Buchanan Mall Celebration

IMG_4465On a beautiful Saturday afternoon, November 7, 2015 the community came out to celebrate all their hard work on the Buchanan Mall. IMG_4362The Buchanan Mall Community worked closely with the partners—Green Streets and Citizen Film, The Trust for Public Land, S.F. Recreation and Parks Department, and Exploratorium—to imagine, design, and build new site improvements on Buchanan Mall. IMG_4454IMG_4431The gardens, signage, story audio-boxes, and gathering places reflect the community’s history, sustainability, beauty, and family connections. There were many speakers including London Breed, President of the Board of Supervisors; IMG_4397Mattie Scott, Director of Healing 4 Our Families & Our Nation; Tyrone Mullins from Green Streets; Gina Fromer, CA Director of the Trust for Public Land; and Shawn Lani from the Exploratorium. Devonta Bolden, one of the Design Task Force youth also spoke, as did Raymond Wade, a resident from Bannaker Homes and one of the Design Task Force elders.IMG_4390The mall was filled with residents enjoying the new structures, feasting on BBQ IMG_4473IMG_4468and listening to music by the Young Kings of Project Level and the DJ Marcus Bradley. IMG_4411IMG_4433IMG_4423Some of the buildings that border the mall are the African American Arts and Culture Center, Ella Hill Hutch Community Center, the Rosa Parks Senior Center, Bannaker Housing Development, Plaza East Housing Development and Ammel Park and Loren Miller Homes.IMG_4475IMG_4446IMG_4470For more photos, see our CommunityGrows Flickr Photostream here.