At the western end of San Francisco's California Street, a splendidly refurbished staircase designed by tile artist Aileen Barr now marks the entryway to 100 acres of public park. On May 28, neighbors, city representatives and more than a few plaid-clad girls from next-door's Katherine Delmar Burke School celebrated a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new Lincoln Park Steps.
The event marked the culmination of eight years of planning, organizing and fundraising by Friends of Lincoln Park, led by Anna Yatroussis and Meg Autry.
"I would walk to school down these steps when I was a child," Yatroussis said at the ceremony, "and much later I would walk my children down these steps. But by then, unfortunately, we were stepping over broken glass and broken steps, graffiti and garbage."