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Portola Receives Two S.F. Beautiful Awards!

The impressive amount of community work being done in the neighborhood has received some larger citywide recognition at the 2017 S.F. Beautiful Awards. S.F. Beautiful is a non-profit that dates back to 1947 and advocates for beautification and the preservation of S.F.’s character. Over the years the group has managed to save the cable cars from removal and bringing art to Muni buses most recently.

Of the 21 awards handed out in recognition of beautification efforts going on around the city, one was awarded to the Avenue Theater and the other to a very dedicated Portolan.  A third award was also given to a group in neighboring Excelsior for their work transforming a neglected public space. Check out the winners below with a quick write-up from S.F. Beautiful on why these are so deserving. Congratulations to all three and thank you!

Unsung Hero Award: Chuck Farrugia

Chuck Farrugia has, for many years, been a tireless volunteer advocate and promoter for McLaren Park. He has worked to secure donations and has coordinated improvements including the fountain installation on Gambier. – S.F. Beautiful 

Find out more about Chuck’s group, Help McLaren Park here. Join Chuck’s email list to stay in the know on everything happening in the park.

Renovation Award: The Avenue Theater & P.N.A.

The Avenue Theater has been the literal and figurative heart of the Portola for more than 90 years. It sits in the geographical center of the neighborhood’s commercial corridor and is the tallest and most notable building around. Despite that, it has spent the last thirty plus years decaying and in disrepair. Over the past several years the PNA worked with the City and the property owner to form an agreement that would lead to the renovation of the historic facade and the relighting of the theater’s classic neon lights. The PNA fought for and won grant funding for the project, and struck an agreement with the owner that they would fix the facade in exchange for an extremely generous lease on the empty retail space on the ground floor of the theater. Over the past six months, the PNA has worked with electricians, painters, neon benders and many others to create a project that honors the history of the building and has attracted an ice cream shop to the empty retail space. For the first time in more than 30 years, the community can see the theater and the street lit up once more. The Portola Neighborhood Association and its Corridor Manager Luke Spray have revived and activated the facade of the Portola’s Avenue Theater. – S.F. Beautiful

Learn all about the Avenue project here.

Activation Award: Friends Of Kenny Alley

The Kenny Alley Beautification Project is a multi-phased effort to revitalize and beautify the Kenny Alley Stairs, a small, passage located between a car lot and an apartment building on Mission Street in San Francisco’s Excelsior District. Friends of Kenny Alley have made significant improvements to the Kenny Alley stairs over the past 18 months, including neighborhood and community activation, public pathway improvements, working with local artists and students, and beautifying and greening a blighted and neglected public walkway. – S.F. Beautiful 

Learn more about the project and the group behind it here

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