SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation & Park Department officially opened the Beacon Trail which connects Walter Haas Park to Billy Goat Hill. A ribbon was cut this afternoon to celebrate the opening. The $147,000 project made possible by the Open Space Fund Undesignated Contingency Reserve, connects the two parks with 680 feet of trail – comprised of 560 feet of earthen trail and 120 feet of box steps. The project scope also included deliberate entrances and erosion control.
“I am thrilled that we’re increasing connectivity between our neighborhoods and our parks,” said Supervisor Scott Wiener whose district includes the new trail. “Prior to the construction, there was an unsanctioned trail that wasn’t particularly safe or environmentally-friendly. I want to thank the Recreation & Park Department for their continued efforts to improve our parks.”
This project directly addresses two key parts of the Department’s strategic plan: Increasing interconnectivity on City parkland and maintaining San Francisco’s urban trail network, and strengthening the quality of existing parks and facilities. Through trails, SF Rec & Park is supporting a healthy lifestyle and giving residents an alternative from traveling on paved roads.
“I want to thank the community for coming together to find solutions for connecting our parklands through a beautiful new trail,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec & Park General Manager. “This improvement project allows families increased access to the basketball courts at Walter Haas and the incredible trails and views from Billy Goat Hill.”
The project was community-driven with support from the Friends of Walter Haas Park and the Diamond Heights Community Association.
“I want to congratulate and thank the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department for bringing together park neighbors to help design a wonderful zigzag trail that provides park access for people of all ages,” said Betsy Eddy, President of the Diamond Heights Community Association.