Jerry BOWDEN Park
Location: Between High and Alma streets, at North California Avenue
Description: 2.0 acre neighborhood park. Open grassy area surrounded by deciduous and evergreen trees. Alternating U-shaped areas created from pruned boxwood frame benches.
Amenities: children’s playground, picnic area, benches, perimeter path, public art (“Cube Construction” and “Rrrun”)
History note: Established in 1952, the park almost lost its park status in 1960 when California Avenue train commuters wanted to convert the space into a parking lot! In 1961, the grassy area was redesigned as a "visual" space by San Francisco landscaper Robert Royston and renamed for Jerry Bowden, a two-term plus city councilman who understood the importance of parks. Bowden lived on nearby Nevada Street.
Last Updated: February 16, 2007