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Happy summer from the Francisco Park Conservancy!

As we move into the next phases of the process, the Francisco Park team is committed to keeping you, our neighbors, donors, and supporters, updated along the way. Here’s the latest from the future park:

Civic Design Review Approval!

The Francisco Park team presented to the Civic Design Review Committee, an appointed body within the Arts Commission that reviews all development on City-owned land, at their June 19 meeting. We presented the park’s conceptual design, which we shared with many of you at the last community meeting in May, and answered questions about the plan’s adaptive reuse of the historic reservoir, ADA accessibility, and more.

We are thrilled to report that the Committee was very supportive of the plans and unanimously approved the park’s conceptual design!

The Francisco Park team has now entered into the next phase, known as schematic design, during which our team of experts develop conceptual park features into more specific, detailed architectural plans. We will continue to update you as we approach the next major milestones.   

Ongoing Community Outreach

The Francisco Park Conservancy continues to meet with community leaders and others interested in the park design. In recent weeks, we have met with several key advisors, including the historic preservation experts at the Planning Department, the Maintenance Yard division of the Recreation and Park Department, and the SF Parks Alliance.
We will also be establishing focus groups to discuss the specifics of each major park element. We invite you to participate and make your voice heard! The groups will focus on:

  • Children’s Playground
  • Dog Play Area
  • Community Garden
  • Historic, Art and Education Exhibit

Want to join a focus group and play a part in the design of the park? Know of a community group or neighborhood association who would like to learn more about the park? We want to hear from you! Please email us at info@franciscopark.org.

Francisco Park Conservancy Board members and other volunteers gathered to review RFP responses.

Expanding Our Team

With a consensus conceptual design in hand, it has become necessary to engage additional resources to start work on specific elements of the new Francisco Park. In a process led by 450 Architects, we issued requests for proposals (RFPs) for structural engineering, lighting, presentation/education of the historical aspects of the park; mechanical, electrical, and plumbing services; as well as the design of the children’s playground. The RFPs were distributed widely and also available on the Francisco Park website.

More than 15 firms responded in total and we are progressing through the selection process in each focus area. We will share news of which firms are chosen in an upcoming newsletter. This is an exciting process and we are thrilled to be adding more enthusiastic and highly-skilled experts to our team!

Park and Recreation Month

Did you know July is officially Park and Recreation Month? Our city celebrated early with the announcement that every San Franciscan now lives within a 10-minute walk of a park. The Francisco Park Conservancy is thrilled to play a part in adding to the city’s open space. You can watch Rec & Parks’ video highlighting the milestone here.

Celebrate our city’s great parks with the SF Recreation and Parks Department’s packed schedule of events, found here.

For more information on the Francisco Park project, please visit: www.FranciscoPark.org. If you have questions or comments please send an email to: info@franciscopark.org or SF Recreation and Park Project Manager Anne Baskerville,  anne.baskerville@sfgov.com