119 Photos - Jan 13, 2014
Photo: A visitor near the top of the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) on December 5, 2013--two days before the formal opening celebration. For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: View from the top of the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) on December 5, 2013--two days before the formal opening celebration. For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: A visitor near the bottom of the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) hours before the formal opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013) 

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Preparation: Project volunteers constructing a stage for the opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013) for the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District); Steps organizing committee member Gilbert Johnson is working on the right side of the structure.

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Preparation: Hidden Garden Steps organizing committee member Gilbert Johnson working on the stage for the opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013) for the (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District)

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Preparation: Setting up for the block party that was a major part of the opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013) for the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District); Steps supporter/neighborhood resident Sherry Boschert took the lead in organizing the party.

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Preparation: Hooping in anticipation of the opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013) for the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District)

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: The block party, in full swing, during the opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013) for the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District); Steps supporter/neighborhood resident Sherry Boschert took the lead in organizing the party.

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Preparation: The Hidden Garden Steps bench, provided by the Public Bench Project and painted by Woodside International School students, was moved from the foot of the Steps to the nearby block party for the opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013) for the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District).

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Hidden Garden Steps organizing committee member Karen Engle was among the volunteers helping celebrants safety cross the street during the opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013) for the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District)

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Hidden Garden Steps organizing committee member Karen Engle was among the volunteers helping celebrants safety cross the street during the opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013) for the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District)

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Photograph by Steve Bowles/San Francisco Parks Alliance: Julia Brashares, San Francisco Parks Alliance (SFPA) Director of Street Parks (center) and Matt O'Grady, SFPA Executive Director (right) at the opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013) for the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District)

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Photograph by Steve Bowles/San Francisco Parks Alliance: San Francisco City/County Supervisor (District 7) Norman Yee (center), who was also serving as acting mayor on the day of the opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013) for the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District)

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Photograph by Steve Bowles/San Francisco Parks Alliance: San Francisco City/County Supervisor (District 7) Norman Yee (center), who was also serving as acting mayor on the day of the opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013) for the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District)

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Photograph by Steve Bowles/San Francisco Parks Alliance: Jerad Weiner, Community Liaison for the San Francisco Department of Public Works, speaking at the opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013) for the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District)

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Photograph by Steve Bowles/San Francisco Parks Alliance: Matt O'Grady, Executive Director for the San Francisco Parks Alliance, speaking at the opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013) for the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District)

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Photograph by Steve Bowles/San Francisco Parks Alliance: Hidden Garden Steps project artists Aileen Barr (left) and Colette Crutcher speaking at the opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013) for the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District)

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Photograph by Steve Bowles/San Francisco Parks Alliance: Organizing committee members (from left) Barbara Meli, Liz McLoughlin, and Judy Godess preparing for ribbon-cutting on the day of the opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013) for the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District)

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Photograph by Steve Bowles/San Francisco Parks Alliance: Ribbon-cutting at opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013) for the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District)

Foreground (left to right): Jerad Weiner, SF DPW Street Parks Program; Julia Brashares, San Francisco Parks Alliance; Maria D'Angelico, formerly with San Francisco Parks Alliance; and Hidden Garden Steps project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher

Standing (left to right): Matt O'Grady, San Francisco Parks Alliance; Norman Yee, San Francisco Board of Supervisors (District 7) and, on day of the event, acting mayor; and Hidden Garden Steps organizing committee members Judy Goddess, Cori Holland (behind Judy), Liz McLoughlin, Barbara Meli, Karen Engle, Leena Krasno, Debbie Herzfeld, Licia Wells, and Paul Signorelli (not pictured: committee members Gilbert Johnson and Shamsi Soltani)

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Photograph by Steve Bowles/San Francisco Parks Alliance: Ribbon-cutting at opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013) for the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District)

Kneeling in foreground (left to right): Jerad Weiner, SF DPW Street Parks Program; Julia Brashares, San Francisco Parks Alliance; Maria D'Angelico, formerly with San Francisco Parks Alliance; and Hidden Garden Steps project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher

