Russian Hill’s Francisco Reservoir will finally have a new life as a city park, following a go-ahead from the Board of Supervisors in July. The board supported Supervisor Mark Farrell’s bill to authorize the Recreation and Park Department to work with the Francisco Park Conservancy (FPC) to make the park happen.
FPC can now engage in public outreach and community meetings, as well as fundraising. It will need about $25 million for the park’s construction and $150,000 annually for its maintenance.
“Turning the abandoned and dilapidated Francisco Reservoir into a brand-new citywide park is a once in a lifetime opportunity that is one step closer to reality today,” said Farrell.
“With today’s approval, the difficult and fun work of soliciting input from residents and neighborhoods about the park they would like to see created begins,” Farrell added. “The neighborhood, open space, and environmental advocates fought for decades for this park and I am forever grateful for their efforts.”