McLaren Park in running for renovation grant 

This makeover will need a little more than a touch of makeup and a new dress.

San Francisco’s sprawling McLaren Park is competing with nine other parks nationwide for a $30,000 Sears More Green Across America “makeover grant” this week – and needs your vote.

The Sears website describes McLaren Park as “one of the largest and most treasured parks in San Francisco,” but states that “parts of the park are in clear need of beautification and renovation.”

The grant would go toward renovating the Burrows and Gambier Street entrance to the park, which the website describes as “one of the glaring examples of deterioration.” The site is depicted as a scene of patchy grass, little landscaping, and a dirty sand pit used primarily by dogs for a bathroom.

The park that garners the most votes on this site will win the contest, but it looks like bedraggled McLaren has far to go: of the 10 parks, it’s currently ranked seventh, with just 450 votes, compared to Fun Forest in Chesapeake, Va., which has 23,262 votes so far.

But there’s still time: the contest ends on May 5.

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