Mission's New Park: In Chan Kaajal

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Unfinished History

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New park at 17th and Folsom gets its name unveiled at opening day, June 23, 2017: In Chan Kaajal Park, taking the Mayan expression meaning "small village."

Photos: Chris Carlsson

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Oscar Grande, organizer for PODER who worked for years to build this park, speaks about environmental justice organizing across California, and specifically as a key element of PODER's project to empower and build community in the Mission. This new park is one of their crowing achievements.

Video: Shaping San Francisco

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In summer 2013, the lot at 17th and Folsom was still a parking lot.


Construction begins at last!

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The skeleton of a park begins to take shape.

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Finally, June 23, 2017, In Chan Kaajal opens!

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Opening day was blessed with perfect weather!

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New community garden plots are available too.

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