Hayes Valley Playground waiting for $1.5M gift 

The Hayes Valley Playground will have to wait a couple more weeks before getting a neighborhood committee’s recommendation on accepting a $1.5 million gift.

Rec and Park approved the design back in September under the notion that The City’s general fund would pay about $1.9 million of the tab and national nonprofit Trust for Public Land would pay an additional $1.5 million for construction.

But since it’s a big gift, the Board of Supervisors has to approve it first, and right now it’s just at the City Operations and Neighborhood Committee level.

It was supposed to be heard at this week’s regular meeting so the committee could make a recommendation to the board.

However, Supervisor Carmen Chu asked that it be continued to the next meeting at the request of Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi.

He does not sit on the committee, but Chu said he had a strong hand to play in this grant, also helping to move this project.

She also requested more information about how The City pursued the grant, and whether there are any other projects of similar nature in the works. 

Their next committee meeting should be scheduled for April 5.

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