Sgt. Macaulay Park [in progress]
Sgt. Macaulay Park opened in 1983 in honor of John Macaulay, a police officer who was shot and killed in line of duty in 1982. Located in the Tenderloin (in the heart of Little Saigon), this 9,100 square foot park received its last upgrade in 2000. Aside from needing general improvements to the aging play structures and sparse vegetation, the community has expressed interest in creating a playground that includes activities for all ages of children as well as sitting areas for families to congregate and relax. The new renovation is being funded through the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond - Let’s Play SF program.
Miller Company is working with SF Recreation and Parks Department, Trust For Public Land, SF Parks Alliance and Saint Francis Foundation to create a safe, multi-generational park with a nature-inspired theme. Improvements will include a playground that has unique custom-built structures, areas for parents and grandparents to gather, plenty of seating, an elevated area at back to increase visibility and a variation of terrain. We have three ideas circulating at the moment: The Dragon, The Rocky Coast, and The Two Towers.
Intense involvement by community groups [La Voz Latina, Faithful Fools, and Bay Area Women & Children Center] along with residents of the Little Saigon neighborhood has been incredibly insightful. We are currently in the concept stage of design and are meeting to discuss the plans and the area's needs in more depth. TPL is coordinating focus groups, outreach events and stakeholder meetings for additional feedback. Our next community meeting will be held in the coming weeks.