SAN FRANCISCO — A new children’s park in the Mission Bay district of San Francisco has finally been cleared for completion.
The Mission Bay Children’s Park is a 2.4-acre space at Long Bridge and China Basin streets near Mission Creek. The park was completed in March, but largely due to legislative red tape, the park has been fenced off and no children have been able to utilize the new play area.
In the past, Mission Bay was known as an industrial area, as it was home to railroad yards, shipyards and warehouses before being redeveloped.
The Board of Supervisors voted unanimously last week to expedite the final review period, ensuring the work done on the playground meets city code, ordinance, and standards.
Developers in the area had to finish surfacing streets and crews from the Public Utilities Commission had to install and test streetlights before the park was suitable to open.
A spokeswoman for the city’s Public Works Department, Rachel Gordon told the SF Gate, “Creating a neighborhood from scratch must be done properly for safety reasons. That takes time, even when it’s a park that’s involved.”
Supervisor Jane Kim said in a statement that open spaces for children are increasingly important as families are speedily moving into the new buildings that are being completed in Mission Bay.
The board signed off on the park on Tuesday, and it is scheduled to open in early July.