Community Outreach

Here is a summary of the GBD community outreach efforts conducted to date. These public meetings and workshops focused on building awareness of and soliciting feedback on the concept of a Green Benefit District in the Dogpatch and Potrero neighborhoods. As many stakeholders as possible have been involved in this bottom-up process of creating the GBD, from neighbors to community groups to property and business owners, to local elected officials and others. If you would like to learn more about these past events and workshops, and/or future events in which to get involved, please contact us and we'd be glad to fill you in!

  • Feb 1 2013 – GBD Public Neighborhood Walking Tour

  • Mar 30 2013 - GBD Public Workshop 1A, Neighborhood House, 953 De Haro St.

  • Apr 6 2013 – GBD Public Workshop 1B, Rickshaw Bagworks, 904 22nd St.

  • Apr 2013 – Green Experts Focus Group, Neighborhood House, 953 De Haro St.

  • Spring 2013 – GBD Green Spaces Survey conducted in Dogpatch & Potrero Neighborhoods*

  • Summer 2013 – Park Stewards Survey of existing stewardship groups to identify needs and budgets on site-by-site basis.

  • Oct 14 2013 – Green Vision Public Charrette**

  • Oct 26 2013 – GBD Public Workshop 2A, The Workshop Residence, 833 22nd St

  • Oct 28 2013 - GBD Public Workshop 2B, Slovenian Hall, 2101 Mariposa St

  • Oct 29 2013 – GBD presentation at Potrero Boosters Meeting, The Neighborhood House, 953 De Haro St

  • Nov 11 2013 – GBD presentation at Potrero-Dogpatch Merchants Association (PDMA), Goat Hill Pizza, 300 Connecticut St

  • Nov 11 2013 – GBD presentation at Dogpatch Neighborhood Association (DNA) meeting, UCSF, 654 Minnesota St

  • Nov 16 2013 - GBD Public Workshop 3, Rickshaw Bagworks, 904 22nd St

  • Nov 18 2013 – GBD presentation at Mariposa Utah Vermont Neighborhood Association (MUNA) Meeting

  • May 7, 20 14 – GBD Presentation at ULI Healthy Places Exchange, San Francisco


*Details on Green Spaces Survey Outreach

In the spring of 2013, the Formation Committee distributed online and paper versions of a Green Spaces Survey, asking neighbors to share how they use green space in the neighborhood, as well as their opinions and priorities for potential services of the Dogpatch & NWPH GBD. Distribution of the survey is outlined below:

  • The survey was available in hard copy and online in English, Spanish, and Chinese.
  • Hard copies were available at three neighborhood locations with signs (Rickshaw Bagworks, NABE, and Christopher’s Books).
  • A notice (in English, Spanish, and Chinese) was mailed to every address in the study area (approximately 4,950), using the City Assessor’s data, announcing the survey with a link to the online survey, the locations of the hard copy surveys, and a phone number to call for help if neither of these options accommodated their needs.
  • 1/2 page advertisement ran in the May edition of the Potrero View with survey link URL and locations of the hard copy surveys.
  • Easels were placed on the sidewalk at 4 locations with flyers that had the link URL and hard copy pick up locations.
  • Formation Committee members posted and passed out flyers, and notified their respective networks and membership lists: HOA message boards and email lists, school parents email groups, Potrero Boosters email list, Dogpatch Neighborhood Association (DNA) email list, Mariposa Utah Neighborhood Association (MUNA) email list, Progress Park email list and Facebook page, etc.
  • The survey was announced repeatedly on the social networking sites: NextDoor-Dogpatch and NextDoor-Potrero Hill .
  • The survey was announced in Supervisor Malia Cohen’s May E-Newsletter.
  • A link was posted on the Dogpatch & NWPH GBD website
  • Blogs posts articles with survey link throughout the survey period:

** Details on Green Vision Charrette

The Formation Committee also conducted a “Green Vision Charrette” on Monday, October 14th, 2013 to explore potential future capital projects for the GBD. This focused on green infrastructure and Eco-District projects. Community members, professional landscape designers with experience in green infrastructure, and SF Planning’s director of a new “Eco-Districts” program met and discussed potential improvements in focused areas using maps and sharing experiences. They identified needs for specific streetscapes, intersections, open spaces, parks, and gardens. Particular attention was given to rainwater capture and permeable sidewalks, enhancing local beauty and ecology, and improving public health and safety. The outcome of that charrette process was presented in the subsequent workshops, and can be found in the Green Vision Plan, a supporting document that outlines potential future projects for the GBD.