You may have noticed some changes to the park in recent weeks: here's what's done, and what still lies ahead.
Jobs already funded and completed include updated LED lighting (completed in August 2015), repaired pedestrian crossings and ramps at crosswalks (begun partially in 2012 in conjunction with the garden upgrade at Ashbury), improved signage for traffic, and new basketball courts.
Work currently underway and wrapped up over the last week includes the installation of new trash receptacles, bicycle racks, and replacing benches along the northern, mixed-use Panhandle path.
"So far, we’ve installed 16 of the 28 trash cans," said Rec and Park spokesperson Joey Kahn. "We’ve also installed three bike racks. We laid asphalt in certain problem areas as well. We expect this phase of the Panhandle Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project to wrap up in the next month."
Next on the books is a meeting on Wednesday 31 at Park Branch Library to source community input on Panhandle Playground improvements. The playground hasn't seen a substantial overhaul in 19 years, and Rec and Park has finally secured funding for an upgrade by way of the LetsPlaySF! initiative.
Also, there's finally a fix on the horizon for the southern pedestrian path, which has long been studded with potholes and tree roots.
Kahn said of the southern path, "We expect to begin construction in the next month."
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