Alamo Square Park Restoration Status

Alamo Square Park was closed for approximately one year in order for the City’s Department of Park and Recreation to undertake various underground and above ground repairs, renovations, and improvements. The Alamo Square Board of Directors saw this closure as an opportunity to plant additional trees to make the park more environmentally friendly, to improve the park’s overall topography, and to make other enhancements that will increase the enjoyment for everyone who patronizes one the most popular destinations in San Francisco for both tourists and residents alike.

Thanks to ASNA’s tremendous community support, outreach, and generous financial contributions, the fundraising for Trees for Future Generations has been a great success, and we are on our way to making the park a more aesthetically enjoyable and environmentally-friendly venue.

The ASNA Board of Directors would like to update everyone on the status of ASNA’s park-related efforts.

Alamo Square improvements planned by ASNA

    • Completed to date through Trees for Future Generations:
      • PARK TREES / DONOR PAVERS – 54 park trees and donor paver installation
    • Upcoming improvements:
      • PARK TREES – 29 New park trees funded by  Trees for Future Generations
      • SAND – Additional sand in playground funded by ASNA
      • VOLUNTEER WORK – understory planting, weeding and other activities throughout the year

Like many of you, the Board has noticed certain aspects of Alamo Square that appear to be a work in progress, and that there is more work that must be done by Park and Rec to bring Alamo Square to its full potential as an enjoyable park. To that end, the Board would like this update to serve as the beginning of an Community Wish List where the residents identify concerns and offer suggestions for improvement to Park and Rec.

Some examples that the ASNA Board would like Park and Rec to address are:

      • On/off-leash signage – painted on the walkways, similar to Duboce Park
      • Decomposed granite picnic area with new picnic tables
      • Improved grass maintenance to eliminate the various brown patches, dead grass, and the presence of weeds
      • Improved tree maintenance (and removal of tree stumps); and
      • Finishing of the planting areas

The Board would like to hear from the community regarding other issues or concerns have come to light since the park’s reopening. We see the reopening of Alamo Square as the beginning of a process for identifying projects and maintenance issues that we believe Park and Rec must undertake so that our park is restored and maintained in such a manner that affords all residents and visitors the opportunity to enjoy Alamo Square.  

If you encounter situations or see physical conditions that cause your concern, please feel free to raise your concerns with the Board or its individual members at board@alamosq.org.


Work by SF Park and Rec

This posting also summarizes what Park and Rec has informed the Board as to the work that has been completed to date, as well as what additional work remains from Park and Rec’s perspective.  

Alamo Square work completed to date by Park and Rec

  • Irrigation: Park and Rec replaced Alamo Square’s 70-year-old irrigation system.  After completing this irrigation project, Park and Rec estimates that there should be a reduction in water usage by 2.5 million gallons, leading to a 33% annual water savings.  Most of the system is now automated with updated technology that is programmed to run at prescribed intervals and can adjust irrigation run time based on moisture levels in the soil and humidity levels in the air.  (Due to the historic design, there are still sections of the park landscape which require hands-on management of manual irrigation systems.)  Park and Rec also added a new booster pump to address poor water pressure in the park.  
  • New Restroom: Park and Rec added an ADA-accessible, all-gender restroom near the playground area.  
  • New Pathways: Park and Rec repaired crumbling park pathways throughout the park
  • New Trees: In partnership with ASNA, Park and Rec planted over 100 new trees.  
  • New Landscape: Park and Rec introduced hundreds of new drought tolerant plantings, new sod, new landscape beds, and new no-mow fescue grass on the steepest portions of the hillside around the perimeter of the park.

Upcoming Work by Rec and Park

  • Additional new park benches:   Prior to construction, Alamo Square had 21 park benches.  During construction, 14 benches were removed to replace the crumbling pathways.  Unfortunately, too many of them were too poorly conditioned to be replaced.  New benches are being ordered and will be installed in the coming months.
  • Additional new picnic tables:  Prior to construction there were two picnic tables in Alamo Square.   Park and Rec added a third during the project and intends to add two new ones in the coming months.
  • New trash cans:  Prior to construction, Alamo Square had a total of fourteen trash cans.  Upon completion, Alamo Square now has nine trash cans located around the perimeter of the park at every major entrance and exit, plus three additional trash cans located inside the restrooms and playground. There are currently six temporary cans located throughout the internal landscape.  Park and Rec will replace these six cans with state of the art, two-stream trash cans in the coming months.
  • Newly resurfaced tennis court:  Alamo Square’s tennis court has been selected for resurfacing through a project unrelated to the park’s renovation.   It is scheduled for completion by September.
  • Enhanced park landscaping:  Park and Rec planted four park entrances and two signature landscape beds.  Three additional entry beds, one large planter bed and seven understory areas are still in the process of being landscaped, including new eco-trails behind the playground.  Park and Rec estimates this work should be completed by the end of July.

There are other work items that need to be identified beyond those listed by Park and Rec. We will continue to reach out to Park and Rec so that they address the concerns that our residents have raised to date about the current status of Alamo Square, and we look forward to your observations and constructive suggestions.

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