Standing (left to right): Connie Ngarangad, Hidden Garden Steps garden volunteer; Matt O'Grady, San Francisco Parks Alliance; Norman Yee, San Francisco Board of Supervisors (District 7) and, on day of the event, acting mayor; and Hidden Garden Steps organizing committee members Judy Goddess, Cori Holland (behind Judy), Liz McLoughlin, Barbara Meli, Karen Engle, Leena Krasno, Debbie Herzfeld, Paul Signorelli, and Gilbert Johnson; (not pictured: committee members Licia Wells and Shamsi Soltani)

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Photograph by Robert Meli: Project artists Aileen Barr (left) and Colette Crutcher standing on the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) shortly after the ribbon-cutting on the day of the opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013) for the Steps; the artists' "signature" on the mosaic is playfully built into the earthworm on the bottom step.

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: The Hidden Garden Steps at capacity immediately following the ribbon-cutting ceremony during the opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013) for the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District)

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: The Hidden Garden Steps at capacity immediately following the ribbon-cutting ceremony during the opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013) for the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District)

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Hidden Garden Steps donor Utopia Hammond (arms extended, foreground, right-hand side of the photograph) with family members at the foot of the Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) during the opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013)

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Alice Xavier (left), one of the two principle organizers of the original 16th Avenue Tiled Steps project on Moraga Street between 15th and 16th avenues, and Gee Kin Chou, who also was deeply involved in the original steps, provided invaluable guidance during the early stages of the Hidden Garden Steps project; both were among those joining the opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013) for the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District).

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Donors sitting near a commemorative tile for a departed friend during the opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013) for the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District)

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Gathering near the family tile on the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) during the opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013)

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Gathering near the family tile on the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) during the opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013)

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Ava near the family tile on the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) during the opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013)

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Gathering near their tile on the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) during the opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013)

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Photographing a tile on the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) during the opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013)

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: The Hidden Garden Steps at capacity immediately following the ribbon-cutting ceremony during the opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013) for the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District)

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Photographing a tile on the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) during the opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013)

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Neighbors gather for the first time on the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) during the opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013).

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Looking for specific tiles on the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) during the opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013)

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Visitors packed the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) during the opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013).

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Photographing a family tile on the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) during the opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013)

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Hidden Garden Steps donor Rufus Browning with Steps organizing committee member Judy Goddess near the top of the Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) during the opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013)

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Liz McLoughlin, one of the three Hidden Garden Steps organizing committee co-chairs, standing near the top of the Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) during the opening celebration (Saturday, December 7, 2013)

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Enjoying the bench at the foot of the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) the day after the opening celebration 

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Hidden Garden Steps volunteer Robert Meli onsite (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) and helping remove marks from retaining wall during the December 2013 monthly Steps clean-up and garden-maintenance event; interested volunteers are welcome to join these volunteer-driven community-based efforts on the second Saturday of each month from 1- 3 pm. 

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Hidden Garden Steps volunteer onsite (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) and helping remove debris during the December 2013 monthly Steps clean-up and garden-maintenance event; interested volunteers are welcome to join these volunteer-driven community-based efforts on the second Saturday of each month from 1- 3 pm. 

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Members of the Magary family near their family tile on the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District); the Steps project has quickly become a place where neighbors meet, eat, talk, and dream about additional ways to strengthen community ties in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District. 

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Warming up for a Saturday morning Motion Starved (http://motionstarved.com/) workout on the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) one month after the Steps opening celebration 

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Engaged in a Saturday morning Motion Starved (http://motionstarved.com/) workout on the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) one month after the Steps opening celebration

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Engaged in a Saturday morning Motion Starved (http://motionstarved.com/) workout on the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) one month after the Steps opening celebration

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Engaged in a Saturday morning Motion Starved (http://motionstarved.com/) workout on the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) one month after the Steps opening celebration

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Hidden Garden Steps supporter/volunteer Al Magary doing a bit of impromptu clean-up of a tile onsite (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) one month after the Steps opening celebration

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Hidden Garden Steps supporter/volunteer Al Magary doing a bit of impromptu clean-up of a tile onsite (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) one month after the Steps opening celebration

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Hidden Garden Steps supporter/volunteer Al Magary doing a bit of impromptu clean-up of a tile onsite (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) one month after the Steps opening celebration

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Hidden Garden Steps volunteers onsite (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) for the January 2014 monthly Steps clean-up and garden-maintenance event; they were part of a group that worked, in spite of light rain and cold weather, to make sure nearly five dozen plants donated by our San Francisco Department of Public Works colleagues were added to the gardens in progress. interested volunteers are welcome to join these volunteer-driven community-based efforts on the second Saturday of each month from 1- 3 pm. 

