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San Francisco Embarcadero
Thousands of Sea Otters Will Return to the Bay Area, According to Reintroduction Plan
A plan to reintroduce sea otters to the Bay Area is gaining momentum, with hopes of restoring crucial links in the San Francisco Bay's food chain and rebuilding kelp forests along the coast.
San Francisco Potrero Hill
Potrero Hill’s Jackson Park getting a $40 million makeover
The two-baseball diamond Jackson Park in Potrero Hill has just been approved for a $40 million facelift, with added park and playground space, sidewalk gardens, and bathrooms being modernized into a more deluxe “clubhouse.”
San Francisco Lake Shore
11-acre Lake Merced park finally coming to former SF shooting range, after six-year delay
The plan to make the former Pacific Rod and Gun Club into an 11-acre Lake Merced public park was shot down in 2016, but the plans for the park are back on, promising boat decks, a skate park, and a ropes course.
San Francisco Marina Presidio
Palace of Fine Arts lagoon’s 28-year-old swan Blanche has died
Following last year’s untimely death of her mate Blue Boy, 28-year-old mute swan Blanche has gone on to the great lagoon in the sky, as the swan who lived nearly her whole life at the Palace of Fine Arts died last Thursday.
San Francisco Bayview Hunters Point
SF breaks ground on ‘the most expensive park in city history’ in Bayview
A fenced-off patch of land began its transformation Wednesday into the 10-acre, $140 million India Basin Waterfront Park, a crown jewel that will give Bayview a waterfront park, and build a bike and walking trail between the Embarcadero and Candlestick Point.
San Francisco Marina Presidio
Highly anticipated Presidio Tunnel Tops park opens this weekend with celebrations both Saturday and Sunday
The ribbon-cutting for the long-awaited Presidio Tunnel Tops park is Saturday, then Sunday’s Grand Opening features a food truck rally plus DJs, live music, and ranger walks.
SF Parks Alliance relaunches Heart Your Parks campaign after two-year hiatus
Announced on Earth Day last week, SF Parks Alliance — San Francisco’s only citywide nonprofit dedicated to the municipality’s parks — relaunched its Heart Your Parks campaign that first debuted in 2020 to celebrate and show appreciation for SF’s 220 parks and open spaces.
Mission Bay is getting five new ‘street room’ sculptures, including one by former KPIX anchor Dana King
The Giants’ ballpark area will soon have a statue to the first woman who played for the SF Sea Lions in the Negro Baseball Leagues, plus four other new “street room” installations at the Mission Rock development.
Brickyard Cove opens in Berkeley with new hiking paths and gorgeous views
Brickyard Cove became the newest public space inside the 1,833-acre McLaughlin Eastshore State Park over the weekend, adding a list of amenities — picnic tables, walking paths, bike racks, and more — to the area, as well as easier access to the SF Bay Trail.
San Francisco Chinatown
Plan to demolish unattractive, little-used Chinatown bridge in Portsmouth Square moves forward
The SF Planning Commission approved a plan Thursday to beautify Chinatown’s Portsmouth Square, and the most popular part of the plan is getting rid of that ugly pedestrian bridge above Kearny Street.
San Francisco Golden Gate Park Outer Richmond Outer Sunset
Mayor Breed blasts Sup. Chan over car-free JFK: ‘You seem to have a problem with the existing process’
In a theatrical performance at Tuesday’s Board of Supervisors meeting, Supervisor Connie Chan made hay over her car-free JFK Drive proposal, and the mayor called Chan’s comments ”not a responsible way” to decide the matter.
San Francisco Outer Sunset
Part of Great Highway could go car-free no matter what under Ocean Beach climate plan
Something called the Ocean Beach Climate Change Adaptation Project could render nearly a mile of the Great Highway car-free, regardless of what happens in the broader car-free Great Highway debate.