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Before and After

Inspired by the rephotography movement, we recreated a few images of the Kezar Triangle from our original photos of the site before any of the recent improvements.

This is the view from the Southeast corner near the native plant garden maintained by local landscaping champion Greg Gaar. You can see the steep slope, stumble-encouraging drop off and the eroded path heading across the field. The improvements included native plantings, grading near the steep edges as well as the handicap accessible pathways that opened up the central field area. Notice also the tree silhouettes on the horizon. 2013 saw some old cypress tree pruning and clearing by the Rec and Park tree crew along Whiskey Hill as well as a couple trees with dangerous branches that were removed from the East end of the Triangle.

This is a mid-field view looking towards the Southeast corner. You can see the spot where the previous two photos were taken long Lincoln Way near Arguello Blvd. The irrigation systems for the Triangle were old and had to be accessed manually.  The sprinkler heads would get covered with dirt and were hard to find and were often located using a metal detector each Spring! The image on the left shows a leaky pipe making a puddle while just a bit further along the fields were dry and full of gophers. Irrigation system upgrades were the largest single expense for the new improvements but they should save water and help the gardeners spend their time much more efficiently. You can still see the changes in sod on the Triangle showing where the underground pipes are. It’s interesting to imagine the underground network of water mains and piping that make the landscaping possible. While we did choose native plants with low water needs, the Triangle still depends on irrigation to look good.

You’ll notice the eroded dirt paths going through the middle of the Triangle from this photo on the left.  Muddy trenches in the winter with dry ruts in the summer, the new pathways now address these issues and skirt around the edge of the meadow opening up more space for discus throwing, picnics and free play areas.  The new paths are “NaturePave” – decomposed granite with a binder – and are ADA compliant, smooth and easy for wheelchairs, strollers, bikes and even skateboards to roll on. We also worked with the SF Department of Public Works to add a new pedestrian crosswalk at the North end. The new path is slightly to the East of the old path to provide easy access to both the old and new crosswalks for better safety. This photo is a view looking North towards Kezar Drive and the rest of Golden Gate Park.

From the sidewalk along Kezar Drive looking South you can really notice the new path changes. Not only are the old path scars healed with new sod but there are plantings and a low woven willow fenced area to protect the new peripheral plantings on the North and South ends.  The new walkway onto Kezar is just to the East (left) of here and splits the difference between the two crosswalks into the rest of Golden Gate Park (behind this location along the sidewalk).


Construction begins! Nov. 2013


It’s official.  

Work on the landscaping improvements at the Kezar Triangle is finally underway! Soon, the eroded dirt trails and patchy irrigation will be replaced with a new efficient watering system, improved accessible pathways and entry areas, native plantings along the periphery, spaces for temporary art, and an unobstracted central grass meadow for recreational activities.

fenced site

SFRPD has a page with contact information, too, as official recognition of the work in progress.  :)

NOTE:  Contractors are installing a temporary protective fence around the field beginning in November so work can begin on the lawn and irrigation excavation. Over the next months the remaining work will be completed and the Triangle should be open to the public and ready for discus practice in early 2014. It will take the young plants a while to get established but the bulk of the landscaping should be completed by then.  We’re very much looking forward to keeping you updated and getting the Kezar Triangle ready for its full potential in the years ahead.

Thank you, as always, for your support, helpful feedback and patience with the slow but important approval process all along the way.  Once the Triangle is reopened we will be looking for volunteers for gardening support and for participation in the Kezar Triangle Arts Coalition which will help plan activities and temporary installations for the site. Stay tuned and let us know how you might like to get involved!

Happy Autumn and hoping the weather smiles on the construction and planting process.