Rec & Park Finds Contractor To Rebuild Koret Playground

The damaged playscape immediately after the fire. | Photo: I.X.P./Hoodline Tipline
By Camden Avery - Published on October 12, 2017.

Just over three months after an unknown arsonist torched the historic Koret Children's Quarter Playground, plans are in the pipeline to rebuild one of the nation's oldest playgrounds.

Connie Chan, SF Rec & Park spokesperson, confirmed this week that after a round of bids, the agency is in the contract process with a prospective builder to put the playground back into service.

At the time, the incident—which filled the Upper Haight and Cole Valley with the smell of melting plastic, and eliminated one of the neighborhoods' best public playgrounds—so incensed neighbors that the San Francisco Parks Alliance initiated a fundraiser to help defray the estimated $1 million repair cost.

Chan said a repair timeline will be finalized once Rec & Park is through the contract process.

This means that Koret will join the Panhandle Playground—through very different means—as the other local playground getting a major overhaul in the coming months.

The Panhandle Playground, an estimated $3.2 million project, will commence early next year; planning and funding for the project took about three years.

Jan 22, 2021
San Francisco Twin Peaks

SFMTA proposes reopening most of Twin Peaks to vehicle access

SFMTA staff are recommending reopening more than half of Twin Peaks to cars, despite broad public embracement of the park for non-vehicle recreation. Read More

Jan 19, 2021
San Francisco Chinatown

$1.9 Million Chinatown relief measure passes Board of Supervisors

The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a relief measure that would pay ailing Chinatown restaurants nearly $2 million to serve up meals for their neighbors in need. Read More

Jan 19, 2021
San Francisco Tenderloin

The Tenderloin used to have a bar where a woman was convalescing in a bed behind a curtain in back

An autobiographical essay titled "The Hard Crowd" by novelist Rachel Kushner, published in last week's New Yorker, offers some vivid snapshots of several long-gone Tenderloin bars, including one with a convalescing person in a bed in back. Read More

Jan 19, 2021
San Francisco Castro

Milk Club holds MLK Day tribute at Castro's 'Hibernia Beach' honoring community leaders

Yesterday the Harvey Milk LGBTQ Democratic Club (Milk Club) held a Martin Luther King Jr. Day tribute at Castro's Bank of America (501 Castro St.), commonly referred to as 'Hibernia Beach,' honoring the civil rights icon and the passing of recent community members. Read More