SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will reopen the upper section of the Little Hollywood Park on Friday, July 17th after its recent renovation. In partnership with the Little Hollywood Neighborhood Group, Visitacion Valley Connections, and Recology, the Department will be hosting a celebration that will include a ribbon cutting ceremony, community planting project, mobile recreation activities, Zumba dance class, and barbecue; all are free for the public to enjoy.
“Little Hollywood Park is a hidden gem in the Visitacion Valley neighborhoods, and I am pleased to continue supporting investments for an often forgotten area of San Francisco,” said District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen, whose district includes Little Hollywood Park. “These new improvements will make the park more accessible for our growing number of families in the neighborhood and help attract positive activity in the park.”
“This Park has been known to locals and Candlestick Park tailgaters for years but had really been overgrown with weeds and unwanted activity. The new improvements to the picnic area and the usable pathway have made this an inviting park to our neighborhood,” said Edi Epps, lifetime Little Hollywood resident and business owner who has been actively involved in community groups including Little Hollywood Neighborhood Group, Visitacion Valley History Project, and Visitacion Valley Connections. “We hope that Little Hollywood neighbors will embrace these improvements and look forward to using the Park for community activities making it a family friendly area. Friends of Little Hollywood Park, is forming to help with keeping the Park attractive and getting the neighbors involved in planning more improvements for the Park.”
The upper section renovation, the second phase of the park renovation, began in January. The renovation included improvements to the irrigation, pathways and overall landscape, new park amenities such as park bench, picnic table, barbeques, and trash cans, as well as upgrades to site access and visibility throughout the park. The total budget for renovation was $516,180 funded by the City’s General Fund and Open Space Fund. The landscape architecture design was provided by San Francisco Public Works. The first phase of the park renovation took place in 2006 which included new basketball court, children play area, and improved pathways located at the lower section of the Park.
Little Hollywood neighborhood was once also called “Bayside Hill” located with the boundaries of Bay Shore Blvd, U.S. 101 freeway and San Mateo County. According to an article written by Harvey Harlowe Hukari, published by San Francisco Magazine in 1964, Little Hollywood was named during the 1930s when many of the Spanish-style influenced homes with white stucco walls and red tiled-roofs, were being constructed, and someone noticed how sunny the weather was, commented that the neighborhood was set out to look like a little Hollywood.” Today, just as it was in 1964, Little Hollywood is a pleasant and culturally diverse neighborhood.
“This has been a very rewarding park improvement project for our team, it is inspiring to be working closely with neighbors who really care about our park and want to better the space for our community’s benefits,” said Matt Jasmin, SF Rec and Park’s Project Manager for Capital Planning Division. “We look forward to welcoming the community and seeing them enjoying the park!”
Moreover, near Little Hollywood Park, is the Schlage Lock Project, a housing development which will allow SF Rec and Park to acquire the land located on Bayshore Blvd at Leland and Visitacion Avenues where to build two new parks serving the greater Visictacion Valley communities. This fall, SF Rec and Park will work closely with the residents and community leaders to review the park designs. The goal of this review is to ensure the current park designs still meeting the needs of the communities and SF Rec and Park maintenance standards. The two parks addressed through this process are a “Linear Park” of approximately 33,000 square feet, also known as “Leland Greenway”; and a “Square Park” of about 40,000 square feet, also known as “Visitacion Park”. For more information and upcoming meeting dates, please see link: http://sfrecpark.org/park-improvements/schlage-lock-future-park-sites/.
Please see attached for before and after photos of the upper section of Little Hollywood Park, courtesy of SF Recreation and Park Department.