Tenderloin “National Forest” enhances the neighborhood.
When checked out online, Tenderloin National Forest seems to check a lot of boxes for urban green infrastructure. It’s in the middle of one of the densest parts of the city. It’s an amenity in a poor neighborhood. The mini park planting was put in what some might consider skid row; a place where drugs were dealt and people down on their luck hang out. Based on the online photos it looks pretty cool. What no one includes in the online photo caption is that the park itself is locked up behind large (albeit colorful) iron gates. While it has the potential to be a neighborhood amenity and bring nature to a part of down that desperately needs it, the plants are behind bars. Hours weren’t posted.