At the request of District 5 Supervisor and Board President, London Breed, the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department is pleased to announce the opening of a small viewing area at Alamo Square Park while the beloved and historic park is undergoing renovation. The viewing area, which will be available beginning this Thursday, will increase pedestrian safety, reduce the project’s impact on residents, and allow for visitors to take photos of the iconic Painted Ladies from the grass at Hayes and Steiner streets.
This opened area will be made available without delaying the project or significantly increasing costs. The viewing area will then be closed in November to finish construction in that corner.
“Alamo Square and the Painted Ladies are an international destination and a vital part of our neighborhood,” said Supervisor London Breed, whose district includes Alamo Square Park. “The renovation project is important, but I did not want it to completely close off the park to neighbors and visitors, or force tourists into the street while taking pictures. I’m thrilled we were able to reach a solution and want to thank both the Rec & Park Department and Alamo Square Neighborhood Association for helping make it happen.”
Alamo Square Park is undergoing a $4.3 million renovation to update the irrigation system, build an ADA-accessible restroom, and landscape the entirety of the park. The project will result in water savings through improved irrigation design, the installation of smart irrigation controllers, and the planting of lawn alternatives, including no-mow grasses that are native to the western U.S. An estimated 3,260,000 gallons of water per year (37%) is expected in water savings after completion. The project is funded by both the 2008 and 2012 Clean & Safe Neighborhood Parks Bonds, as well as a $1.6 million grant from the SF Public Utilities Commission. San Francisco Public Works designed the plans and is overseeing construction of Alamo Square which is expected to open in winter 2016-2017.
“I’m very happy we found a way for neighbors and visitors to enjoy our beloved Alamo Square while we’re making necessary improvements,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec & Park General Manager. “I want to thank Supervisor Breed for her leadership, and the community for their continued patience and support.”
“We are delighted to have a portion of the park open again,” said Lisa Zahner, President of the Alamo Square Neighborhood Association. “It’s great that Rec & Park has responded to the needs of the neighbors and park visitors. We really appreciate Supervisor Breed’s help in making it happen.”