A renovated Panhandle Playground reopened Tuesday, November 12th. Thank you to everyone whose support and dedication to the project made it possible!
Tree maintenance and removals are now complete at the Golden Gate Park Dog Training Area. Thank you for your patience during the temporary closure. The construction project will be advertised to prospective contractors soon and updates will be posted to this project page.
Construction progress has been intermittent over the past few weeks due to a unexpected conflict with street utilities in the area of the new bulb out. This issue affects both the Guy Place Mini Park project as well as the streetscape project, managed by San Francisco Public Works. Both project … Continue reading
Please join us for a community site walk as part of the Buena Vista Park Needs Assessment and Cost Analysis project. This walk will be led by the project team to look at areas of the park that require renovation and improvements that may be included as part of the … Continue reading
Please join us on Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at 11am for a celebration of the Panhandle Playground reopening!
Playground equipment and new play surfaces have been installed at Panhandle Playground over the past few weeks. The contractor is currently installing a few more play elements, ornamental plants, and finishing the site fencing. An opening celebration date will be announced shortly!
A new sidewalk bulb-out (a widened area of sidewalk) is under construction in front of Guy Place Mini Park. The bulb-out will feature a new pet relief area with permeable paving and a pet drinking fountain.
Please be advised that the Golden Gate Park Dog Training Area will be fully closed from Monday, October 28 through Wednesday, October 30 for tree pruning and removals. The parking lot will also have reduced capacity on Thursday, October 31 and Friday, November 1 for the remainder of the work. … Continue reading
The first community meeting for the Buena Vista Park Needs Assessment and Cost Analysis project will be held on October 7, 2019 at 7pm in the Randall Museum Theater Room, located at 199 Museum Way. Please join us to discuss the scope and schedule of the project, meet the team, … Continue reading
Play equipment is being installed right now at Panhandle Playground. Please stay tuned for more updates during this exciting phase of the construction project!
The design team is putting the finishing touches on the construction drawings for the renovation of the Dog Training Area. The next steps will include a thorough review for code compliance before a building permit is obtained. Following permitting, the project will be advertised to prospective contractors. It is expected … Continue reading
Tree work, consisting of selective removals and pruning, is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2019 and occur through the winter of 2020. Trees scheduled for removal were posted with notices in the past week. Tree pruning and removals are intended to address required maintenance around the 4.5-mile perimeter … Continue reading
The contractor has completed the stone terrace installation and is now working on preparing the new playground surfacing. Please check back shortly for news about the installation of the new playground equipment!
A fourteen foot slab of granite arrived at Guy Place Mini Park this week. The contractor is currently preparing to install it in the rear corner of the park where it will serve as an ornamental focal point to the space. Granite paving and boulders as well as trees will … Continue reading
Stone from the Sierras has been delivered to the site and is being formed into a terrace this week. The stone terrace will surround a slide and acts as a transition between the upper and lower playground areas. A temporary wood has been positioned where the slide will be installed … Continue reading
The contractor is now installing the irrigation system at Guy Place Mini Park. This water-efficient system will support the establishment of the park’s new trees, shrubs, vines and perennials.
New plants, including Arbutus and Cedar trees, arrived on site this week. The contractor is also preparing for the installation of granite blocks from the Sierra that will arrive shortly.
Foundations for the four vine columns are being built this week at Guy Place Mini Park. These foundations will support stainless steel mesh columns that will be planted with ornamental Roger’s Red California grapevines, famed for their scarlet red autumn color.
Over the past week project’s contractor has been preparing to install the new paving on the north side of the playground. Stone for the terraced area around the slide will be arriving from the Sierra soon and will be installed throughout August. At a recent Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council meeting … Continue reading
Over the past few weeks the contractor has been busy importing soil to the site to make it level with with sidewalk. Next week they will be building foundations for the ornamental granite slab wall and four vine columns. Additional subsurface drainage lines are also being installed.
