Thank you for coming out to the 2nd public meeting!

 

Landscape architect Jeff Miller presenting the latest design proposal for the Kezar Triangle at our 2nd Community meeting.

 

Thanks so much to everyone who came out to the SF County Fair Auditorium last night for our Second Design Proposal review meeting.  A good number of people attended and many new faces!

After an introduction by Eric Andersen of SFRPD and an overview by Holly Pearson of the planning process for projects like this one, Carla Crane shared her inspiration for the project and Sam Bower shared some of the context so far.  Landscape architect Jeff Miller then walked everyone through the previous design proposals and on to the latest version that incorporates feedback from the previous meeting and some new improvements.  Then the floor opened to questions, discussion and feedback from the public.  Much of the discussion centered around the pathways and the possibility of adding a second crosswalk along Lincoln near the existing one for added safety.  A proposal to stage the actual implementation of the landscaping in phases over time, was said to be unnecessary and we were encouraged to make the great bulk of improvements together, even if we had to close off the park to do it. The goal would be to get it all done soon, minimize disruption, heal the existing pathways and protect new plantings. Timing would also have to consider use of part of the field for discus and track events in the Spring.

After much discussion, the room was unanimously in favor of the proposal so far and encouraged us move ahead with things!

Then, Sam then shared some images of some of the temporary nature based art being considered for the area and discussed how an arts coalition could be formed to help manage that aspect of the project over time.  The audience was again receptive and encouraging and the evening ended with applause!

Now we have to get down to the detail level of budgeting, the specifics of trail and entry area stabilization, irrigation, native planting palette and the integrated art components and pass those back and forth with SFRPD and Jeff Miller and Co.  Once we have a clear sense of those details we then have a 3rd public meeting for public comments and review.  After that then it goes in front of RPD again and the Planning Commission and other digestive processes.

If all goes well, it looks like we might be able to begin actual landscaping improvements in the Spring of 2013.  If we can get city support for the new safety pedestrian crosswalk on Lincoln Way that will also help tremendously with the flow of people on the North end of the Triangle.

That’s the update!  We’ll be posting more details soon.  Thanks again for all the support and as always looking forward to your feedback and participation.

One Response to 'Thank you for coming out to the 2nd public meeting!'

  1. friendsofkezartriangle says:

    *NOTES*
    (Recorded by Kyla Burson of Miller Company Landscape Architects. Please address any additions or corrections to kburson@millercomp.com)

    Comments from the audience:

    1. Concern that paths will reform in place if all three phases are not installed at once.

    2. Direct bikes to Arguello St. to limit bike/ped conflict on trails. Seek bike coalition input.

    3. Base problem is Kezar St. separates triangle from GG Park. Underground eventually?

    4. Permeable Pavers or sidewalks or both would make Arguello more pedestrian friendly.

    5. Support for keeping discus cage in place.

    6. Support for keeping central meadow free of paths to preserve flexible space.

    7. Would prefer nudging northern half of path further toward Arguello.

    8. Implementing some parking restrictions on Arguello would discourage ‘camp’ parking.

    9. Community Challenge and SF Beautiful Grants could stretch available budget.

    10. Prune trees to improve their health, let in more sunlight, and discourage illicit activities.

    11. Shrubbery can be used as cover for illicit activity and pose a health hazard.

    12. Very positive feedback for additional crosswalk investigation.

    13. Concern about gopher holes as safety hazard for runners. Irrigation could help.

    14. No mow grasses and automated irrigation system would reduce maintenance load.

    15. Strong desire for additional trash cans and dog bags.

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