South Park is the oldest public park in San Francisco. A public/private partnership was formed to design and fund major capital renovation of South Park. Park neighbors and community leaders developed a master plan for it. Park improvements include upgrades to the park’s infrastructure, new accessible paths, irrigation, drainage, site lighting, site furnishings, trees and landscaping, new children’s play area, large open meadow and several plazas. This NTIP project will supplement this work by funding traffic calming measures to improve safe access to the park.
PROJECT DESCRIPTION AND BENEFITS
The South Park Traffic Calming NTIP project includes improvements such as stamped asphalt at the crosswalks into the park and bulb outs at intersections. The benefits of the traffic calming include slowing motorists by providing a visual and textural identification of the pedestrian crosswalk beyond the crosswalk striping. Many drivers turn into South Park as a short cut to the Bay Bridge and accelerate at the gentle road curve, sometimes ignoring stop signs. 22 South Park, a single occupancy residence where several residents with disabilities live, is near one of these curve/crosswalks, and inattentive drivers pose a danger to these residents crossing the street. The asphalt stamping will provide motorists a visual and textural cue that they are entering a residential neighborhood.
Construction started in January 2016. San Francisco Department of Recreation and Parks has scheduled a ribbon-cutting ceremony at the park for Tuesday March 7, 2017 from 12:30 pm to 2 pm to celebrate completion of the park improvements and re-opening of the park. Construction of the related traffic calming improvements (bulbouts and decorative crosswalk pavement at the park entrances) is tentatively scheduled for late spring 2017.