The perimeter retaining walls were completed today. The contractor will soon move on to finishing the installation of drainage and utilities.
Hello! I’d like to introduce myself as the new point of contact and project manager for the Panhandle Playground renovation. Since the playground closed in April, the project’s contractor has been busy with demolition and starting work on the new playground. They are currently working on installing concrete paths, curbs, … Continue reading
Vertical formwork is in place ahead of concrete work later this month. The top of the reinforcing bar seen in this photo provides close reference for the finished elevation of the new park.
Concrete is being poured today as construction continues on the walls at Guy Place Mini Park.Thank you for your patience with any temporary street closures.
The project’s contractor is continuing to build the site’s extensive retaining walls.
Approval of the concept design for the Lake Merced Trail & Restroom project will now be presented at the June Capital Committee meeting on June 5, 2019. This item was originally intended for the May meeting but has been rescheduled as we await determination on the project’s Environmental Application.
Heavy earthwork continues at Guy Place Mini Park. Over the next month the contractor will continue to “step” the site and build the wall footings as the surface of the new park will be raised to street level.
Thank you to everyone who attended the fourth community meeting on the evening of April 1st. The conceptual design will now be presented to the Recreation and Park Capital Committee on May 1, 2019 and then advanced to the Full Commission for approval on May 15, 2019.
The project’s engineers and landscape architects have been busy over the past few months developing the construction documents. The project remains on schedule as the design continues to be worked out and reviewed for building code compliance and maintenance standards.
April 1, 2019 at 6pm in the Lake Merced Boathouse, 1 Harding Road
The project landscape architect has been working with the contractor’s nursery to secure all of the plants for the new park. The new trees, shrubs, and perennials are being cared for by a grower in the Central Valley until it is time to install them later this year. The planting … Continue reading
The project’s contractor is taking full advantage of the recent dry weather and making progress on new pier footings. These piers are drilled deep into Rincon Hill and will support the park’s new perimeter wall, which will be formed in the coming weeks.
The concept plan for the renovation of the Golden Gate Park Dog Training Area was approved by the Recreation and Park Commission today. Thank you to everyone who attended the design workshops, participated in the community surveys, and offered many thoughtful ideas! The design team will begin producing the construction … Continue reading
The project design team has been working throughout Fall 2018 to advance the design as discussed at the last community meeting. This includes material and geotechnical investigation of the perimeter trail, tree assessments around Lake Merced, and coordination with PG&E regarding the electrical service required for a new restroom. A … Continue reading
A new 22-foot tall magnolia tree arrived at Guy Place Mini Park last week. This tree replaces an avocado tree that was removed at the rear property boundary. With cooperation from neighbors, this tree has been planted in the landscape behind the park where it will provide a large, evergreen … Continue reading
Construction activities at the project site resumed last week with the continuation of earthwork and the underpinning of the adjacent residential building. Thank you for your patience and understanding as the project team ensured that the structural engineering revisions were thoroughly reviewed and the permits updated as required with the … Continue reading
Thank you to everyone who attended last night’s Community Workshop #3 and discussion concerning the final concept plan for the renovation of the Golden Gate Park Dog Training Area. The presentation from last night’s meeting may be downloaded via this link: https://sfrecpark.org/wp-content/uploads/GGP-DPA-Community-Meeting-3.pdf The next steps for the project include the presentation … Continue reading
Work required to reinforce the foundation a building adjacent to the park (which must occur before the park walls are built) is temporarily delayed while structural engineering drawings are being revised. This is due to conditions under the building varying from what was anticipated. Work at the park site is … Continue reading
Please join us for the third community workshop for the Golden Gate Park Dog Training Area at 6pm on November 8, 2018! The meeting will be held in the basement of the Senior Center at Fulton Street and 37th Avenue.
Construction on the new Guy Place Mini Park is scheduled to commence Wednesday, August 22, 2018. Please stay tuned for future updates and photos of the construction process!
