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RPD Park Improvements: Victoria Manalo Draves Park

Posted on: September 5, 2021

VMD Construction Updates and Support for Neighboring Bessie Carmichael School

Capital Project Update

We are several weeks away from the start of Fall and construction work continues


This lighting project was anticipated to be completed in Fall 2021 (as noted on construction banners). We are several weeks away from the start of Fall and construction work continues (see photos below).

We do not have a firm reopening date yet due to the delayed shipment of pedestrian light poles and other necessary supplies. We are also awaiting upgraded electrical service and final power reconnection for the lights. We will continue to push the construction schedule and update the community, and hope to share a reopening date in the coming weeks.


In anticipation of the August 16 start of the SFUSD school year, Cazadoro Construction, Inc. and several subcontractors worked overtime to allow SF Rec and Park to safely re-open the playground area of Victoria Manolo Draves Park for Bessie Carmichael’s school and afterschool programs.

As of August 27, the sports light pole installation has been completed, the outfield grass has been restored, and the infield grass received additional grooming. NOTE: SFUSD Bessie Carmichael school programs will be using portions of the ballfield prior to park reopening to the public, as the school relies on this adjacent outdoor space to meet their students’ recreation needs.

Rec and Park has partnered with Pit Stop and has an attendant onsite 9 a.m. -6 p.m. to facilitate safe access to the playground and ballfield for students. The rest of the park remains an active construction site.

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