Willie ‘Woo Woo’ Wong Park and Playground

San Francisco, CA

San Francisco’s Chinatown is one of the most densely populated urban areas in the nation and has little public open space.

Willie ‘Woo Woo’ Wong Park and Playground is one of Chinatown’s few historic, significant outdoor spaces. As the only park in the neighborhood for active outdoor recreation, it is used by Chinatown residents of all ages. The existing space spans 40’ vertical feet of grade change, and consists of three levels – an upper court, middle playground, and lower clubhouse. The park suffers typical problems of urban open space, as well as poor access and circulation to the levels.

Play areas are integrated with circulation through a series of bridges and sloped walkways which increase the usable area for fitness and recreation. Design elements embody Chinatown’s cultural and historical legacy. The plan was developed with a community engagement process that included public meetings, focus groups, and dialogues with community organizations and leaders. The proposed concept achieved resounding support from the community and prompted the comment: “You have listened to everything we said and addressed our concerns.” Willie 'Woo Woo' Wong Park and Playground is scheduled to open in 2019.