Open SPace Project
Proposal Introduction: The Pasadena-Velasco project site is a steep hillside segment of Pasadena Street in the Visitacion Valley neighborhood. Once a rocky mound jutting up from the floor of Visitacion Valley, this isolate landmark was slowly surrounded and encroached by development. Homes were built along its rocky flanks, and in time Pasadena Street crested the barren summit. Due to the steep slope of the hill’s northern face, a segment of this street could not be built. This this 100’x60’ unaccepted street is regularly used as an illegal dumping site. It’s overgrown weeds and litter is a source of blight within the community.
To create a gathering space that the community will be proud of.
Create a place that will inform about and preserve about the unique history and ecology of Visitacion Valley the Neighborhood.
Create a habitat for birds and butterflies with native plants
Increase connections in the neighborhood with paths, platforms and a possibly stairway
Provide views of the valley with elevated platforms and seating areas
Design Devlopment and Community Input Process: The concept began in 2019 when a neighbor and his family took an interest in tackling the overgrown and blighted lot. They started regular Saturday work parties and through this they met their neighbors. Talk of improvement to the lot soon began. A social media post in early 2020 featuring a concept sketch (done by one of our Project Team members) illustrated a landscaped site with a long run of stairs generated interest throughout the neighborhood. This simple act began a series of messages and shared ideas about how the concept could become a reality. The Community Challenge Grant was identified early on as a potential source of funds. Understanding the competitive nature of the CCG, a core team organized and began to develop a formal project scope and design.