Margaret Hayward Playground has reopened following a $28 million renovation that transformed the beloved 6-acre park in the heart of the Western Addition into a modern hub for recreation.
The park’s transformation was funded largely by the San Francisco Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond approved by voters in 2012. Additional funding came from the Market and Octavia Community Improvement Fund, State Housing Related Parks Grant, Nearby Schools Initiative, and Open Space Funds.
The renovation includes a redesigned layout that improves access and creates a unified and vibrant neighborhood park. At the heart of the park sits an all-new children’s play area as well as a community clubhouse with a teaching kitchen and room for expanded programming for seniors and youth. A plaza designed for multigenerational use doubles as a stage for neighborhood performances.
At the east and west ends of the park are improved basketball courts, a new multi-use sports field to accommodate pick-up games, and two expanded baseball/softball fields converted to synthetic turf thanks to a $1.5 million donation from Sacred Heart Cathedral Preparatory.
The Margaret Hayward renovation also features the first all-gender restrooms on a new park site.
More about the renovation project
Who was Margaret Hayward?
Margaret S. Hayward pioneered the establishment of public playgrounds in San Francisco and served as a charter member of the city’s playground commission.
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