Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds

Design schematic for one of the re-designed Helen Diller Playgrounds.Design schematic for one of the re-designed Helen Diller Playgrounds.Photo credit: Design schematic: Andrea Cochrain Landscape Architecture

San Francisco's Civic Center borders the Tenderloin, Hayes Valley, and South of Market, all neighborhoods where parks and open space are limited. The two existing playgrounds at Civic Center Plaza are heavily used by children attending nearby daycare centers and schools—but they are decades old and badly need renovating.

With a generous donation from the Helen Diller Family Foundation, The Trust for Public Land is creating two new playgrounds for Civic Center Plaza, part of an ongoing partnership with San Francisco Recreation and Parks. The designs were developed through extensive consultation with parents, children, educators, and community stakeholders to be inclusive, appealing to children of all ages and abilities. The unique space will include creative elements inspired by San Francisco's weather and natural beauty.

These vibrant playgrounds will anchor the larger park outside of City Hall, which frequently hosts cultural events. The site is surrounded by notable institutions with programs for children, including the Main Library, the Asian Art Museum, and the San Francisco Symphony.

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