Update on Civic Center Plaza Playground Design, Gift from the Helen Diller Family Foundation, and Upcoming Rec Park Commission Presentation

Hi everyone,

I hope you are enjoying the summer and this update finds you well.

As you may remember from our outreach meetings, this project was made possible through a generous gift from the Helen Diller Family Foundation. This gift has allowed us to work with you to develop the design for the playgrounds. Since early 2014 we had met with community groups, student groups and other stakeholders; we had site visits and community workshops to develop and refine the design. Your input has helped make the design and ideas what they are now. So THANK YOU!


On June 17 the Historic Preservation Commission unanimously approved the design for the playground project that we have be developing with you. The Commission was very happy with the design and many supporters wrote and spoke in support of the renovation. Thank you for your testimony and letters of support.

Since then we have continued to develop the project details with the Recreation and Parks Department Staff and other agencies to develop the design and ensure that the playgrounds meet accessibility and building codes, will be durable and easy to maintain, and can be built within budget.


An important next step, will be the Recreation and Park Commission Hearing on September 2nd, when we will seek approval for the design and the naming (and sign) for the future playgrounds “Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds” for the donor foundation’s generous gift.

To learn more about the Rec Park Commission’s meeting and information go to: https://sfrecpark.org/about/recreation-park-commission/ or contact Karen Mauney-Brodek with the Rec Park Department, at Karen.mauney-brodek@sfgov.org or 415-575-5601.

You can find the latest project information at: https://sfrecpark.org/project/civic-center-playgrounds-improvement-project-tpl-partnership/

I will email you again when we post the materials that will be presented at the Hearing (we are still working on them)

We are still anticipating starting construction in 2016 and finishing in 2017. I will keep you updated if anything changes.

Let me know if you have questions or comments.

Thank you!

Alejandra and Karen
Alejandra Chiesa
Senior Program Manager – Parks for People
The Trust for Public Land 101 Montgomery Street, 11th Floor San Francisco, CA 94104 Direct: (415) 800.5303
Main: (415) 495.5660