Minnesota Grove North Path Extension
Access to Dogpatch’s beloved Minnesota Grove was awkward, with only midblock entrances off the street and a driveway. The park sits on an old railroad spur on the Minnesota Street public right of way, the odd route a vestige of the neighborhood’s industrial and maritime past. Lovingly tended by park steward David Hall and other neighborhood volunteers, the Grove has become a treasured neighborhood gem. But the park, which sits amidst the different warehouses that make up the Minnesota Street (Arts) Project, new coffee houses and restaurants, new apartment buildings and the district’s original light industrial PDR spaces, has evolved into not only a valued green space but also a needed pedestrian connection.
The GBD has been working with Public Works, the SFMTA and other City agencies to expand and sustain the grove. A preliminary step was taken in 2017, with the extension of the park’s central path northward to connect with the 24th Street sidewalk. Future plans call for the extension of the Grove all the way to 25th Street, providing a complete pedestrian path along Minnesota from 24th to 25th Streets.
Extended the Grove’s main path, connecting the garden to 24th Street
Created rock walls along the new area to retain and protect the planted areas and create more casual seating
Replanted the park’s north end
The north extension is the first phase of the GBD’s effort to create a complete pedestrian path of travel through the Grove connecting all the way from 24th to 25th Streets.