Following three years of delays and three rounds of bidding, two rounds of which were rejected when every bid came in over-budget before even breaking ground, the contract to build the 17th and Folsom Street Park is slated to be approved this week, construction should soon commence, and the new Mission District park should be open by the end of 2016.
The 34,300-square-foot park will include an outdoor classroom/performance space and great lawn, an interactive activity area and play equipment for children, adult fitness equipment, native landscaping and both educational and community gardens plots.
An interactive water feature at the children’s play area will commemorate the historic Mission Creek that once ran through the site.
Acquired in January 2012 from the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the site currently houses a paid-parking lot, the northern half of which is being developed with plans for 101 units of affordable housing.
And while the base construction budget for the park was set at $3 million, the lowest “responsive and responsible bidder” was Bauman Landscape and Construction at $3,083,051, a bid which the project manager is recommending the City’s Recreation and Park Commission approve this Thursday.