27. April 2017

South Park, San Fran­cisco


South Park, San Francisco’s old­est pub­lic park, is a unique and his­tor­ic­al area. The park, modeled after an Eng­lish strolling park, was ori­gin­ally built as the center­piece of this exclus­ive neigh­bor­hood. Years of activ­ity, how­ever, took their toll and the park fell into dis­repair.

The Recre­ation Park Depart­ment, South Park Improve­ment Asso­ci­ation, park neigh­bors and com­munity lead­ers wanted to restore it to its ori­gin­al glory. Fletch­er Stu­dio Land­scape Archi­tec­ture, an award-win­ning land­scape archi­tec­ture firm, was com­mis­sioned to devel­op a mas­ter plan for the park, bring­ing the revital­ized vis­ion to real­ity. The new design can be described as a con­tem­por­ary inter­pret­a­tion of the Eng­lish strolling garden.

The pro­ject entailed upgrad­ing the park’s infra­struc­ture, includ­ing new paths, irrig­a­tion, drain­age, site light­ing, land­scap­ing, swoop­ing mead­ows and a new stage area for per­form­ances.

One strik­ing addi­tion: a cus­tom uni­ver­sal play area with undu­lat­ing forms both in struc­ture and in the moun­ded sur­face. This flow­ing con­tem­por­ary design by Fletch­er and the 100% cus­tom designed struc­ture by Ber­liner makes it a truly one-of-a-kind design, one that has nev­er been done before!

Dav­id Yosso, Pres­id­ent of Spe­cified Play Equip­ment Com­pany and Berliner’s exclus­ive rep­res­ent­at­ive for North­ern Cali­for­nia, calls the South Park design a “sculp­tur­al, play­ful art piece designed for all ages and ima­gin­a­tions.”