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Hidden Garden Steps volunteer Lynn Kane onsite (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) for the January 2014 monthly Steps clean-up and garden-maintenance event; she was part of a group that worked, in spite of light rain and cold weather, to make sure nearly five dozen plants donated by our San Francisco Department of Public Works colleagues were added to the gardens in progress. interested volunteers are welcome to join these volunteer-driven community-based efforts on the second Saturday of each month from 1- 3 pm. 

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Hidden Garden Steps volunteers worked onsite (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) during the January 2014 monthly Steps clean-up and garden-maintenance event, in spite of light rain and cold weather, to make sure nearly five dozen plants donated by our San Francisco Department of Public Works colleagues were added to the gardens in progress. interested volunteers are welcome to join these volunteer-driven community-based efforts on the second Saturday of each month from 1- 3 pm. 

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Hidden Garden Steps neighbors, one day after rain and onsite work combined to leave large amounts of dirt on the Steps, met for an impromptu sweepathon on the lower half of the Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District). Numerous visitors to the site that afternoon stopped to chat with the volunteers, learned more about the project, and were welcomed to join the ongoing site-maintenance efforts that are continuing to strengthen the sense of community here in the Inner Sunset District.

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Hidden Garden Steps neighbors, one day after rain and onsite work combined to leave large amounts of dirt on the Steps, met for an impromptu sweepathon on the lower half of the Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District). Visitors to the site that afternoon stopped to chat with the volunteers, learned more about the project, and were welcomed to join the ongoing site-maintenance efforts that are continuing to strengthen the sense of community here in the Inner Sunset District.

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Our latest addition to the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District): a gopher that completely devoured a large California poppy that sprang up unplanted and had been in full bloom. Poppies and other indigenous plants have begun to flourish onsite again after massive clean-ups and plantings by project volunteers cleared the way for them to return.

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: The Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) community is growing: a gopher has begun burrowing near the surface of the gardens at the top of the Steps and dining on the California poppies.

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Gathering near the family tile on the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) on February 2, 2014

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: San Francisco Department of Public Works (DPW) Street Parks Program stewards pay a site visit to  the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) and meet with Steps project volunteers on February 15, 2014 as part of a workshop sponsored by DPW and the San Francisco Parks Alliance; the Steps were one of four DPW Street Parks projects included on the tour. 

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: San Francisco Department of Public Works (DPW) Street Parks Program stewards pay a site visit to  the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) and meet with Steps project volunteers on February 15, 2014 as part of a workshop sponsored by DPW and the San Francisco Parks Alliance; the Steps were one of four DPW Street Parks projects included on the tour. 

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: San Francisco Department of Public Works (DPW) Street Parks Program stewards pay a site visit to  the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) and meet with Steps project volunteers on February 15, 2014 as part of a workshop sponsored by DPW and the San Francisco Parks Alliance (SFPA); the Steps were one of four DPW Street Parks projects included on the tour. (pictured in foreground, left to right: Julia Brashares, from SFPA; Licia Wells, from the Hidden Garden Steps project; and Sonia Suresh, from SFPA)

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Julia Brashares (San Francisco Parks Alliance), Jerad Weiner (San Francisco Department of Public Works Street Parks Program), and Sonia Suresh (San Francisco Parks Alliance) during a site visit to  the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) on February 15, 2014 as part of a workshop sponsored by DPW and the San Francisco Parks Alliance; the Steps were one of four DPW Street Parks projects included on the tour. 

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Foreground, left-hand side of image: San Francisco State University students documenting San Francisco Department of Public Works (DPW) Street Parks Program stewards site visit to  the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) on February 15, 2014; the visit was part of a workshop sponsored by DPW and the San Francisco Parks Alliance, with the Steps included as one of four DPW Street Parks projects included on the tour. 

