Potrero Hill park transforms dead end street

San Francisco city officials Wednesday celebrated the opening of a new open space in the Potrero Hill neighborhood on what was once an underused dead end street.

The new Daggett Plaza is a one-acre space at the intersection of 16th and 7th streets, close to U.S. Interstate 280, on the former Daggett Street right of way.

The new plaza includes a lawn area, play and seating areas, a fenced-off dog run, a public art piece titled Mission Marsh Bears and landscaping.

It was built by developer Equity Residential at a cost of $4.9 million in return for a credit toward project impact fees on a neighboring development at 1000 16th St. Equity will also maintain the park site, which will be owned by the city and managed by a local nonprofit.

Mayor Ed Lee, who attended an opening celebration at the plaza Wednesday along with Supervisor Malia Cohen, said:

“As we continue to provide critical new housing for San Francisco families, we need to make sure that these residents can enjoy nearby open spaces. … Public-private partnerships like this one enable us to meet those needs while serving the continued growth of our neighborhoods.”