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Hidden Garden Steps: Good Sign

Post-installation work on the Hidden Garden Steps site (16th Avenue, between Kirkham and Lawton streets in San Francisco’s Inner Sunset District) continued in August as a formal plaque identifying the site was installed.

HGS--Plaque[1]--2014-08-18 The plaque reminds visitors that the project was completed through magnificent volunteer-driven, community-based collaborations between members of the Hidden Garden Steps organizing committee and the San Francisco Parks Alliance (formerly the San Francisco Parks Trust) and San Francisco Department of Public Works Street Parks Program.

Also included on the plaque are acknowledgments of the important role played by project artists Aileen Barr and Colette Crutcher, whose 148-step ceramic-tiled mosaic has transformed a drab staircase into a community gem that is increasingly attracting visitors from the neighborhood and far beyond.

Supporters noted on the plaque include Country Floors, which provided the beautiful tread tiles at a discounted rate; KZ Tile Company, Inc., which installed the artists’ mosaic and the tread tiles at a reduced rate; the San Francisco Community Challenge Grant program, which provided a $32,500 grant to support the overall project; the San Francisco Department of Public Works, which completed extensive repairs on the concrete steps that were originally installed in 1926, and which also built and installed the massive erosion-control woodwork that provides the foundations for the volunteer-maintained gardens still being added on either side of the Steps; Schluter Systems LP, which provided the DITRA material that is underneath the mosaic and tread tiles; and the more than 600 individuals and businesses contributing cash to support the project.

SF DPW colleagues positioning plaque for installation

SF DPW colleagues positioning plaque for installation

The plaque, prepared by EGO Enterprises here in San Francisco, is highly visible at the foot of the Steps (the intersection of 16th Avenue and Kirkham Street) directly above the bench that was provided by the Public Bench Project and painted by art students from Woodside International School.

For more information about the Hidden Garden Steps and the Friends of the Hidden Garden Steps, please visit the project website at and the Friends blog at