We’ve learned that effective action is preceded by conversations with concerned residents, organizations, and the City. Here are the results of some of these conversations.
Sausalito Beautiful has launched the City’s first-ever Beautification Awards program, according to Maureen McCoy, Board Member and Awards Chair. Three winners were chosen: Sushi Ran on Caledonia Street, Bubble Street Gallery in the Downtown Area and 3030 Bridgeway. The awards honor Sausalito businesses and properties that have recently made substantial landscape improvements or have continued to maintain aesthetically-pleasing curbside appearance over a period of time.
Others nominated were: First California Realty, Salito’s, Bar Bocce, Cibo, Studio 333, Lili Salon, Sausalito Stationery, Lappert’s Fish and Chips, Copita and Poggio.
The 2016 Awards Jury included Mayor Jill Hoffman, Elizabeth O’Keefe, Bob Gould, Mary Austin, Elizabeth Miarecki, Ive Haugeland and Maureen McCoy.
In addition, a “Little Willow Award” was presented to Diane Alper, founder of Blooming Bridgeway, for her extraordinary commitment to beautification of Sausalito’s landscapes.
This year’s Beautification Awards were generously underwritten by Sausalito Optometry.
“Gravity …” Artwork
In the late 1980’s esteemed artist Tim Collins was commissioned by Public Art Works to create an art installation at Tiffany Park, the charming public space located along the south end of Bridgeway. The resulting artwork, enigmatically labeled “Gravity is a law in the material world, Levitation is a law in the spiritual world,” looks like a tiny stone cottage tucked into the hillside.
Installed in 1993, the artwork was long in need of restoration.
In 2015, the Sausalito Woman’s Club offered to fund renovation of defunct light and water features and to replace dilapidated landscaping in the immediate area. Club member Shelby Van Meter, who managed the project, noted the debts of gratitude due, not only to the SWC, but to those who contributed pro bono services: Electricians Don Caramagno and Dave Delicio of DC Electric and Robin Clark of Pacific Building and Maintenance. Loren Umbertis and his DPW crew, along with Sausalito Beautiful volunteer Craig Thomas, were instrumental in the renovation’s successful completion.
Mini-Park at Bridgeway and Easterby
The gravel-pathed mini-park at Bridgeway and Easterby continues to be a safe and open leafy space, thanks to another collaboration between Sausalito Beautiful and the City’s Department of Public Works (DPW).
A City landscape team trimmed overgrown trees and bushes, horticulturist Tom Wilhite recommended new plantings, and Green Thumbs assisted with weeding, mulching, and upkeep. The site is regularly maintained by the City, with periodic attention from Green Thumbs.
We are grateful to Greg Christy of Bay Cities Refuse for donating a fireproof cigarette butt receptacle and to volunteer Sue Currier for making the call.
Easterby Street Bus Shelter
One of Sausalito’s busiest bus stops, the Easterby shelter, was in need of rehabilitation.
In May, 2015, Green Thumbs decided to improve the shelter in a joint effort with the City’s DPW. The Green Thumbs team has provided periodic weeding, mulching and litter clean-up.
City workers power-washed the shelter and sidewalk and provided paint and materials. Volunteers spent a Saturday morning painting the structure and cleaning the colorful tile mural created several years ago by Sausalito artist Heather Wilcoxon and Bayside MLK students.
Today, folks using the bus stop enjoy a much improved setting!
New USPS Mailboxes
Thanks to the initiative of Sausalito Beautiful volunteer Chris Ryan, dilapidated public mailboxes throughout the city were replaced by the United States Postal Service. Thank you USPS!