Perkins + Will worked pro bono to design Playland at 43rd Avenue, a temporary outdoor community center in San Francisco.

Up in arms over the health risks posed by lead paint, parents of children in the San Francisco Unified School District petitioned a member of the city Board of Supervisors, Katy Tang, about repainting their century-old public elementary school. And, while we’re at it, couldn’t something be done about the adjacent empty lot, more than an acre of concrete and asphalt that was only gathering litter?

perkins + will Perkins + Will Designs Playland in San Francisco edition 8 coveted

SEE ALSO: A MODERN SAN FRANCISCO HOME

perkins + will perkins + will Perkins + Will Designs Playland in San Francisco perkins will playland san francisco fence boy skateboarding 0717

To transform the site into a community hub, Tang approached the municipal Pavement to Parks program as well as Perkins + Will, which agreed to work pro bono on the project. Architectural designer Jeremy Bamberger led the team as master-planner, conducting charettes to assess community wishes, and architecture-student volunteers put in long hours to make the vision a reality. The result, Playland at 43rd Avenue, incorporates a skate park, basketball courts, an exercise obstacle course, a shipping container repurposed as an artists’ studio, and a vegetable garden. A Ping-Pong table was among elements previously used for an outdoor festival.

perkins + will perkins + will Perkins + Will Designs Playland in San Francisco perkins will playland san francisco ping pong table 0717

Functional yet whimsical, with a yellow sunburst and blue circles painted on the ground, a derelict space has become a vibrant neighborhood nexus. But it’s only temporary. The city is soliciting proposals to build teacher housing on the site. Perkins + Will plans to submit, hoping that the spirit of Playland can live on.

perkins + will perkins + will Perkins + Will Designs Playland in San Francisco perkins will playland san francisco blue circles WATERMARK 0717

perkins + will Perkins + Will Designs Playland in San Francisco 100 rare and unique design ideas

SEE ALSO: 2017 TOP 10 OUTDOOR DINING RESTAURANTS IN SAN FRANCISCO AREA

Do you like to add more articles on what is happening around San Francisco too?

Don’t forget to subscribe us and to follow on FacebookTwitterPinterest and Instagram.