SF Rec and Park set to invest $1.9M in site
SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the acquisition of Shoreview Park, located in the Bayview neighborhood. The Park was previously under the jurisdiction of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency (SFRA). In 1979, SFRA constructed Shoreview Park as one of multiple parks built to serve its residential developments. The park includes a concrete children’s play area with sand fill, a large lawn area, and several trees, with picnic tables and barbecue areas. In the early 2000s, a playground safety inspection deemed that the existing children’s play area was unsafe and did not meet the standard of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The playground was subsequently fenced off from use, and has remained closed since.
The Board of Supervisors’ Land Use Committee, consisting of Supervisors Mark Farrell, Aaron Peskin and Katy Tang, approved unanimously the legislation to authorize the Department to acquire the Park on Monday, June 12th. The acquisition will go before the full board for final approval today, Tuesday, June 13th.
“Local parks are foundations for safe, healthy communities, which is why we have worked hard to ensure that every family in every neighborhood has immediate access to a public open space,” said Mayor Edwin M. Lee. “Residents in the Bayview neighborhood have long deserved a place where families can gather, children can play, and communities can meet. Shoreview Park will be that special place.”
“The acquisition of Shoreview Park is the result of many years of advocacy and resiliency by the community,” said District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen whose district includes Shoreview Park. “Shoreview will help transform lives of families and children in the Bayview neighborhood, and bring residents together in a safe community space with some of the best views in the City. I am very excited that all San Franciscans will have the opportunity to visit this local gem once it opens.”
As a result of the dissolution of the SFRA, park ownership must be transferred. Additionally, a $1.9 million park improvement grant will be transferred to SF Rec and Park. The Department has also applied for additional funds through the State’s Housing-Related Parks Program grant to help further make improvements to the Park. A community design process, where the Department seeks input from residents on the improvements they would like to see, is expected to begin Fall this year.
“We thank Supervisor Malia Cohen for her leadership in making Shoreview Park a priority for the City,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “Everyone deserves access to quality open space and healthy recreation. Shoreview Park has tremendous potential and we are excited to be a part of realizing that potential.”
In recent years, SF Rec and Park has invested in adding and improving green and open spaces in District 10. In 2014, the Department spent $2.9 million to acquire 900 Innes Ave, also known as India Basin for a new park development. Then in June 2016, the Department reopened Gilman Playground after its $1.8 million renovation. The entirely new play area includes two composite play structures connected by a 40-ft. net climber. In addition, the new playground features numerous swings and apparatuses including a zip line, net spinner, and independent spinners. The underlying rubber surface depicts a shoreline setting in reference to the Park’s former proximity to the San Francisco Bay. New trees provide much-needed shade. A separate tot area with imaginative play panels are set up at a nearby picnic area. The arbor with picnic tables has been replaced, site lighting upgraded, existing pathways have been repaved for wheelchair access, and the clubhouse restrooms were modified for exterior access.
In December 2016, the Department re-opened Hilltop Park in Bayview after its $6.9 million renovation, and in the same month, City Fields Foundation donated $6 million to renovate nine play fields which included Silver Terrace Play Field.
Most recently, the University of California San Francisco has recently pledged $5 million to make improvements to Esprit Park, where a planning process will begin shortly. Additionally, the Department continues to complete $10 million in improvements throughout McLaren Park funded by parks bonds, including trail improvements, Mansell pedestrian and bike paths, a bike park, and a community garden. McLaren Park is currently undergoing a master planning and designing process with the communities residing near the Park.