Yerba Buena renovated and expanded the courtyard of the Ingleside Branch Library into an adjacent San Francisco Public Utilities Commission easement to provide a total of about 1,000 square feet of garden.

The expanded garden offers play features for children, including mushroom-shaped play structures, owls carved into poles and seats, fossil digs in planting areas, interactive play panels, and triangular-shaped forms covered with rubber matting for children to sit and climb on.

Challenges included hand-grading the steep concrete grades for the play surfacing and laying out curved retaining walls while meeting ADA requirements.

The library remained in operation throughout construction, and Yerba Buena maintained a clear path of travel at all times.

  • Project Name: Ingleside Library Garden
  • Category: Trails, Parks, and Playgrounds
  • Client/Owner: Oliver Transbay Construction, Inc. (Prime)/ San Francisco Public Library (Owner)
  • Location: San Francisco, CA
  • Dollar Amount: $198,283

Project Features:

  • Demolition and clearing
  • Excavation, grading, and backfill
  • ADA-accessible path of travel improvements
  • Installation of concrete footings, concrete steps, benches, fossil digs, concrete mushrooms and peppers, and other furnishings
  • Installation of permeable concrete base for play surface
  • Construction of concrete planters and curb walls
  • Installation of a drainage system
  • Installation of automated sprinkler irrigation system
  • Landscaping
  • Laying of play surface over permeable concrete
  • Custom fencing
  • Metal handrails and picket fence gates
  • Asphalt paving and textured asphalt stamping