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Green Benefit Districts

Green Benefit District

The Green Benefit District program seeks to improve the quality of the public realm – the City’s streets, sidewalks, parks and open spaces – within residential and mixed-use neighborhoods. 

San Francisco’s first Green Benefit District, the Dogpatch and Northwest Potrero Hill Green Benefit District was approved by 76% of property owners in July 2015. 

 

What is a Green Benefit District?

A Green Benefit District provides additional maintenance and capital improvements to parks, sidewalks and open spaces within a designated area, in addition to the City’s existing level of baseline services. The services, improvements and administration of Green Benefit Districts are governed by an independent property owners nonprofit association, representative of the neighborhood. 

 

What types of services can a Green Benefit District provide?

The specific services for each Green Benefit District are determined by local residents, property owners, and businesses. Examples of the services a Green Benefit District can provide include, but are not limited to: 

  • Sidewalk, bulb out and rain garden landscaping 
  • Street tree planting, watering and routine maintenance 
  • New playground equipment, dog runs, tot lots and safety lighting 
  • Neighborhood art and beautification projects 
  • Removal of trash, sidewalk litter and bulky materials 
  • Graffiti abatement 
  • Security services, community ambassadors and social service outreach personnel 
  • Coordination to leverage City department and community resources 

 

Where do I learn more?

Contact Jonathan Goldberg, Green Benefit District Program Manager, at (415) 695.2015 or jonathan.goldberg@sfdpw.org.