A community meeting has been scheduled for Thursday, September 13, 2018 at 6pm in the Lake Merced Boat House. The purpose of this meeting is to discuss the scope of improvements proposed for the recreational spaces around Lake Merced, made possible through a combination of California Natural Resources Agency General … Continue reading
An online survey has been created to gather feedback on two design concepts for the renovation of the Dog Training Area. A copy of the July 16, 2018 Community Design Workshop presentation may be downloaded under the Documents & Materials section of this project page. Please use the following link … Continue reading
Construction activity at Guy Place Mini Park is scheduled to begin in late July or early August 2018. Please observe the information in the bulletin below. Regular progress updates will be provided throughout the construction process. Thank you to the supporters of this long-awaited project!
The second community meeting for the Golden Gate Park Dog Training Area renovation project has been set for Monday, July 16 at 6pm in the Senior Center. (This is the same location as our last meeting.) The project team is looking forward to sharing two design concepts for community input. … Continue reading
The new Sussex Stair opened for use today! We truly appreciate the support provided by Supervisor Sheehy that made this project possible. Thank you to everyone in the Glen Park community for your patience and understanding throughout the construction process.
The Recreation and Park Commission has approved the issuance of a contract with Azul Works, Inc.for the construction of Guy Place Mini Park. Azul Works was the low bidder as determined after the February 14th bid opening. City staff are now processing the contract so that the project can begin … Continue reading
The new stairway has been built! The contractor is now working on rebuilding the top landing and barrier rail where the sidewalk meets the stair. Fabrication of the stair handrail is ahead of schedule, so we will forego the temporary one and proceed with installing the permanent handrail the week of May … Continue reading
Construction of the new Sussex Street stair is nearing completion. The new stair treads are being filled and the hillside will receive fine grading before it is covered in erosion control netting. It is expected that the stair will open in mid-May with a temporary handrail. The permanent handrail is … Continue reading
Framing for the lower portion of the stair has been installed. The construction crew is now working on grading and excavation prior to building the upper stair.
Work has resumed on the replacement of the Sussex stair. Thank you for your patience during the delay. Completion of the stair should take approximately 4 weeks. Fabrication and installation of the permanent metal handrail may take a few weeks longer, in which case a temporary wooden handrail will be … Continue reading
Dear Glen Park Neighbor, Thank you for your patience throughout the Sussex stair replacement at the Glen Canyon Recreation Center. As you are aware, demolition of the stair occurred in late November of 2017. When construction began, we made an unexpected discovery regarding the existing soil conditions, which required minor adjustments … Continue reading
Guy Place Mini Park was advertised to prospective contractors in January, 2017. Bids were opened on February 14, 2018 and the apparent low bidder was Azul Works, Inc. with a bid of approximately $2.3M for the Base Bid scope. The project will be presented at the upcoming Recreation and Parks … Continue reading
The stair replacement at Sussex and Elk Streets has been delayed for several weeks. Upon demolition of the existing stair, it was determined that field conditions varied from anticipated conditions, requiring adjustments to the design and additional coordination with the contractor. Progress should resume shortly. Thank you for your patience.
The Guy Place Mini Park project was advertised to prospective bidders today! The bids will be due in approximately one month. It is anticipated that park construction would begin in late spring 2018. Please stay tuned for details!
Replacement of the stairs at the intersection of Sussex and Elk Streets will begin on November 27, 2017. Please observe the trail detours and closures as shown on the map above. It is anticipated that construction of the new stair will be complete in February 2018. Thank you again to members of the … Continue reading
The final design for Guy Place Mini Park was approved by Civic Design Review on October 23rd. This review followed a revision to the park design that eliminated a vine column from the new bulb-out fronting the park. It is anticipated that the project will go out to bid in November 2017 … Continue reading
The existing stair leading to the intersection of Sussex and Elk Streets is scheduled for replacement beginning this November. Funding for the stair was arranged via the Office of Supervisor Sheehy and the Mayor’s Budget Office. This is a long-anticipated improvement that will require a temporary trail detour behind the Glen … Continue reading
The driveway of the Glen Canyon Recreation Center will be closed for repaving this Friday, September 22, 2017. During this time, please observe the trail detours as shown below. Thank you!