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: San Francisco Parks Alliance and Hidden Garden Steps volunteers during a site visit to  the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) on February 15, 2014 as part of a workshop sponsored by the Alliance and the San Francisco Department of Public Works Street Parks Program; SFPA staff member Julia Brashares (holding clipboard) is in the center of the photo; Steps organizing committee members Barbara Meli and Liz McLoughlin are on the right-hand side.

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Steps supporters sitting near their tile on the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) on February 16, 2014

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Robert, Dave, and Efren from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission after clearing two of four clogged drains at the foot of the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) on February 18, 2014. Work is continuing on other parts of the drainage system--one of the last structural challenges requiring attention on the Hidden Garden Steps site. 

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: The sweepathon continues: Hidden Garden Steps volunteers Leena Krasno  (left) and Barbara Meli are among the neighbors showing up, unscheduled and as needed, to keep the Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) clean. Formal clean-ups are held from 1 - 3 pm on the second Saturday of each month; new and returning volunteers are welcome to join us in sweeping, cleaning, gardening, and any other work requiring attention.

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Meetup on the Steps: More than 100 urban hikers joined the "Walking in San Francisco for History and Health" meetup that included a visit to the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) on Saturday, February 21, 2014 (http://www.meetup.com/walking-in-SF/events/163612642/).

More information about the meetup group is available at http://www.meetup.com/walking-in-SF/.

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Meetup on the Steps: More than 100 urban hikers joined the "Walking in San Francisco for History and Health" meetup that included a visit to the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) on Saturday, February 21, 2014 (http://www.meetup.com/walking-in-SF/events/163612642/).

More information about the meetup group is available at http://www.meetup.com/walking-in-SF/.

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Meetup on the Steps: More than 100 urban hikers joined the "Walking in San Francisco for History and Health" meetup that included a visit to the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) on Saturday, February 21, 2014 (http://www.meetup.com/walking-in-SF/events/163612642/).

More information about the meetup group is available at http://www.meetup.com/walking-in-SF/.

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Meetup on the Steps: More than 100 urban hikers joined the "Walking in San Francisco for History and Health" meetup that included a visit to the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) on Saturday, February 21, 2014 (http://www.meetup.com/walking-in-SF/events/163612642/).

More information about the meetup group is available at http://www.meetup.com/walking-in-SF/.

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Writer-director-marketer Sheridan Tatsuno was among the more than 100 urban hikers joining the "Walking in San Francisco for History and Health" meetup that included a visit to the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) on Saturday, February 21, 2014 (http://www.meetup.com/walking-in-SF/events/163612642/).

More information about the meetup group is available at http://www.meetup.com/walking-in-SF/.

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: A warm winter day brought a steady stream of visitors to the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) on Saturday, February 21, 2014.

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: A warm winter day brought a steady stream of visitors to the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) on Saturday, February 21, 2014.

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: A warm winter day brought a steady stream of visitors to the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) on Saturday, February 21, 2014.

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: A warm winter day brought a steady stream of visitors to the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) on Saturday, February 21, 2014.

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Photograph by Ruben Flores
The sweepathon continues: Maya (four years old) is the latest Hidden Garden Steps community member to arrive, broom in hand, to engage in a bit of unscheduled clean-up. She and her father (Ruben) were onsite Thursday, March 6, 2014, and were followed today by three other neighbors who wanted to be sure the Steps were as clean as could be for weekend visitors to the site at 16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District.

More formally organized clean-up and gardening sessions are held from 1 - 3 pm on the second Saturday of each month; new and returning volunteers are welcome to join us in sweeping, cleaning, gardening, and any other work requiring attention.

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Our supporters from the Tile Heritage Foundation (http://tileheritage.org) take a break from admiring project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher's 148-step ceramic-tile mosaic on the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) onsite Sunday, April 13, 2014. 

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Hidden Garden Steps volunteer/organizing committee member Barbara Meli onsite (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) for the January 2014 monthly Steps clean-up and garden-maintenance event; she was part of a group that worked, in spite of light rain and cold weather, to make sure nearly five dozen plants donated by our San Francisco Department of Public Works colleagues were added to the gardens in progress. New and returning volunteers are welcome to join these volunteer-driven community-based efforts on the second Saturday of each month from 1- 3 pm. 

