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Tomorrow: Weigh In On Upcoming Tenderloin Playground Renovations

Tomorrow: Weigh In On Upcoming Tenderloin Playground Renovations
Sgt. John Macaulay Park (Photo: Beth Thomas/Hoodline)
By Brittany Hopkins - Published on June 22, 2016.

Two eagerly-awaited playground redevelopment projects are officially kicking off this week. At 6pm Thursday, June 23rd, at the Tenderloin Recreation Center (570 Ellis St.), Rec & Parks and the Trust for Public Land will host the first in a series of community meetings to discuss redesign plans for Sgt. John Macaulay Park and Turk-Hyde Mini Park.

As we previously reported, the renovation of Macaulay Park (on Larkin at O'Farrell) is being prioritized under the Let’sPlaySF initiative—formerly titled the Failing Playgrounds ProgramThroughout the multi-year collaboration with the San Francisco Parks Alliance, a task force identified 13 dilapidated public playgrounds in need of renovations and chose six to prioritize this year using $15.5 million from the 2012 San Francisco Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond.

The upcoming renovation of Turk-Hyde Mini Park is also being funded with $1 million from the 2012 San Francisco Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond.

Turk-Hyde Mini Park. | Photo: Brittany Hopkins/Hoodline)

During tomorrow evening's planning meeting, community members can expect to learn more about these playgrounds and the "Tenderloin Park System" as a whole; the expected budget, scope, timeline and next steps for each of the renovations projects; and share feedback on their priorities for these playgrounds.

Anyone who can't attend the event is encouraged to contact Reem Assaf, the manager for both improvement projects, at (650) 449-7139 (location code 002) or [email protected] to share the type of improvements they'd like to see at Macaulay Park and Turk-Hyde Mini Park.

La Voz Latina is also encouraging families who can't make the meeting this week to attend their next monthly party in Macaulay Park, which is scheduled for 4-6pm Wednesday, June 29th. In addition to providing music, food and games for children, the organization is hosting a debrief to recap the requests community members relayed to Rec and Parks on these redesign projects. Adults must be accompanied by a child and are asked to RSVP with Sergio Tut at [email protected]