Bayview Park Improvements – San Francisco CA

Description

The Works Progress Administration (WPA) made improvements to the 44-acre Bayview Park in San Francisco on Bayview Hill (or Heights).  These included a stone retaining wall along the loop road on the north side of the hill and two sets of stone steps on either side that lead to a trail over the crest of the hill.  There is another, mysterious stone path/stairway far below the loop road on the west side of the hill (we do not know if this is also WPA work).

Bayview Park dates back to 1902, but is still a relatively isolated and undeveloped part of the San Francisco city park system.  It is notable for some remnant endemic species, such as the Islais cherry tree, as well as some huge eucalyptus trees planted a century ago. There is a radio tower atop the hill which dates from the New Deal era (1934), with an Art Deco touch.

Our sources do not give the date of the WPA work.

Source notes

https://sfrecpark.org/Facilities/Facility/Details/Bayview-Park-149

Gail Todd, "Bayview Hill: A hidden hiking gem in SF," SFGate, March 27, 2013. https://www.sfgate.com/outdoors/urbanoutings/article/Bayview-Hill-A-hidden-hiking-gem-in-SF-4389799.php

 

Project originally submitted by Kathryn Morelli on April 27, 2022.

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Location Info


Bayview Park Road
San Francisco, CA 94124

Location notes: Pin drop at site of rock retaining wall

Coordinates: 37.7155047, -122.393146

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