SGI-USA San Francisco, California, Participates in Renovated Park Celebrations
On May 16, 2009, a reopening celebration was held for Franklin Square Park, a 5.6-acre park in San Francisco, California, USA, bordering the SGI-USA San Francisco Culture Center. Once considered one of the worst city parks in northern California, Franklin Square Park was renovated with $1.2 million in grant money from San Francisco City and months of planning and voluntary efforts of the neighborhood group Friends of Franklin Square Park.
The park now includes a large, modern and safe playground and a small playing field for team sports. SGI-USA's San Francisco Golden Gate Chorus, jazz pianist and SGI member Jeffrey Gaeto and SGI-USA youth performing group Short Plunger performed at the city's official reopening celebration for the park. Mayela Gutknecht and other SGI members living in the neighborhood belong to Friends of Franklin Square Park and were involved in the park clean-up and planning for the celebration. The local SGI-USA members will continue to participate in the ongoing care of the park.
[Adapted from an article in the June 12, 2009 issue of the World Tribune, SGI-USA; photos courtesy of Ben Cady]