• History

    Over Fifty Years of Service to the Piedmont Community

    Since  its incorporation on May 21, 1964, the Piedmont Beautification  Foundation has contributed wholly or partially to the completion of the  following projects, pursuing its goal of improving and maintaining the  properties of the City of Piedmont.

    City Hall and Civic Center

    2014 -16  Piedmont City Hall Renovation Project, including  PBF/PHS City Hall Monitor

    2004-06  Replica of historic Piedmont Park Faux Bois Bench  installed in City Hall Plaza

    1988-90  Civic Center Landscape Project Completion 

    1986-88 City Hall Benches and Fountain 

    1986-88 City Hall and Veteran’s  Building Landscape Maintenance

    1984-86 Civic  Center Landscaping Project initiated

    1984-86 Civic Center Landscaping Project, Phases I and II 

    1972-74 City Hall Flower Beds

    1966-68 New  Stairs and Entrance to Pool Area of Recreation Center 



    2006-08 Major donation to Exedra Plaza  Phase III Project (path to overlook and overlook)

    2004-06  Repair to  Exedra Plaza tiles

    2002-04 Exedra Plaza completed

    2002-04 Exedra Plaza Donor Plaques and stairway lighting  installed

    2000-02 Exedra Plaza design initiated and campaign begins, including  Matthew and Marianne Lempres Memorial Fountain

    1984-86 Exedra Lighting

    1982-84 Exedra Iron Gates  Restoration

    1982-84 William  Marks Memorial Exedra Planting

    1980-82 Exedra structural and  decorative repair and restoration by Manuel Palos

    McGee Overlook

    2008-10  Dedication of Magee Overlook and Piedmont Centennial Grove with  commemorative plaques

    2008-10  Moonlighting of oaks at Overlook in memory of  Frances Bishopric

    2006-08 Funding of Magee Overlook

    Piedmont Park and Community Hall

    2018 planting of Dogwoods around the entrance of the Community Hall in honor of Nancy Hodgekinson  

    2008-10  Installation of Highland Way Bus Shelter garden

    2000-02 Wildwood Avenue Entrance to Piedmont Park  planting

    1996-98 Signage and plaque for Native Plant Demonstration Garden

    1996-98 Community Hall Kitchen Renovation

    1994-96 California Native Plant Demonstration Garden near Community Hall

    1992-94 Piedmont Park Oak Trees and Ferns

    1992-94 Community Hall landscaping

    1990-92 Community Hall Window Treatments, Consoles and Mirrors

    1990-92 State Urban  Stream Renewal Grant to restore Piedmont Springs Creek (historically,  Bushy Dell Creek)

    1990-92 Catherine M. Witter Memorial Magnolia at Community Hall circle

    1990-92 Main Park Tot Lot 

    1990-92 Main Park Irrigation

    1988-90 Highland Bus Shelter (near Mountain Avenue) and Piedmont Park Entrance Landscaping

    1986-88 Main Park Renovation Initiated

    1982-84 Frank Adams Memorial Community Center Planter  

    1980-82 Major tree pruning  in Main Park

    1980-82 Cherry Walk irrigation 

    1980-82 New  path from Tea House to Community Hall Plaza

    1976-78 Herbert I. Dunn Memorial Extension of Cherry Walk to Highland  Avenue 

    1974-76 Community Hall Renovation

    1974-76 Community Hall Kitchen Renovation

    1972-74 Community Hall Canopies

    1970-72  Cherry Walk in Piedmont Park Landscaping

    1968-70 Community Center and Cherry Walk Exterior Lighting Design and  Installation 

    1968-70 Cherry Walk Memorial Plaque 

    1968-70 Community  Center plantings

    1966-68 Community Center Circular Bed and Steps,  design and planting 

    1966-68 Mrs. Paul St. Sure Memorial Piedmont Park Cherry  Walk Sundial  2018 planting of Dogwoods around the entrance of the Community Hall in honor of Nancy Hodgekinson  2018 planting of Dogwoods around the entrance of the Community Hall in honor of Nancy Hodgekinson 

    Tea House and Street & Triangles


    Tea House

    2010-12  Total Restoration of Japanese Tea House

    2010-12  Complete funding of design  and construction of new Jean Brown Wolfe deck and garden for the  Japanese Tea House

