Washington Square Playground – Let’sPlaySF Initiative

Washington Square Playground Completed with children playing


Re-opened in January 2019, the renovation of Washington Square Playground is part of Let’sPlaySF!, a partnership between the Recreation and Park Department and the San Francisco Parks Alliance that seeks to inspire creativity and play throughout the City.

In the coming years, 13 playgrounds prioritized for improvement by a citizen task force will be reimagined and redesigned for this and future generations of San Francisco’s children. The Washington Square Playground Renovation will create an entirely new children’s play area for the community, and is the first of the 13 LetsPlaySF! playgrounds to be renovated around the City.

The playground renovation is complete! The scope of work for the project included the following:

  1. New safety surfacing throughout play area with undulating topography
  2. New play equipment featuring: a slide, tot swings, nest swing, babble drum, balancing disks, monkey bars, a tunnel, sculptural play elements, and a red-masked parrot
  3. Removal of Filbert St. stairway to provide a safer naturally contained space
  4. New perimeter wall and playful art elements
  5. Improved paving and drainage systems, planting and irrigation
  6. ADA site and playground accessibility upgrades


Washington Square Construction Update

During construction of the children’s playground at Washington Square Park nine (9) pine trees and one (1) olive tree sustained damage by the contractor. After consultation with Department of Public Works and with multiple tree experts, due to the extent of the root damage the trees must be removed. The contractor will be responsible … Continue reading

Washington Square Playground meeting on 11/9/2016

Thank you to all the community members who attended the last Washington Square Playground meeting on 11/9/2016. Feedback for the proposed concept design was overwhelmingly positive, and we received many thoughtful comments on the treatment of the play surface, the overall materials/color palette, seating, and the play structures. Please see … Continue reading

Washington Square Playground Community Meeting #2

Thank you to those who attended community meeting #2 on June 22nd for the Washington Square Playground Renovation. The project is a work in progress, and your participation has been invaluable. We know there are many community members who would like to attend these meetings but are unable. In an … Continue reading

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