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- July 5, 2012By Benjamin Grant, Public Realm and Urban Design Program Manager
Some important improvements that SPUR recommended in the Ocean Beach Master Plan will happen right away, thanks to quick work by the San Francisco Department of Public Works (DPW) and the Recreation and Park Commission. This winter DPW will construct a planted median in the center of the Great Highway from Lincoln Way to Balboa Street as part of a previously scheduled project to repave the roadway. DPW acting director Mohammed Nuru, who sits on the Ocean Beach Master Plan Steering Committee, noticed that the long-range vision for Ocean Beach included street medians among its many suggested improvements. Rather than delay the repaving project while the long-term roadway proposals are analyzed, Nuru suggested that a median could be integrated into the current effort, provided it didn't change the configuration of the road, which would trigger a complex review process.
The project will install landscaped medians where today they exist only in paint. It will improve pedestrian safety and access to the beach by providing shorter crossings and pedestrian refuges, as well as clarifying rights of way on large swaths of currently unmarked pavement. It will also improve the aesthetics of the highway, as well as its environmental performance, by providing much-needed greenery and increasing permeable surfaces for stormwater infiltration in what is now a large, undifferentiated slab of asphalt. A selection of rugged native plants suitable for the beachfront’s challenging climate is under development.
The only concern that emerged about the project was ensuring that the Great Highway could continue to accommodate major events such as the Nike Marathon and Bay to Breakers races. A review of the proposal with Recreation and Parks Department event managers allayed those fears. The project went before the Recreation and Parks Commission Capital Committee in early June and the full Commission on June 21. Installation is set to begin as part of the larger repaving project this winter.
- June 26, 2012
At last, the final Ocean Beach Master Plan document is ready for viewing and download! Many thanks to everyone who participated in this groundbreaking effort, including community members, advocates and public agencies. Check back here for updates on our implementation efforts.
The viewer below allows easy zooming and page-turning to make this very large document readable. Click the "Expand" button below in order to see it at full-screen size. Then zoom in using the scroll bar (white circle) at the top left.
You can also download the whole document >> [70MB, 210 pages]
Unfortunately, we lack the funds to provide hard copies of the full document. If you would like one, stay tuned. We will be arranging a print-on-demand service where you can purchase a copy.
- June 8, 2011Amanda Bensel
We had a very successful public workshop for the Ocean Beach Master Plan on Saturday morning, June 4th. Special thanks to the 60 dedicated neighbors, advocates, and stakeholders who came out in the pouring rain to review our work and provide their input! Thanks also to the SF Rec and Park Department for providing the venue.
In case you were unable to attend and still want to provide comment, please find the feedback sheet from the workshop attached. You may either print it and mail it to us here at SPUR (654 Mission Street), or you can simply write your comments in an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Two animated videos from the workshop are below. The first explains the coastal dynamics at Ocean Beach. The second shows how waste water and storm water move through the treatment facilities located at Ocean Beach.
Thanks again for your interest and participation!
- The Ocean Beach Master Plan Team
Coastal Dynamics at Ocean Beach
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