CONVERSION OF THE FRANCISCO RESERVOIR TO A PUBLIC OPEN SPACE PARK FACT SHEET - JUNE, 2013
The reservoir property is situated between Hyde and Larkin Streets, south of Bay Street. It comprises approximately 4.24 acres, all owned by the City of San Francisco. It is designated for open space use in the City's General Plan and zoned "Public".
A strip approximately 100 feet wide at the southern end of the property is under jurisdiction of Recreation & Parks Department (RPD). The defunct reservoir and the northern portion are under jurisdiction of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). The PUC has not declared the property surplus though it has not been a functional reservoir for decades.
For many years there have been discussions about converting the property into a park. Community- wide meetings held over the past several years produced many ideas: a basic green open space, community gardens, terraced seating to enjoy views, a children's play area and continued dog- walking. RPD recognizes that this area of the City is underserved with parks and children's playgrounds and supports the idea of an open space park in this location.
A volunteer coalition, Francisco Reservoir Working Group (FRWG) was formed representing four neighborhood associations, Russian Hill Improvement Association (RHIA), Russian Hill Neighbors (RHN), Aquatic Park Neighbors (APN) and North Beach Neighbors (NBN), was formed to further a park.
FRWG invited design proposals responding to the community input from students at Academy of Arts University School of Landscape Architecture along with a pro-bono design from 450 Architects of San Francisco. These designs were presented to the community at large in May 2012, after which 450 Architects went on to produce two plans:
There are no City funds available for the project. To get jurisdiction transferred to RPD for a park we must demonstrate ability to raise private funds to pay for the park improvements. The base plan requires approximately $10 million, additional features will require substantially more, and $3 million is required to fund a reserve for the future operations and maintenance.
The citywide and area benefits for this site to become a public park are obvious; the site commands spectacular views of the Bay, the islands and the Golden Gate Bridge. It is on the popular Hyde Street cable car route between Fisherman's Wharf and Lombard Street. It is in an area underserved with parks and playgrounds for children. It would be a beautiful green oasis.
The property already belongs to the people of San Francisco, so it should be improved for the enjoyment of everyone in perpetuity.
For more information and to make a tax-deductible contribution go to: www.franciscoreservoir.org