Friends, Neighbors Help Break Ground on New Balboa Park

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and neighbors joined city officials for the official groundbreaking of Balboa Park, a 25-acre park located in the Excelsior neighborhood, an area with the highest concentration of children in San Francisco. The renovation of Balboa Park has long been a priority for the city and residents of the Mission Terrace neighborhood.

The Trust for Public Land is leading the redesign, which includes a larger play area for school-aged children, a skate park and renovated tennis courts, a picnic area, a perimeter path with health-related signage and safety improvements along Sgt. Young Drive.

“At 25 acres and with multiple recreational uses, Balboa Park is an important hub for our communities, providing open space for students, athletes, families and residents the opportunity to get out and play,” said Phil Ginsburg, general manager of the Recreation and Park Department.  “

This is the second of three projects the Department is partnering on with The Trust for Public Land, including Hayes Valley Playground, which reopened in June to rave reviews, and Boeddeker Park in the Tenderloin.

TPL’s Parks for People initiative is transforming local parks into vital community resources that promote neighborhood health and sustainability. The program focuses on park design and build; community-centric design; and fundraising.

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