Design: Parks, Recreation, Trails and Open Space
San Francisco Botanical Garden Paths
San Francisco, CA
Project Principal: Zoee Astrakhan
Project Landscape Architect: James Munden
Project Designers: Jon Ganey and Maren Meyers
Client: San Francisco Botanical Garden Society
The San Francisco Botanical Garden at Strybing Arboretum, in the famed Golden Gate Park is a unique 55-acre garden–a museum of plants and extraordinary “outdoor classroom”, displaying over 8,000 plants from around the world…yet at the turn of this century its pathways were failing. In desperate need of significant infrastructure upgrades to its aging pathways, way-finding, and amenities, this world class collection was difficult or impossible to explore for some of its over 200 thousand annual visitors.
This project restored universal accessibility to formerly inaccessible collections, creating paths and boardwalks through sensitive sanctuaries, and tactfully negotiating hundreds of character-defining, mature Monterey Cypress and Pines, planted at GG Park’s inception. This intricate intervention addressed these and other challenges with minimal operational disruption.
Ultimately the success of this public-private collaboration was arrived at through the interweaving and interaction of the historic design, the master plan, the irreplaceable collection, and the dedication of the stakeholders and caretakers of this treasured garden.