4-8 Guy Place, one of the very few undeveloped pieces of property in the Rincon Hill district, is a relatively small lot (approximately 4,000 square feet). The parcel is located off First Street near the approach to the Bay Bridge. Guy Place is a quiet, low-traffic side street immediately surrounded by lower-scale residential and commercial buildings. The site slopes down from Guy Place to a flat pad, is generally unpaved other than a concrete ramp from the street. The property was last used for private surface parking.
With funding through the Rincon Hill Community Improvements Fund, this vacant property was purchased by the City in March 2007 following a joint approval by the Planning and the Recreation and Park Commissions and subsequently by the Board of Supervisors in May 2007.
The park is designed for passive use as a respite from the urban environment. It offers contemplative space for quiet enjoyment as well as an opportunity for small-group gatherings. To optimize use and maximize accessibility, the design raises the existing sloped terrain with engineered retaining walls to create a level site. The design is characterized by three outdoor “rooms” that compose the park space, contain bench seating areas, and are framed with a variety of ornamental plants selected for habitat value to pollinators, seasonal interest, and pleasant fragrance. Nine new trees are included as part of the design. The park is notable in its use of high-quality materials such as granite unit paving, a large ornamental granite slab, and a fence along Guy Place designed by San Francisco artist Adriane Colburn, which is the enrichment component of the project selected by the San Francisco Arts Commission.
In coordination with the Planning Department’s streetscape improvements planned for Guy Place and nearby Lansing Street, a bulb-out is included in front of the park entrance. This area of widened sidewalk contains a park identification sign as well as permeable a dog relief area with a pet fountain. The bulb-out and pet relief area are eagerly anticipated by the community and are funded from add-back funds secured by the Office of Supervisor Kim.
For more information, contact Brett Desmarais, Project Manager at email@example.com or 415-575-5601
Funding for this project comes from development impact fees and an add-back from Supervisor Jane Kim’s Office, all totaling $4.3 million.
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 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
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 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!
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
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
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
How many public meetings were held to determine a park design?
Three community meetings were held in 2008 (January 10, 2008, November 19, 2008, and December 17, 2008) that resulted in a community-supported conceptual plan.
An additional community meeting was held on February 13, 2014 to validate the continued support for the 2008 conceptual plan.
On August 10, 2016 a final community presentation was made at a public open house with the Greater Rincon Hill CBD to confirm ongoing support for the project.
Will the new park include trees?
Yes, the park includes 6 new multi-trunk birch trees as well as two understory trees and an additional shade tree at the rear property boundary.
Are the plants selected invasive?
A variety of ornamental plants, including many native plants, were selected for their habitat value to pollinators, seasonal interest, and pleasant fragrance. The bamboo used in the design is a clumping variety that is also contained within a root barrier.