SF parks get new funds to "clean up homeless encampments" FWD

Tom Boland (wgcp@earthlink.net)
Mon, 18 May 1998 14:04:42 -0700 (PDT)


http://www.sfgate.com:80/cgi-bin/article.cgi?file=/chronicle/archive/1998/05/13/
MN57374.DTL
FWD  San Francisco Chronicle - Wednesday, May 13, 1998


     S.F. RESIDENTS WANT CLEAN, SAFE PARKS


Clean. Safe. Fun. Beautiful.

These four words best describe the way San Francisco's public parks ought
to be, according to authors of a report released yesterday by a coalition
of 200 politicians, business leaders, philanthropists and others.

``It sounds simple,'' Isabel Wade and Anne Halstead wrote in the report by
the Parks Task Force. ``But to maintain our lovely landscapes . . . we need
healthy lawns and fields, outstanding care for our trees, restored flower
beds, attractive, state-of-the-art recreation centers (and) public art that
enhances the natural environment.''

Mayor Willie Brown and acting parks chief Joel Robinson both applauded the
task force's findings, which were released at a gathering of more than 100
people.

In fact, Brown said, he has taken some of the findings of this report and
several other studies to heart, increasing the upcoming parks budget by
more than $4 million.

The extra money, Robinson said, will help fix broken toilets, clean up
homeless encampments, paint over graffiti, and fix other immediate problems
plaguing public parks.

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