Courtesy renderingLanding strip: Designer Scott Peterson has incorporated an airplane into a new play structure he designed for Larsen Playground.

Courtesy renderingLanding strip: Designer Scott Peterson has incorporated an airplane into a new play structure he designed for Larsen Playground.

Park near Stern Grove to receive uplifting makeover

The City is one step closer to landing a new play structure at a barren playground once known for housing a fighter jet.

The Larsen Playground, located next to 19th Avenue near Ulloa Street, is currently a sand pit with a few swing sets.

But it is best known for the F8 jet that was a play structure there. The plane, which was at the site from 1975 until 1993, was removed due to concerns about lead paint, according to the Recreation and Park Department.

Plans call for construction of a new plane play structure to be designed by Scott Peterson, the designer who created the wave structure at the Koret Children’s Quarter in Golden Gate Park. The initial proposal was shown and approved during the Recreation and Park Commission’s Capital Committee meeting Wednesday.

The proposal would add the new play structure to the playground, improve landscaping and pathways, install lighting and move the playground entrance away from the busy 19th Avenue corridor, according to Rec and Park.

The project, which still requires private funding in order to move forward, will be done in conjunction with a restroom upgrade project paid for by a 2008 parks bond.

Supervisor Carmen Chu, whose supervisorial district includes Larsen Park, also spoke out in favor of the project during the Wednesday hearing. Her office is helping to raise the funds needed through private donations in order to finalize the project, which needs approval from the full Recreation and Park Commission.

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