SAN FRANCISCO (BCN / CBS SF) – San Francisco city officials on Wednesday unveiled $ 5.2 million in new completed renovations to the George Christopher Playground in the city’s Diamond Heights neighborhood.
The playground features swings, a whirlpool, garden, playhouse and springboards, while the entire 6.8-acre park has also received upgrades such as new landscaping, lighting, drainage. and an irrigation system.
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In addition, a pavilion in the park that houses the Noe Valley Kindergarten also received two newly reconfigured toilets; one has been converted to a single-user toilet, while a second has been converted to a single-sex and multi-user toilet.
In a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday morning, the Mayor of London Breed underlined the importance of playgrounds and parks to residents.
“Safe and attractive playgrounds and accessible parks are essential for the health of our children and our communities,” she said. “We are investing in our children, families and seniors by updating neighborhood gems like George Christopher Playground so they can continue to shine.
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San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg said, “George Christopher Park has been called San Francisco’s best-kept secret, but it has long been a favorite neighborhood for its spectacular views and beaches. trails that connect Glen Canyon. Today, its playground is among the most innovative and fun in San Francisco. “
In addition to the improvements, the project also includes the renovation of two original sculptures that were part of the original design of the park, Saddle Slide by sculptor Jim Miller-Melberg and Pleasure Dome by sculptor David Aaron. Both pieces were included in the original 1971 design of the park.
A third sculpture added to the renovation project is a replica of another Miller-Melberg piece, called the Playwall.
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The renovation project, which began in late 2019, was funded by the 2012 Leap for Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks approved by voters. Additional funding was provided through the parks and recreation department’s deferred maintenance and open space funds, city officials said.