Park Partners Recent Accomplishments
The SFPA Park Partner Program has been able to guide hundreds of community groups to successful outcomes for their projects, providing intensive logistical, administrative, and management support for volunteer groups. Below are some examples of the great work community groups have been able to accomplish with the support of our Program.
Gift in Place Projects
Gift in Place Projects are new amenities that rely on private funding and leadership. SFPA assists the group in securing permits and funding, hires a contractor to build the project, then gives the completed project to the City.
Friends of Kezar Triangle with funding from the David and Carla Crane Foundation were able to upgrade a rutted and exposed field into a beautiful canvas for eco artwork, temporary art installations, and surrounded with native plantings to buffer from adjacent traffic. Improvements include new irrigation, pathways, and woven willow fencing. (Budget $700,000 – Contractor Bauman Construction and Landscape – Designer Miller Company)
Friends of the Waterfront Playground created a new playground in Sue Bierman Park across from the Ferry Building to fill a playground gap. The group raised $900,000 including corporate grants from Zynga.org, Salesforce.com, Western Athletic Clubs, and Autodesk plus a 2008 Clean and Safe Parks Bond Community Opportunity Fund grant. SFPA provided project management and the Friends group provided a volunteer construction manager for the project. (Budget $900,000 – Contractor Swinerton Builders– Designer ROMA and Tectonics Inc. ).
Dogpatch Playground Working Group converted a sand pit at the Woods Yard Park owned by MTA into a new playground for families moving into the area. SFPA connected the group with a landscape architect to complete the design and a contractor that could keep the project in their tight budget and timeline. Most funds were raised from the neighborhood with help from Supervisor Cohen. (Budget $130,000 – Contractor Catmex Construction and Maintenance– Designer Groundworks Office ).