The San Francisco Chapter's 1 Burrows Pocket Park, after years of development, recently broke ground, and is well underway with lots of promise as a prototype for similar dead end streets in San Francisco's Portola neighborhood.
We met Ruth Wallace of the Portola Neighborhood Association on site March 27th, as she and a member of the Friends of the Urban Forest, figure out where to plant trees on the slope above the park's future bioswale. She introduces the project and what it will mean for the neighborhood in this 1 minute video.
Burrows Street is one of five dead ends off San Bruno Avenue. These dead ends have become underutilized and abused spaces of illicit activities. The Pocket Park, designed and directed by architect Reaz Haque on behalf of the San Francisco Chapter of Architecture for Humanity, serves as a pilot project that the City of San Francisco supports and may replicate at the other four sites.
"We're hoping this will be a new shared space for the Portola - we have no community space at all on San Bruno Ave," Wallace explains. "This will give us a space to sit and talk, have coffee, let the kids play and enjoy the weather."