San Francisco loves its open spaces, and the city's Recreation and Parks Department has been pumping lots of money into renovations and new projects. The majority of these projects were funded by the 2008 or 2012 San Francisco Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, the more recent of which was passed by an overwhelming 72 percent of San Francisco voters. Here now, a map of 15 park projects either under construction or newly finished. Did we miss your favorite? Let us know on the tipline or in the comments.Read More
Mapping the Makeovers of San Francisco's Many Parks
Glen Canyon Park Improvements
Work includes a larger entry with a vehicular drop-off on Elk Street, a pedestrian path and landscaping, a new expanded children’s playground, new tennis courts, plus minor repairs to the Recreation Center and an exterior accessible restroom. Appeals slowed things down, but work is scheduled to wrap up in November. Trail restoration around the entirety of the canyon should also start in September, with completion next August.
Dolores Park Improvements
We’ve been talking about this one for years - the whole park is getting an overhaul with ADA compliance, new playgrounds and infrastructure, and redesigned layouts. It hasn’t been without its hiccups though.
Boeddeker Park Renovations
Rec & Park partnered with the Trust for Public Lands for a renovation to replace aging play equipment that is inaccessible and noncompliant with the Americans with Disability Act, a clubhouse with significant visibility issues, and a major lack of green space. The site was cleared this summer, with construction underway.
Cayuga Playground Renovation
$7M went towards the Outer Mission park, for a new clubhouse, upgraded children’s play areas, improved pathways, and new courts. It just reopened at the end of August.
Minnie & Lovie Ward Recreation Field Renovation
After a 2008 overhaul of the rest of the park, the grass fields are set to be replaced with synthetic turf, with construction starting in October.
Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project
The Golden Gate Park project will create one primary, continuous nature trail with wayfinding and interpretive signs, plus remove hazardous trees and invasive plants and plant new drought-tolerant species in exposed open soil. Hazardous tree removal will begin this fall, with the rest of the project will go to bid to contractors in Winter/ Spring 2014.
Joe DiMaggio Playground Renovation
Now that the new North Beach Library is happening, the surrounding Joe DiMaggio Playground gets a $5.5M makeover too. Improvements include reorganization and renovation of the children’s play area, tennis courts, paved play areas and pathways, access improvements, and landscaping and seating improvements.
South Park Renovation
The oldest public park in San Francisco is set for a $1M renovation, with upgrades to the park’s infrastructure, including new paths, irrigation, drainage, site lighting, site furnishings, trees and landscape. They’re still in early draft design and looking for community feedback.
Little Hollywood Park Renovation
The lower section of the Visitacion Valley park got upgraded in 2006, and now the upper portion will include accessible parking spaces, pathway, and picnic tables, a new bench and trash receptacles, refurbished picnic tables and barbecues, tree and shrub removal, site grading, parking bollards, boulders, a retaining wall and new landscape planting. Work began this August, with a completion date planned for February 2014.