San Francisco Recreation and Parks
August 22-24, 2014
Download the Project Fact Sheet for key information like directions, schedule, etc.
McLaren Park is one of the largest parks in San Francisco. Its 317 acres offer a diverse array of wildlife and animals, along with great views of the bay and San Francisco. The park borders several neighborhoods in the city, including Visitacion Valley, the Portola, the Excelsior, and Crocker-Amazon. The park has several miles of multi-use trails open to the public.
V-O-Cal volunteers will build a brand new trail along Visitacion to create a safe path into the park from the neighborhood, taking walkers off the street. The trail work will be primarily in the shade and the soil is sandy, so it will be pretty easy to move. While it will not be an official ADA designated trail, the trail will be 6 feet wide and adhere to ADA guidelines for grade for almost all of its length.
Level of Effort
Manual Labor: mixed
Camping is open to volunteers Friday and Saturday nights. Food is also provided for volunteers from breakfast Saturday through lunch Sunday. While camping is optional and participants are able to participate for one day, this will be a unique opportunity to relax after the work day and camp in a festive atmosphere with other volunteers. The Center Camp is located at: 20 John F. Shelley Drive below tennis courts
Carpooling, Public transportation and Parking
We encourage participants to carpool because of the large number of people and limited parking. If you need a ride, or have space in your car, please try and carpool. Parking for the project will be within a short walk of the campsite. Signs will direct you to parking when you reach the park.
Detailed directions to the parking area will be posted soon.
5pm - Registration and camping opens
7:30am - Registration, light breakfast, and lunch prep begin.
8am - Morning greeting, announcements, stretching and safety talk. Project begins.
12:30pm - Break for lunch on trail.
3:30pm - Head back to camp.
4pm - Drinks, appetizers and socializing. Showers available.
6:15pm - Dinner and entertainment.
8am - Registration, hot breakfast, and lunch prep.
8:30am - Morning greeting, announcements, stretching and safety talk. Project begins.
11:30am - Break for lunch on trail.
1:30pm - Head back to camp to pack gear and truck.
2pm - Celebrate the work and say goodbyes.
What to bring and wear
For your safety and protection from hazards, please be prepared with the following items:
- Water, sun hat, and sunscreen. You will NOT be allowed on the trail without a water container.
- Plates, utensils, coffee mug and a cup.
- Work Gloves (if you do not have work gloves V-O-Cal can provide a pair to use).
- Sturdy shoes or boots with tread. Working in sandals or open-toed shoes will not be permitted.
- Day pack to carry water and lunch.
- Insect repellent, allergy medicine, etc.
- A change of clothes for each work day and for lounging at camp to minimize the spread of poison oak.
- IF CAMPING: bring a tent, sleeping bag, folding chair, flashlight, and other camping gear. A coffee mug is also necessary. Also bring a change of clothes.
V-O-Cal provides all meals for volunteers from breakfast Saturday through lunch Sunday. Vegetarian options are available for all meals.
- Please bring your own reusable plates, coffee mug, cups and utensils. To minimize waste from our projects, we ask that you bring your own dishes. Hot water and soap are provided.
- A continental breakfast is served Saturday morning.
- Lunch is prepared before hitting the trails. You break for lunch on the trail around 12:30.
- Please arrive at camp by 7:40am to register, eat breakfast and prepare your lunch.
- Appetizers and beverages will be available at 4pm after the work day on Saturday. Dinner will follow at 6:15pm.
- Hot breakfast is served Sunday.
HYDRATION/SUN EXPOSURE: The work site is exposed and it may be HOT. Wear a sun hat! Please drink plenty of water throughout the work day. If you feel tired or weak, let your crew leader know and take a break.
POISON OAK: There is a risk of exposure to poison oak at at the work site. Have your crew leader point some out to you if you don't know what it looks like. Clean with Tecnu after the workday and be cautious when handling your dirty clothes.
SNAKES: Snakes are present on the property. Use caution when walking the trails and when picking items up off the ground.
TICKS: Ticks are always a hazard so it is important to check during and after the project.
SHARP TOOLS: Please listen to your crew leaders tool safety talk and observe proper tool use throughout the day.