    2010-12  Moonlighting of Tea House Oak tree

    1978-80  Tea House Garden and Dry Pond

    1976-78 Tea House area and redwood  deck

    1974-76 Tea House  donated to City by School Board

    1974-76 Tea House area design 


    Triangles and streets

    2014 - 16  Dedicated funds to the Linda/Kingston  Triangle Project

    2012-14  Construction of  Ramona/Ronada traffic triangle

    2012-14  Lower Grand Avenue Lantern and Garden Lighting

    1998-2000 construction of Mountain/Highland traffic triangle

    1990-92 Alice Eubanks Memorial Triangle Garden

    1988-90  Ralph Marinelly Memorial Garden at  Jerome Triangle

    1988-90  Fairview, Grand and San Carlos Medians Landscaping

    1996-98 Highland (near Guilford) bus shelter re-landscaping

    1990-92 Mardie Kimbal Memorial Rhododendron Garden near Guilford Road

    1982-84 Civic Center Landscaping Project Design  

    1976-78 Cemetery Wall along Moraga Avenue Planting, Irrigation, Drainage (ongoing – 10 years)

    1976-78 Irene  R. Henshaw Memorial Highland/Sheridan Triangle

    1974-76 Highland Avenue Bus Shelter (near Guilford) construction as Irene  Henshaw Memorial

    1974-76 Cemetery Wall  planting plan

    1972-74 Blue  Vase Triangle Planting

    1972-74 Chestnut Trees planted on Highland Avenue

    1966-68 Piedmont Court Circle Renovation

    Crocker Park and Schools

     Crocker Park 

    2008-10  Bufano bear sculpture repair and  lighting in Crocker Park

    2006-08 Crocker Park replanting

    2000-02 Crocker Park plantings, benches and  restoration of Bufano bear sculpture

    1996-98 Crocker Park Wrought Iron Benches

    1980-82 Marie Veitch Memorial Stone Base for Bufano bear  sculpture

    1980-82 Crocker Park Bench Repair

    1978-80  Bufano “Bear With Nursing Cubs” dedicated in Crocker  Park

    1974-76 Crocker Park landscaping  

    1972-74 Re-Landscaping of Crocker Park, Phases I and II

    Dracena Park and Linda Park

    Dracena Park

    2012-14   Dracena Park Bridge restoration

    2008-10  Pathway paving in upper Dracena Park

    2004-06  Major donation toward Dracena Park Children’s Play Area

    2002-04 Campaign for Dracena  Children’s Play Area

    1992-94 James Nutting Memorial Bench Landscaping  in Dracena  Park

    1978-80  Dracena Park Landscaping

    1978-80  First Dracena Tot Lot


    Linda Park

    1992-94 Linda Park Landscape Design and Path

    1972-74 Linda Park Benches

    Hall Fenway and Special Projects

    Hall Fenway

    2006-08 Plantings in Hall Fenway in honor of Frances Bishopric’s hundredth  birthday and in memory of Anne Sutton

    1990-92 New Hall Fenway planting and irrigation

    1986-88 Carol  Parker Bryan Memorial Garden and Bench at Hall Fenway 

    1978-80  Hall Fenway replanting  (due to drought)

    1964-66 Susan G.  and Herbert E. Hall Memorial Redesign of Hall Fenway and plaque


    Special Projects

    2006-08 Piedmont Centennial  Signs Project donation

    2004-06  Donation to Piedmont Centennial Historic  Walk

    1998-2000 William F.  Kennelly Skate Park

    1996-98 Piedmont Historical Photograph Collection, Phase II 

    1996-98 Archival Slide Show and Video

    1988-90  Constitutional Bicentennial  Rock Wall, Oak Trees and Plaque 

    1984-86 Piedmont Historic Photograph  Collection, Phase I 

    Other History


     2014 - 16  PHS Eileen Rohmer  Memorial Garden

    1998-2000 Wildwood School Parents Landscaping

    1988-90 Wildwood Children’s Play Area Benches

    1986-88 Beach School Landscape Garden  Project

    1980-82 Piedmont High School Landscaping

    1978-80  Piedmont High School Landscaping Plan and  Installation

    1972-74 Mrs. Mark Noble Memorial Liquidambars at Beach School

    1972-74 Havens School  Trees

    Tree Lighting

    2014 - 16  LED Lights for the Annual Tree Lighting Ceremony

    2006-08 Renovated lights for  Holiday Tree including a treetop star in honor of Piedmont’s 

    1984-86 New lights for Holiday Tree Lighting

    1968-70 Christmas (Holiday) Tree Greeting Fund Initiated

    1968-70 First Community Christmas Tree Lighting (1969) – Holiday  Tree Lighting after 1990


    Fundraising History

    2018 Sport Fields Maintenance Endowment Fund in honor of Nancy Witter Bates 

    2012-14  Shapiro Family Matching Fund Campaign for the PBF Endowment

    1998-2000 PBF  Spring Newsletter initiated

    1992-94 First PBF Endowment Brochure mailing 

    1990-92 PBF Endowment Fund established 

    1988-90   Memorial Bench Program initiated 

    976-78 Memorial Trees Program initiated 

    1974-76 Fourth of  July Raffle initiated