Parking Lot Beneath Central Freeway Begins Transformation Into Skate And Off-Leash Dog Park

A parking lot beneath San Francisco’s Central Freeway has begun its transformation into the city’s newest skate park.

Construction of the SoMa West Skate and Dog Park began earlier this week at the site, located between Valencia and Stevenson streets, according to the San Francisco Department of Public Works.

The goal of the $3.3 million project is to enhance and enliven the underutilized public space, according to San Francisco Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru.

The park and other improvements to the area are funded by the proceeds from the sale of former Central Freeway parcels that became available when the earthquake-damaged freeway was torn down, DPW officials said.

The skate park, which was designed by New Line Skateparks, was influenced by Justin Herman Plaza, one of the city’s most popular skate spots.

Construction of the park, which will feature a mural by San Francisco-based artist Jovi Schnell, is set to wrap up in May 2014.

The off-leash dog park, to be created adjacent to the skate park, will be the first in the neighborhood, according to the department. The dog park will have play areas, synthetic turf, an automatic irrigation system and water fountains.

The SoMa West Skate and Dog Park will include lighting improvements as well as a path between Valencia and Stevenson streets.

The park is part of a larger initiative to enhance the SoMa West neighborhood. The initial project was to make alleyways in the neighborhood safer and more attractive. Plans for the revitalization of McCoppin Hub Plaza are also in the works, DPW officials said.

Hannah Albarazi, Bay City News

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  • bobster1985

    This is great! Glad to hear it.

  • Realist

    This is the dumbest idea I’ve ever heard. If there is one thing that tops the list of “Most Likely to Make a Dog Freak Out” it is skateboards… I wish I could’ve been in the room with the geniuses who thought this was a good idea so I could’ve doled out the proper amount of b!tchslaps.

    • Greencollerholler

      @Realist: Hopefully you have already been neutered, but in the off-chance that you actually have the balls to make that ridiculous statement again in the vicinity of an adult skateboarder, I pray to dog that they sic their licensed, leashed pit bull to neuter you with their jaws. How many dog parks are there in San Francisco? I’m not quite sure, but at least 20? 30? How many skateboard parks are there? 2? Beat is geek.

  • Tar_Pit_Neanderthal

    SoMa West? THAT’S FUNNY.

  • Joealbert Valdez

    This is Joe Valdez and I wanted to let everyone know this is more than a better idea where kids are safe and family know that they are close. Take it from me I am venturest and to think you can have all that you need in one area and be creative is more than good. I love that SF is finally stepping up not just for kids but everyone of all ages male or female dog or cat. This makes me proud to be a part of San Francisco’s finest. Have fun keep it safe and look out for eachother stay positive. Most of all have fun this is our world and our time to shine. Kepp it bright and will see you all there……………………….


    Thank you SFCA for being there for the people and kids 🙂

    JOEALBERT VALDEZ………………………………………..