Francisco Reservoir – Future Park Site
The 3.29 Francisco Reservoir site, located in the Russian Hill neighborhood, was acquired by RPD in the summer of 2014. The reservoir is adjacent to RPD’s Russian Hill Open Space, a 0.97 acre lot between neighbors and the southern reach of the reservoir. The future park site will provide a number of special attributes, most notably its incredible vistas of the San Francisco Bay, Alcatraz, Angel Island, Marin County, and portions of the Golden Gate Bridge.
For more information, contact Deputy Director of Planning, Stacy Bradley, SF Recreation and Park Department, Stacy.Bradley@sfgov.org or 415-575-5609.
The Francisco Street Reservoir,and adjacent Russian Hill open space provide over 4 acres of open space. SFRPD entered into a 12 year MOU with the SFPUC in August 2014 to transfer the 3.29 acre site that housed the Francisco Street Reservoir.
The Francisco Park Project, a group of neighborhood residents comprised of representatives from four local coalitions: Aquatic Park Neighbors, North Beach Neighbors, Russian Hill Improvement Association and Russian Hill Neighbors, actively worked with Supervisor Mark Farrell’s office, RPD and the PUC to move the acquisition process forward and has committed to raising funds for the development and maintenance of the park. The group held a series of community meetings and developed a financing strategy based on potential cost estimates to develop and maintain a future park.
Operation of the Francisco Street Reservoir dates back to the 1860s, originally by the Spring Valley Water Company and later the San Francisco Municipal Water Department. The brick and concrete-lined reservoir was closed in 1940 when the Lombard Street Reservoir opened.