Washington Square Construction Update

During construction of the children’s playground at Washington Square Park nine (9) pine trees and one (1) olive tree sustained damage by the contractor. After consultation with Department of Public Works and with multiple tree experts, due to the extent of the root damage the trees must be removed. The contractor will be responsible for removing the damaged trees and replanting trees.

RPD is currently gathering information on site appropriate tree species options for replacement trees to share with community members and project stakeholders.

  • Tree Removal Work Began:         Tuesday, September 4
  • Tree Removal Work Ends:            Saturday, September 8

RPD and Public Works have successfully implemented numerous park construction projects including the recent restroom renovation at Washington Square. Both agencies take the issue of tree protection very seriously and share in the community’s concern over this incident.

The Recreation and Park Department, with the technical support of Public Works, is committed to investing in the future of Washington Square Park. This includes construction of a new restroom facility in 2015, our current renovation of the children’s playground, the upcoming installation of new pathways, and the upgrading of irrigation and drainage systems that is expected to reduce existing water usage 66% from 3 million gallons a year to 1 million gallons a year.  These investments to Washington Square Park of more than $6.5 million will provide accessible and improved open space for the North Beach community and Washington Square Park visitors for generations to come.

We look forward to continuing to engage with the Washington Square Park community and to partnering with Public Works to complete these enhancements and to learn from this experience so that we might prevent its future re-occurrence.

Over the next several weeks the final playground will begin to reveal its self as the play equipment installation and site finishes near completion. Upcoming work will include pouring the new concrete pathways, completion of play equipment installation, placement of the play-area ground surface, and installation of new landscaping. The department anticipates completion of the playground renovation in late-October/early-November.