Larsen Playground Improvement Project

Kids climb all over the new Larsen plane

Background

Larsen Playground re-opened to the public November 21st, 2015!

For years Larsen Park was known as “the airplane park” in reference to the decommissioned jet planes that served as play structures there from 1959 through 1993. The playground planes were highly visible to traffic along 19th Avenue, making the park a well-known landmark for the neighborhood. A heavily used play site for children for over thirty years, calls for replacing the jet in Larsen Park began almost with its removal in 1993. The playground that replaced the plane never received the attention or engagement of the neighborhood.

The $1 million project featured a preschool play structure, disk swing and spinners, and the star attraction is a sculpted replica of the old F-8 Crusader jet that delighted neighborhood kids for many years.

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Funding 

After identifying $500,000 of funding over the last two budget cycles, former Supervisor Carmen Chu allocated an additional $100,000 to the project that would have gone toward hiring a third aide for her office.The playground renovation was awarded a Community Opportunity Fund grant in the amount of $250,000 from the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond.

Supervisor Katy Tang has pledged an additional $50,000 of funding that has closed the gap on the initial fundraising goal. Additional private donations are still very much appreciated and helpful.

“This is a great project that will highlight the Sunset District’s history,” said former Supervisor Carmen Chu, “and provide the kids of this neighborhood a unique and exciting structure to play on for years to come.”

This project is widely supported by the community as well as former Supervisor Carmen Chu and current Supervisor Katy Tang.

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