Eastern Neighborhoods Plans Proposed Park Site at 17th and Folsom

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A Park is coming to 17th and Folsom!

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is planning to construct new park on the parcel bounded by 17th, Folsom, and Shotwell Streets. Construction is funded in part by a grant from the California Statewide Park Program of the California Department of Parks and Recreation (Rec & Park).

A Message from the PUC

February 2014 - Since April, 2013 the SF Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) has been working with the SF Recreation and Park Department to investigate the feasibility of co-locating a wet weather storage basin to manage stormwater at the site of the future park, currently a parking lot on 17th and Folsom Street. This site is in a low-lying part of the city where residents and businesses have experienced floodwater entering their properties.

In the course of evaluating the project and the technical performance of the storage basin, SFPUC determined the project's limited capacity to manage stormwater would not make enough of a beneficial impact locally to justify the high costs to San Francisco ratepayers. The SFPUC has decided not to proceed with the project.

In line with this development, park design and construction are moving forward, with the tentative park opening date scheduled for Summer 2015.

Grant Program

In the short term, to help residents and businesses better manage stormwater, the SFPUC has an innovative grant program that reimburses property owners for installing protective measures on their properties – specifically, up to $6,000 for each flood barrier and up to $2,500 for each plumbing backflow preventer. The grant is available until June 30, 2014 or until funds are exhausted. Renters can work with their landlords to help them take advantage of this opportunity. More information and the application form is available at Floodwater Management Grant Assistance Program.

Sewer System Improvement Program

As a longer term measure, the SFPUC is in the first phase of the city-wide Sewer System Improvement Program, a multi-billion dollar upgrade to San Francisco's combined sewer system. This program includes evaluating stormwater issues in each urban watershed. We are committed to assessing our options for helping minimize stormwater issues in the 17th and Folsom neighborhood.

  • For more information about the Sewer System Improvement Program or floodwater grants, contact Jean Walsh, SFPUC, at jwalsh@sfwater.org or 415-554-3203.
  • For more information about the park at 17th and Folsom, contact Paulina Araica, SF Recreation and Park Department, at Paulina.Araica@sfgov.org or 415-581-2558.


Completion of contract documents: Winter 2015
Bid & Award of Construction Contract: Spring and early Summer 2015
Start of Construction: Summer 2015
Park Opening: Summer 2016

Public Outreach

Project Update/Community Meeting
Thursday, July 26, 2012, 6:30 - 8:00 PM

Project Update/Community Meeting
Sunday, March 11, 2012, 3:00 - 5:00 PM

Transportation Solutions: Discuss concerns and solutions to parking loss on the site
Tuesday, June 1, 2010, 4:00 - 5:00 PM

Community drop-in hours at the Planning Department to discuss Draft Alternatives
Tuesday, February 9, 2010, 6:00 - 8:00 PM

Community drop-in hours at the site to discuss Draft Alternatives
Saturday, February 6, 2010, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Click below to see the draft alternatives:

  1. Revolution Park Concept | Parque Revolucion
  2. Mission Creek Commons Park Concept | El Arroyo Mision del Pueblo
  3. Eco-People Park Concept | Parque Eco-Pueblo

Community Design Charette
Saturday, January 23, 2010, 11:00 AM - 2:00 PM

Get Involved!

To receive updates from the Public Utilities Commission, please contact:
Jean Walsh, San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, 415-554-3203, jwalsh@sfwater.org

And to receive updates from the Recreation and Parks Department, please contact:
Mary Hobson, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, 415-581-2575, Mary.Hobson@sfgov.org

Final Concept Design (July 2012)

After a series of community meetings, the concept design developed with the community has been approved by the Recreation and Parks Commission. The adopted concept plan was presented and discussed at a community workshop in June 2012, where staff collected feedback on the details of the design. Staff will continue to develop the design's details, including choice of furnishings and play equipment, in coming months.

Final Concept Design
Download Final Concept Design

Park(ing) Day 2010 Photos

Check out photos of our Park(ing) Day installation at the 17th & Folsom site.

Project Contacts