Alta Plaza Park
Alta Plaza Park San Francisco, California
Miller Company has been selected by Friends of Alta Plaza Park to work with neighborhood residents and park users with the task of creating a new long range Landscape Master Plan for Alta Plaza Park. The 12-acre park is located in the heart of Pacific Heights between Clay, Scott, Jackson, and Steiner Streets. Originally designed by John McLaren in 1888, the park is a neighborhood resource as well as a destination for San Francisco park enthusiasts that features magnificent views of the city and the bay.
Alta Plaza Park has fallen into disrepair over the years with decaying pathways and aging infrastructure. In recent years, with the support of neighbors, a new playground was installed and tennis courts were upgraded. In an effort to decrease water consumption and relieve SFRPD of maintenance requirements SFPUC sponsored a project that replaced hillside turfgrass with no-mow lawn on the west, south, and east terraces. These changes have proven to be unpopular with the neighborhood sparking interest in creating a new Master Plan that will address both infrastructure and aesthetic improvements. Miller Company is facilitating community meetings where public input will be encouraged in an open dialogue. Slated for completion by the end of 2014 the Master Plan will be presented to the Recreation and Parks Commission with the intention of establishing guidelines and a process for implementing the renovations and park improvement features.