Francisco Park is located on the site of the historic Francisco Reservoir, the first reservoir in San Francisco, constructed in 1859. The Reservoir served the City until it was decommissioned in 1940. Over the next 68 years, the City of San Francisco fielded a variety of development proposals for the 4.5-acre site, ultimately designating the lot to remain as open space in 2008.
The Francisco Park Conservancy, a private group of twelve board members, shepherded the park development process and led the fundraising effort from conceptual design through construction.
Francisco Park features a variety of amenities including a community garden, a large oval lawn for informal play, custom-designed furnishings and overhead structure, restrooms, a playground, a dog park, and an interpretive plaza preserving a portion of the historic reservoir infrastructure. Meandering pathways and a visually striking elevated boardwalk provides ADA-accessible access to all park amenities and incredible view corridors of Alcatraz and the Bay.
BFS joined the project team as the prime design consultant in 2018 after the initial planning site permit was approved. BFS, with the guidance of the Francisco Park Conservancy, carefully refined the site permit design and managed the design team to create a park that complements the unique character of the Russian Hill neighborhood and maximizes the usable space on the steeply-sloped site.