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Joe DiMaggio Park

San Francisco

The Joe DiMaggio Playground is a 2-acre park with a children’s play area, tennis courts, bocce courts, pool building, and sports courts. It sits directly next to the newly constructed North Beach Library and will transform one block of Mason Street from a street with vehicular traffic into a public park space. This project will reorganize and renovate all portions of the park, including:

– Expanded and improved children’s play area with new safety and ADA requirements;
– New and upgraded landscaping;
– New and additional seating throughout the park;
– Increased park safety and increased internal connections within the park;
– Relocated and improved tennis courts;
– New and improved lighting;
– New and expanded bocce courts and picnic area; and
– Resurfaced sports courts with new sports equipment and facilities.

The park’s renovation realizes a decade-old vision of the North Beach community. The neighbors, led by the Friends of Joe DiMaggio Playground, have been active participants in the planning and design of the project, as well as independently fundraising for upgrades for the new project.

This project is funded by the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond; it has received $6.3 million for the project. Additionally, the Friends of Joe DiMaggio Playground is actively fundraising for additional upgrades to the park. Friends of Joe DiMaggio Playground is partnering with other neighborhood groups to help raise the last $498,000 needed to make sure the playground is ready for use by neighbors of all ages, and ready for the next 100 years. These are the funds that will provide the finishing touches that will make the park really lovely and special.

Here is the community funded Joe DiMaggio Park Fish Mosaic Play Climber. The San Francisco Parks and Recreation Department and Friends of Joe DiMaggio Park requested a playable fish sculpture and asked the designers at Miracle Playsystems to help design and fabricate the installment. The designers at Miracle Playsystems created a photo-simulation of the proposed fish and the Parks department and the community loved it!

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