Larsen Playground re-opened to the public November 21st, 2015!
For years Larsen Park was known as “the airplane park” in reference to the decommissioned jet planes that served as play structures there from 1959 through 1993. The playground planes were highly visible to traffic along 19th Avenue, making the park a well-known landmark for the neighborhood. A heavily used play site for children for over thirty years, calls for replacing the jet in Larsen Park began almost with its removal in 1993. The playground that replaced the plane never received the attention or engagement of the neighborhood.
The $1 million project featured a preschool play structure, disk swing and spinners, and the star attraction is a sculpted replica of the old F-8 Crusader jet that delighted neighborhood kids for many years.
Members of the public and our Operations staff have alerted us to some small problems with playground equipment and one of the picnic table benches at Larsen Playground. We are working with the manufacturers of this equipment to get repairs made. All repair work should be covered under warranty. Thank … Continue reading
We have identified some minor paint surface issues with the new plane at Larsen Playground since the November opening. We have a team starting plane repairs this coming Tuesday, January 12. They will be installing a tent structure to allow them to work on the plane surface easily and to protect … Continue reading
Larsen Playground was re-opened on November 21. After remarks from Rec and Park General Manager and Commissioners, Supervisor Tang, Assessor-Recorder Chu, the San Francisco Parks Alliance and Friends of Larsen Playgound, hordes of excited children helped pull drop cloths off the plane for the big reveal and many stayed for … Continue reading
Join Supervisor Katy Tang, Assessor-Recorder Carmen Chu, the Friends of Larsen Playground, the SF Parks Alliance and Rec and Park for the much anticipated reopening of Larsen Playground (19th Avenue and Vicente) … Continue reading
We’re excited to announce and invite you to celebrate the reopening of Larsen Playground on November 21, 2015. The opening celebration is scheduled for 11-1. The plane will be “landing” (in pieces) on site in early November. Thank you for your patience as our contractors work hard to get the plane … Continue reading
We are excited to report that the new jet plane for Larsen Playground is in fabrication and is on schedule to “land” at the playground this Fall. Please click on the image below for a good sense of what the jet will look like (expect only minor adjustments). Stay tuned for … Continue reading
Thank you for your ongoing support of the renovations at Larsen! Many of you have been asking about the Playground opening. We are glad to report that the surfaces, much of the play equipment and landscaping for the new park have largely been completed. Earlier this spring the team managing … Continue reading
After identifying $500,000 of funding over the last two budget cycles, former Supervisor Carmen Chu allocated an additional $100,000 to the project that would have gone toward hiring a third aide for her office.The playground renovation was awarded a Community Opportunity Fund grant in the amount of $250,000 from the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond.
Supervisor Katy Tang has pledged an additional $50,000 of funding that has closed the gap on the initial fundraising goal. Additional private donations are still very much appreciated and helpful.
“This is a great project that will highlight the Sunset District’s history,” said former Supervisor Carmen Chu, “and provide the kids of this neighborhood a unique and exciting structure to play on for years to come.”
This project is widely supported by the community as well as former Supervisor Carmen Chu and current Supervisor Katy Tang.