In the Works - Community Newsletter In the Works June 2017 - Page 43

Neighbors celebrate the opening of the transformed open space. It was nearly a decade ago that Excelsior District residents, fed up with the illegal dumping on a City-owned, undeveloped hillside covered with weeds and pocked with graffiti, decided something had to be done to remove the eyesore. Their answer: turn the space into a welcoming park. Their vision became the Athens Avalon Greenspace, a collaborative Streets Park project involving neighbors, Public Works and the San Francisco Parks Alliance. On June 24, we marked the project’s completion with a ribbon-cutting and community celebration. Volunteers gave their time to transform the steep hillside at Athens and Avalon streets into beautiful terraced open space graced with drought-tolerant plants, and the drab concrete staircase has been brightened with colorful tiles. The project was made possible through the generosity of grants and individual donations. The remarkable makeover is now a neighborhood place of pride. And, at its essence, showcases how a dream, layered with determination and strong collaboration, can make magic. June 2017 - San Francisco Public Works Newsletter