Public parks are some of San Francisco's most treasured assets, and luckily we've got a task force of Leslie Knopes busy at work on lots of upgrades. Since 2008, the Recreation and Parks Department has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in bond money to make sure that the city's parks and playgrounds remain in tip-top shape. Here now, a map of 12 park renovation projects that are under construction or will break ground within a year. Did we miss any? Drop us a line or let us know in the comments.Read More
Mapping 12 San Francisco Parks That Will Soon Get a Facelift
Rec and Park is embarking on an extensive renovation of Alamo Square that'll include new restrooms, repaved pathways, a brand-new irrigation system, and more colorful plantings. Work will proceed in phases between now and December 2014.
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South Park will soon get $1M in upgrades, which include new lighting and irrigation and a new playground. Construction will kick off in April 2015.
Dolores Park is receiving a much-needed $13.2M upgrade. Construction is under way on improvements to the northern end of the park, where new restrooms, tennis courts, and pathways are being built. The second phase of the project will revamp the park's southern half, and should be complete by summer 2015.
Minnie & Lovie Ward Recreation Field
Crews are hard at work adding synthetic turf, new lighting, improved irrigation, and new trails and pathways to Minnie & Lovie Ward Recreation Center. Construction will wrap up by the end of the summer.
Oak Woodlands Trails
The Oak Woodlands project will bring new trails and signage to the northeastern corner of Golden Gate Park. Crews will also remove invasive plants as well as hazardous trees. Tree removal began last fall, and the rest of the project remains underway.
Beach Chalet Fields
City Fields and SF Recreation and Parks want to bring synthetic turf, new lighting, improved play areas and renovated restrooms to the fields near the Beach Chalet. The project has been the subject of tremendous controversy over potential environmental damage, and its fate will be decided on the November ballot.
Alta Plaza Park
The northern end of Alta Plaza Park will get a bit spiffier as part of a water conservation upgrade. The project is still in the planning phase.
Rec and Park and the Trust for Public Lands have teamed up to transform uninviting Boeddeker Park into one of the city's most attractive public spaces. Construction began last summer and should be finished this fall.
The Bayview's dilapidated Gilman Playground is set to receive a massive makeover starting in mid-2015. Should all go as planned, the renovated playground should open in January of 2016.
Joe DiMaggio Playground
Joe DiMaggio Playground will soon benefit from a $5.5M facelift that includes a newly relocated and renovated playground. The park's tennis courts will also get an upgrade, as will the massive paved play area at the eastern end of the park. Construction should begin this fall.
Raymond Kimbell Playground
Raymond Kimbell Park will soon receive a $3.3M overhaul that will completely redo its layout. The playground will move to the portion of the park fronting Geary Boulevard, leaving space for an open lawn at the current playground site.
Mountain Lake Park
Now that the lake has been cleared of toxic sludge, Mountain Lake Park will get $3.1M in upgrades for its dated playground. The project will break ground in the fall and should be ready by May 2015.