San Francisco Urban Resources Partnership
Project Title: Muwekma Ohlone Pocket Park- Master Planning Phase
Grant Recipient: Muwekma Ohlone Pocket Park
Fiscal Agent: Renaissance Parents of Success (http://www.islaiscreek.org/parentsofsuccess.html )
SF-URP Grant Amount: $30,000
Date of Report: March 6, 2002
Project objectives were to assess, plan, and initiate the preservation of this existing wildlife refuge for the benefit of the local environment and community, to become an asset to the Bay Trail Project, and to become an increasingly important role in the pocket parks of our urban area. The following activities and accomplishments are some of the ways these objectives were met.
· 3/20/01 Muwekma Ohlone Park history completed by historian (www.islaiscreek.org/ohlonehistorybackground.html )
· 4/07/01 A Park stewardship day was supported by Youth in Action (YIA), part of the San Francisco Conservation Corps Park, RMC Concrete employees (providing labor and lunch), Hanson Aggregates employees, and the City of San Francisco Department of Recreation and Parks (providing labor and mulch).
· 4/21/01 Another Park stewardship day was attended by YIA, and the Department of Recreation and Parks.
· 5/19/01 The Muwekma Ohlone Pocket Park, the Native American Cultural Center, and the Neighborhood Parks Council collaborated to host the documentary film festival, “Weaving Our Roots: Native Art in the Parks” on-site.
6/26/01 Bik Wah International completed topographical, habitat, and plant community surveys and map of upland and intertidal zone areas from Third Street to eastern end of Park. (Hardcopies or e-mail CADD files available )
· 7/09/01: YIA assisted with trash abatement, weeding, and planting indigenous seedlings donated by the Natural Areas Program of the Department of Recreation and Parks. (http://email@example.com/islais_creek_cleanupday_july_9/index.vhtml )
· 7/12/01 “Education, Restoration, and Recreation at the Muwekma Ohlone Pocket Park,” a plan for integrating the natural area into the community, was completed. Consultants conducted a preliminary biological inventory and assessed the needs and resources of interested organizations and individuals. Their report proposed potential partnerships and appropriate educational programming, as well as some habitat restoration and recreational uses of the Park.
· 7/14/01 San Francisco Sierra Club “Ballpark to Ballpark” hike brought 35 hikers to the Park along their nine mile route, as the hikers learned about significant natural, recreational, historical and developing areas between Pac Bell Park in Mission Bay and 3-Com Ballpark at South Basin.
· 8/04/01 The Park hosted a community meeting to present and discuss the impact of the Illinois Street InterModel Bridge Project on the Park and the local community. Attendees included representatives from the Muwekma Ohlone Tribe, the Living Art Community of Illinois Street at Islais Creek, the USDA Urban Resources Partnership Grant Program, the Wildlife Habitat Council, the EPA, the California Academy of Sciences, the Port of San Francisco, the Neighborhood Parks Council, and the Supervisor for San Francisco District 10.
· 10/11/01 Representatives from the Education Department and the Department of Invertebrate Zoology from the California Academy of Sciences visited the Park to explore possible future relationships with their educational programming and with their SF Bay:2K research project, documenting the biodiversity of benthic fauna of the San Francisco Bay.
· 10/20/01 Ridge Trail Education Group assisted with trash abatement and planting of indigenous plants donated by Natural Areas Program.
· 8/01-11/01 San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners provided fennel eradication over three visits.
· 11/01/01 E.R. Taylor Elementary School provided trash abatement and planted native seedlings donated by the Natural Areas Program.
· Historical Photos and History of Islais Creek and Local Community
· 2/23/02 The Park hosted students from YIA in their efforts to produce a documentary film on environmental injustices in the area.
2. CHANGE IN WORK PLAN/ TIME FRAME:
Please provide a comparison of actual activities to those described in your work plan. Explain any differences in planned versus actual activities.
