Storrie Street is a one-block street that runs between Market St. and 18th St. in the Castro neighborhood. While it isn’t a mini-park or a parklet, the south-east side of Storrie street is open space that for years was nothing more than overgrown shrubbery that served as a convenient (if unsightly) dumping spot for garbage and debris.
Area neighbors worked with the San Francisco Parks Alliance to transform the overgrown plants into an enjoyable and attractive “street park” that is a pleasure to walk through and spend a little time at. The description of the street park from their website is a great description:
This plot of land was formerly a public eye sore, mainly a place for dumping trash rather than any kind of community space. However, now converted to a Street Park, the area has been reclaimed by local residents and is quickly becoming a beautiful garden greenway. Still in the process of implementation, the Storrie Greenway will soon have a dog walking area and host educational tours and garden visits. The greenway is providing habitat for endangered butterflies like the Mission Blue Butterfly by including local flower species and reducing water and energy use by incorporating drought-tolerant plants and recycling materials such as bark mulch for weed abatement. Features planned for the site include improved lighting, seating and a wall mural.
Storrie street is a quirky little street, and while I’m not sure how either the street or the open-space (street park? garden greenway? street greenway?) came to be, it is a delight to see how beautiful the land has become. I wouldn’t recommend it as a meditation spot, you can hear plenty of traffic from both Market and 18th streets, but it is a delightful and unexpected surprise to stumble upon when you are walking through the neighborhood.
If you happen to know more about how Storrie Street came to be, please leave a comment or get in touch, I’d love to know more!
Storrie Street Park/Storrie Greenway Photos:
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