Supervisor Carmen Chu: Community Updates

West Sunset Makeover Near Completion

I am excited to announce that Saturday, Sept. 10, at 11 a.m., marks the grand re-opening of West Sunset Playground and Ortega Branch Library. As a major community hub for Sunset District residents, West Sunset has served generations of families.
Located next to A.P. Giannini Middle School and the Ortega Branch Library, West Sunset Playground is one of the most heavily-used playgrounds on the west side of the City. Our office began working with community members in 2007 to have the outdated playground rebuilt.
Built in 1978, the playground saw its share of improvements that needed to be made and the aging structures were no longer serving the children in a safe way. The new playground will have an increased play area, and will also be updated to comply with federal Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) standards.
The design of the playground also takes into consideration public safety issues, and the new playground will be more visible from Ortega Street. The playground's surrounding courtyard area will also feature more seating areas to accommodate family activities. In addition to the playground, the courtyard leading to Ortega Branch Library is also undergoing a renovation to address safety issues caused by uneven pavement.
This rebuild project was the result of a huge collaborative effort between community members, including the Friends of West Sunset Playground (FOWSP), and the city's Recreation and Park and Public Works departments.
A group of parents who frequented West Sunset Playground with their children formed FOWSP in an effort to get the playground rebuilt. They worked for years to fundraise, organize playground clean-up events, and generate community awareness about the rebuild and maintenance of the playground. I would like to thank everyone who took time out of their busy days to ensure that many more generations of families can continue to enjoy West Sunset Playground.
If you are interested in learning more about how to get involved with FOWSP, visit the website at or e-mail

Ortega Branch Library
The new Ortega Branch Library was designed and managed by the Department of Public Works with input from the community beginning in 2003 after voters passed a bond measure in November 2000 to upgrade San Francisco's branch library system. The new and expanded library, going from 5,000 square feet to 9,000 square feet, will be seismically safe, closer to Ortega Street for added visibility and safety of patrons, will have approximately 40 percent more seats, more than 20 public computers, including laptops for lending at the library, designated teen and kids spaces, and an expanded library collection space. Through the public input process, neighbors expressed interest in a program room open to community members, and the new Ortega Branch includes a new program room that can be used by the community even after library hours.
The Friends of the San Francisco Public Library has been working in partnership with neighborhood residents and communities to raise funds, awareness and support for the Ortega Branch Library improvements. For more information on how to support the Ortega Library Campaign, please contact Mary Abler at (415) 626-7512, ext. 107, or send an e-mail to
Coupled with a newly renovated courtyard and rebuilt West Sunset Playground, West Sunset will soon be ready to welcome back the community.
I hope you will join us at this neighborhood celebration on Saturday, Sept. 10, from 11 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Upcoming Neighborhood Improvement Event
On Saturday, Sept. 24, the Department of Public Works will be holding the Community Clean Team/Gigantic 3 Recycling Event in the Sunset District. The Gigantic 3 program is a free bulky item drop-off service that allows residents to get rid of unwanted household items at various locations around the City. On Sept. 24, you can drop off items at the West Sunset Playground parking lot (Quintara Street between 40th and 41st avenues). Items that can be dropped off include mattresses, yard waste, furniture, appliances and electronics. Please be prepared to show proof of San Francisco residence. Residents only – no businesses.
Residents are encouraged to make an appointment to drop off their items by calling Sunset Scavenger at (415) 330-1300. For more information about the program, visit the website at
On the same day, our office will be working with the Department of Public Works to clean the Noriega business corridor, between 19th – 24th avenues and 30th – 33rd avenues. We will be picking up litter, doing graffiti paint out, sweeping and cleaning our streets. If you would like to volunteer, please contact our office for more information at or (415) 554-7460.
Supervisor Carmen Chu represents District 4.