HAPPENING NOW: Installing plants, trees, seating, pathways, courts, and irrigation. Layout of gardens; all twelve trees were just planted in the tree tunnel, along with colorful, plants, such as rock rose, flax, and iris. Turn-of-the-century granite benches (originally used as street curbs) were unearthed, refurbished and brought into service (some as benches) in our park.
Now, it could just be a rumor, but I heard that the San Francisco Fire Department has challenged the San Francisco Police Department to a Bocce ball contest on the La Playa Park court. Stay tuned for the date and time of the event! ~Dennis Webb
Rain, rain, rain! We need it, and the timing is perfect. The rain is naturally compacting our bocce courts and pathways. There is an underground river, our aquafer, directly below the park. It is over 100 feet down, and there is a monitor well in the park that keeps tabs on it.
We just installed the perimeter of the bocce courts. The next step is to lay the 2x6 finish boards that define the courts. These will be set with a laser level to establish the finish grade. This means we are really close to tossing some balls!
Great progress for the San Francisco Sunset District! Adolph Sutro would be proud of all of you. History suggests that Sutro wanted Bocce ball courts. Well they are coming, and way ahead of schedule. Also on the way are beautiful, low-maintenance gardens, including edible plants.
Steps and benches are being created by recycling turn of the century granite curbs. They still need to be dialed in and adjusted. The granite will be softened by colorful trees, shrubs, and plants. Beautiful walkways and patio areas will invite you to bring your coffee, sit in the tree tunnel and watch world class Bocce ball--or perhaps even learn to play.
Whether you play, stroll through the gardens, or just sit and enjoy life, La Playa Park is becoming a wonderful place to be.
Thanks and happy holidays to everyone.
We are making great progress at La Playa Park, a new San Francisco landmark. The park will be disability-friendly with multiple wheelchair access pathways. In addition to the existing plan, our goal is to create the ability to explore the whole park in a wheelchair or by walker. The park will have seating along the pathways and the bocce courts.
Last weekend a friend of the park came down in her wheelchair for an early test run. She is excited about playing bocce ball and having full access to the park.
My mother-in-law Mary had Parkinsons. We rebuilt her house so that she did not have to struggle any more. Increasing access for her improved her quality of life. It was wonderful to see her smile. Creating access everywhere possible is our goal for La Playa Park.