State funding granted for 2 new parks in Bayview, Western Addition – CBS San Francisco

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS SF) – The state has provided $ 5.8 million each for environmental justice-focused park projects for residents of the Bayview and Western Addition neighborhoods, according to a press release from San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.

New funding for the projects – for India Basin Shoreline and the Buchanan Street Mall renovation – was included in the Governor’s “Outdoors for All” initiative of $ 584.3 million.

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The India Basin, which began on June 17, 2020, is currently in its first phase and involves the restoration of critical intertidal swamp and wildlife habitat.

Here, funding will go towards the construction of two natural adventure playgrounds for toddlers and older children, including slides, swings and climbing structures. It will also go to cycle and pedestrian paths, toilets, stairs, irrigation, lighting and landscaping throughout the park.

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Buchanan Street Mall spans five consecutive blocks between Eddy Street and Grove Street.

Funding will be used here to improve the two blocks between Eddy Street and Golden Gate Avenue, including a new exercise course, event plaza and memory walk highlighting the history of the neighborhood. In addition, funds will go to new walkways, a staging area, a multi-purpose half court, lighting, two new play areas, an outdoor fitness area, a community garden with organic drains and water. public art with interpretation areas.

The start of work is scheduled for early 2023.

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