Tomorrow: Help Envision Better Streets Connecting to Heron’s Head Park

Tomorrow the SF Planning Department is putting on the first in a series of walks as part of its new Green Connections project, an effort to improve access to parks making better use of city streets.

Biking and walking routes to Heron's Head Park. ## the full PDF##. Image: SF Planning Department

The intent of the program, according to the department’s website, is to create “a citywide network of green streets that can be built over time, improving pedestrian and bicycle access to parks, open space and the waterfront.”

At a kick-off meeting last month, planning department staff began collecting feedback and showing how traffic calming and greening techniques could be included in the plans. On tomorrow’s walk, you can tell planners what you like and don’t like about the pedestrian environment en route to Heron’s Head Park near Hunter’s Point.

Planners will use the walks and other public events to engage communities in shaping the Green Connections project, and by late 2013 they hope to finish conceptual designs in six neighborhoods: Chinatown, the Tenderloin, the Western Addition, Potrero Hill, Visitacion Valley, and Bayview-Hunter’s Point.

Tomorrow’s two-hour walk meets at 1 p.m. the EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park at 32 Jennings Street (coincidentally at the east end of Cargo Way, where crews are currently constructing a two-way protected bikeway).

Check out all the project materials from the kick-off meeting on the Green Connections website, and see highlights after the break.

The city's long-term open space plan "includes preliminary concepts for a network of ’green connections'." ## the full PDF (40 MB)##. Image: SF Planning Department
Staff members explain the project to participants at the kick-off event. Photo: ## Planning Department##

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    The Green Connections team will also be at Sunday Streets – come find us by the Ferry Building.  

  • I’ve been watching the Cargo Way construction progress this week.  I’m impressed that they’re putting in what appear to be metal cuffs into the core-holes they’re taking out of the pavement–this isn’t going to be soft-hit post-landia, this is going to seriously damage anything that tried to cross over.
    Critique:  It doesn’t look like much is being done in the way of improving the pavement quality before making it a bikeway–including the root-burst area to the west.
    Critique:  I wish it was on the north side of the roadway instead of the south.  Then it wouldn’t have to fight with traffic at the Mendell intersection, nor all the USPS trucks and workers cars.
    Pondering:  I wonder where the blue habitation van is going to go.

  • Wow, I highly recommend downloading the Green Connections Project Overview (link in second graphic above.) It has some absolutely great San Francisco demographic maps that show vehicles available per neighborhood, population density per neighborhood, prevalence of seniors and children per neighborhood, and median household income per neighborhood. It also has a nifty topographical map of the city and a map of our tip of peninsula pre-European contact. Good stuff!