|Wm Hammond Hall - First Annual RPD|
McLaren Lodge, San Francisco: Today, the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department Commission, the SF Parks Trust, and Laborers' International Union, Local 261 kicked off the Annual William Hammond Hall celebration for City Gardeners.
At the event DOE Chief/Interim SFRPD GM Jared Blumenfeld introduced Karen Kidwell, Executive Director of the SF Parks Trust who spoke about our parks and William Hammond Hall. Commission President Jim Lazarus spoke about the Commission action (RES. NO. 0711-011) which lead to the establishment of the event while Commissioner Tom Harrison addressed the crowd regarding the profession and the commitment of our gardening staff.
Deputy Director of the Department of Public Works Ed Reiskin attended to celebrate the selection of Deshelia Mixon, while our new Recreation and Parks Department GM Phil Ginsburg spoke at length about his vision for the Department and his eagerness top begin working with the Gardeners and all of the stakeholders for years to come.
Local 261 Business Manager Oscar De La Torre thanked the Parks Trust, all of the recipients, membership, and Department representatives for attending while expressing gratitude to our Mayor's Office and Mayor Gavin Newsom for initiating the joint Resolution found on the Award itself.
Special thanks to Commission liaison Margaret McArthur and RPD's Marvin Yee for outstanding efforts which ensured a successful initial event!