SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS)— A once crime-ridden park in San Francisco’s Mission District is now teeming with community activity and the credit is going to a new unit within the police department.
On any given day Garfield Park’s playground, nestled between Harrison, Treat and 24th and 25th streets, along with its basketball courts and soccer field are filled with children. Until its recent transformation, it wasn’t always this way.
“Before we used to have a lot of violence, a lot of shootings back to back,” said Gaynor Ansiataga. She has a nine-year-old son. In 2004 she moved into the Bernal Dwellings Housing Development across the street from the park.