Construction started in early January and is progressing steadily. When complete, the project will feature improvements to the tennis courts, children’s play area, recreation center, landscaping, and Elk Street entrance.
To date, the tennis courts and their surrounding retaining walls, as well as the old children’s play equipment have been removed to make way for the new courts, playground and other amenities. As you may know, the old play equipment was made of pressure treated lumber, which had chemicals such as arsenic in the wood. Though they were sealed by the city on a regular basis, it will be great to get new equipment in the new playground! Some of the park’s benches and tables have been removed for safekeeping; they will be returned when the renovation nears completion.
In case you were wondering, the bees that lived in a tree up on a hill above the tennis courts have been preserved. We had hoped to cut the top portion of this decayed tree down, leaving the trunk. However, due to the level of decay, this was not possible. Fortunately, thanks to the assistance of an apiarist, we were able to relocate the bees. The bees, including their queen, are currently being fostered in Potrero Hill. We will see if and when we can re-introduce them back into the park.
Although the sights and sounds of construction can be hard to escape around the eastern end of the park, we have tried to make visiting Glen Canyon Park as enjoyable and hassle-free as possible during the renovation. There are signs around the park that direct visitors to the open entrances, as well as provide information about the renovation project. Also, there are ADA-accessible porta-potties that are available seven days a week; they may be found near the Bosworth Street entrance.
Assuming there are no additional delays, the project is anticipated to be completed in November 2013. For more information, visit the project’s website (http://sfrecpark.org/project/glen-canyon-park-improvement-plan/) or contact Karen Mauney-Brodek at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 575-5601.