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!

Dozens of volunteers, partners, and funders helped to make this project a success — fundraising, keeping implementation on track, caring for the new plants so that they take root and thrive, mobilizing volunteers, and connecting with city agencies. 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?