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Hidden Garden Steps garden volunteer Lynn Kane onsite (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) for the April 12, 2014 monthly Steps clean-up and garden-maintenance event. New and returning volunteers are welcome to join these volunteer-driven community-based efforts on the second Saturday of each month from 1- 3 pm. 

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Hidden Garden Steps garden volunteer Merilyn Preston onsite (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) for the April 12, 2014 monthly Steps clean-up and garden-maintenance event. New and returning volunteers are welcome to join these volunteer-driven community-based efforts on the second Saturday of each month from 1- 3 pm. 

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Hidden Garden Steps garden volunteer Wayne Settle onsite (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) for the April 12, 2014 monthly Steps clean-up and garden-maintenance event. New and returning volunteers are welcome to join these volunteer-driven community-based efforts on the second Saturday of each month from 1- 3 pm. 

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Native California poppies and buckwheat were among the plants in full bloom at the top of the Hidden Garden Steps gardens (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) in early April 2014. New and returning volunteers are welcome to join volunteer-driven community-based gardening and clean-up efforts on the second Saturday of each month from 1- 3 pm. 

For more information about the Steps and the 148-step ceramic-tile mosaic completed by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: View from the top of the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) in early April 2014. New and returning volunteers are welcome to join volunteer-driven community-based gardening and clean-up efforts on the second Saturday of each month from 1- 3 pm. 

For more information about the Steps and the 148-step ceramic-tile mosaic completed by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Miner's lettuce, native California strawberry, poppies, and monkey flower were among the plants in full bloom at the top of the Hidden Garden Steps gardens (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) in early spring 2014. New and returning volunteers are welcome to join volunteer-driven community-based gardening and clean-up efforts on the second Saturday of each month from 1- 3 pm. 

For more information about the Steps and the 148-step ceramic-tile mosaic completed by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Succulents, native California plants, and other additions to the gardens were thriving at the top of the Hidden Garden Steps gardens (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) in early spring 2014. New and returning volunteers are welcome to join volunteer-driven community-based gardening and clean-up efforts on the second Saturday of each month from 1- 3 pm. 

For more information about the Steps and the 148-step ceramic-tile mosaic completed by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Miner's lettuce, native California strawberry, poppies, and monkey flower were among the plants in full bloom at the top of the Hidden Garden Steps gardens (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) in early spring 2014. New and returning volunteers are welcome to join volunteer-driven community-based gardening and clean-up efforts on the second Saturday of each month from 1- 3 pm. 

For more information about the Steps and the 148-step ceramic-tile mosaic completed by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Freemontodendron--a California native--thriving in its second year of continuous growth at the top of the Hidden Garden Steps gardens (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) in early April 2014. New and returning volunteers are welcome to join volunteer-driven community-based gardening and clean-up efforts on the second Saturday of each month from 1- 3 pm. 

For more information about the Steps and the 148-step ceramic-tile mosaic completed by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Freemontodendron--a California native--thriving in its second year of continuous growth at the top of the Hidden Garden Steps gardens (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) in early April 2014. New and returning volunteers are welcome to join volunteer-driven community-based gardening and clean-up efforts on the second Saturday of each month from 1- 3 pm. 

For more information about the Steps and the 148-step ceramic-tile mosaic completed by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: First native California iris to bloom near the top of the Hidden Garden Steps gardens (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) in early spring 2014.

The plants were donated by one of our fabulous garden volunteers. New and returning volunteers are welcome to join volunteer-driven community-based gardening and clean-up efforts on the second Saturday of each month from 1- 3 pm. 

For more information about the Steps and the 148-step ceramic-tile mosaic completed by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: California coast live oak with first new foliage, near the top of the Hidden Garden Steps gardens (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) in early April 2014. 

For more information about the Steps and the 148-step ceramic-tile mosaic completed by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Newly-flowering clivia at the top of the Hidden Garden Steps gardens (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) in early April 2014; the plant was one of a dozen donated by gardener/
naturalist/native plant enthusiast Jake Sigg earlier this year for planting by Hidden Garden Steps volunteers. New and returning volunteers are welcome to join volunteer-driven community-based gardening and clean-up efforts on the second Saturday of each month from 1- 3 pm. 

