Stern Grove Playground Renovation

Artist rendering of Stern Grove Playground designScope of Work

Stern Grove Playground is part of Stern Grove Park, a 64-acre park in a unique forest setting with mature trees. The playground is located at Sloat and 21st Avenue and was last renovated in the 1980s. This project will completely renovate the children’s play area to improve safety and accessibility.

Throughout 2020 and 2021, more than 250 community members provided input on the eventual design via surveys and community meetings. This input resulted in a design that offers imaginative nature-based play and amplifies the park's existing woodland character.

Conceived as a small village of tree houses, park users will be transported into a forested wonderland with nature-inspired features that allow climbing, sliding, swinging, and imaginative play.

The playground design seeks to respect the historic and natural aesthetic of Stern Grove while creating an exciting and contemporary neighborhood resource.

Some highlights from the new design include:

  • Play equipment serving children ages 2-12, featuring play tree-like tower structures (both youth and tot), natural timber logs, climbing nets, swings, and a nature exploration area.
  • New accessibility features, including ADA-compliant crosswalks, gates, pathways, sidewalks, and an accessible boardwalk within the children’s play area.
  • New site furnishings, including wood deck steps and a sinuous concrete curb wall to improve seating options.
  • New planting and irrigation, including lawn improvements.

The Stern Grove playground renovation project is part of the LetsPlaySF! Initiative, a partnership between the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and the San Francisco Parks Alliance, and is driven by the transformative power of play to improve wellness, creativity, and community.

Project Costs

Total project budget: $3,050,000.


Funding

  • LetsPlaySF! Initiative

Project Schedule

PhaseTimeline
PlanningWinter 2020
DesignSpring 2021
ConstructionSummer 2024
Open to the publicEarly 2025


Project Updates

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  2. Documents and Materials
  1. Capital Project Update

    Stern Grove Playground Renovation | Project update, February 2024

    The Recreation and Park Department Commission has approved awarding the construction contract for the Stern Grove Playground Renovation to Minerva Construction. Staff have also Read on...
  2. Capital Project Update

    Stern Grove Playground Renovation | Project update, January 2024

    We are excited to announce that we received three bids from prospective contractors for the Stern Grove Playground Renovation! We are currently evaluating the bids and we will Read on...
  3. Capital Project Update

    Stern Grove Playground Renovation | Project update, December 2023

    We have officially published the bid documents for the Stern Grove Playground Renovation. We held an on-site meeting with Read on...
  4. Capital Project Update

    Stern Grove Playground Renovation | Project update, November 2023

    Construction is estimated to start by mid-2024. We are working now to finalize our Read on...
  5. Capital Project Update

    Stern Grove Playground Renovation | March 2023 update

    As a quick update on the Stern Grove Playground Renovation, we are making some refinements to the final concept design, while continuing regulatory and construction bid preparation Read on...
  6. Capital Project Update

    Stern Grove Playground Renovation | February 2023 update

    We are wrapping up our construction documentation for the playground renovation at Stern Grove... Read on...
  7. Capital Project Update

    Stern Grove Playground Virtual Community Meeting #3 12/14 at 5pm!

    Join us for the third community meeting for the Stern Grove Playground Renovation Project. . . Read on...
  8. Capital Project Update

    Stern Grove Playground Virtual Community Meeting #2 (7/21 at 5pm)

    Join us for the second community meeting for the Stern Grove Playground Renovation Project. . . Read on...
  9. Capital Project Update

    POSTPONED - Stern Grove Virtual Community Meeting 3/25 at 5 pm!

    Join us for the second community meeting for . . . Read on...
  10. Capital Project Update

    Stern Grove Virtual Community Meeting 2/18 at 5 pm!

    We hope you can join us for the first of many virtual meetings to discuss the renovation of the playground at Stern Grove. . . Read on...
  1. Alexis Ward

    Project Manager