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Bengal Alley Street Park
Bengal Alley Street Park
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Bengal Alley, San Francisco, California, US
Climate zone:
Warm Temperate

Joel Nisly Nick Valencia
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Bengal Alley Street Park

Project Type

Urban, Community, Demonstration

Project Summary

Bengal Alley is a San Francisco Street Park bridging the Sherwood Forest and Miraloma neighborhoods on the west side of Mt. Davidson. In 2009, responding to the need to restore the steep, overgrown public right-of-way, the Alley’s adjacent neighbors formed Friends of Bengal Alley (FoBA) with the intention of creating an attractive, forward-thinking legacy for the neighborhood: a community space fostering ecological and social health and encouraging connection, contemplation and innovation.

Project Description

Designed to help connect neighbors to nature and each other, and to grow resource sharing and sustainable practices in the community, Bengal Alley was renovated with a diverse set of goals in mind:

- to grow an aesthetically beautiful demonstration garden based upon ecological principles

- to provide space for observation of natural processes, showcasing low resource use and minimal maintenance needs

- to host site activities that build ecoliteracy, local resiliency, and community connection

- to create yields for users: food, social connection, information and resource sharing

- to focus on edible and native plants adapted to local climate conditions

- to develop a living laboratory and nursery supporting urban agriculture



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