Francisco Street Reservoir Improvement Project

Completed and Opened to the Public on April 27, 2022!

BackgroundAerial view of children's play area in foreground, circular lawn area behind

The Francisco Street Reservoir and adjacent Russian Hill open space provide over 4 acres of open space. SFRPD entered into a 12 year MOU with the SFPUC in August 2014 to transfer the 3.29-acre site that housed the Francisco Street Reservoir. Operation of the Francisco Street Reservoir dates back to the 1860s, originally by the Spring Valley Water Company and later the San Francisco Municipal Water Department. The brick and a concrete-lined reservoir were closed in 1940 when the Lombard Street Reservoir opened.

The Francisco Park Project, a group of neighborhood residents comprised of representatives from four local coalitions: Aquatic Park Neighbors, North Beach Neighbors, Russian Hill Improvement Association and Russian Hill Neighbors, actively worked with Supervisor Mark Farrell's office, RPD and the PUC to move the acquisition process forward and has committed to raising funds for the development and maintenance of the park. The group held a series of community meetings and developed a financing strategy based on potential cost estimates to develop and maintain a future park. 

Scope of Work

The 4.5 acre Francisco Reservoir site, located in the Russian Hill neighborhood added a unique ADA-accessible pathway starting at Bay Street winds its way up the park to a central lawn area, children’s playground, picnic area, restroom, and other amenities. The project also includes a fenced dog play area. The park site provides a number of special attributes, most notably its incredible vistas of:

  • Alcatraz
  • Angel Island
  • Marin County
  • Portions of the Golden Gate Bridge
  • San Francisco Bay

This unique park project is a public-private partnership between the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) and Francisco Park Conservancy (FPC). In 2014, the Recreation and Park Department acquired an underutilized reservoir site. The Francisco Park project has transform this abandoned reservoir site into a new public park, providing access to some of San Francisco’s most famous views of the bay alongside open spaces lined with native plants and trees.

For more information visit or partner: Francisco Park Conservancy.

  1. What's New
  2. Documents & Materials
  1. Capital Project Update

    Join Us for the Grand Opening of Francisco Park 4/27/22!

    Please join us to celebrate the opening of our newest Park . . . Read on...
  2. Capital Project Update

    Happy New Year rainbow over Francisco Park!

    On January 5 we reached a major milestone moving closer to the park opening when permanent power went live at Francisco Park. . . Read on...
  3. Capital Project Update

    Francisco Park construction moves forward towards December completion

    The Hyde Street stairway has been installed and the view from the top is spectacular. The pathway from the stairway to the great lawn will be poured next week. Read on...
  4. Capital Project Update

    Francisco Park Construction Update 5/3!

    The elevated walkway is complete connecting the lower part of the park along Bay Street with the upper level and future great lawn . . . Read on...
  5. Capital Project Update

    Francisco Park Construction Update DEC '20

    Construction at Francisco Park continues to move along smoothly. The elevated pathway structure has been painted and the crew is starting to install the boardwalk Read on...
  6. Capital Project Update

    Francisco Park Construction Update 11/12!

    Recent construction activities at Francisco Park include . . . Read on...
  7. Capital Project Update

    Francisco Park Construction Update 10/7!

    Francisco Park construction is moving along at a rapid pace . . . Read on...
  8. Capital Project Update

    Francisco Park construction has restarted!

    Francisco Park construction has restarted after being paused under the City’s shelter-in-place order. Read on...
  9. Capital Project Update
  10. Capital Project Update


    The design development for the future park at Francisco Reservoir continues to develop, providing a diversity of fully accessible public spaces Read on...
  11. Capital Project Update


    On March 15, 2018 the Rec and Park Commission approved the conceptual design to renovate the Francisco Reservoir Read on...
  12. Capital Project Update

    SF Rec & Parks Moves Forward to Add Brand New 4.5 Acre Park to San Francisco

    Rec and Park announced today the commission approval of conceptual design to convert 4.5 acres of former reservoir Read on...