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Triangle Park Celebration
Neighbors gather to celebrate a victory in the stretch of land between West Portal and Forest Hill
Neighbors Celebrate Rehab at Triangle Park

After years of neglect from City Hall, someone listened?

Triangle Park from the air
An abandoned neighborhood park at Vasquez, Balceta and Laguna Honda Blvd. has been renovated thanks to the work of neighbors Carol Dimmick and Roberta Bechtel, Jenny and Graham Stanley, MaryLou Corrigan, Eileen Kahaner, Katy Henrickson and Paul Dent

An eyesore for many years, Triangle Park was a plot of brown weeds. What used to be a stone water fountain lay deteriated and moldering, crowned by what was once a flag pole erected sometime during World War II, but now most of the rusty pole lay on the ground.

It's been over a year since Joel Engardio first wrote about the neighborhood spot. Neighbors had been doing weeding and other voluntaeer efforts to improve the park.

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Now the park renovations are complete, and neighbors are enjoying their neighborhood park. The celebration of the new park took place on October 3rd at noon.”

Then former Supervisor Norman Yee encouraged neighbors of the park to apply for the "Participatory Budget," a program Yee sheparded into being. Neighbors won funding in 2018 through that program, but when funds fell short and delays and problems with the Department of Public Works endangered the project, Supervisor Yee came to the rescue to funded additional costs during his last year in office.

Now the park renovations are complete, and neighbors are enjoying their neighborhood park. The celebration of the new park took place on October 3rd at noon.

before and after Triangle Park
Roberta Bechtel stands at Triangle Park before and after the renovations

"The party was a great success — attended by about 100 people," Roberta Bechtel, Triangle Park Steward said. "There were donations from many merchants on West Portal: Bursa, Calibur, Peets, Submarine Center, BullsHead, Trattoria da Vittorio, Spiazzo and Noe Valley Bakery. The neighbors expressed their thanks for the renovation and we were so glad to have Supervisor Myrna Melgar, former Supervisor Norman Yee and head of DPW Carla Short in attendance. The Board of Supervisors recognized the park committee with certificates. We had a bluegrass band and the Committee paid to have free ice cream for the crowd when the Mr. Softee truck came. We hope to make it an annual event."

October 2021

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Falling rock
Fallen rock on O'Shaughnessy Boulevard

The rocky slope in danger of sliding is situated on the west side of O'Shaughnessy across from Glen Canyon Park. Geologists assessed the hillside for potential rockslides, and recommended that loose rocks near the top be knocked away Work crews began knocking loose rock off of the hillside beginning on January 19.

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· Imposes fines on hosting platforms that list illegal or unregistered short-term rental (STR) units

· Requires quarterly reports of rental nights from hosts and hosting platforms

· Caps the number of allowable rental nights at 75 per year, hosted or unhosted, to discourage conversion of units to full-time STR use

· Allows ‘regular folks’ who may be directly impacted by illegal short-term rentals access to an effective enforcement alternative only if the City elects not to act on valid complaints

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