For more information about the Steps and the 148-step ceramic-tile mosaic completed by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Newly-added row of succulents in long-ignored concrete blocks next to the lower third of the Hidden Garden Steps mosaic (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) in early April 2014. New and returning volunteers are welcome to join volunteer-driven community-based gardening and clean-up efforts on the second Saturday of each month from 1- 3 pm. 

For more information about the Steps and the 148-step ceramic-tile mosaic completed by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: The Scarecrow and Glinda were among the dignitaries taking a detour from the Yellow Brick Road long enough to visit the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) on Sunday, April 13, 2014.

For more information about the gardens and the 148-step ceramic-tile mosaic completed by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Dorothy, Glinda, Toto, Scarecrow, the Tin Man, and the Cowardly Lion were among those taking a detour from the Yellow Brick Road to visit the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) on Sunday, April 13, 2014.

For more information about the Steps (designed and fabricated by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher), please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others. For more information about the visitors, click your heels together three times while repeating the phrase "There's no place like home."Photo: Easter Sunday, 2014: First pre-wedding photos we've captured on the HiddenGardenSteps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District); the wedding is planned for Sept. 2014. 

For more information about the gardens and the 148-step ceramic-tile mosaic completed by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Easter Sunday, 2014: First pre-wedding photos we've captured on the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District); the wedding is planned for Sept. 2014. 

For more information about the gardens and the 148-step ceramic-tile mosaic completed by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: First calandrinia to bloom at the top of the Hidden Garden Steps gardens (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District)--April 27, 2014.

New and returning volunteers are welcome to join volunteer-driven community-based gardening and clean-up efforts on the second Saturday of each month from 1- 3 pm. 

For more information about the Steps and the 148-step ceramic-tile mosaic completed by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: David (http://www.davidseibold.us/) and Shari (http://www.shariseibold.us/) Seibold, during a visit from Bakersfield to the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District), pursuing their love of photography on Sunday, April 27, 2014

For more information about the gardens and the 148-step ceramic-tile mosaic completed by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Morning stroll up the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) on April 28, 2014

For more information about the gardens and the 148-step ceramic-tile mosaic completed by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Mindy and Pumpkin on the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) during their visit from Mendocino County on May 1, 2014. (Pumpkin was traveling incognito after recently having her mohawk shaved off during a seasonal spruce-up.)

For more information about the gardens and the 148-step ceramic-tile mosaic completed by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Mindy and Pumpkin on the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) during their visit from Mendocino County on May 1, 2014. (Pumpkin was traveling incognito after recently having her mohawk shaved off during a seasonal spruce-up.)

For more information about the gardens and the 148-step ceramic-tile mosaic completed by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Rapid-response team: Hidden Garden Steps supporter/volunteer Al Magary arrived onsite (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) Sunday afternoon (May 4, 2014) with his anti-graffiti kit to cover tagging from the previous night. The walls in the area had gone untouched for more than eight months--quite a contrast with the weekly tagging that used to occur before Hidden Garden Steps volunteers began cleaning up the site in April 2011. To become part of the on-call group that helps paint out graffiti as needed, please contact us at hiddengardensteps@gmail.com.

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Part of the group of Hidden Garden Steps garden volunteers (Licia Wells, Connie Ngarangad, Judy Riggle, Anica Wensman, and Lynn Kane onsite (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) at the end of the May 10, 2014 Steps clean-up and garden-maintenance event. New and returning volunteers are welcome to join these volunteer-driven community-based efforts on the second Saturday of each month from 1- 3 pm. 

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Peter Cavanna and Regis Moines visited the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) from Paris to see their tiles on the Steps during their month-long in June 2014.  They became project donors after seeing project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher's first set of ceramic tiles steps (Moraga Street, between 15th and 16th avenues) during a visit in summer 2013. 

