EDIT NOTE: A previous version of this article included an incorrect meeting date. This meeting will happen on Wednesday.
Neighbor Erin Veneziano is spearheading an effort to reduce crime and unpleasantness at the glamorous Coleridge Mini-Park by adding more lights and improving the infrastructure. There’s a meeting about this Wednesday, February 4, at 6 pm at the mini-park, and Neighbor Erin tells Bernalwood why Esmeraldans should attend:
Here’s the poster I’ll be distributing to our neighbors. This is a last ditch effort (lots of badgering and follow-up) to get additional lighting installed in a critical part of the Emseralda corridor.
The original meeting was with PG&E, SF Parks and Rec, and DPT; it was more like a 3 Stooges skit with all three pointing at the other and claiming to not have any jurisdiction over the park. My wife and I have kept contact with the city officials and through many email exchanges, photos, and personal accounts, we have finally agreed on having the SF Park and Rec representative come out after hours and during the evening to see how the pocket of darkness in the park allows crime to fester. With that said, they’ve already performed a cursory “lighting survey” and have attempted to placate our efforts by installing new park signs (with curfew information) and have trimmed trees to show that they are trying to help (but not solve) this issue.
I strongly believe that if we have a good crowd of neighbors that can share their experiences that we can assert this as a priority for the health of our community.
Got that? Citizens of Esmeralda: You know what to do.
Wednesday, Feb 4, 6 pm, Coleridge Mini Park.
PHOTO: Neighbor Erin
2 thoughts on “People of Esmeralda: Wednesday Meeting to Upgrade Coleridge Mini-Park Needs You (Corrected)”
When we heard from neighbors that the city employees concluded that lighting was “adequate” without ever seeing the place at night it just made me chuckle. Very bad PR for those bureaucrats…
I see nothing wrong with more lighting, but is it actually going to help with petty crime? I couldn’t find anything clear regarding parks after a quick search, but it sounds like streetlights don’t tend to help:
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