Ortega Branch Library and West Sunset Playground Grand Opening

MEDIA CONTACT:  Michelle Jeffers, (415) 557-4282 or (415) 608-1593; mjeffers@sfpl.org
Connie Chan, (415) 831-2796; connie.chan@sfgov.org

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Invitation to Cover: Ortega Branch Library and West Sunset Playground
Grand Opening Celebration, Saturday, Sept. 10

WHAT:      The joint grand opening of the new Ortega Branch Library and West Sunset Playground.

WHEN:      11 a.m., Saturday, Sept. 10, 2011

WHERE:    3223 Ortega St., at 39th Avenue

WHO:        Supervisor Carmen Chu
State Senator Leland Yee
City Librarian Luis Herrera
San Francisco Recreation and Park Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg
Department of Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru
San Francisco Public Library Commission President Jewelle Gomez
Neighborhood Parks Council Executive Director Meredith Thomas
Friends of the San Francisco Public Library Executive Director Donna Bero

PHOTO OPPORTUNITIES: Lion dancers from the Jing Mo Athletic Association; musical entertainment from Beacon Center Rec Connect Steel Pan Drummers; singer Grady Lai; Fan Dancers; Children of Funk DJs; Charity Kahn; Tim Cain; Ulloa Elementary After School Program Poets ; and a new public art project, Abundance, created by the artist team, Wowhaus.

WHY: A successful partnership among San Francisco Public Library, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and the San Francisco Department of Public Works has led to the opening of wonderful new civic resources for the Sunset neighborhood.

The new Ortega Branch library has nearly doubled in size to almost 9,000 square feet, with an expanded collection of materials and a community meeting room. The library will be a “green” building, designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver certification or greater from the U.S. Green Building Council. Highlights of the sustainable features include a partial living roof that reduces energy consumption and provides a natural habitat for wildlife.

The library building and park were designed by the Building Design & Construction Division of the San Francisco Department of Public Works.

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Library services will begin at 2 p.m.

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