Potrero Gateway Park Steering Committe
Seeing how a Caltrans right-of-way at 18th and Utah could be transformed from a graffiti pocked- glass and needle filled sand pit into a garden of drought resistant native California plants by a group of motivated neighbors – Jean is inspired to work with motivated neighbors in The Rectangle to bring it to a more beautiful- safer and useable state.
J.R. has lived in San Francisco since 2007. He and his wife- Kate- have lived on Utah Street since 2010. He views the 17th Street underpass as a gateway to Potrero Hill for those travelling on foot or by bike- and wants to make the experience of walking the neighborhood as safe and friendly as possible.
Sheldon and his husband Jeff bought their home on Mariposa and San Bruno in 2001. They love living in this area of town because of its proximity to downtown- the airport- parks for their two children- and the great restaurants. When they bought their home the 101 freeway could be heard but not seen as it was hidden by tall pines and bushes. Over the years the foliage has been removed- leaving a barren- garbage-littered hill with full view of the freeway and much louder noise pollution. Sheldon is excited about the possibility of revitalizing this area to make it a beautiful nature-filled area that is both useable and safe.
Dianne has been a resident of Potrero Hill since 2009 and San Francisco since 1997. She loves the views- sunny weather and open space- while having easy access to Downtown and the Mission. Reviving the Loop and 17th St corridor will help not just the immediate area- but have a positive impact on the surrounding neighborhoods that are connected by this neglected region. Look forward to making it a great experience for walkers- bikers- and everyone who passes through.
Beginning his 10th year as a Potrero Hill resident – Steven enjoys the views and the feeling of being on a peaceful “island” in the midst of a vibrant city. He enjoys urban hikes to discover beautiful and interesting spaces. He would like to contribute to the creation of another one in our neighborhood to build community and a better local environment for all who pass this way.
Michael is Vermont Street Resident with a studio on Bryant Street where he practices his art. He sees the opportunity for creating an exciting urban park on the Caltrans right-of-way along Vermont-17th and San Bruno. Michael is responsible for the chainlink art that graces Vermont, the latest is Eco-Patch
Will moved to San Francisco from Toronto-Canada in 1999 and never looked back. A veteran in the biotechnology field of 24 years – his primary areas of focus include clinical operations and outsourcing under research and development. He participated in the AIDS Walk San Francisco and raised money for 13 straight years. He enjoys traveling/ gardening/ cooking and movies.
Daniel looks forward to supporting the Potrero Gateway Park project through construction to provide better connections between Potrero Hill and the Mission while improving safety for pedestrians and bicyclist on 17th Street and adjacent side streets. He moved to Potrero and 17th in 2017.
The COVID-19 pandemic is not showing any signs of relief, which means it is now more important than ever to protect and expand our outdoor spaces. Despite these external challenges, I am excited to work with the Potrero Gateway Park steering committee and our community members to tackle the urgent outdoor safety and greening needs of our very special slice of San Francisco.