‘Not your ordinary’ park gift 

Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier praised the effort Monday of six mothers who joined forces to fix up their community park.

“This is not your ordinary accept and expend gift,” Alioto-Pier said during the Board of Supervisors City Operations and Neighborhood Services Committee meeting. “We are accepting a gift of $910,800 from the Friends of the Presidio Heights Playground group, which was created by six mothers in 2005 to renovate the playground located on Clay Street between Walnut and Laurel. The park was dilapidated and had not been updated since 1969. It’s not ADA compliant and was literally infested with rats. A blocked sewer pipe had flooded the park’s play and sand area. And after learning that the playground was 254th on the list of parks for improvement and that there was no possibility of city funding these women went to work.”

Construction on the park began on March 8 and the park is scheduled to reopen this summer.

Alioto-Pier gave a rundown on how the “new” park will look: “The new park will include a basketball court, picnic grove, separate toddler and older children’s play areas, nature nook, sand adventure area, new landscaping and ample seating throughout the park.”

The effort, she said, is “an inspiring model of successful philanthropy.”

Alioto-Pier plans to honor the mothers at an upcoming Board of Supervisors meeting.

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