Marjorie Goodwin Appointed to Park Committee
Last year, Potrero Hill resident and long-time McKinley Square volunteer Marjorie Goodwin was appointed by District 10 Board of Supervisor Malia Cohen, to the Park, Recreation and Open Space Advisory Committee (PROSAC). As a PROSAC member, Goodwin serves as a liaison between the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) and the District 10 community, which encompasses Potrero Hill, Bayview, and Hunters Point.
PROSAC hosts monthly gatherings to discuss RPD-related issues and community suggestions for renovations and improvements to neighborhood parks and green spaces. Goodwin, along with Linda Shaffer — another Hill resident and retired economics professor, who has served on the committee for five years — chairs the meetings. PROSAC makes recommendations to RPD based on meeting discussions.
Goodwin was born in the Bahamas to Haitian parents. Her family moved to Miami, where she grew up, when she was three years old. In 2005 she relocated from Washington D.C. to the Hill, where her boyfriend, Jeff Goodwin, lived. Led by their dogs through the streets, the couple fell in love with the neighborhood’s parks. In 2010, they married after Jeff proposed at McKinley Square.
Goodwin works in communications at the Public Policy Institute of California. Her community activism started through volunteer work on Hill park renovation projects. “I was getting involved with the McKinley Square restoration to remove the foxtail weeds and plant native plants,” Goodwin explained. She learned about the McKinley Square Foundation, and helped write a grant in 2008 to the Community Opportunities Fund to install new vegetation, irrigation, staircases, pathways, a drinking fountain, and a kiosk at the Square. Today Goodwin serves as the Foundation’s treasurer.
“I want to be clear that anyone is welcome to attend PROSAC meetings, and I’m glad to be the voice for those District 10 residents who cannot [attend],” said Goodwin. “There’s so much more that can be done and so much room for improvement. Many areas lack open space. I want to be a part of improving that.”
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