One of SF’s Oldest Parks is Getting a Facelift
The SF Recreation and Park Department will begin construction this November at South Park, one of San Francisco’s oldest parks dating back to 1854.
The design plan for the renovated South Park is a contemporary interpretation of the classic picturesque park with park amenities along a widened pathway that meanders through the park’s trees and landscaped areas with a children’s play area, a large open meadow, plazas of varying scales, a stage, a variety of areas designed for sitting and picnicking.
The renovation of this 34,000 sq. foot park will cost approximately $2.8 million funded mainly from 2012 and 2008 park bonds.
South Park Ground Breaking Ceremony
Tuesday, November 10, 2015 | 3:30pm
South Park, 64 South Park Ave., SF
> View the plan for the future South Park
The design plan for the renovated South Park is a contemporary interpretation of the classic picturesque park with park amenities and programming spaces along a widened pathway that meanders through the park’s trees and landscaped area.
The History of South Park
South Park was the creation of an Englishman by the name of George Gordon who began purchasing lots between Bryant and Brannan and Second and Third Streets in 1852. The South Park neighborhood was considered fashionably upscale when it was built. The construction of homes and the oval garden at the center of South Park, which was accessible to residents only, began in earnest in 1854.
The original design was that of a picturesque strolling park reminiscent of those found in and around London, and the Park was home to thousands of trees and shrubs. And finally in 1897, the City and County of San Francisco acquired the garden around which South Park was built, and presented it as a public park.