Alice Chalmers Park
"Worst Playground in San Francisco"
Alice Chalmers Park is located in the Outer Mission neighborhood of San Francisco, California, a small, hilly community along the city's southern edge. In the past, clean and safe playgrounds were hard to come by in the area. "We don't take our kids to the park in our neighborhood, it's unsafe" said local resident, Ana Espinoza. Luckily, everything is about to change for the Outer Mission neighborhood with the all-new, world-class playground design at the revitalized Alice Chalmers Park.
For many years, Alice Chalmers Playground has been known for its lack of amenities. Local park users have described the park as "barely functional", "old", and "dirty" with no place to sit or play. In fact, Alice Chalmers Playground was identified as the worst-maintained park in all of San Francisco, ranking dead last out of 166 parks scored, according to an annual report released by the city's Controller's Office. The report concluded "every feature at [Alice Chalmers] scored lower than the corresponding citywide average and in many cases, it was much lower."
The recent renovation of Alice Chalmers Playground has been part of the Let'sPlaySF! Initiative, a partnership between the Recreation and Park Department and the San Francisco Parks Alliance that seeks to inspire creativity and play throughout the city. Thanks to the efforts of this initiative, funded by the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond and a grant received from the NRPA and The Walt Disney Company, the park has blossomed into a uniquely enriching public space.
As seen in LASN magazine, October 2020.