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Causes: Citizen Participation, Environment, Parks & Playgrounds

Mission: Neighborhood Parks Council (NPC) advocates for a superior, equitable and sustainable park and recreation system. NPC provides leadership and support to park users through community-driven stewardship, education, planning and research.

Results: PARKSCAN: NPC actively campaigns for more gardeners in our parks in order to improve the standard of upkeep and meet the expectations of residents for clean, safe and beautiful parks. To assist the city in fulfilling this goal, and to facilitate communication between park groups and the city agencies that maintain our parks, ParkScan is a web site that allows groups or individuals to observe conditions in their park on a regular basis, and to communicate maintenance needs directly to the Recreation and Park Department. PARK ADVOCACY: NPC is dedicated to improving civic commitment to parks and filling the gaps in our open space system so that every neighborhood has the parks and playgrounds it needs and deserves. We organize our coalition members to attend budget meetings and other hearings on park topics, to sponsor election debates to ensure that all candidates understand how important parks are to San Franciscans, and to meet with elected officials to highlight the need for park resources, good park management and planning. BLUE GREENWAY: The eastern neighborhoods of San Francisco are the most notably deficient in green space. Working with a coalition of public agencies, community organizations and individuals, NPC is proposing the Blue Greenway, a 13-mile waterfront trail along the Bay shoreline, which will complete San Francisco’s portion of the Bay Trail. The Blue Greenway will connect existing green spaces and add new ones to benefit the entire city, but especially the southeast section. OPEN SPACE 2100: Open Space San Francisco is a participatory initiative to develop a 100-year open space network vision that will complement San Francisco’s predicted growth and density.

Target demographics: San Francisco park users--all ages and backgrounds

Geographic areas served: San Francisco, National

Programs: Playground Initiative, Playfields Stewardship Initiative, Blue Greenway, Open Space 2100, ParkScan, Park Advocacy, Park Group Support

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Community Stories

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Talk about great organization! At all of the NPC events that I have attended, the food was superb, the venue was well organized, and incredible hospitality! It amazes me how their employees are always gracious to those attending their events, but it is the NPC that deserves all of our thanks. Thank you for taking care of our parks and genuinely caring about your organization & the SF community! Thank you

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

NPC is the heart and soul of San Francisco's park movement, encouraging citizens to take better care of their parks and influencing the local government's allocation of funds for park improvements and open space preservation. The organization recently partnered with the city to introduce the new online tool, parkscan.org, where anyone can report an issue they see in a SF park (broken swing, missing playground components, graffiti). pretty cool. NPC is the driving force behind hundreds of park groups throughout the city- its such a great organization and I love being an intern for such a great non-profit

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

NPC is a great nonprofit and huge asset to San Francisco. if you are looking for an organization to intern for I highly recommend NPC. The work they do through ParkScan has really improved city parks, and has made real and lasting improvements to open space in the city. knowledgeable, fun loving and very professional staff!

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Volunteer

Rating: 4

This is a vital organization for the city of San Francisco. Anybody who has enjoyed a park in this city has NPC to thank for it. They are a public organization that helps move the political bureaucracy along. On top of all that they do, they manage an invaluable website, parkscan.org, in which you can send in specific problems or praise at specific parks. They respond very quickly to your inquiry. Great stuff!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The NPC staff are a great bunch of down to earth people who really want to see the parks of San Francisco improved for everyone. Without their help our forgotten park would still be often ignored or skipped when it came to funding. I look forward to a great partnership and continued success for all the parks in this great city. Keep up the great work!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Neighborhood Parks Council plays a critical role in helping neighborhood and community activists preserve and improve our parks and playgrounds. When we started a few families in our neighborhood joined together to try to build a new, safe playground to serve the many children in our area, NPC helped us get started, identify goals, figure out where to look for funding and infrastructure support, raise money, manage our finances, navigate the City's agencies and processes, oversee the construction process, and make sure that both the process and end result would meet our community's needs. In doing so, NPC respected and supported the grassroots nature of our effort, and helped us to make the experience of building a brand new playground an empowering one. NPC knows how to navigate the City's halls of power, but is always willing to stand with grassroots parks activists to make sure our voices are heard. Even in tough budgetary times, NPC has made sure to protect, preserve, and improve San Francisco's parkland. It is indispensable for anyone who cares about quality city parks.