The Fillmore community has been reimagining Buchanan Street Mall since late 2014, to design a safer more inclusive neighborhood space. The Vision Plan, published in 2017, offered four goals to guide design priorities for the neighborhood: connecting all blocks; social exchange, engagement, and interaction; gardens; and play and recreation.
The FINAL CONCEPTUAL DESIGN AND RENDERINGS include abundant green space, additional lighting throughout, and is woven together with a Memory Walk that highlights local stories. Key elements requested by the community have been included and each block emphasizes a unique theme of outdoor recreation: active recreation (Eddy – Turk); all-ages play (Turk – Golden Gate); basketball and BBQ (Golden Gate – McAllister); art and entertainment (McAllister – Fulton); and garden and gather (Fulton – Grove).
TODAY we will have the design on display and explainers on hand at a Pop-Up Village event that will offer a glimpse of the type of experience the community is hoping to achieve with micro-enterprise activations on the Mall.
Thursday 2/27 from 3 to 7pm
In the parking lot of the African American Arts & Culture Complex, 762 Fulton St, San Francisco, CA 94102
We are also posting the design plans and exemplary images, as well as a narrative summary (in five language), at the temporary gateways that were installed on The Mall with the Exploratorium’s Studio for Public Spaces in 2015.
The conceptual design will be presented to the Recreation and Parks Commission’s Capital Committee for approval on Wednesday, March 4th at 2pm in City Hall room 416.
It has been an honor to participate in this truly grassroots-driven design process. Recreation and Parks and partner The Trust for Public Land hear the goals of the community, and have been working with community members to develop the necessary documents and receive the necessary approvals to build a safe, vibrant, and engaging public space. At present, project funding and timeline are largely unknown. Recreation and Parks is please to have this inspiring tangible product, which we can use to seek additional public and private funding and guide capital investment as funding becomes available.
Special thanks to neighborhood-based organizations Citizen Film and Green Streets, for their tireless efforts these past five years, tending and activating the space and bringing people together for visioning a better Buchanan Mall for all.