San Francisco Public Works, working together with the Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association and District 8 Supervisor Rafael Mandelman’s office, is excited this winter to bring to fruition the Noe Street bulb-out restoration project – and plant 30 trees, enhancing an already lush neighborhood garden milieu. The product: safer sidewalks and a more robust urban forest.
Our urban forestry inspectors, landscaping crews and cement masons have been delighted to work closely with area residents to plant more young street trees in Duboce Triangle – including Coast Live Oak, Hollyleaf cherry, Sweetshade, and the native California Buckeye to name a few – and complete the tree basin restoration and sidewalk safety project in February.
Public Works cement masons set out last fall redesigning brick bulb-outs and replacing uplifted sidewalks around giant Evergreen Ash that had outgrown their tree basins along Noe Street, between Market and 14th streets. The effort complemented Public Works’ recent greening and sidewalk safety improvements at Elgin Park, along 16th Street and along Upper Market.
Under the leadership of newly appointed Public Works Director Carla Short; Bureau of Urban Forestry, acting Superintendent Nicholas Crawford, and Assistant Superintendent Marianna Williams, Public Works collaborated with residents who advocated for restoring historic brick sidewalk “parklet” accents, sourcing replacement masonry from Treasure Island where it had been stored after removals from other neighborhood projects.
“It’s spectacular and long overdue,” said Crawford, who also worked closely with residents to develop a volunteer young tree watering program. He extoled the joint effort as an example of Public Works successfully partnering with neighbors to maximize the City’s limited planting resources.
While other neighborhoods like the Tenderloin, the South of Market, and Bayview-Hunters Point have much smaller tree canopies and need new tree plantings, the Duboce Triangle neighborhood experienced tree removals of dead and hazardous trees through the StreetTreeSF maintenance program which created a need for replacement trees. None of this would have been possible without the support of Supervisor Mandelman and the residents of District 8 who continue to support StreetTreeSF’s mission to maintain and protect San Francisco’s urban forest – and Public Works’ broader greening and cleaning efforts.
Public Works looks forward to seeing you all on Feb. 10 for the next Love Our City Neighborhood Beautification Day, when volunteers will join Bureau of Urban Forestry landscape crews and Public Works’ Community Engagement Bureau as we plant new trees, remove weeds, litter and graffiti, and spruce up sidewalk gardens throughout District 8. The kickoff will begin at 8:30 a.m. at James Lick Middle School, 4161-25th St. To volunteer, please visit the Love Our City registration page at https://www.mobilize.us/sanfrancisco/event/563840/.