Noe Valley park needs city’s help

A Noe Valley parking lot about the size of two tennis courts could be converted into a public open space if neighbors convince The City to spend about $4 million on it.

Near the corner of 24th and Vicksburg streets, there is already a popular farmers market every Saturday in the lot for the Noe Valley Ministry Presbyterian church. The Friends of Noe Valley Town Square, however, is hoping to buy and convert the lot.

“It’s a pretty unique opportunity,” said Todd David, who spearheaded the group. “There are so few places in San Francisco where you really have that kind of open space smack in the middle of a commercial corridor.”

The lot is one of at least four plots of land that the Recreation and Park Department is considering for parks. Other sites include 17th and Folsom streets in the Mission district and Third Street and Hudson Avenue in the India Basin area.

Noe Valley neighbors have said they want a play area, benches, possibly a stage and a storage facility.

The project site is a block and a half from where The City’s Pavement to Parks program unsuccessfully attempted to close a portion of the road near 24th and Noe streets.

The money for the new project would come from Rec and Park’s 3 percent reserve fund used for one-time fixes.

Landscape architecture company Conger Moss Guillard — which generated images for the Treasure Island redevelopment master plan, Mint Plaza and several other city projects — is donating time to draw what it could look like.

Park officials have scheduled a meeting with David and Town Square questionnaires at 7 p.m. Oct. 20.

The Board of Supervisors would need to make a final decision about the park.

kkelkar@sfexaminer.com

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