Supervisor Carmen Chu: Greening the Sunset District

As residents of the Sunset, we are lucky to be bordered by the greenery and scenery of Golden Gate Park, Stern Grove and Ocean Beach. Another asset to our neighborhood is the stretch of greenery along Sunset Boulevard. Our office has held several community cleanups along Sunset Boulevard's walking paths and we continue to work with the SF Department of Public Works to improve and enhance this corridor.

We are happy to announce that our office recently helped the Department of Public Works secure a $100,000 grant from American Express to plant about 1,000 new trees along Sunset Boulevard. As the existing trees on this stretch near the end of their life span, it is important that we start planting new trees now to maintain our greenery so that our community can enjoy Sunset Boulevard for generations to come.

On Sept. 24, Public Works crews began planting the initial trees at Wawona Street and Sunset Boulevard. Their efforts will continue for the next several months.

Friends of the Urban Forest Sunset Tree Planting Day
The Sunset has an exciting event coming up on Saturday, Oct. 18, called Dig It! - which will be the Sunset's largest greening event this year.

In partnership with Friends of the Urban Forest, Neighborhood Parks Council and Timberland, our office will be engaging 400 volunteers to plant between 100 and 200 trees throughout the Sunset and also work on a synchronized greening project at an Outer Sunset park or school.

Although the application period to request free trees has already passed, we are still encouraging neighbors to come out and help with the plantings and volunteer to clean up a playground.

Dig It! will be one of the largest community events in San Francisco this year. Breakfast will be provided at each meeting location. At the end of the work day, all volunteers will reconvene at one park location for a celebration that will include lunch, guest speakers and prizes. The first 400 volunteers will receive a free ticket to a concert that evening and a special Timberland T-shirt commemorating the achievement of the day.

The opening rally will take place at West Sunset Playground (39th Avenue and Ortega Street), at 8 a.m.

If you have any further questions regarding this event, please contact our office at (415) 554-7460 or e-mail chustaff@sfgov.org.

District Office Hours
I am holding district office hours on Thursday, Oct. 30, between 6 and 7 p.m., at Celia's Mexican Restaurant, located at 4019 Judah St. (between 45th and 46th avenues).

Stop by to share suggestions or to say hello.

Carmen Chu is a San Francisco supervisor representing District 4.