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Francisco Park challenge grant

There’s big news for the effort to build a new park on the site of the old Francisco Reservoir on Russian Hill. The Francisco Park Conservancy, the group behind raising the money for the project, has already brought in $12 million. Now, they report having received an anonymous $6 million pledge, contingent on the group raising another $5 million by the end of this calendar year.

The Conservancy has already attracted $400,000 toward the challenge grant. If the remaining $4.6 million comes in by Dec. 31, the group will have reached its fundraising goal and construction of the new park will be able to begin.

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission approved the conceptual design of the new park in March of this year. When it is completed, Francisco Park will cover more than four acres of prime land, turning it into a beautiful new public park that includes a dog run, community gardening space, a picnic area, a children’s playground, and lots of greenery.

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