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Dear Supporters and Friends,

November has been a busy month for the Francisco Park Conservancy. Our stellar team of architects, engineers, designers, and consultants convened regularly to hone the park’s design and prepare for upcoming reviews with city agencies. We also had a productive meeting with our partners at the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department to discuss design updates and the city approval process going forward. With our recent progress, we expect to go before the Recreation and Park Commission in early 2018.

Our special thanks to Melanie Lombardi, president of the PTO Board at Yick Wo Elementary School in Russian Hill, for allowing members of the Francisco Park Conservancy to present at their November meeting. Members of the PTO were very engaged in conversation about the latest design elements of Francisco Park and how students, parents, and educators from throughout the area will be able to use the park as a base for an outdoor learning environment.

If you or any other educators are interested in learning more about the plans for Francisco Park, please contact us at [email protected].

Jeremy Regenbogen, Macchiatto

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As you may have read in the September and October newsletters, we have spent 2017 building an exceptional team of experts to help finalize the park design. This month, we’re pleased to introduce Macchiatto, a local strategic design firm who specializes in interpretive storytelling and exhibitions. Led by husband-and-wife team Michelle and Jeremy Regenbogen, Macchiatto has designed the interpretive signage and exhibits for the Presidio Visitor’s Center, the Golden Gate Bridge visitor’s center, Lands End Lookout, and the historic exhibit and store on Alcatraz Island. With a record of success throughout the Bay Area, Macchiatto was the perfect pick to join Francisco Park’s team.

Macchiatto will be tasked with telling the story of the reservoir—how the natural landscape and the historic reservoir were originally integrated, how the reservoir functioned, and why water remains such a key feature of the site. The history on this site is rich, and Macchiatto will help ensure that history is told—and shown—through the preserved original bricks and accompanying exhibit.

Jeremy and Michelle live in San Francisco with their 13-year-old daughter and look forward to embarrassing her on the Francisco Park playground for years to come. For more information on the Francisco Park team of experts, please click here.

Looking Ahead

We plan to co-host a community open house with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department on specific features of Francisco Park early in the new year. Please watch for details on this in the next newsletter and on our website.

More news, including details of upcoming city review meetings and project timelines, to come soon. In the meantime, we are very appreciative of your strong support and engagement on the Francisco Park project.

Warm regards,
The Francisco Park Conservancy Board