The Green Turk and Lyon project flourishes with deep roots in the community and a history of green practices at St. Cyprian's Episcopal Church, located at the SE corner of Turk and Lyon for 50 years.
In 1999 the congregation helped plant street trees throughout the neighborhood and provided space for the lunch and celebration that followed. Four street trees were planted along Turk side of the church property, and landscaping was added along the exterior walls.
Community Plans for Green
Last October 18 St. Cyprian's invited North Panhandle, Alamo Square, and Haight neighbors to consider how the exterior appearance of the building could better reflect its own mission and help to visually enhance the neighborhood. Twenty neighbors at the Design Lab generated all sorts of great ideas:
- adoption of the name Cyprian's for our new performance venue
- design ideas for a new exterior sign
- color schemes for exterior painting
- design concepts for greening the sidewalks
USF Student Interns Develop Green PlanEarlier this year five student interns from nearby University of San Francisco spent several weeks researching how to make Turk and Lyon greener and more sustainable. They attended workshops, visited permeable sidewalk projects, and consulted with city staff and landscape designers. They determined permit fees, concrete removal costs, allowable dimensions for landscaping sidewalks, and a draft budget for the work. The students presented their findings to the community and congregation at a Wednesday Dinners at Cyprian's in April and to the USF community in May.
USF student interns leaving Green Turk and Lyon project site
Landscape Designer Shapes the Project
This spring James Munden, a North Panhandle neighbor and landscape designer, offered professional help to take the Green Turk and Lyon project to the next level with renderings of how green this corner could become. (See his work under "Design" on this site).
Pies to Parklets Fundraiser to Green Our Corner at Turk and Lyon
The next community action for a greener street corner is this fundraiser:
"Which do you like best when it comes to pies? Sweet or savory? Peach blueberry or green chile apple? Perhaps an organic pinot noir, a chocolate stout, or ecco organic coffee? Take your pick and help St. Cyprian’s make Turk and Lyon greener and more sustainable. Stop by our fundraiser May 25, pay at the door and get a coupon for a free treat at Chile Pies. Your donation will help transform the corner of Turk and Lyon into a mini-park with less concrete, more street trees, native plants, benches and bike racks. Pies, drinks, and a cheer for St. Cyprian’s member Michael Helquist, who will be honored as District 5’s Person of the Month by Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi. That’s a lot of goodness in one celebration -- hope you’ll be part of it."
Wednesday, May 25, 5:30 to 7:30 pm
Free treat with each $15-$20 donation
All proceeds will fund Green Turk and Lyon project