McLaren Park Community Garden Improvements

McLaren Garden view of the planter boxes and gathering space

Scope of Work

The new design created a welcoming entrance into the garden with communal planter beds for herbs and trailing vegetables, sheltered gathering spaces for groups, and ornamental gates and fencing, while also creating a utilitarian garden designed to accommodate raised garden plots.

This garden serves as an anchor for McLaren Park in the Visitacion Valley Neighborhood. Building on its history of serving the senior population, the upper terrace will be fully ADA accessible and allow seniors to recreate and work in the garden. Specific improvements included replacing all of the raised planter beds, new compost bins, potting table, tool shed, picnic tables, beds and a gazebo, as well as infrastructure improvements including new irrigation and fencing.

The Community Garden construction followed the construction of a new rain garden, built by San Francisco Public Utilities Commission  to reduce the rainwater entering our city’s sewer system. The Leland Avenue Rain Garden is located immediately north of the community garden.

Funding Source

Funding comes from the 2008 and 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond; the community applied for and received a Community Opportunity Fund Award from the 2008 Bond, and a portion of the funds designated for McLaren Park from the 2012 Bond have been allocated to this project.

McLaren Park Welcomes Improved Community Garden, New Rain Garden

SAN FRANCISCO – City leaders and community members today celebrated the opening of side-by-side environmental features at McLaren Park: A renovated oasis for community gardeners and a new rain garden system to manage stormwater. The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s McLaren Community Garden re-opened with additional plots to accommodate four times … Continue reading

McLaren Community Garden Reopening Celebration

Join us from 10 a.m. to noon for a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, March 23 as we open the McLaren Community Garden! We will have brief remarks, family-friendly gardening activities and … Continue reading

McLaren Community Garden Construction Update

We are more than half way through our renovation of the McLaren Community Garden! The contractor has completed all the concrete work and built all the raised planter beds. The next steps will be installing the fencing, followed by the site furnishings, including benches, tables, gazebo, greenhouse, and tool shed. … Continue reading

McLaren Community Garden Construction Progress

Hi everyone! Construction at the McLaren Community Garden is going well! The contractor has been busy grading, and installing irrigation lines. They are starting to pour the concrete at the upper terrace and build the raised planted beds. The low curbs and retaining walls are complete. We are looking forward … Continue reading

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