At the heart of San Francisco's Tenderloin district, Boeddeker Park serves the city neighborhood with the greatest number of families living below the poverty line. Within walking distance of 50,000 people—many of them living in single rooms—Boeddeker has a critical role to play in providing recreational space in the city's densest neighborhood. But for years, the park's inhospitable design and minimal amenities discouraged visitors and raised safety concerns among both neighbors and law enforcement. The community was committed to making sure the neighborhood got the park it deserves.
The Trust for Public Land worked with the community and dozens of generous public and private donors to transform Boeddeker. The new design incorporates ideas generated in community workshops and focus groups--including outdoor fitness equipment, a walking path with accessible ramps, a large lawn, new play equipment, and a full-size basketball court. Features such as water-efficient landscaping and recycled materials make the park and clubhouse a model of sustainable design.