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
- 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
- Laying of play surface over permeable concrete
- Custom fencing
- Metal handrails and picket fence gates
- Asphalt paving and textured asphalt stamping