Work Day at Erskine Park

From Bay Area Young Survivors:

Dorothy Erskine Park BAYS Memorial Garden

Hello Dorothy Erskine Park neighbor – We would like to introduce ourselves – BAYS is  a support group for young women in the Bay Area diagnosed with breast cancer under age 45.  We are partnered with SF Parks & Rec on stewardship of the Dorothy Erskine Park that includes beautification and maintenance.  You may have seen us doing volunteer work days at the park over the past year.  

We are also working with Parks & Rec on a Memorial Garden that will be integrated into Dorothy Erskine Park.  We would like to create a space where we can remember those whom we’ve lost to breast cancer.  It will also be a place to celebrate, contemplate and enjoy.  We are working with a landscape architect team, Inside Out, on a design for the memorial that will beautifully and naturally integrate into the park.

We are reaching out to you to get a sense of what the neighborhood and community would like to see in Dorothy Erskine park.  What would the community appreciate in a park memorial that honors local young women whom we’ve lost to breast cancer?  

The next park work day will be 12/19/15, from 10am to noon at Dorothy Erskine Park.  After working together, there will be a Community meeting at the park from noon to 2pm to discuss our proposal to create a Memorial Garden and solicit your input.  

Dorothy Erskine Park map:


For more information about BAYS, go to    



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5 responses to “Work Day at Erskine Park

  1. Anonymous

    don’t you all worry about the additional herbicide exposure in our parks for these sensitive women? herbicide use is up in our city parks, especially in “natural areas program” areas.

    good luck –

  2. Anonymous


    Exception number 11 says that these herbicides may be used on “Invasive species posing a threat to species or ecosystems of value to the community.” Since that’s the entire justification that the SFRPD’s Natural Areas Program (NAP) gives is that it’s using these toxic herbicides on invasive species, they won’t need to change anything they do.

    toddler holding oxalisWhat this means: NAP claims large areas of our parks as so-called “natural areas” – over 1000 acres in 32 parks. It includes most places people like to hike with kids and dogs like Mt Davidson, McLaren Park, Glen Canyon, Bernal Hill, and Pine Lake. They spray Tier I and Tier II herbicides on over 30 different species of plant. Some are close to the ground, like oxalis. Others are bushes, like blackberry, where they don’t stop spraying even in the fruiting season when everyone including kids are eating berries off the bushes.

    The video showing glyphosate and imazapyr being sprayed on blackberry was taken on Mt Davidson only a few weeks ago.


    Proposed rule number 4 prohibits use of Tier I pesticides on “the grounds of schools, preschools, or children’s playgrounds.” This is certainly an improvement, but it’s hardly enough. Playgrounds and preschools in particular are often inside parks, and if the parks can use these pesticides, then the children may well be exposed on their way into or out of the area, especially if they stop to hike or play in natural areas. Glen Canyon is an example – a preschool abuts the natural areas, which, as we noted above, gets a free pass. In McLaren Park, much of the park is a natural area, including areas close to playgrounds. (All the colored areas on the map below are claimed by NAP.

  3. Anastasia Glikshtern

    From American Academy of Pediatrics:

    Children’s Exposure to Pesticide and Childhood Cancers


    Although pesticides are necessary for the elimination of insects and other pests, the toxic chemicals used in agriculture and for public health can be harmful or even deadly in children. In the review article, “Residential Exposure to Pesticide During Childhood and Childhood Cancers: A Meta-Analysis,” in the October 2015 Pediatrics (published online Sept. 14), 16 studies were identified in a literature search to examine the possible association between residential pesticide exposures during childhood and childhood cancers.

    Exposure to residential indoor insecticides but not outdoor insecticides during childhood was significantly associated with an increased risk of childhood cancers, including leukemia and lymphoma, but not childhood brain tumors.

    The greatest risk estimates were observed between childhood exposure to indoor insecticides and the risk of acute leukemia.

    The risk of childhood hematopoietic cancers increased with the frequency of use.

    Study authors did not find any significant childhood cancer risk with exposure to pesticides used in the outdoor environment, however, exposure to herbicides was associated with a slightly higher risk of childhood cancers in general.

    Study authors conclude that cancer risks are related to the type of pesticides used and the location of application during childhood. Parents, teachers and child care providers should be aware of these dangers and make every effort to limit children’s exposure to pesticides.

  4. Anastasia Glikshtern

    In the beginning of November I heard Dr. William Goodson of CPMC speak about effects of various chemical exposures on cancer “Assessing the carcinogenic potential of low-dose exposures to chemical mixtures in the environment: the challenge ahead.” In short, a chemical doesn’t need to be determined to be carcinogen to contribute to development of a cancer. And “the dose makes the poison” not always completely true.
    Dr. Goodson’s presentation is at about 1hr mark in the audio.

    Please protest the use of Toxicity Category I & II herbicides in our parks!

  5. Follow the precautionary principle and stop using all pesticides in public parks. They can do it. Organic agriculture is a thriving business. The obstacle is lack of will. We must force the issue with public officials. I’d think twice about setting up a breast cancer memorial in a space that was not safe to visit because of herbicides.

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