Fourteen new benches and three new picnic tables are arriving soon at Alamo Square. It is anticipated that the installation will be complete by mid-September.
The new landscape around the Glen Canyon Recreation Center is nearing completion. The front and rear plazas are open and feature new lighting, decorative stone inlays, and seat walls. As part of the building’s LEED Certified renovation, the wood seats atop the walls were salvaged from the gymnasium bleachers prior to construction. Two … Continue reading
Please observe the temporary trail detour route in the rear of the Glen Canyon Rec Center.
Please join us on August 2, 2017 for the kickoff workshop of the South Downtown Design Activation Plan! Representatives from City of San Francisco agencies including SFMTA, Public Works, Recreation and Parks, and Planning, will be on hand to discuss current and upcoming projects in the South Downtown area, including … Continue reading
New park information signs were installed at Noe Courts today thanks to a generous donation by the Friends of Noe Courts! Thank you!
Glen Park Recreation Center’s Gym is now officially open to the public! Feel to drop by the facility from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (except Sundays) for open gym on the newly renovated basketball courts! In addition, take a sneak peak at some of the building’s new features, which … Continue reading
The long-anticipated Guy Place Mini Park project is on the move again! The park design, which was approved in 2014, has been adjusted to replace eight of the park’s proposed vine columns with eight multi-trunk birch trees. These trees will provide canopy coverage with dappled shade over the park. The trees feature … Continue reading
Construction progress continues on the new rear landscape area at the Glen Canyon Rec Center. A concrete patio has been built and wood decking is now under construction. These pathways and seating areas will be surrounded by new planting areas featuring rain gardens, pathway lighting, and a new irrigation system. As this … Continue reading
New park benches, picnic tables, and dual-stream garbage/recycling cans will be coming to Alamo Square later this summer. Gardeners from the Recreation and Park Department have also continued to beautify the park with new drought-tolerant and pollinator-friendly plants.
Dear Friends of Alamo Square Park, Thank you for your interest in Alamo Square Park. We are very pleased to have re-opened the park after investing $5.3 million in this twelve acre, iconic property. Much of the work we completed, you cannot see. Most significantly, we replaced the park’s 70 year … Continue reading
Due to construction at the Rec Center, we are experiencing problems with the tennis court lighting and drinking fountain. The project team is aware of these issues and working to resolve them as quickly as possible. Thank you for your patience.
I’m happy to announce that Noe Courts will be open on Friday, May 12! The park is nearly complete with the courts being striped right now, followed by the installation of a new tennis net. Over the next few weeks while the paint cures, the Recreation and Park Department will … Continue reading
I’m happy to announce that Alamo Square will be open on Wednesday, May 24th!
