Randall Museum Awarded $59,000 San Francisco Community Challenge Grant

Media Contact:
Genevieve Antaky, Randall Museum Friends
Public Info: 415-554-9600

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: (SAN FRANCISCO, September 15, 2020) – Randall Museum Friends (RMF) is proud to announce it has been awarded a $59,000 grant from the San Francisco Community Challenge Grant Program (CCG). The CCG provides resources to community groups, businesses, schools and nonprofit organizations to make physical improvements to their neighborhoods. The CCG focuses on projects that directly engage residents and businesses in creating green spaces, gathering places, gardens, mini-parks, public art, and other neighborhood amenities featuring and applying ecologically friendly amenities and practices.

“We are so happy to see the Randall Museum recognized for its innovative exhibits that foster a love of sustainability, science and nature in Bay Area kids,” said San Francisco Recreation and Park Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg. “This award will enhance both social connection and STEM learning for visitors to this San Francisco treasure.”

Randall Museum Wind Turbine
The CCG funding will enable improvements to the Randall Museum’s Energy Garden exhibit, including an enhanced outdoor seating area and the addition of solar panels above the exhibit’s water catchment system. The new solar panels and the existing wind turbine will be connected to an inverter and store energy in batteries to run the Redwood Trail exhibit inside the museum.

Randall Museum Friends will manage the project and Madroño Landscape Design Studios, Inc. will create the bench and solar support structure.

“We are thrilled to have a new project underway at the Randall Museum,” said Tiffany Loewenberg, Randall Museum Friends Executive Director. “The installation of additional seating and the new solar energy display near the museum’s entrance will enhance outdoor learning opportunities, provide more spaces to convene groups outdoors and take advantage of the beautiful setting. Our aim is to have the seating area installed by the end of October – much sooner if possible, and the solar display in the spring.”

About the Randall Museum & the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department:

The Randall Museum, located at 199 Museum Way at Corona Heights Park, is owned and operated by San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Department with a mission to inspire creativity, curiosity, and a love of learning about the world around us. In fulfillment of this mission, the Museum offers an integrated program of arts and sciences to children, youth and adults through opportunities for hands-on learning and recreation, focusing on the cultures and environment of the San Francisco Bay Area. For more information about the Randall Museum the public may call 415-554-9600 or visit www.randallmuseum.org.

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s Mission is to provide enriching recreational activities, maintain beautiful parks and preserve the environment for the well-being of our diverse community. For more information about SF Rec and Park please visit www.sfrecpark.org.

About Randall Museum Friends:

Randall Museum Friends is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization whose mission is to support the Randall Museum by providing strategic private-sector leadership, fundraising, administration, and volunteer support for museum programs. Founded in 1954 and governed by a volunteer board of directors, Randall Museum Friends has a broad base of support and a fast-growing membership.

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