This page provides some basic information and links to resources in the Portola neighborhood. For those new to the area or researching for a visit, the following gives you a good idea of what is locally accessible. If you feel there are items missing from this page, please contact us at [email protected] so we correct this.
The Portola Neighborhood Steering Committee (PNSC) is a group of neighborhood merchants, property owners, and residents who have come together to coordinate efforts for improving San Bruno Avenue and the Portola neighborhood. The PNSC recently produced A Night in The Portola, an evening of fun, food and fire on San Bruno Avenue. For information, contact Robert Ramirez, PNSC Program Manager,415-574-9170 [email protected], 9 Silliman, Suite B, SF 94134
Opened in 1927 as a Deposit Station, the Portola Branch library was the 14th branch established in the San Francisco Public Library System. Previously located in leased sites on San Bruno Avenue, the Portola Branch opened in its permanent building at 380 Bacon Street (at Goettingen Street) on February 28, 2009. The 6,300 Square foot library features a north-facing view garden, natural lighting from skylights, and a stunning glass-shutter public art work by Dana Zed.
Portola Family Connections has since 1993 worked with residents to provide family support, community building, organizing, address neighborhood concerns, and develop concrete solutions. They strongly believe that the role of parents and caregivers is that of leaders, visionaries, advisors, and facilitators their philosophy is that “our programs are for the community, by the community, and of the community.”
North East Medical Services (NEMS) is a non-profit community health center serving the medically underserved populations of the San Francisco Bay Area and is located at 2574 San Bruno Ave. With over 38 years of experience, NEMS is one of the largest health centers serving Asians in the United States.
Schools and Education
The San Francisco School is an independent, coeducational day school located at 300 Gaven St. Founded in 1966, the school is an established, vibrant educational community with a multicultural enrollment of 270 students, an experienced and dedicated faculty, and supportive and involved parents. Suitably characterized by a parent as “an urban school with a village atmosphere,” the school embraces San Francisco’s ethnic, cultural, and economic diversity. Their progressive approach to education encourages children to develop self-reliance, solid academic skills, integrity, and a sense of social values.
Cornerstone Academy has three schools in San Francisco, its Silver Campus which caters for preschool to grade 4 is located at 801 Silver Avenue. From its founding over 35 years ago as Little Lights Preschool to its current state as pre-K to 12 school, the goal of Cornerstone Academy has always been to provide a safe and loving learning environment for students to develop as total persons – intellectually, socially, physically, and spiritually. Their academic program emphasizes the mastery of reading, writing, oral communication, math and the cognitive skills as well as the disciplines of science, history, social studies, music, art, and physical education. On the spiritual side, they seek to help each student grow and develop in knowledge and appreciation of Christian principles, develop positive relationships with others, and improve confidence and self-esteem.
Hillcrest elementary school is a safe, happy multilingual and multicultural school located at the crest of Silver Avenue between the Portola and Excelsior districts. They have one of the most beautiful elementary schools in the city with a gymnasium, auditorium, cafeteria, gorgeous library and a school garden. The school serves children from kindergarten through to 5th grade.
E.R. Taylor is a unique school located in a quiet neighborhood in the southeast section of San Francisco with a variety of programs to support student achievement. The school consists of Pre-K-5th grade classes with English Learner Development, Spanish Bilingual, and Chinese Bilingual classrooms available. In addition there is a Healthy Start program that provides family support services to help our parents/guardians support their children to reach their potential.
Parks and Recreation
John McLaren Park, bordering the South East side of the Portola, is a wonderland disguised as a small green patch on any map of San Francisco has provided the curious what anyone might think is the impossible in an urban setting as crowded, dynamic and progressive as San Francisco. Peaceful rolling hills and meadows, spectacular vistas, inspiring sunrises and sunsets that invite many of life’s forms to reminisce and experience what was….what still can be…what is in their park.
Palega Rec Center at Portola Park is located in the middle of Sillman, Hamilton, Felton and Somerset, features two baseball fields and tennis courts, a basketball court, and a large playground with climbing structures and sand that is usually bustling with activity. The big fields are perfect for running/exercise, playing catch, or a pick up game of your choice. In 2012 it is about to undergo a dramatic transformation as the city spends over $20 million dollars in improvements.
The San Francisco Soccer Football League (SFSFL) is headquartered in our neighborhood and was first established in 1902. It is recognized as the most cohesive and best competitive adult amateur league in the bay area and Northern California. In 2012 it is entering its 110th year and is currently made up of over 40 clubs who have made a commitment to providing high quality soccer in their local community.
Burrows Pilot Park under construction at the dead end of Burrows Street at San Bruno Avenue will be The Portola’s newest green, gathering space. Slated for completion in 2012, it will offer a new shared outdoor space on our commercial corridor with a kiosk for posting neighborhood notices and activities, an art piece and a landscaped area for sitting and playing. We are calling it a “pilot” as there are 4 more dead ends on SBA that are under used and can be converted for community access.
Ingleside Police District and The Bayview Police Stations serve the Portola. The Ingleside Police hosts a community meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of every month. More information can be found on the Ingleside Police website. The Bayview Station community meeting is the first Tuesday of each month. More information can be found at : http://sf-police.org/index.aspx?page=798. The San Francisco Fire department also has a station within the neighborhood.
Station number 42 is located at 2430 San Bruno Avenue at Silver Avenue.
The neighborhood also resides in both San Francisco Districts 9 and 10. The current supervisor of District 9 is David Campos. The current supervisor of District 10 is Supervisor Malia Cohen.
The Portola enjoys uncharacteristically sunny weather for San Francisco and is home to many avid amateur and award winning gardeners. It also is known for its gardens and once a year the Portola Garden Tour opens up private gardens to the public. The 2012 garden tour will be Saturday, September 29th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information, contact Ruth Wallace [email protected]