A $75,000 grant from the Recreation and Parks Department was allocated to the Buchanan Street Mall project this month, funding the second phase of efforts to revitalize the five-block-long park.
New seating areas, community gardens and gates were installed on the mall late last year, after community groups gathered at the African-American Arts & Culture Complex to discuss the design and intention of the project.
“In partnership with Citizen Film, Exploratorium, Green Streets, the Trust for Public Land, and other stakeholders, we’ve created an inviting, interactive space for the neighborhood and community," Joey Kahn, a representative from Recreation and Parks, told us. "With garden boxes, lighting, gathering spaces and audio stories, Buchanan Street Mall is steadily returning to the hub that it once was.”
Where the $75,000 will go is still being decided, but if you'd like to get involved, swing by a community gathering this afternoon from 12-4pm at the Rosa Parks Senior Center (1111 Buchanan St.) to meet your neighbors, learn how to garden, and find out where you can contribute to the project.