Let’s Play at the Newest Playground in San Francisco!Contributor: Swinerton Project Team | December 12, 2013 | Image Gallery »
Swinerton Builders Interiors successfully completed the construction of a new community-funded playground at the Sue Bierman Park in San Francisco.
This project came from one of Swinerton’s committed employees, Adhamina Rodriguez, who started this quest over three years ago. Adhamina, a mother of three, identified the need for a safe place for children to play in her neighborhood—there was not a single playground within a mile of San Francisco’s Ferry Building—and raised the issue with city officials and the community. After co-founding and becoming a managing member of “Friends of the Waterfront Playground,” Adhamina worked through the design and approval process, raised funds for the project, and brought Swinerton on board as general contractor for what is now known as the Playground at Sue Bierman Park. Once the playground was built, Friends of the Waterfront Playground donated it to the City of San Francisco as a gift-in-place for all children to enjoy.
The $1 million project consisted of 5,500 square feet of dedicated play areas serving children ages two through twelve years. The scope of the work included removal of the existing lawn; relocation and planting of trees and underground conduits; grading; and installation of new drainage, irrigation and playground equipment. The play area, with a recycled rubber surface, is enclosed by a custom low fence on top of a concrete retaining wall and is surrounded with new landscaping to blend in with the existing park. Scope of work also included the installation of ceramic tiles and plaques to recognize the main donors. Swinerton was not only the builder but was also one of the donors that helped make this dream a reality.
The playground grand opening was attended by Senator Mark Leno, District Supervisor David Chiu, head of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department Phil Ginsburg, Founder Mark Pincus, and many community members, including Adhamina, who helped cut the ribbon after delivering an emotional speech thanking the community. Since its opening, this has been one of the most used playgrounds in San Francisco. Please come out to play, and look for the “The Swinerton Foundation” and “Swinerton Builders” red tiles bordering the inside of playground. For more information, please visit www.waterfrontplayground.org.