McLaren Park Description
McLaren Park is the second largest park in the Rec&Park system (after Sharp Park in Pacifica) and it has rich grassland communities on its higher hills.
The Natural Areas Program manages McLaren’s Significant Natural Resource Areas, and neighborhood volunteers in the form of the Friends of McLaren Park work there monthly. The Yerba Buena Chapter of the California Native Plant Society also includes McLaren in its regular rotation of sites.
The principle management challenges at McLaren include — as they do everywhere in the City — controlling French broom, fennel, radish, and a wide variety of invasive annual grasses. Here is the management plan.
Regular Workparty Schedule
- 2nd Saturday of each month from 10:00 to 12:00
Regular Meeting Location
- Ampitheater -- [Map and Details]
Here are blog posts about the McLaren Park project — presented 2 at a time in reverse chronological order. Browse to earlier or later posts via the pagination controls below.
CNPS Workparty Feb 2008
We had a gorgeous day to work the rich grasslands on the south and southeast flanks of McLaren park:
The buckwheat and Johnny jumpups were particularly spectacular:
and the footsteps-of-spring were just appearing.
The main challenge today were the invasive English plantain (on the left, with buckwheat on the right):
and the hairy dandelion (here in isolation, but these guys will pack together to form a dense shag carpet of despair):
We came, we saw, we conquered!
2008-06-13 21:24:43 -0700, Redwoods said:
McLaren Park / Bernt’s Knoll has a great deal of potential it has beautiful views it is a great refuge, but it needs some volunteers to help with its maintenance.
2009-02-11 19:06:09 -0800, rcbakewell said:
Its Feb 09 and Footsteps of Spring are about – come on over and check them out.
2009-08-30 22:26:16 -0700, Chuck said:
Hi this is Chuck Farrugia from Help McLaren Park. Our group has organized a clean up work day and BBQ at Louis Sutter pond and playground on Sept 26th from 10 to 2 and I was wondering if you had a representative you would like to send to educate our volunteers/gardeners/children? I have met with RPD (Kristin) as well as McLaren Park gardeners concerning the project but I still have a few unanswered question I think you guys can help me with. Care to meet before the event? Please sent me an email at email@example.com