A rendering of the proposed playground, which would be on 22nd Street, between Indiana and Minnesota streets. Below Attendees at a fundraiser for the park held last month at Piccino.

February 2014

Dogpatch Playground Almost Fully Funded

Keith Burbank

Last month, Dogpatch playground advocates raised another $20,000 of the $106,000 needed to build a playground at Woods Yard Park, along 22nd Street.  To date $96,000 has been secured.

“We’re closing in on our funding milestone,” said Bruce Huie, a Dogpatch Playground Working Group member. Primarily made up of parents, the group consists of roughly a dozen people. “We’re trying to get ahead of the curve,” Huie said, referring to rapid development in the neighborhood, which has prompted increased demand for infrastructure, such as parks. Almost 350 residential units are being constructed near the intersection of Texas and 22nd streets. Two more developments are planned for Third and 20th streets, with even more on its way.

The proposed playground will be along 22nd Street, between Indiana and Minnesota streets, across the street from Rickshaw Bagworks. Woods Yard Park is owned by the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency, which is collaborating with the Working Group on creating the playground.

“We don’t have a lot of space where we can build parks in the neighborhood,” said Alisha Holloway, a mom and Working Group member. “So, it’s important to take advantage of that,” she said of the Woods Yard Park property. The Working Group would ultimately like to see tables and seating installed at the playground site. “We really want to make it a community gathering space,” Huie said.    

Of the nearly $100,000 already raised, $20,000 came from District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen’s discretionary fund. Another $75,000 has been collected from community members and developers who are building in the neighborhood. “There’s a lot of energy around it,” Huie said.

“We are right on the cusp of reaching the goal,” said Brennan Cox, a landscape designer who is assisting with park design. “I’ve helped the group come up with the drawings and the vision.” Current plans call for Woods Yard Park’s sandy area to be transformed into the playground, which will include a rubber surface as the base, benches on two sides and fencing all around.

“We’re absolutely blown away by the response,” said Lesley Grossblatt, another Working Group member. “It’s the start of revitalizing that whole block,” she said. “This is the first concrete project in that greater revitalization effort.”

The playground will cater to children two to five years old, but older kids will be able to use it too. According to Huie the Working Group hopes to break ground on the project next month, and complete it by summer.

 

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