The recent $6.7 million renovation that transformed an underused park in the Bayview into a sought-after, multi-purpose public space for people of all ages has been selected by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) San Francisco chapter as its Outstanding Parks and Recreation Project, the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department announced today.
The Hilltop Park Renovation Project team was honored at the ASCE’s San Francisco Section meeting at the San Francisco War Memorial and Performing Arts Center. The team included the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department; The Trust for Public Land; community groups Parks 94124 and Hunters Point Family; Langan Engineering and Environmental Services; Miller Company Landscape Architects Inc., Robert A. Bothman Construction; and construction manager Mack5.
Located at the highest point in the Bayview District, the park was originally constructed in 1979. Renovations began in late November 2015 and were completed just under a year later. Hilltop’s updated features include the 70-foot sundial amphitheater and plaza, a new skateboard park replacing the former “dish,” two new playgrounds, additional seating, picnic and barbeque areas, an adult fitness and meditation area and accessible pathways.
Next to public housing in the heart of the traditionally underserved neighborhood, Hilltop Park now provides a safe and dynamic public venue that includes space both for group gatherings and quiet reflection. Sustainability features include vegetated swales for water infiltration, California native and drought tolerant plants, and storm water retention. The renovation also updated the former sundial that had rusted over time and replaced the mound of dirt surrounding the sundial with green grass.
San Francisco Recreation and Parks General Manager Phil Ginsburg said the renovated Hilltop Park provides a green oasis for neighborhood residents.
“Bayview has the highest number of children in San Francisco, yet few open spaces. The renovated Hilltop Park provides a greatly improved outdoor space where neighbors can get out and play in a healthy, safe, and fun environment,” he said.
The renovation was made possible through a partnership with The Trust for Public Land, a national nonprofit. Funding was also provided by the California State Parks Statewide Park Program, California Department of Housing and Community Develop Housing Related Parks Program, 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond Community Opportunity Fund, Youth Outside, The Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, Walter and Elise Haas Fund, The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, the Hellman Foundation, and the Tony Hawk Foundation.
“The Trust for Public Land is proud to have worked with great community and consultant partners, including Langan Engineering, to renovate Hilltop Park. Almost 15,000 San Franciscans can walk to Hilltop Park in 10 minutes, making this a great resource for the community – from children to seniors – who live in the Bayview. We’re working to ensure everyone in this country lives within a 10 minute walk of a quality park, and projects like Hilltop Park are integral to that goal,” said Alejandra Chiesa, Bay Area Program Director.
“The Hilltop Park underwent an amazing transformation. I am immensely proud to be on the team that made this happen,” said Langan Engineering Associate Cary Ronan, the geotechnical project manager for the park renovation. “Winning the ASCE award is a testament to how special this park is and the benefit it provides to San Franciscans of all ages.