Francisco Street Reservoir Project

Francisco Reservoir – Future Park Site

The 3.29 acre Francisco Reservoir site, located in the Russian Hill neighborhood, was acquired by Rec and Park in the summer of 2014. The reservoir is adjacent to Rec and Park managed 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.

SF Rec & Parks Moves Forward to Add Brand New 4.5 Acre Park to San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (SF Rec & Parks) announced today the commission approval of conceptual design to convert 4.5 acres of former reservoir to a brand new park located atop of Russian Hill.  The Park, bounded by Bay, Hyde and Larkin Streets and is intersected … Continue reading

Francisco Park Project Update

The Francisco Conservancy, Rec & Park, and the Design team continues to refine concept plan incorporating feedback from the community. The team presented to the Civic Design Review Committee and the Committee/Community is pleased with the design. The team is establishing community focus groups on specific major park elements. The … Continue reading

Francisco Reservoir New Park Design Update

The Francisco Conservancy, Rec & Park, and Design team continues to refine concept plan incorporating feedback from the community.  The team presented to the Civic Design Review Committee and the Committee is pleased with the design. The team is establishing community focus groups on specific major park elements. The groups … Continue reading

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Background

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.

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