Carmen Chu Newsletter October 2011
This is an excerpt of the October newsletter from the offices of Supervisor Carmen Chu. In this issue: McCopping Square Re-Opening; Halloween Costume Drive; Playground and Library Opening; District 4 Clean-up Success
McCoppin Square Re-Opening
Following the exciting celebration for the newly renovated West Sunset Playground and Ortega Branch Library, I am excited to announce that the renovation of McCoppin Square is nearly complete and the Grand Re-Opening is scheduled for Saturday, October 22 at 11:30am.
The children’s play area has been relocated and expanded. The new play area will now be on Taraval Street next to the Parkside Library and expanded into two sections – one for children 2 to 5 years old and one for kids ages 5 to 12. You may have noticed the new Apollo Whirl rising up above the construction. That’s just one of the several new play structures that will delight kids as they play on the new rubberized safety surface. Taking the place of the old play area, on 24th Ave (between Santiago & Taraval St) across from the Taraval Police Station, is a contemplative garden in memory of police officer Bryan Tuvera.
The ball fields, which opened earlier this year, have new bleachers and player benches, an ADA accessible pathway and a storage building. The tennis court has been resurfaced and has new fencing, and a half basketball court has been added. The pathways winding throughout the wooded park have been improved, and new benches and lighting have been added for safer strolling for everyone. By popular demand, we are happy to announce the most anticipated feature of the new McCoppin Square – free standing restrooms! The Grand Re-Opening is sure to be a wonderful community event, so don’t miss it!
Halloween Costume Drive
For the fourth year in a row, our office is holding our annual Halloween Costume Drive for kids. Each year, we have collected and distributed between 100-200 costumes to kids. If you can’t bear to throw away that handmade pumpkin costume or the pair of fairy wings lying around the house, consider donating it to someone who will put the costume to good use.
Donate any new or used costumes at any one of the following locations:
· Taraval Police Station – 2345 24th Ave & Taraval
· Ortega Branch Library – 3223 Ortega Street & 39th Ave
· Fire Station #18 – 1935 32nd Ave & Ortega Street
· Office of Supervisor Carmen Chu, City Hall, Room 260
We are currently collecting costumes through Friday, October 21. All costumes will be distributed at the McCoppin Square Grand Re-Opening celebration on Saturday, October 22 at 11:30am.
West Sunset Playground & Ortega Branch Library Grand Opening Celebration
Hundreds of community members gathered on September 10th for the Grand Opening celebration of West Sunset Playground and Ortega Branch Library. Both were completely rebuilt to better meet the needs of our community. Many thanks to the community members who supported these projects from start to finish.
Now that both projects are complete, we’re looking to neighbors to partner with us in maintaining our library and playground so that future generations can continue to enjoy West Sunset as a community hub.
If you are interested in joining the Friends of West Sunset Playground (FOWSP) to help organize community clean-ups or fundraise for future equipment repairs, please visit www.fowsp.org for more information. You can also email: email@example.com or call 415-839-8875.
As for Ortega Library, it is still not too late to donate to the Ortega Library Campaign. If you are interested in donating to the Ortega Library Campaign or would like to know more information on naming opportunities, please contact Tamara González Scheulov at firstname.lastname@example.org or 415-626-7512.
DISTRICT 4 CLEAN-UP DAY A SUCCESS!
More than 200 volunteers joined Supervisor Chu and the Department of Public Works for the annual District 4 community clean-up. We would like to thank volunteers from Lincoln High School, the San Francisco Bahai Center, Star of the Sea School, Department of Corrections/CYC, Juvenile Probation, Mission Neighborhood Center, San Francisco Housing Authority, Academy of Art University, Alpha Phi Omega, Walgreens, Starbucks and neighbors from all over the Sunset.
Spread out all over the district, the volunteers worked hard for three hours, removing litter along Sunset Boulevard from Lincoln Way to Sloat Boulevard; painting out graffiti along the Great Highway; sweeping the merchant corridors along Noreiga, and planting shrubs at AP Giannini Middle School and on Noriega Street. A special thanks goes out to Awadalla Awadalla of Irving Pizza for donating lunch to all the volunteers.
“Each year, we hold a large neighborhood clean-up event in our district to remind everyone that it takes all of us together to maintain a clean and vibrant community,” said Supervisor Chu. “This year’s focus is on cleaning up our merchant corridors to highlight the importance of small businesses in our community.”
In conjunction with the Community Clean Team event, district residents also had the opportunity to drop off large bulky household items to be discarded or recycled for free through Recology. This year the District 4 drop off component yielded the highest amount of garbage and recyclables of all the districts this year.
Great job D4 residents! If you missed this opportunity, please know that as a Sunset Scavenger customer, you are entitled to a free pickup of bulky items. Please call Sunset Scavenger at 415-330-1300 for more information or to schedule your appointment.