Completed and Opened to the Public February 24, 2018!
Geneva Avenue Strip was an undeveloped open space located in District 11 at Geneva and Delano Avenues. Formerly, this 10,427 square feet site contained a few fruit and evergreen trees, and was overgrown with invasive ivy and pampas grass. The site is narrow and steep with a lot of potential to be developed into a productive, useful space for community members.
The Environmental Report for the Geneva Avenue Parcel (2010) found that the near-surface soil contained high concentrations of lead. Environmental remediation was completed by a contractor and the site is now food-safe and ready for a community garden.
This is a community-driven project that received a 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond Community Opportunity Fund (COF) Grant for $387,534, with additional contributions totaling $55,00 from Supervisor Avalos. Because of rising construction costs and the fact that the site remediation was more extensive- and expensive- than anticipated, Recreation and Park secured two additional grants totaling $900,000 from the State of California Department of Housing and Community Development to support the project.
The new garden includes the following features:
- Accessible area of common amenities
- Additional landscaped areas
- Perimeter walls, fencing and gates
- Primary entrance along Delano Avenue
- Raised garden boxes with space for over 50 community garden assignments
This garden is now part of SF Recreation and Park's Community Gardens Program.