Potrero Gateway Park is a community initiative to improve the neglected space around 101 and under the freeway, between San Bruno, Vermont, 17th and 18th streets. Major design goals are to improve the safety, cleanliness and usability of the open space. The project is a partnership between the community and different state and local agencies including Caltrans, Department of Public Works (DPW) and The Dogpatch & Northwest Potrero Hill Green Benefit District. The Dogpatch & Northwest Potrero Hill Green Benefit District will maintain the park.
Beginning in 2007, with a petition to add a sound wall to San Bruno Avenue, a MUNA committee of neighbors from San Bruno and Mariposa reached out to city agencies for help. In 2010, after finding no help for a sound wall, the committee decided to approach the problem using re-landscaping for safety, sound control and beauty. In early 2012 neighbors from the 400 block of Vermont joined the project forming the Potrero Gateway Park Steering committee (PGPL). The project raised $15,000 and retained the services of Bionic, a San Francisco based landscape architecture firm.
Beginning in February 2013, the steering committee worked with broader community and Bionic to conduct four community design meetings. The final outcome of this process was a comprehensive conceptual design for the project which was used to win funding and sponsorships from the city, local businesses and other state programs.
With the Conceptual Design Plan completed the Steering Committee reached out to D10 Supervisor Cohen who engaged Public Works Director Mohammend Nuru resulting in a Project Manager, Kelli Rudnick being assigned to the project. In 2014 and 2015 the Committee created a video, held a fundraiser raising $18,000 and reaching 150 people, concluded 3 meetings with Caltrans resulting in a complete review of the conceptual design, hired a construction estimator to cost the entire project, won a $200K Complete Neighborhoods Grant, and reached out the the Eastern Neighborhoods Community Advisory Committee for a funding. On October 19,2016, the ENCAC awarded the Potrero Gateway Loop Steering committee of MUNA $1.75M towards the $2.5M goal for the first stage of the project.
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