Saturday, September 21st
Please join us on Saturday, September 21st, 11am-2pm in Christopher Park to bid farewell to the original George Christopher Playground & Amphitheater before it undergoes a 12-month construction upgrade.
This mid-century beauty has served Diamond Heights and beyond for nearly50 years, so let's give it a proper send off with:
MC Ned Buskirk, Kite Making, Tree Frog Treks Animal Ambassadors, Music, Art Activities by Eureka Valley Arts, Bubbles, Family Field Games & More!
BYO picnic - pack your blanket and grab dim sum, a sandwich or a hot dog in the Diamond Heights Shopping Center. Plenty of parking in the adjacent Police Academy@ 350 Amber Drive. ADA park access via Diamond Heights Shopping Center& ADABathroom in Safeway.
Storytime by Charlie’s Corner @ 11:45am
Public Art in Diamond Heights (Mini Walking Tour of Red Rock Hill) @ 12:30pm
Local Diamond Heights historian, Hannah Simonson, will lead a 40 minute walking tour of Red Rock Hill, discussing the development of Diamond Heights and its unique Modernist public art and play sculptures. We will begin at the Christoper Park Playground and walk to the Diamond Heights Safety Wall, stopping at several points along the way.
Construction at Christopher Park, located next to the Diamond Heights Safeway Shopping Center, may begin as early as late September for playground replacement, restroom ADA improvements, and pathway renovation. The athletic field and access to adjoining Glen Canyon trails will remain open throughout the approx. 12-month construction, and may be accessed via the shopping center and the Amber Drive trailhead. The pathway entrances at Diamond Heights Boulevard and Duncan Street will be closed during construction. A footpath connecting the shopping center with the athletic field and the park clubhouse will be maintained. Onsite preschools and the Diamond Heights Shopping Center establishments will remain open, and minimal parking impacts are anticipated. The tennis court and restrooms will be closed during construction, and no court upgrades are planned. Portable potties will be installed. Several trees will be removed, namely along the pathways and existing
The Where in the World is Christopher Park? Festival will return once the new playground is open.
The "Where in the World is Christopher Park" festival is a free festival funded by a grant from the SF Office of Economic and Workforce Development, as well as contributions from our festival sponsors and donors. The festival is intended to raise awareness for a beautiful and hidden park, and to build community. It's a blast! Music, fashion, photography, display tables, bounce houses, reptiles, hot dogs and more! See below for details and check out our new FB & Instagram pages!
Friends of Christopher Park (FOCP) is a non-profit organization formed to identify and fundraise for park improvements, build community, and serve as community liaison with the Department of Recreation and Parks to advocate for the 2019 playground renovation project. Park ideas, concerns & volunteers welcome!
Supported the Diamond Heights Community Association to advocate for $95,000 to repair asphalt path around playing field (completed-2017) and $419,000 for repairs to pathway connecting park with Duncan Street and Little Red Hen Community Garden (pending).
Working closely with the SF Rec and Parks Dept., SF Supervisorial District 8, and community leaders to advocate for a great playground replacement project.
Preservation of midcentury play structures as art sculptures during upcoming playground replacement project (2019).
Became a ”Park Partner” with the SF Parks Alliance, and attained 501(c)(3) non-profit organization status.
Founded the “Where in the World is Christopher Park Festival” to raise awareness for our hidden park and celebrate community.
Building connections among neighbors, preschools, churches, organizations and shopping center business that surround Christopher Park.
PLAYGROUND UPDATE: Reconstruction of the playground ($2.8 million project) will begin in 2019. FOCP formed as part of the community outreach around the playground project, and it serves as a community liaison with the SF Rec and Parks Dept. Please reach out to us to find out more.
Muni Lines 52, 35 & 48
ADA park access & restrooms available via/in adjacent Shopping Center
5210 Diamond Heights Blvd., San Francisco, CA 94131
The festival activities are free for attendees. Donations for park improvements gladly accepted at the festival or via website. Donations sought for prizes, food and beverages.
All donations are tax deductible and are handled by fiscal sponsor, the San Francisco Parks Alliance, a 501©3 non-profit organization; Tax IC#23-7131784.