Last Wednesday, September 9th, San Francisco Public Works, along with the Office of Community Investment & Infrastructure (OCII) and the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department (RPD), held Community Meeting #2 for the concept development of The East Cut’s next public park – Transbay Block 3 Park. The virtual meeting was the community’s first opportunity to see design concepts for the park space, which will be located in the middle third of the Temporary Transbay Terminal site at Howard and Beale streets. Approximately 60 community members were present, with 63% indicating this was their first time attending a community meeting for the project.
Landscape Architects from Public Works presented three concepts for the park, including “The Clearing”, “The Commons”, and “The Ripple”. Each design follows similar design language that is responsive to community feedback conducted over the last year, and design elements include main gathering spaces, a children’s playground, a variety of vegetation, and multiple seating types. Sun studies for the site were completed, taking into account the future structures on Blocks 2 and 4, and the active gathering spaces are located where the sun exposure occurs throughout the day.
The East Cut CBD is currently working with RPD to determine roles and responsibilities for the future operations and maintenance of the park however, the CBD anticipates having a full-time steward to help with tables & chairs, park information and rules enforcement, and light cleaning and litter pickup. While the park itself will be owned by RPD, the CBD’s Management Plan dictates that funding be allocated for park programming and operations.
Public Works and OCII are now requesting survey input on the park designs, which you can access here, and it will be open through the end of the month. You can also access the slide presentation above, or view the full community meeting on Public Works website.
Feel free to reach out to The East Cut CBD at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions or additional comments. We look forward to welcoming you to yet another park in The East Cut in a couple of years!