In the original work plan, it was anticipated that a naturalist, hydrologist, ornithologist, landscape architect, and marine biologist would be needed in order to conduct a preliminary comprehensive study and ongoing monitoring. This plan was revised such that a biological inventory was included in the master plan, “Education, Restoration, and Recreation at the Muwekma Ohlone Pocket Park.” (http://www.islaiscreek.org/IslaisCreekHabitatStudies.html )
Through repeated visits, organisms found from the upland area to the low tide zone and birds in the general vicinity were identified and listed. Additionally, the California Academy of Sciences generously offered their complete database of archival biological information about Islais Creek, included in the same report. It was also assumed in the original plan that permits would be acquired by March 2001. However, the Port of San Francisco said the permits would not be needed, since the Park was conducting habitat enhancement rather than building and construction.
3. OBSTACLES ENCOUNTERED:
What problems or difficulties did you encounter that impacted the progress of this project? How did you address them?
One of the original objectives of the Park’s SF URP project was to become an asset to the Bay Trail Project. This goal could not be realized, as the Park was declined for funding as a destination of the Bay Trail. (http://www.islaiscreek.org/ABAGdocumentsubmitted.html )
A significant concern of Park stewards and community members is the specter of the proposed new Illinois Street bridge for rail and truck traffic across Islais Creek. (http://www.islaiscreek.org/illinoisbridgeallstuff/illinoisbridgeatislais.html )
In December 2001, the drilling resulted in collateral damage to the Park, when a sewer carrying secondary effluent was ruptured, causing sewage to bubble up through the ground. (http://www.islaiscreek.org/sewerpipecollapseatislais.html )
The Park and its stewards have provided a meeting place for concerned community members to get information and mobilize in response to the proposed bridge and recent damage.
4. BUDGET SUMMARY:
Attach a copy of your last Reimbursement Request Summary page if submitted separately from this report- (Attached as separate document)
Did you complete your work plan and associated expenditures on schedule? Yes
Was your estimated budget accurate for the scope of work for your project? Yes
5. PROJECT MATCH (CASH& IN-KIND CONTRIBUTIONS):
Include a summary of your project match if submitted separately from this report.
Were you able to accrue your matching contribution on schedule? Yes. Matching contributions exceeded grant amount.
Was obtaining your matching contribution requirement difficult? No
6. NEW PARTNERSHIPS:
Have any additional partners been involved in the project? Please describe their role.
Partners that have participated in the project, other than those listed in the July 2000 proposal, include the San Francisco League of Urban Gardeners (offering maintenance, irrigation, planting and consultation), the California Academy of Sciences (offering archival biological information), the Youth in Action program of the San Francisco Conservation Corps (offering labor for restoration activities), and the San Francisco Department of Recreation and Parks (offering materials, supplies, and labor for restoration activities). Additionally, a main goal of “Education, Restoration, and Recreation at the Muwekma Ohlone Pocket Park,” was to identify new partnerships that will be pursued in the future.
7. TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE FROM SF-URP:
Sara McKay (SLUG) and Lisa Hockholt (NRCS) helped with understanding forms, documents, and grant expectations.
8. FUTURE PLANS:
How do you plan to maintain the project? Have you been able to obtain additional funding to continue your project? If so, how much?
The Park was recently awarded a $10,000 Five Star Restoration Grant from the Wildlife Habitat Council (http://www.wildlifehc.org/managementtools/fivestar3.cfm )
and a $65,000 CDBG Habitat and Restoration grant through the San Francisco Mayor’s Office. (http://www.islaiscreek.org/CDBGgrantaward.html )
The Park is seeking further funding to continue current efforts, and to hire a part-time coordinator to implement the educational and restoration plan developed by the consultants.
Have the following been shared with SF-URP?
Photos of the project Yes
News articles or tapes of media coverage Yes- (see URLs above )
Samples of any products developed N/A
Total volunteer hours: Estimated: 1000 to 1500 hours
Project representative affirms that the following have been completed and attached to this report:
Project representative further affirms that, as of the date of this report: 1) all project documents and records are in order; and 2) that SLUG has advised project to retain all project documents for a three to five year period.
Authorized Project Representative
David Erickson, Project Facilitator
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