New report collects complaints
about San Francisco parks
By Brent Begin, Bay City News Service
February 13, 2007
SAN FRANCISCO (BCN) - Graffiti, trash and damaged facilities
are among the most common complaints of San Francisco's park system,
according to an independent report
The ParkScan.org 2006 year-end
review tabulated the concerns of over 1,600 park users and vandalism
was cited as the biggest issue, followed by the shoddy state of
fields, playgrounds, restrooms and athletic facilities.
The nonprofit agency running the survey relays the complaints
of park users to the Recreation and Parks Department, which can
then base its repairs on the complaints of residents.
"In the past, city residents relied on phoning or writing
to the city about problems, and often these did not reach the
right person to address the problem," said Alfredo Pedroza,
Parkscan.org technical outreach coordinator. "Now, the city
has a paper trail via the Internet, and the correct staff person
can be reached within minutes."
A listing of the parks surveyed and the playgrounds that received
the worst ratings can be found in the report.
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