Dogpatch Playground

In the fall of 2012, a group of parents and neighbors in San Francisco’s Dogpatch neighborhood got together to lament the lack of playground space for the growing residential family base in the neighborhood, and strategize solutions that would take advantage of neighborhood space and support to create much needed playspace. Dogpatch is the only defined neighborhood in the entire city without a playground for children.

The Dogpatch Playground Working Group (DPWG) was formed and began outreach to City officials and organizations that could help in our efforts to bring a playground and community gathering space to the fast-growing, fast-changing neighborhood on San Francisco’s South Eastern edge.

Soon after, with the support and involvement of Supervisor Malia Cohen, a public park along 22nd Street between Minnesota and Indiana was identified as a likely candidate for a playground. Oversight of this space, which borders the MUNI Bus Maintenance Barn, was in the hands of the Metropolitan Transit Authority (SFMTA), which, when the facility was built, had promised to build and maintain a playground and park for the neighbors to enjoy. Now with the support of SFMTA, Supervisor Cohen and the City Attorney’s Office, the community has stepped up to take responsibility for rebuilding the playground in a unique public-private partnership.

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