Advertisement to bid on Skate park and dog play area can be found here. Open from April 26th to May 29th.
The SoMa West Improvement Projects include the development of a skate park and dog play area on the Caltrans Right-of Way Parcels located underneath the Central Freeway between Valencia Street and Otis Street. In order to authorize the City to build, operate, and maintain the sites and facilities, an agreement needs to be negotiated with Caltrans and the owners of the property. Once the complex negotiation process is completed, the leases will need to go before the Board of Supervisors for final approval. The construction of both the Skate Park and Dog Play Area will be sent to bid as one project. (photo right-rendering of skate park)
In March 2009, DPW initiated the conceptual planning phase for the skate park by meeting with the community and the designer, Newline Skateparks, Inc. Guided by community input, Newline Skateparks presented three design concepts, to the community, in April 2009. Combining elements from each design, meeting attendees requested Newline Skateparks to fuse selected features into one final design. In May 2009, Newline Skateparks presented the final skate park design to the community. The skate park designs are 100% complete and DPW is in the process of developing a binding lease so that they have the authority to access the property for maintenance purposes. (photo right-rendering of skate park)
Dog play area
Between Stevenson Street and adjacent to Valencia Street, a dog play area and City parking area are being developed. The challenge is to retain space for dogs to run and play while meeting the obligation of the City to pay monthly rent for this space to Caltrans. The solution presented is to retain the dog play area in its original size and to reallocate the space previously set aside for basketball courts and a small children’s’ playground to parking for City cars that will be displaced when the adjacent skate park is constructed. (It turns out that air quality concerns would have prevented a playground in that space anyway.) This solution speaks to the request by neighbors for the retention of a dog play area in their community and also meets the obligation of the City to pay rent to Caltrans. The dog play area design is not 100% complete; this is anticipated to be a shorter design process than the skate park. (photo right-rendering of dog park)
Both the Skate Park and Dog Play area is scheduled to begin construction in Summer 2013.
For questions or more information, please contact the Office of Economic and Workforce Development, Gloria Chan, Gloria.firstname.lastname@example.org, 415-554-6926.