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SF breaks ground on new Civic Center playgrounds

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Students from Tenderloin Elementary School join Mayor Ed Lee and Parks and Recreation Department officials in a ceremonial groundbreaking on the site of the future Helen Diller Civic Center Playground at Civic Center Plaza in San Francisco, Calif. Tuesday, February 14, 2017. (Jessica Christian/S.F. Examiner)

San Francisco officials celebrated the groundbreaking of the Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds that will replace the aging structures outside City Hall that used by children primarily from the Tenderloin, Civic Center, Hayes Valley and South of Market neighborhoods.

The new $10 million playgrounds will come to fruition following a community process for new play structures that began in 2013.

“The design includes extensive planting and natural materials, focused on a warm and unique outdoor experience,” Jackie Safier, president of the Helen Diller Family Foundation, said in a statement. “It is our hope that these playgrounds serve as a timeliness anchor for one of the great civic plazas in the world.”

Read more about the new playgrounds here.

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