Hunter’s Point is considered a marginalized community that contains nearly a third of San Francisco’s toxic waste sites. It is a district that once yielded high concentrations of infant mortality, cancer and respiratory diseases. However, it is also home to a community of residents that were able to gain the city’s attention and organize the demolition of a nearby power plant.
Heron Head’s Park is a result of this community movement that reclaimed the use of the land around the power plant. As a nature reserve in the process, an ecology center has undergone initial construction in September of 2008 in hopes to influence further involvement with environmental education within the community and beyond by being the greenest building in the city. This ongoing series documents the evolution of the park’s state since 2008.