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Hidden Garden Steps Wins Neighborhood Empowerment Network Award

The Hidden Garden Steps is among 14 projects in San Francisco to be honored with a NEN (Neighborhood Empowerment Network) Award in City Hall on Wednesday, January 27, 2016 starting at 6 pm. Reservations to attend this free event can be made at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/nen-awards-tickets-18894018518, and we’re hoping to see as many members of our community of support there as possible.

NEN_Logo“It’s been an amazing nomination process over the last few months and so many deserving people and organizations were submitted for consideration,” NEN representatives noted in their announcement this week.

“NEN awards is a partnership between the Neighborhood Empowerment Network and the Community Challenge Grant Program of the City and County of San Francisco to produce an annual celebration in honor of the individuals and organizations that take an active role in improving our neighborhoods,” the formal Awards Ceremony site shows.

“For many years, individuals and organizations have invested valuable time and energy to help improve the communities & neighborhoods of the City and County of San Francisco. The Neighborhood Empowerment Network and the Community Challenge Grant want to turn the spotlight onto these committed stakeholders by dedicating an evening celebration for their work. The NEN wards will be an evening reception that will elevate and celebrate the people who have made our neighborhoods better places to live. The awards will be given out by various City agencies. The evening will also include a presentation on the work of the recipients of last year’s Community Challenge Grants and an announcement of the recipients of this year’s grants.”

NEN_Logo[2]Award categories and winners include:

Best Community Green Project: The Euclid Gardens Expansion Project

Best Neighborhood Watch Group: 500-700 Block of San Bruno Neighborhood Watch Group

NERT Leadership Award: Sylvia Borgonovo

Most Empowering City Employee of the Year Award: Captain Joseph McFadden

Youth Neighborhood Leader Award: Joshua Cardenas

Best Graffiti Watch Volunteer Award: Kappa Sigma Fraternity Pi-Upsilon Chapter

Comeback Neighborhood of the Year: Cayuga Terrace

Best Merchant Association/CBD: Outer Mission Merchants and Residents Association

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Section of Hidden Garden Steps After Recent Clean-up

Best Community Challenge Grant Project: Hidden Garden Steps

Outstanding Park Volunteer Group: Friends of North Beach/Joe DiMaggio Playground

NEN Lifetime Achievement Award: Joelle Kenealy

NEN Hall of Fame: Rosario Anaya

Best Community Building Event: Art Night SF

Invest in Neighborhood Project Grant: Bayview Opera House’s Winter Wonderland

For more information about the Hidden Garden Steps (located on 16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco’s Inner Sunset District), please visit our blog and website.

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Hidden Garden Steps “From Vision to Reality”: Monday, July 28, 2014, 7 pm

Hidden Garden Steps project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher will join organizing committee members and other project volunteers on Monday, July 28, 2014 beginning at 7 pm for “From Vision to Reality,” a panel discussion sponsored by S.H.A.R.P. (Sunset Heights Association of Responsible People).

Sharp--LogoThe session, in S.H.A.R.P.’s community meeting room (1736 9th Avenue, near Moraga Street in San Francisco’s Inner Sunset District), will include a brief virtual photographic tour of the site and include plenty of time for interactions with audience members interested in knowing how large- and small-scale community collaborations are organized for success.

Ribbon-cutting ceremony on the Steps (December 7, 2013)

Ribbon-cutting ceremony on the Steps (December 7, 2013)

Although only open since December 2013, the Hidden Garden Steps site on 16th Avenue between Kirkham and Lawton streets has joined the 16th Avenue Tiled Steps (Moraga Street, between 15th and 16th avenues) as a neighborhood landmark attracting visitors from around the world. Four years ago, success for the Hidden Garden Steps was hardly assured. Neighbors, a variety of organizations, local government representatives, and more than 600 individual donors came together with discipline, perseverance, and the faith required to make it happen.

To learn how the artists and these dedicated volunteers turned an attractive idea into a beautiful reality–and how others can engage in similar “tactical urbanism” endeavors to benefit our community, please join us at the event. In addition to the artists, panelists include steps organizing committee members Sherry Boschert and Licia Wells, and garden volunteer Connie Ngarangad. Steps organizing committee member Paul Signorelli will serve as moderator.

For more information, please visit the S.H.A.R.P. website at http://sharpsf.com/index.html.