On October 26, 2016, The Golden State Warriors and PG&E hosted a Local Warriors Dogpatch Revitalization Day at Progress Park and I.M. Scott School. Local Dogpatch community members joined Warriors employees to help beautify Progress Park’s Dog Run, install a new pedestrian pathway and fencing along Pennsylvania Avenue, and unveil refurbished basketball courts at I.M. Scott school (which are the only public basketball courts in the neighborhood).
Local community advocates, Julie Christensen and Bruce Huie, were on site to share their impression of the Dogpatch neighborhood – which is estimated to triple in population in the next four years – and how organizations such as the Green Benefit District are preserving the unique atmosphere of the community.
Julie Christensen is the Executive Director of the Dogpatch Green Benefit District, formerly the District 3 Supervisor and member of the Advisory Board for the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association. With Pier 70 to the east and Mission Bay on the south border, Christensen understands the pressures for the neighborhood to expand, and is actively working with business owners and community members to directly invest in their neighborhoods through volunteerism and improvements to public spaces. Julie is excited by the arrival of the Golden State Warriors to the Mission Bay neighborhood, and can speak about the ways the team is working together to shape a recognizable and sustainable Dogpatch neighborhood.
Bruce Huie has been a resident of the Dogpatch neighborhood since 1987. His first neighborhood project was developing Progress Park, a former rundown highway on-ramp owned by Caltrain. A marketing professional and currently a member of the Dogpatch citizen action committee, Huie and a group of residents spent two years building the original Progress Park as a shared space the small community could come together. Bruce now sees the need for more public space and improved infrastructure in the Dogpatch neighborhood and worked with the volunteer group Wednesday to ensure the community’s needs are being met.
Warriors forward David West, a dog lover with two pit bulls at home, joined the community and its volunteers to refurbish the dog park. San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee, District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen and Assemblymember David Chiu also join the community members for the court unveiling ceremony at 3:45 p.m.