In Chan Kaajal Park (Formerly 17th & Folsom Street Park) is the first new neighborhood park to be acquired and built by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (SFRPD) in over a decade. Planning for the park began in 2008 with the adoption of the Eastern Neighborhoods Rezoning and Area Plan. The public planning process for the development of the park concept plan was done in partnership with PODER, and other neighborhood organizations. The Recreation and Park Commission approved the conceptual plan for the 17th & Folsom Park project at their Meeting of June 21, 2012.
The project was on hold for a year, 2013, to allow for coordination with the proposed work by San Francisco Public Utilities Commission for 17th & Folsom Sewer Improvements that included a wet weather storage basin at the site of the future park. In early 2014, SFPUC decided not to proceed with the proposed sewer improvements work after evaluation of the project and technical performance of the storage basin. The project obtained additional funding to complete design and moved forward again by mid-2014. Construction documents were completed in July 2015 followed by the bid and award phase of the construction contract. Construction started in April 2016 for a duration of 10 months.
As you probably have noted from recent SF Chronicle’s reporting that 17th & Folsom Street Park opening is delayed due to recent winter storm, and we cannot thank you enough for your patience. In the coming months, we will be working to complete the remaining construction, and we are expecting to announce the opening date in April 2017. Please check our project web page for the latest construction progress, and we will be sure to keep you posted on the opening date and celebration event.
The anticipated revised schedule is as follows:
Completion of contract documents: July 2015
Bid & Award of Construction Contract: Summer 2015
Start of Construction: Summer 2016
Park Opening: Spring 2017
On June 23, 2017 the park officially opened with a ceremony and celebration that featured everything from politicians to Mayan dancers. For pictures from that opening, please click here.
The park was officially named In Chan Kaajal Park on Thursday, July 20 when it was confirmed by the SF Rec and Park Commission.
Repair work for the swings pole and the net structure fire-pole will be done on Saturday, August 26, from 7 am to 3:30 pm. The children’s play area will remain open during construction. For your safety, please do not enter fenced areas. Community Playgrounds will perform the repairs. The construction … Continue reading
The two saucer swings at children’s play area will be removed for the upcoming safety repair of the loose center post. We will provide a schedule for repairs of the post at the saucer swings and firepole at net structure. The children’s play area will remain open during construction. Bauman … Continue reading
We are pleased to announce the opening of San Francisco’s newest park at 17th and Folsom Streets! The Opening is now set for Friday, June 23rd at 3:30PM. The new name will be … Continue reading
Join us as we provide a brief overview of 17th & Folsom Park, Community Gardens, Naming, and Hours of Operation. The meeting will take place at the Marshall Elementary School Auditorium (1575 … Continue reading
Construction progress for 17th and Folsom Park has been impacted by the heavy rains and adverse weather that started mid-December 2016. The prior scheduled opening in Winter 2016/2017 has been rescheduled to late Spring 2017. Anticipating dry weather, the Contractor will be able to complete the remaining concrete work, commence … Continue reading
Update as February 8, 2016 We are pleased to inform that the Recreation and Park Commission awarded a construction contract for the 17th & Folsom Street Park project at their Meeting of December 17, 2015. The construction contract is currently under certification and start of construction is anticipated in March … Continue reading
We are pleased to inform that the Recreation and Park Commission awarded a construction contract for the 17th & Folsom Street Park project at their Meeting of December 17, 2015. The construction contract is currently under certification and start of construction is anticipated in March 2016. The anticipated construction schedule … Continue reading
Since January 2010, the City has been working with the community to develop a park on a portion of a parking lot at the corner of 17th and Folsom Streets. Concept designs were developed with the community and submitted for a State grant in 2010.
We’re excited to announce that we have received this grant and have funded the development of this site! Staff from the Recreation and Park Department, Planning Department, DPW, the PUC, and our community partner, PODER, worked with the community over the past 2 years to complete the design of the Park. We look forward to working with the community to build this park!