$3.2 Million Panhandle Playground Improvements To Take 2 Years

Nearly three years after it was first announced, upgrades to the Panhandle Playground are finally making concrete progress.

The city—which has worked to fund the project from a combination of discretionary funds and community grants—is keeping design options for the space open to public comment and input through September 10th.

But officials have also outlined construction phasing and schedules for the project, set to impact the roughly 7,000-square-foot area in and immediately surrounding the playground, including the public restroom and maintenance shed.

Construction for the project—which is budgeted at $3.2 million—is expected to kick off in spring of 2018 and wrap up by the end of 2019. 

Upgrades to the site are sorely needed: initially installed in 1965, the playground hasn't seen an upgrade since 1998. 

Initial feedback from the community on potential designs emphasized the importance of trees, seating, removing chainlink fencing, swings, and a play structure.

The playground improvements join the pedestrian realm improvements set to kick off on Haight Street shortly after the new year, and the adjacent Masonic corridor improvement, which is currently underway.

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