Open Space 2100
The goal of the Open Space 2100 Initiative is to create a long-term, sustainable roadmap for acquiring, developing, funding, and managing open space in San Francisco. The Neighborhood Parks Council (NPC), the Planning Department, the Mayor’s Office of Greening, and the Recreation and Park Department (RPD) are working closely with other city agencies to spearhead this comprehensive framework and vision for open space. OS2100 is funded by the City of San Francisco, the Walter Gerbode Foundation, and the Walter & Elise Haas Fund.
The Open Space 2100 Initiative has three components:
- Open Space Vision: a broad outline of what the City’s ideal open space network would look like in 100 years.
STATUS: Completed - More than 500 people expressed their vision through the Open Space Survey, and hundreds more attended Community Workshops.
- Recreation and Open Space Element (ROSE): A critical step to OS2100 is the revision of the Recreation and Open Space Element (ROSE), a part of the City’s General Plan which will guide open space development, acquisition and priorities for the City of San Francisco for the next 25 years.
STATUS: Nearly Complete – In early 2009, NPC facilitated 20+ Community Open Space Workshops in neighborhoods all over the city. These workshops were attended by more than 400 city residents. After gathering input about the public’s vision for the future of open, NPC worked with the Planning Department, RPD and the Mayor’s Office to create a draft of the ROSE.
In June 2009, NPC, San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR) hosted a community workgroup to discuss the latest ROSE draft. Ideas from the meeting were consolidated by NPC and submitted to the Planning Department. ROSE has undergone various drafts and is close to being ratified. We look forward to the next draft of ROSE when it is released on April 19, 2011.
- Short-term Action Plan: The Action Plan will be a set of five- and ten-year implementation programs. This Action Plan will be helpful for policy makers, City agencies and our open space partners in setting overall citywide priorities for open space. While the Open Space Action Plan will not guide specific site acquisition or renovation, these decisions will be made at the neighborhood level.
STATUS: Pending – NPC is in the process of finding funding to create the Action Plan.
Why Is Open Space Important?
Open space is a critical component of any community’s quality of life; for San Francisco it is a defining element of the city and the community itself. The urban nature of the city provides places for activity and engagement, for peace and enjoyment, and for freedom and relief from the built world. It serves the social and environmental health of the city, providing a sustainable environment.