Turk & Hyde Mini Park Pilot Expands Hours, Programs


The Tenderloin Community Benefit District (TLCBD) has secured a several-month permit with San Francisco Recreation and Parks to allot for regular programming and activation ahead of a major redesign. Tenderloin Safe Passage Corner Captains will provide a welcoming presence during such hours, which will not exclude anyone, including children from enjoying the park.

The Turk & Hyde Mini Park Pilot Activation Program is being undertaken in collaboration with Friends of Turk-Hyde Mini Park, a resident-led Steering Committee, which will continue to guide all aspects of the pilot in partnership with TLCBD. 

The goal of this pilot program is to bring and promote positive, healthy activation through community members, including neighboring seniors, families, and neighborhood organizations so as to create a sustainable model, which could inform the design and management of the park following renovation. We’ve seen the success of programming at Boeddeker Park and we are looking at how the community can similarly sustain positivity at Turk & Hyde Mini Park.

Throughout the Pilot Program, park visitors will experience a blend of programmed (think organized chess, arts, tai-chi) and non-programmed, organic activity (read a newspaper, meet a neighbor, bask in sunshine.)

We've recently expanded the pilot program hours to include Fridays. You can now find Safe Passage Corner Captains and program partners from the Demonstration Gardens at the park Tuesday through Friday from 1-3pm, with additional activities and programs in the works.

On Thursday July 13th, from 2-2:30pm, Skywatchers vocalist Rita Whitaker will perform a cappella renditions of spiritual and R & B hits. Please join us in the fun. 

Do you want join this effort? Are you an artist who would like to bring activation to the park? Want to teach yoga classes, drawing, play unamplified music, or lead a sing along?

TLCBD has established a micro-grant program to assist with funds up to $500.00 for Tenderloin-based activators to lead programming activities.

To receive the micro grant application, request more information, or attend a Steering Committee meeting, call the TLCBD office at (415) 292-4812 or email Phoeut@tlcbd.org, subject “Turk-Hyde Mini Park”.

Fill out the application online.

Download the application and return to the TLCBD office or via email to Phoeut@tlcbd.org.