San Francisco Neighborhood Parks Council (NPC), the umbrella organization for both the Friends of Dolores Park Playground and Dolores Park Works is planning to combine forces with San Francisco Parks Trust (SFPT). Though both organizations are strong neighborhood park advocates, NPC seems to have excelled in grassroots support and fiscal guidance for local “Friends of the Parks” groups. Moreover, NPC has earned a solid reputation for tireless advocacy for a better park system for all San Franciscans. Since 1996, NPC has established itself as San Francisco’s premier park advocacy authority, representing more than 100 park groups, over 50 strategic partner organizations, and 4,000+ park volunteers.
The older of the two, SFPT was founded in 1971 with a $50,000 grant from developer and philanthropist, Walter Shorenstein. This now 40 year old non-profit is best know for it’s work to restore Golden Gate Park. In 2003 they rebuilt the Conservatory of Flowers, in 2007 they took on the Children’s Playground. The Parks Trust is also credited with helping to launch City Fields Foundation, an ongoing project that has built lighted, year-round-play fields throughout the City.
The promise is to preserve the strength and talents of both organizations as we move forward. Here is their jointly released Green Paper.