Earlier this week, the Arts Commission told the sponsors of the park proposed for 17th and Folsom streets that it needed more details before it could approve the first phase of design.

The project includes unpaving a parking lot and splitting it into two areas, one for housing and the other for the park.

Proposed community gardens

Andrea Alfonso, a landscape architect with the Department of Public Works, presented her plan to the commissioners, which includes community gardens where people can grow produce and a stage area for performances.

Alfonso also wants to include butterfly habitat for educational purposes.

Project architects will be back before the Arts Commission within a month.

For more information on the project, click here.

Proposed demonstration gardens

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Hélène Goupil is a former editor at Mission Local who now works independently as a videographer and editor. She's the co-author of "San Francisco: The Unknown City" (Arsenal Pulp Press).

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  1. Can the arts commission stop being consulted on parks? First, Dolores and then this. This would be my neighborhood park if it’s finished anytime before the next century begins.