As you may have noted from recent SF Chronicle reporting, the Glen Canyon Rec Center opening has experienced delays due to winter weather. We thank you for your patience as we work to complete the project. In the coming months we will be working on the interior finishes and building landscape. An anticipated opening date … Continue reading
As you may have noted from recent SF Chronicle reporting, the Alamo Square Park opening has been delayed due to winter weather. We thank you for your patience and anticipate making an announcement about the park opening by mid-April. In the coming weeks construction will focus on pathway replacement, new planting, and putting … Continue reading
The recent warm and sunny weather finally allowed us to proceed with paving the new tennis and basketball courts! This has been a much anticipated milestone as we near the completion of the Noe Courts renovation. As you may have noted from recent SF Chronicle reporting, the project opening has been … Continue reading
Despite recent rain, the Glen Canyon Recreation Center is still on track for a spring opening. Both the interior and exterior are beginning to take on their finished appearances. The final coat of stucco (a sandy brown color) is currently being applied over a darker base coat on the building exterior. Inside, … Continue reading
Construction at Alamo Square is currently on track for a spring opening as the contractor will soon be installing the remaining turf, repaving pathways, and putting finishes in the new restroom. The Recreation and Park Commission recently approved additional funding for drainage upgrades and repairs in the park, which will be made concurrent … Continue reading
If you walked past the Glen Canyon Recreation Center this week, you may have been surprised to see the building being painted blue, but do not worry! This is a layer of waterproof material being applied prior to the application of the stucco finish. Inside, elements such as cabinets and lighting … Continue reading
Rain over the past several weeks has slowed irrigation trenching and other earthwork, pushing the anticipated park reopening into the early spring. Fortunately, this winter’s ample rainfall has not only ended the drought in the Bay Area, but has also been tremendously beneficial to the establishment of the park’s new lawn and trees. Pathway … Continue reading
The “no mow” lawn area by the 24th street entrance was planted this week at Noe Courts. This blend of native grass covers the small sloped area by the park entrance and will require minimal maintenance and less water use than a traditional, mowed lawn. Two fruitless olive trees, which complement … Continue reading
Over the past six weeks the Rec Center interior has transformed as equipment, tile, drywall, and other materials have been installed. This is a very exciting time in the construction process when the finished building begins to appear! A new water line is also being installed between the Rec Center and Elk Street. … Continue reading
Hello! I’d like to introduce myself as the interim project manager for the Balboa Pool renovation while Levi Conover is on leave. As many neighborhood residents have likely noticed, there was significant damage to the grove of trees at the corner of Havelock Street and San Jose Avenue caused by Tuesday’s storm. As … Continue reading
Today the Painted Ladies viewing area along Steiner Street was relocated to Hayes Street as described here in an earlier blog post. This new viewing area is further uphill than the previous one and offers even better views of the iconic Victorian homes with the San Francisco skyline in the background. Installation of … Continue reading
A lot has been going on inside the Glen Park Rec Center! During the first few weeks of November the construction team has been busy installing new windows, insulation, and mechanical systems. The structural framing for the climbing wall is also complete while the restrooms are being prepared for the … Continue reading
Completion of the lawn installation is a major project milestone that now offers a more definitive picture of the project schedule. As of mid-November we are anticipating that the new viewing area will open shortly after the New Year at the same time that the original viewing area closes. Irrigation and grading … Continue reading
Following last week’s tree planting, new sod is now being installed at Alamo Square. The hillside along Scott Street is the first area to receive a “no mow” fescue grass, which will be used on steeper slopes throughout the park to create a naturalized landscape. When established, this grass will … Continue reading
The Alamo Square Neighborhood Association (ASNA) has provided a generous gift of 45 new trees that are being planted at Alamo Square this week. ASNA is also funding the planting of approximately 30 additional trees that will be installed in 2017 alongside the Recreation and Park Department’s new drought-tolerant tree, shrub, … Continue reading
Hello! I’d like to introduce myself as the new Project Manager for the Alamo Square Restroom and Irrigation Upgrade Project. As of mid-September we are approximately 50% of the way through the $4.3 million renovation project. The contractor has nearly completed the installation of the modern, water-efficient, irrigation system that will save … Continue reading
The contractor has completed construction of the new ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant ramp, which leads from the playground up to the restroom. This ramp provides a very gently sloping path of travel across the lawn to the upper level of the site. New retaining walls, including the curved … Continue reading
Hello! I’d like to introduce myself as the new Project Manager for the Glen Park Recreation Center. We are nearing the halfway point of construction and the contractor is working to seal the building exterior prior to the winter rainy season. After this, the majority of work will shift to the building … Continue reading
Hello! I’d like to introduce myself as the new project manager for the Noe Courts Park Improvement Project. Construction is approaching the halfway point and the contractor is currently completing the wall terraces before starting the construction of the new accessible ramp leading to the restroom. An advisory was posted … Continue reading