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Pavement to Park in Mission

A 31,850-square-foot parking lot at the northwest corner 17th and Folsom streets will be converted into a park, now that Rec and Park has received a state grant for the development and is currently in the community engagement phase. In the works for over a decade, Rec and Park applied for state funding in 2010 with support from the Board of Supervisors. Half the site will be used to build affordable housing, while the other half will feature a community garden, fruit-bearing trees, an amphitheater, a grassy area, and an interactive exercise and play area. The gardens will be dominated by shared-use plots to increase access, encouraging "working together on the plots, growing food collectively." [SF Examiner/Curbed SF]