SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the construction of Guy Place Mini Park, a new park at 4-8 Guy Place, one of the very few undeveloped properties in the Rincon Hill District. The park parcel, located on Guy Place near the approach to the Bay Bridge, is steps from the new Trans Bay terminal development and is surrounded by a mix of older residential and commercial low-rise buildings as well as new residential towers.
“San Francisco’s fastest growing population is in District 6, so our need for open space and healthy recreation is growing as well,” said District 6 Supervisor Jane Kim whose district includes Guy Place Park. “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 in front of the Park to increase accessibility to the area.
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 lack green and open space,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “We are excited to be adding a new park in this corner of District 6.”
The Guy Place Park is designed for passive use, as an oasis from the urban living for quiet enjoyment as well as an opportunity for small-group gatherings. To maximize usable space and ensure accessibility, the renovation will raise the sloping terrain with engineered retaining walls to create a level site. Trees on site that have shown poor structure, a hazard to pedestrians, and are in conflict with overhead electricity wires, will be removed upon the recommendations from City’s consulting arborist. 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 California grapevines. A large granite “weeping wall” water feature situated in the rear of the park remains a design option that will be included as funding allows. 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 project is scheduled for bid advertisement by the end of summer 2017, and the estimated one year-long construction process is expected to begin upon the approval of construction bid submission.
See attached for Guy Place Mini Park design rendering courtesy of SF Rec and Park Department here.