Thursday, October 16, 2008

Quesada Gardens and Mayor honor founders this Saturday

USF freshman hear about the Founders' Memorial, while the vista is under construction, as part of their orientation to community service.

This Saturday, October 18th at 2pm, the Bayview community will dedicate the Quesada Gardens Founders’ Memorial, a new community-generated public space at Newhall and Quesada which crowns a hill above the Quesada Gardens' community mural.

A plaque, generously donated by Mayor Gavin Newsom, will be unveiled. The plaque acknowledges the community heroism of garden co-founders Karl Paige and Annette Smith, and recognizes the importance of community-building groups like the Quesada Gardens Initiative.

Volunteers and residents have been working hard for nearly a year to create what is an elegant sitting area overlooking the Quesada Garden, the Bayview neighborhood, and the San Francisco Bay. The memorial includes a bench and planters donated by Flora Grubb Nursery, and a rock garden created with help from DPW. Pro bono design services came from Bayview resident Steven Aiello, who lead construction with loads of help from other residents and volunteers from both Stanford University and University of San Francisco.

This is a special moment in the life of the Bayview community as we remember Karl who passed away just over a year ago, and celebrate Annette’s ongoing contributions. Everyone is invited to share in the community spirit that has transformed a challenged area of Bayview, and generated massive attention for the strength and potential coursing through this unique neighborhood.

Funding for all the recent work in the gardens comes from SF Department of the Environment, Kaiser Permanente, and California Pacific Medical Center.

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