Burrows Pocket Park – San Francisco CA, USA
Project Goal: To transform a dead end dumping ground to a gathering space for the Portola Neighborhood.
Client: Portola Neighborhood Association
Services Delivered: Community engagement, schematic design, project management, construction administration, fundraising, marketing
As one part of a project to create an accessible pedestrian path along the I-80 freeway in San Francisco, the Burrows Pocket Park was a community driven pilot in response to the neighborhood divide caused by eminent domain and the construction of a freeway. One volunteer, Architect Reaz Harque connected with the local chapter and eventually the Mayor’s office to assist the Portola Neighborhood Association. Phase one involved clearing out the trash, as the site was used as a dumping ground, creating a bioswale and a sustainable xeriscape native plant garden, along with repaving the street.
Phase two involved larger support to provide furniture, a mural and additional features which eventually lead to a coffee shop opening in the dead end, and a local 5th grade class building and installing their own little free library complete with a green roof.
The local chapter is currently helping with the next phase and the transformation of another dead end block two streets over! The legacy continues and they Portola Neighborhood Association continues to draw funding for these projects.