Visitacion Valley Greenway

Visitacion Valley, San FranciscoPhoto credit: Rob Badger

This long, narrow series of parks steps diagonally down a San Francisco hillside through formerly vacant lots. The greenway includes a plaza, community garden, two greenhouses, playground, native plant garden, agricultural lot, herb garden, and a barbecue pit. As recently as a decade ago the neighborhood was desperately short of open space. TPL worked with two city agencies to acquire the land for the greenway; designed and built the Hans Schiller Plaza, the park entryway; and in 2008, redesigned the community garden on the final lot to increase the number and accessibility of gardening plots.

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Since 1972, The Trust for Public Land has protected more than 3.3 million acres and completed more than 5,400 park and conservation projects.