Esprit Park Closed for Redo

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Esprit Park closed last month for a year-long facelift. The refresh will bisect the two-acre open space into segregated meadows; the north for off-leash dogs and their guardians, the south for picnickers and families. It’ll be ringed with new picnic areas and exercise equipment, with native plants and disease-resistant trees. The park was built in 1982 by clothing manufacturer Esprit as an outdoor area for its employees. Over the next 40 years, the neighborhoods’ population quintupled, causing significant wear and tear on a space that wasn’t designed to accommodate so many animals. Ownership was transferred to the Department of Recreation and Parks in 2001. The $8.5 million project is largely funded by the University of California, San Francisco. Photo: Courtesy of San Francisco Recreation & Parks.