Friends of Larsen Playground work to Bring Back the Jet
Do you know where Larsen Playground is? It's the sandpit on 19th Avenue where the remaining play features are two dilapidated swingsets. But for those who grew up in San Francisco in the 60’s through the early 90’s, Larsen was the “Jet Plane Park.” From 1959 to 1993, Larsen Park hosted three different retired Navy jets, each donated to serve as imaginative play structures for the children of the Parkside District.
The Friends of Larsen Playground is kicking off a drive to "Bring back the Plane" and has created a new jet play structure design along with a plan for the renovated playground. So far, Supervisor Chu has been able to secure half the total $1 million budget for the project, and the Friends of Larsen Playground have applied for a Community Opportunity Fund grant of $250,000. In addition, the Friends of Larsen Playground have begun a major fundraising campaign online, and have planned a Soap Box Derby event on November 18. The hope is that folks who grew up with the original Larsen jets will donate to the cause. Or as Friends of Larsen Playground member Nano Visser says, “If we could just get $25 from everyone who ever played on that plane…” Like their Facebook page or make your donation if you've ridden the plane!