Keep San Francisco Beautiful 

One could think that San Francisco doesn’t need an organization touting the city’s beauty(especially after this past weekend’s perfect weather), but in fact such an establishment has been at work for 60 years.

It was in 1947 that San Francisco Beautiful got its start with an important, difficult, and eventually spectacularly successful campaign to save the cable cars. Over the years, this expanding nonprofit took on many more causes, acknowledging contributions to the city’s look and ambience with its coveted Beautification Awards. This year’s awards will be given out at a City Hall dinner Oct. 18. They are:

Palace of Fine Arts Lagoon Restoration. The fencing around the lagoon, obstructing the view for months is now gone, replaced with low stone walls and native landscaping around the clean and clear lagoon. This is the first phase of the Palace complex’s long-needed rehabilitation.

Mt. Sutro Native Plant Garden and Trail Network. Volunteers have restored a network of WPA-era pathways and are maintaining a native plant garden on the top of Mount Sutro.

Kid Serve Youth Murals. Josef Norris, the founder and director of this youth arts organization, worked with students at Gateway Charter High School to create a mosaic mural memorial, "A Sign of Hope," on the school’s Geary Boulevard façade.

24th Street Mini-Park. Neighborhood residents have worked with the Recreation & Park Department to turn an abandoned lot in the Mission District’s commercial corridor into a colorful playground filled with climbing structures, fountains and seating areas.

San Francisco Airport Gateway Garden. A veritable redwood forest now stands as a gateway garden to SFO.

Additionally, the Friedel Klussmann Award goes to Victoria Manolo Draves Park and the Bessie Carmichael School; and the Robert C. Friese Award for Neighborhood Conservation to Friends of Duboce Park and the Duboce Triangle Neighborhood Association.

The theme for this year’s awards is "Lasting Urban Beauty: the Challenge of Keeping San Francisco Beautiful," and the award dinner is expected to bring together community leaders, activists and philanthropists invested in the cause.

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