Alta Plaza Park in San Francisco’s Pacific Heights neighborhood is one of the City’s most treasured gems. Its transformation from a squatters’ haven to one of the City’s most acclaimed and beloved parks was a tumultuous one. The State Supreme Court eventually awarded its 12 acres to the City in 1888. The park once served as a quarry and even housed disabled horses. In 1900, John McLaren of Golden Gate Park fame designed its iconic graded terraces. Known for its expansive lawns and breathtaking views, families from every neighborhood and tourists visit the park daily.
Founded by five mothers in 2002, The Friends of Alta Plaza Park (FOAPP) successfully raised over $1.5 million for the Friedman Family Playground, two tennis courts and multipurpose sports court. The 2013 Parks Bond Irrigation and Water Conservation Project allowed the Friends to implement pathway restoration, a donors’ circle and bench overlook, and new plantings.
In 2014, park advocates hosted a series of community meeting to develop a Master Plan by Miller Company Landscape Architects, approved in 2016 by the Parks Commission.