Francisco Street Reservoir Improvement Project
Francisco Reservoir - Future Park Site
The 3.29 acre Francisco Reservoir site, located in the Russian Hill neighborhood, was acquired by Rec and Park in the summer of 2014. The reservoir is adjacent to Rec and Park managed Russian Hill Open Space, a 0.97-acre lot between neighbors and the southern reach of the reservoir. The future park site will provide a number of special attributes, most notably its incredible vistas of:
- Angel Island
- Marin County
- Portions of the Golden Gate Bridge
- San Francisco Bay
This unique park project is a public-private partnership between the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) and Francisco Park Conservancy (FPC). In 2014, the Recreation and Park Department acquired an underutilized reservoir site. Upon completion, the Francisco Park project will transform this abandoned reservoir site into a new public park, providing access to some of San Francisco’s most famous views of the bay alongside open spaces lined with native plants and trees.
An ADA-accessible pathway starting at Bay Street will wind its way up the park to a central lawn area, children’s playground, picnic area, restroom, and other amenities. The project also includes a fenced dog play area.
The new park is anticipated to open to the public in early 2022.
If you would like to sign up for updates click here and scroll down to the NewsFlash and select the alerts you would like to receive.
The Hyde Street stairway has been installed and the view from the top is spectacular. The pathway from the stairway to the great lawn will be poured next week. Read on...
Rec and Park announced today the commission approval of conceptual design to convert 4.5 acres of former reservoir Read on...
The Francisco Street Reservoir and adjacent Russian Hill open space provide over 4 acres of open space. SFRPD entered into a 12 year MOU with the SFPUC in August 2014 to transfer the 3.29-acre site that housed the Francisco Street Reservoir.
The Francisco Park Project
The Francisco Park Project, a group of neighborhood residents comprised of representatives from four local coalitions: Aquatic Park Neighbors, North Beach Neighbors, Russian Hill Improvement Association and Russian Hill Neighbors, actively worked with Supervisor Mark Farrell's office, RPD and the PUC to move the acquisition process forward and has committed to raising funds for the development and maintenance of the park. The group held a series of community meetings and developed a financing strategy based on potential cost estimates to develop and maintain a future park.
Francisco Street Reservoir
Operation of the Francisco Street Reservoir dates back to the 1860s, originally by the Spring Valley Water Company and later the San Francisco Municipal Water Department. The brick and a concrete-lined reservoir were closed in 1940 when the Lombard Street Reservoir opened.
- 05-14-2014 Updated Site Informational Sheet (PDF)
- 06-03-2014 PROSAC Presentation (PDF)
- 06-04-2014 Francisco Reservoir Acquisition Staff Report (PDF)
- Francisco Reservoir Concept Approval Staff Report (PDF)
- Francisco Reservoir Jurisdictional Transfer Resolution (PDF)
- Francisco Reservoir Location Map (PDF)
- High Needs Buffers for Proposed Francisco Reservoir Park Map (PDF)