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Regis Moine (left), Peter Cavanna (center), and Licia Wells adding native California plants to the garden at the top of the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) during monthly clean-up on Saturday, June 14, 2014. Regis and Peter became project donors after seeing project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher's first set of ceramic tiles steps (Moraga Street, between 15th and 16th avenues) during a visit in summer 2013. 

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Hidden Garden Steps garden volunteer Wayne Settle was onsite (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) for the June 14, 2014 monthly Steps clean-up and garden-maintenance event. In addition to pulling weeds and adding more succulents, Wayne and other volunteers helped shore up additional erosion-control barriers.

New and returning volunteers are welcome to join these volunteer-driven community-based efforts on the second Saturday of each month from 1- 3 pm, and donations of succulents and California native plants are always welcome. 

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: In spite of current drought conditions, the Hidden Garden Steps gardens continue to remain healthy and attractive thanks to regular maintenance efforts by project volunteers. New and returning volunteers are welcome to join these volunteer-driven community-based efforts on the second Saturday of each month from 1- 3 pm, and donations of succulents and California native plants are always welcome. 

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Our San Francisco Street Parks Program colleagues have made it a bit easier to keep the Hidden Garden Steps clean: a new garbage can is now in place at the foot of the Steps (16th Avenue, at Kirkham, in San Francisco’s Inner Sunset District).

Jerad Weiner, Community Liaison, Community Programs with the San Francisco Department of Public Works, helped coordinate the effort to obtain and place the can in an area that has been subject to accumulations of paper cups, empty pizza boxes, and other litter left by visitors to the site. The availability of the trash receptacle has noticeably reduced the amount of onsite litter.

For more information about the gardens and the 148-step ceramic-tile mosaic completed by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: San Francisco Department of Public Works colleague Mike Jason was onsite on July 14, 2014 as part of the final effort to clear long-plugged drains at the bottom of the Hidden Garden Steps, on 16th Avenue between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco’s Inner Sunset District.

For more information about the gardens and the 148-step ceramic-tile mosaic completed by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Newest game on the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District): children rolling small pieces of fruit from nearby arbutus trees down the stairs--and yes, the children who were having the time of their lives playing on the Steps were sweet enough to pick the fruit up, without being asked, after finishing their visit to the Steps  during their visit Sunday afternoon, May 4, 2014. 

For more information about the gardens and the 148-step ceramic-tile mosaic completed by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Even before installation of the Hidden Garden Steps mosaic by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher has been completed onsite at 16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District, a playful community is developing: an anonymous donor, obviously familiar with the large salamander that is part of the mosaic, has placed a small version in the spiral at the top of the Steps.

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Playfulness on the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District): The Steps site continues to inspire contributions from members of our community; the latest anonymous addition--words on refrigerator magnets--appeared earlier this week so others can express themselves by rearranging the magnets that are attached to one of the recently-installed handrails.

For more information about the Steps, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Members of a local independent film crew were on the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District) on July 18, 2014 as part of their efforts to make a short documentary on unusual places in San Francisco. 

For more information about the gardens and the 148-step ceramic-tile mosaic completed by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Roland, who lives near the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District), took advantage of an unusually warm summer day in the city by working out onsite. 

For more information about the Steps and the ceramic-tile mosaic completed by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Roland, who lives near the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District), took advantage of an unusually warm summer day in the city by working out onsite. 

For more information about the Steps and the ceramic-tile mosaic completed by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Roland, who lives near the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District), took advantage of an unusually warm summer day in the city by working out onsite. 

For more information about the Steps and the ceramic-tile mosaic completed by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Roland, who lives near the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District), took advantage of an unusually warm summer day in the city by working out onsite. 

For more information about the Steps and the ceramic-tile mosaic completed by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.Photo: Roland, who lives near the Hidden Garden Steps (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco's Inner Sunset District), took advantage of an unusually warm summer day in the city by working out onsite. 

For more information about the Steps and the ceramic-tile mosaic completed by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, please visit our website (http://hiddengardensteps.org), view links about the project from our Scoopit! site (http://www.scoop.it/t/hidden-garden-steps), or follow our social media presence on Twitter (https://twitter.com/GardenSteps), Facebook (https://www.facebook.com/pages/Hidden-Garden-Steps/288064457924739) and many others.