San Francisco residents devoted over $10 million of the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond to improving Lafayette Park, one of Pacific Height’s crown jewels. Our common goal is to ensure that future generations of San Franciscans will be able to enjoy the park’s recreational offerings and appreciate its significance for years to come.
We are proud of the historical value that Lafayette Park holds for its residents. With that in mind, it is our highest priority to incorporate the community’s vision and ideas into the improvement renovation. Working together we will create a unified plan for giving the park’s users a recreation center that truly serves their needs. Looking forward, we envision renovating the park’s recreational amenities and restoring and maintaining its natural features.
We can’t wait to join forces with the Lafayette Park community!
A PARK READY FOR A MAKEOVER
Lafayette Park is an 11.5-acre multi-use recreation area bounded by Laguna, Sacramento, Gough, and Washington Streets in the Pacific Heights District. Rich with a history that spans back to the 1860s, Lafayette Park has hosted a myriad of “owners” over time, from former City Attorney, Samuel Holladay; to University of California professor, George Davidson; to real estate mogul, Louis Lurie; to condominium developer, Alexander Wilson – all of whom contended with the City of San Francisco for rights to the area. It was not until 1936 that the City secured Lafayette Park as purely public space – that is with the exception of the St. Regis Apartments which remain the only privately-owned building in a San Francisco public park.
Today, Lafayette Park serves one of the densest urban areas in the City. Our upcoming renovation efforts will keep this neighborhood gem in tip-top shape.
Fences will be removed on Wednesday, 11/25, providing the public access to the 7,000 square feet of newly installed dog play area synthetic turf. The eastern end of the DPA will remain closed until early January to allow the natural grass to regenerate. In the meantime, the temporary off-leash area located along Laguna Street will continue to be … Continue reading
Please be advised that the Off-Leash Dog Play Area will be closed for renovation beginning Monday, November 3. During construction, people who wish to walk their dogs off-leash may utilize the lawn area adjacent to Laguna Street. Your patience and cooperation is greatly appreciated. The area closest to the drinking fountain and … Continue reading
NOTICE OF UPCOMING CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES The Recreation and Parks Department will be performing maintenance work within the Lafayette Park Designated Dog Play Area (DPA) during November and December of this year. In order to address sever deterioration of the play area turf, RPD will be installing synthetic grass specially design … Continue reading
Join Mayor Edwin M. Lee, District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell, Friends of Lafayette Park, the Department of Public Works and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department for a grand re-opening event. Children’s Play Day & Activities beginning at 10 am, Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at 11 am. Bring a picnic … Continue reading
In the final push toward completion of the renovation of Lafayette Park we have found that there are three commemorative plaques for which we do not have homes: Hurbert and Elsie Lui; Martha Joy Edstrom; Shirley R. Mooser. If you know the history behind one of these plaques, or would … Continue reading
Project Progress The overall project is nearing completion with approximately 90% of the project scope performed. Progress over the past few weeks has focused primarily on the custom climbing structures in the children’s play area, the walls and paths around the courts, and the off-leash dog play area. The first … Continue reading
Street tree work is scheduled to begin this week and is estimated to take up to 2 weeks to complete. Ailing trees located along Washington Street will be removed, and young gingko trees will be planted in their place. Empty tree wells along the length of the block will also … Continue reading