UDAD 2018 Landscape Design

South Park by Fletcher Studio

South Park is the oldest public space in San Francisco. Originally intended to be an English picturesque strolling park, it had fallen into disrepair and was been subject to ad-hoc improvements over the years. The South Park Improvement Association hired Fletcher Studio to work with the neighbors and community leaders to develop a master plan for the park. 

Urban Design & Architecture Design Awards 2018
Second Award | Category: Landscape Design
Architects:David Fletcher
Studio: Fletcher Studio
Team Members: David Fletcher, Cory Hallam

Country: United States
Website: www.fletcher.studio

The design alleviates two major issues including poor drainage and slopes that exceed ADA limits. The new design may be described as a contemporary interpretation of the picturesque. Multiple amenities are arrayed along a meandering programmatic pathway. The new park includes a custom play area and structure, stages for performance, a large open meadow, and plazas of varying scales.

Infrastructural improvements include bulb-outs and chicanes for traffic calming, bio-infiltration swales and flow-through planters, and a rainwater cistern for irrigation usage. Native plant species encourage local wildlife to inhabit the park and recently provided a safe refuge for a Cooper’s Hawk family to be born.