In the Works - Community Newsletter In the Works June 2017 - Page 33

They dedicated the new open space with a Mayan blessing, rhythmic percussion drumming and an upbeat Aztec dance. adult fitness zone; a community garden and drought-tolerant landscaping that provides habitat for wildlife. The unveiling of the new park’s name, In Chan Kaajal, also took place at the celebration. The name is a Mayan phrase that means “My Little Town” or “My Little Village,” and gives a nod to both the neighborhood’s cultural roots and the park’s community focus. The park came to life in a densely populated neighborhood where outdoor recreation space has been in short supply. In Chan Kaajal Park will give thousands of families and friends a fun, beautiful and safe place to play, exercise and catch some fresh air. It is the first new neighborhood park in the Mission acquired and built by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department in more than a decade. Located at 17th and Folsom streets, the 31,850-square-foot park is packed with amenities for people of all ages. There’s a large central lawn with an outdoor amphitheater; a children’s play area with interactive water features; an Working closely with Rec and Park, Public Works provided design, engineering and construction management services. Primarily funded by a California Recreation and Parks Department Statewide Park and Community Revitalization Grant, the $5.2 million project began in 2009 with the support of hundreds of neighborhood residents and dozens of local community groups who participated in multiple design sessions, open houses, street stall displays and public hearings. In Chan Kaajal Park is a testament to the power of partnership among neighbors, City agencies and nonprofit groups, and will be a community space guaranteed to be enjoyed by many generations to come. June 2017 - San Francisco Public Works Newsletter