Tag Archives: McLaren Park

Surprise Tree Removals for McLaren Park Native Plant Garden

San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department’s Natural Resources Division (NRD), in conjunction with Fran Martin’s Visitacion Valley Greenway group, have been planning to construct a native plant garden just south of the McLaren Park community garden along Visitacion Avenue. This … Continue reading

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Trees Cut Down in McLaren Park with No Warning

One of our readers has this news about trees being cut down in McLaren Park. The destruction has just begun. We’ve published letters in defense of McLaren’s trees before. See Trees Matter: McLaren Park and Environmental Justice. . — xxx— … Continue reading

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Restricting Access in McLaren Park

Plans are afoot in McLaren Park to close many of the trails people actually enjoy, and substitute a limited number of broad road-type paths. Most park users don’t realize this is going on – not just in McLaren, but all … Continue reading

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Pesticides in our Parks, Jan-March 2017

Someone recently sent us this picture (above) of herbicide being sprayed at Glen Canyon. “Saw a guy spraying pesticides in Glen Canyon today. I didn’t want to get close enough to read the sign because he’s spraying right now and I’m … Continue reading

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Trees Matter: Mc Laren Park and Environmental Justice

This is one of our park visitor posts, written by a neighbor of McLaren Park. The Natural Areas Program targets over 800 trees in McLaren Park for destruction. TREES MATTER by Ren Volpe My San Francisco neighborhood is surrounded on … Continue reading

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SF Fire Department Busts Some Myths

Recently, Supervisor Norman Yee called a hearing of the Government Audit and Oversight Committee to find out how prepared San Francisco was to deal with fires in brush and forest. The San Francisco Fire Department busted some myths we’ve heard … Continue reading

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McLaren Park walk: Looking at the Future, Minus 800 Trees

[Apologies: Some glitch on the website caused Draft versions of this post to be published. Please ignore the earlier posts.] On a Saturday in late August 2015,  the San Francisco Forest Alliance organized a walk in John McLaren Park – … Continue reading

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McLaren Park: Stairways, Wildflowers, and Great Blue Heron

This is another of our Park Visitor series: First-person accounts of visits to our San Francisco parks. This is by Tony Holiday, a San Francisco hiker and blogger. It’s adapted from his blog, Stairways are Heaven and published with permission. … Continue reading

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Who’s Using Pesticides: Q1 Pesticides Report

We’ve been reporting that San Francisco’s Natural Areas Program (NAP) has been spraying increasing amounts of toxic pesticides in parks used by people, pets, and wildlife.  The San Francisco Department of the environment restricts the use of pesticides of land … Continue reading

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McLaren Park and the Ideological Quandary

Another article in our Park Visitor series: First-person accounts of visits to our parks, published with permission. This one looks at the pleasures of a park that don’t conform to nativist ideology. Yesterday, we took a break in the dense … Continue reading

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Fire at McLaren Park: Letter from a Park-Lover

We received this letter from a frequent visitor to McLaren Park. It’s published here with permission and minor edits. I was at McLaren a few days ago and the seasonally dry, “Natural Areas” grassland south of Mansell is burnt. I … Continue reading

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Pesticides ‘Throughout the Park’

Recently, one of our readers sent us this picture of a pesticide notice from McLaren Park. It was breathtaking in its breadth, also rather confusing. They were applying Aquamaster (this is glyphosate, the same chemical used in Roundup) for three … Continue reading

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The Vision for McLaren: Golden Gate Park or San Bruno Mountain?

McLaren Park is the third-largest park in the city, after Golden Gate Park and Lake Merced. It’s being tagged as a “destination park” — that is, one of interest not just to its neighbors but to everyone who lives in … Continue reading

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