! Play Fair!
Enjoy Our Parks!
-Recreation & Parks Department
Each year we are contacted by various service organizations and volunteers alike looking to make a difference in the community since 2009.
In October of 2010, we partnered again with the Vermont Street Neighborhood Association (VSNA), Department of Public Works (DPW) and the neighbors to organize the first annual "Crookedest Street" beautification project since 1964.
The kick-off event was designed to raise awareness to the needs of the sprawling landscape that exists all along both sides of "twisty hill" which beats Lombard St. by one additional turn.
In mid- December volunteers gathered early Sunday morning and started cleaning, weeding and removing trash and debris from the top of "twisty hill". During the clean-up effort volunteers unearthed 2 separate cobble stone paths that had been covered with overgrowth and weeds. Afterwards, fresh mulch was applied and the area was bagged up and swept clean.
These 1927 stone pathways were created along the 5 curves of the "Crookedest" street that extend down Vermont for the enjoyment of passerby's.
They were built and designed back in the 20's by DPW using a voter approved bond for street and wall constructions. The stone paths were designed as resting stops and view points for visitors and neighbors to enjoy the vast western views and open spaces facing the Mission and Twin Peaks.
After decades of overgrowth, weeds and dirt most did not realize these paths existed --let alone have access for safe use according to one long-time neighbor who walks the hill regularly for her morning walks.
In September of 2010 the Vermont Street Neighborhood Association (VSNA), MSPF partnered with DPW and surrounding neighbors to restore the Kansas Street "hidden" staircase.
The staircase and hillside are located atop the 900 block of Kansas with cobble stones, bricks and stairs leading down to 22nd and 900 blocks of Vermont.
Historically, these southern areas of McKinley Square and Vermont St. had been known as "Twisty Hill" dating back to 1856. More recently they are referred to as the "enclave" or "hidden staircase".
Special thanks to our community partners at VSNA and Dave, Sandra Zuniga and Mohammed Nuru at the Department of Public Works.
Volunteers and support from DPW makes it possible for us to partner and supporting these ongoing beautification projects with donations, staff, equipment and supplies.