Tag Archives: parks

San Francisco opens first new park in a decade

After more than a decade of meetings, debates and most recently rain delays, the Mission has a new park at 17th and Folsom streets – In Chan Kaajal Park, a Mayan phrase meaning “my little town.” Indeed, it seemed just that as local residents, officials and visitors filled the lawn, the playground and the community garden on Friday afternoon to...

Community will decide on name for new Mission park set to open in May

A 17-year vision to transform an empty parking lot at 17th and Folsom streets into a recreational park is months away from completion and all that remained to do at Thursday’s final community meeting was to vote on a name. “The park is almost there,” announced Paulina Araica, the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department’s project manager, who briefed community members...

Garfield Square Athletic Field Resurfaced, Reopened

The athletic field at Garfield Square has reopened with a new look. Fencing and drainage have been updated, the field’s old turf was completely recycled, and the new turf has a natural infill made from sand and cork, according to the SF Recreation and Parks Department. Garfield Square underwent a previous renovation more than a decade ago through the City Fields Foundation,...

Controversial McCoppin Hub, Popular Homeless Hangout, Now Fenced Off

A temporary fence has been installed around McCoppin Hub,  a public plaza at the intersection of Valencia and McCoppin streets and a point of contention among neighbors and city leaders because of its popularity among the homeless. Hoodline first reported that the temporary hurricane fencing had been installed around the plaza. A permanent fence will be constructed “as soon as...

Kids vs. Swimmers: Drama at Meeting for New Garfield Park Pool

Changes are coming to Garfield Park and Pool and at a public meeting on Thursday neighbors clashed over a proposed shortening of the existing 100-foot pool, with many arguing it would further crowd an already popular pool. Architects proposed a wall that would effectively shorten the pool to 75 feet and allow for a smaller, shallower recreation swim zone. The...

New Mission Park Opening Delayed Due to Rain

A recent spell of heavy rainfall has caused a delay in the construction of a new Mission District park, was scheduled to open to the public at 17th and Folsom streets at the end of 2016. Construction of the 31,850-square-foot park, spearheaded by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, has been underway since March, although the plans for the...

Franklin Square Field Reopens After Facelift

San Francisco’s Franklin Square field is open again after a four-month facelift, the Recreation and Parks Department reports. The synthetic turf field was originally completed in 2003. Though turf can be played on in all weather and doesn’t need to “rest,” the field saw heavy use and after 13 years, needed renovation. The Recreation and Parks department not only removed...

Troubled Public Plaza Will Be Fenced Off To Divert Homeless

Plans for installing a fence around McCoppin Hub, a public plaza that has become a hangout for some of the city’s homeless, are underway with construction set to begin as early as next month. In a collaboration between various city agencies including Public Works and the Department of Public Health, a contractor is expected to deliver a final proposal and...

Rec & Park to End Paid Lawn Reservations at Dolores Park

News of a lawn-rental pilot program at Dolores Park quickly attracted controversy and political debate on Monday and by Tuesday, Supervisor Scott Wiener announced he had worked out a deal with the Recreation and Parks Department to end the rental of lawn space. “Despite this program being consistent with long-standing policy in Dolores Park, I do share concerns about reserving...

Developments in Development: Slice of the Pie

A short time in the future in a galaxy very similar to our own, where housing is the hottest commodity on the market, everyone is scrambling to hold on to or get in on the good stuff. Exhibit A: Corporate landlords want a slice of the Airbnb pie, reports the Wall Street Journal. Some of the nation’s biggest property management...

Are Parklets in SF’s Mission Really Public?

If all goes according to plan, the Mission will have five new parklets, which are miniature parks that slightly extend portions of sidewalk into the street to offer decorative seating to the general public, by early next year. That would give the the neighborhood 16 parklets in total, with 13 on Valencia Street. The Mission’s 12 existing parklets make up approximately...

101 New Affordable Units Approved for SF’s Mission

Just five weeks after 1950 Mission Street was approved for 165 units of affordable housing, 101 new affordable units will be coming to the former parking lot at 2070 Folsom St. They will be built via a joint partnership between the Mission Economic Development Agency (MEDA) and the Chinatown Community Development Center (CDC). This brings the number of affordable housing units approved for the...

Sneak Peek at Dolores Park’s New North

Well, one thing’s for sure, you’ll never see the turf this pristine again. Dolores Park’s northern half is scheduled to reopen with a celebratory silent disco next Thursday, June 18. But today, the press got a little tour of the almost-complete walkways, bathrooms, promenade, courts, and field. Have a look:    

Mission Eyes: 4/20 in Dolores

While Hippie Hill was crowded with revelers and getting trashed, Dolores Park was a haven for more laid-back cannabis consumers yesterday. It looked like it does on any other afternoon when Mission Local rolled up, but as the nominal hour approached, the park did fill with people and puffs of smoke. At 4:20 sharp, a cheer went up. Wafels were eaten,...