BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO APPROVE AGREEMENT TO TURN THE DILAPIDATED FRANCISCO RESERVOIR INTO A BRAND-NEW CITYWIDE PARK

SAN FRANCISCO – At today’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors, the Board is expected to approve Supervisor Mark Farrell’s ordinance that authorizes the Recreation and Park Department (RPD) to enter into an agreement with the Francisco Park Conservancy (FPC) to turn the dilapidated Francisco Reservoir into a brand-new citywide park.

BOARD OF SUPERVISORS TO APPROVE AGREEMENT TO TURN THE DILAPIDATED FRANCISCO RESERVOIR INTO A BRAND-NEW CITYWIDE PARK

 

SAN FRANCISCO – At today’s meeting of the Board of Supervisors, the Board is expected to approve Supervisor Mark Farrell’s ordinance that authorizes the Recreation and Park Department (RPD) to enter into an agreement with the Francisco Park Conservancy (FPC) to turn the dilapidated Francisco Reservoir into a brand-new citywide park.

 

“Turning the abandoned and dilapidated Francisco Reservoir into a brand-new citywide park is a once in a lifetime opportunity that is one step closer to reality today,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell. “With today’s approval, the difficult and fun work of soliciting input from residents and neighborhoods about the park they would like to see created begins.”

 

The passage of the ordinance allows the FPC to begin conducting the next phase of public outreach and hosting community meetings to solicit input for the overall design of the park and for the FPC to begin the private fundraising necessary to start the construction of the park. The public outreach and community meetings will begin immediately this summer and throughout the rest of the year.

 

The FPC plans to privately fundraise approximately $25,000,000 to construct the park and $150,000 annually for ongoing maintenance of the park.

 

“We wouldn’t be in this position today without the extraordinary generosity of the Francisco Park Conservancy and the dedicated staff at our Recreation and Park Department,” said Supervisor Mark Farrell. “The neighborhood, open space, and environmental advocates fought for decades for this park and I am forever grateful for their efforts.”

 

“This is a key step in our efforts to build parks throughout the city that meet the needs of a growing population. I’d like to thank the Francisco Park Conservancy for their generosity and Supervisor Farrell for his leadership,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec & Park General Manager. “Our work is about connecting people through parks — bringing a new open space to San Francisco will create more opportunities for our families to get out and play.”

 

"All of us working on this park project are thrilled to reach this milestone,” said Leslie Alspach, Chairman of the Francisco Park Conservancy. “We are looking forward to the public outreach and the exciting work to raise the funds, design and build the park. It will be a place of great benefit for all residents and visitors to San Francisco.”

 

The Francisco Reservoir is a large concrete reservoir that sits on a larger piece of property over four acres in size bounded by Bay, Hyde, Chestnut and Larkin streets in the middle of Russian Hill. Originally a working reservoir owned and operated by the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the Francisco Reservoir has been out of service for over 60-years and has remained unused ever since.

 

After being elected Supervisor in 2010, Supervisor Mark Farrell began working closely with neighborhood, open space, and environmental groups in Russian Hill, North Beach, Aquatic Park and across San Francisco to develop a better use for Francisco Reservoir.

 

More information about the Francisco Park Conservancy, the project, and information on how to stay up to date and involved in the design process can be found at: www.franciscopark.org

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