The Tompkins Stairway Garden opens for all to enjoy

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On June 8, 2019, District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen helped us cut the ribbon on our stairway garden, now complete after a busy year of planting a hillside garden, designed by Arterra Landscape Architects, and installing stairway tiles in accordance with Andre Rothblatt’s design. The garden’s palette of perennials, succulents, shrubs, and trees, accented by a flowing ‘swoosh’ of a lawn, is thriving after the winter rains. And the stair’s multicolored zigzag design can be seen from Hwy. 101!

A dedicated team of neighbors devoted many volunteer hours to this effort — fundraising, keeping implementation on track, caring for the new plants so that they take root and thrive, organizing workdays, and connecting with city agencies.

We thank the following partners, funders, and contractors who helped to make this project a success: San Francisco Parks Alliance, Community Challenge Grants, SF Department of the Environment, SF District 9 Supervisor Hillary Ronen, SF Public Utilities Commission, Arterra Landscape Architects, Andre Rothblatt Architecture, SF Public Works, Rock & Rose Landscapes, Daltile, North Coast Tile & Stone, Windesheim Design, LaHue & Associates, our Founders Fund donors, and all Tompkins Stairway Garden volunteers and donors.

We are grateful to everyone who played a role, and we are proud to open San Francisco’s newest public greenspace to the community.

After our opening, the San Francisco Chronicle reported on our efforts: San Francisco’s street purgatory: 148 miles of rejected roads the city won’t maintain.

Plus, we’re No. 17 on Curbed SF’s 26 things to do in San Francisco this summer. How cool is that?