SAN FRANCISCO – Construction began this week on Guy Place Mini Park, a planned oasis amid the skyscrapers of Rincon Hill, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today.
The parcel, at 4-8 Guy Place, is one of the very few undeveloped properties in the neighborhood. It sits near the approach to the Bay Bridge, steps from the new Transbay Terminal development and surrounded by a mix of older residential and commercial low-rise buildings as well as new residential towers.
“As San Francisco continues to grow, it is important that we create open spaces to serve our communities,” said Mayor London Breed. “By getting creative with ideas like mini parks, we can ensure all our neighborhoods have access to green spaces.”
District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim, whose district includes Guy Place Park, said the park serves a rapidly growing neighborhood.
“San Francisco’s fastest growing population is in District 6, so our need for open space and healthy recreation is growing as well,” Kim said. “We must build complete neighborhoods while building housing. I am proud that years of community advocacy made this new park a reality.”
In addition, Supervisor Kim’s office secured a $60,000 add-back for the construction of a bulb-out with a 24-hour dog relief area in front of the park to increase accessibility.
The acquisition of 4-8 Guy Place was funded by the Rincon Hill Community Improvements Fund in 2007 and followed by a community planning and design process in 2008, and additional community outreach in 2014. The design then received approval from the San Francisco Arts Commission. In Spring 2017, the Department received additional funding to move forward with the construction.
“Guy Place Park has been a community driven project for a neighborhood that has lacked green and open space,” said SF Rec and Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg. “We are excited to be adding a new park in this corner of District 6.”
Guy Place Park is designed for quiet enjoyment as well as small group gatherings. To maximize usable space and ensure accessibility, the design will raise the sloping terrain with engineered retaining walls to create a level site. The new park design features eight new trees.
The renovation will also create three defined outdoor spaces as ‘rooms” with lush landscapes and three living green columns featuring native California grapevines. The entry fence and gates are art enrichment components of the project designed through the San Francisco Arts Commission.
The new park will also include a waterjet-cut steel fence designed by artist Adriane Colburn. Inspired by the historic and contemporary geologic record of the neighborhood, the design combines the contours of the local landscape, cartographic imagery and abstract forms.
“Adriane Colburn’s fence design is meditative and modern in the way it evokes the site’s history and topography,” says Director of Cultural Affairs Tom DeCaigny. “It ties a bow around this beautiful new urban oasis.”
The construction project is expected to last one year.