Perched at the edge of the Pacific Ocean a devout team of neighborhood leaders has been working with Groundworks Office to reimagine this vibrant neighborhood node. At the terminus of the busy N-Judah transit corridor, the streetscape condition is dominated by the functional demands of transit, and lacks any pedestrian placemaking or connectivity to the beach beyond. Ardent neighbors have improved the traffic island to include a succulent garden and a bocce ball court, but they remain just that, islands.
Taking a long-range approach Groundworks Office has used several community meetings and input from business owners to restructure the intersection and the configuration of transit. The vision proposes a modern transit stop, and two new public plazas that can host neighborhood events. An iconic gateway is proposed with a new transit station that marks the burgeoning neighborhood, as well as provides a safe and proper boarding location for all transit users. Lastly, traffic lanes are reduced to maximize pedestrian comfort, including the expansion of the traffic island to connect the existing gardens into one seamless public space.
Planning is also underway for short term projects that respond to short term needs of the neighborhood, as well as graphic identifiers that begin the placemaking process.
CLIENT La Playa Park Neighborhood Coalition & San Francisco Parks Alliance