The Crocker Amazon Steps Improvement Project was Funded by the Community Opportunity Fund
SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department opened the Prague Street Steps today after a $300,000 improvement project funded by the Community Opportunity Fund (COF), part of the 2008 Clean & Safe Neighborhood Park Bonds. The Prague Street Steps were chosen by the Crocker Amazon Playground Advisory Committee as an area in need of repair. The COF allows residents, neighborhood groups and park advocates to apply for funding for specific capital improvement projects at their parks and match the public funding with other private gifts and grants. A ribbon was cut this afternoon to celebrate the opening.
“Today is a day of celebration. The beautiful Crocker Amazon Playground deserved a safe and accessible entrance. I’m proud of the community for their work to bring this project to fruition and thrilled to have been able to support,” said District 11 Supervisor John Avalos, who advocated for $5,000 for the project through the City’s budget process.
The improvements were focused on rebuilding the existing stairs into the park from Prague Street with box steps and a handrail, formalizing two sections of social trails (from Dublin Street to Prague Street within the park, and Prague Street to approximately Munich Street within the Park) and planting 30 new California-native trees as well as dozens of native shrubs. A new ADA-compliant pathway now connects the trail to the corner of Moscow Street and France Ave, and a new player’s bench has be installed behind the backstop of the baseball field.
“The Community Opportunity Fund exists for this exact reason — for the community to come together, identify their needs and desires, and together with the Rec & Park Department, have a need met,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec & Park General Manager. “I want to thank the voters of San Francisco for passing the bonds and the community for being great stewards of their parks.”
The newly renovated Crocker Amazon Playground has five full-sized soccer fields with lights in addition to baseball and softball fields. There are also tennis, basketball and Bocce courts. With a new clubhouse, community garden, Tiny Tots programs and dog-friendly areas, this is a premiere destination in San Francisco.
“The new stairs and trail are such an asset to the community,” said Matt Householder, longtime Excelsior resident and member of the Crocker Amazon Playground Advisory Committee. “Truly, this project is an example of how to improve parks for both its users and neighbors.”