Date: May 2, 2018
By: Steve Anderson, Managing Director, JLL
The Lorax would be happy in San Francisco. Amid the concrete canyons and the bustle of downtown and the homes and shops of the city’s neighborhoods, there are more than 220 public parks and open spaces. Curbed has mapped 46 of the best.
Perhaps soon to be added to that list, San Francisco’s latest park is taking shape seventy feet above Folsom Street on the roof of the to-be-built Transbay Transit Center. The 5.4-acre park will eventually be home to 469 trees, representing both native California species as well as visitors from Australia, Chile, South Africa, and the Mediterranean. Sixty trees have been planted so far. It’s fitting that the park should take shape around Arbor Day.
Palm trees being installed at Transbay City Park. Photo credit: Transbay Transit Center Project Facebook page
Of course, no park in the city — perhaps the West Coast — can compete with Golden Gate Park, which covers more than 1,000 acres and has more than 155,000 trees. Planned in 1870s for an area then outside the city borders and known as Outside Lands, Golden Gate Park has 50 acres of designated ‘old growth’ forest.
But for workers in buildings near the Transbay Transit Center, such as Park Tower, the new park will provide a valuable oasis – and great views — in a vibrant commercial area of the city. And, like Park Tower, the park also will play its part in creating a sustainable environment in the Transbay neighborhood. Trees, after all, can neutralize carbon emissions.
Rendering of completed park view from 14th floor of Park Tower at Transbay. Photo credit: JLL
To read more about the new City Park visit the website here. To learn about Park Tower at Transbay, visit www.parktowerattransbay.com.
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