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Friends Summer 2014 Newsletter Now Online

News updates, photographs, and calls for volunteers are among the items included in the latest edition of the Friends of the Hidden Garden Steps quarterly newsletter, available on the Friends blog at

Visitors are approaching the Steps in numerous ways

Visitors are approaching the Steps in numerous ways

Originally created in early 2012 as a way to attract donors and other supporters to the Hidden Garden Steps project, the newsletter has evolved into a vehicle for providing a quarterly digest of how the Hidden Garden Steps site continues to grow as a community-supported resource that is increasingly attracting visitors from all over the world.

Among the latest updates is a brief report on efforts to begin a docent program on the Steps, located on 16th Avenue between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco’s Inner Sunset District. A four-part training course comprised of weekly 90-minute sessions is currently under development. Several members of the Hidden Garden Steps organizing committee continue to spend time on the Steps to informally answer visitors’ questions about the project, the 148-step ceramic-tile mosaic completed by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, the volunteer-maintained gardens, and how others can organize to bring volunteer-driven, community-based projects to fruition. New docents, upon completion of their training, will be asked to sign up for one one-hour shift each month on a Saturday or Sunday so we can expand the amount of time visitors find project representatives onsite.

To learn more about the docent program or to join a contact list for additional updates, please write to Paul Signorelli, one of the Steps volunteer site stewards under the auspices of the San Francisco Parks Alliance/San Francisco Department of Public Works Street Parks Program, at