RICHMOND REVIEW (May 2011)
Cabrillo Playground to get renovation
The SF Recreation and Park Department (RPD) announced in April that a renovation of the 1938-built Cabrillo Playground would begin in 2012.
In partnership with the City’s Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN), RPD helped facilitate a series of community meetings last year to gather input from neighbors on what improvements they wanted to see at their neighborhood playground. Together, it was decided that the playground will have an ocean theme, which everyone agreed was appropriate since the neighborhood is close to the ocean.
In addition to their input on the planned $4.5 million renovation under the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Park Bond, the neighbors have been active in helping to improve the site in the interim.
Charity Bermudez, RPD’s Cabrillo Playground gardener, and Steve Elder, head gardener for the Richmond District, worked with Devi Joseph to create a dahlia garden at the playground by removing the lawn bordering the playground on 39th Avenue. Together, they took out half of the lawn last year and planted dahlias, fenced it and put in drip irrigation. This year the entire area will be planted with dahlias.
“A city and neighborhood partnership is a powerful thing,” said Phil Ginsburg, RPD’s general manager.