Visitacion Valley playground is named after a local community advocate


The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Commission voted unanimously Thursday to change the name of Visitacion Valley Playground to Yik Oi Huang Peace & Friendship Park, in honor of a community advocate and grandmother of the piece.

Huang was assaulted while doing her daily exercises at the park on Jan. 8, 2019, and died of her injuries a year later at the age of 89, according to the city’s recreation and parks department.

Friends and family of the longtime Visitacion Valley resident led the effort to rename the site in memory of her compassion, friendship and service to her community.

“I am happy that this ordinary, yet extraordinary human life is recognized and celebrated because Yik Oi has made – and continues to make – a significant difference in the lives of others,” said her granddaughter Sasanna Yee, who has co-founded the renaming committee. “My grandmother’s joyful spirit will live on in the laughter and happiness of the community as they bond in the park, creating a social cohesion that eliminates the conditions that have led to such violence.”

For more than 17 years, Huang – known to many locals as “Grandma Huang” and “Huang PoPo” – served as an ambassador for the Visitacion Valley Friendship Club, which provides senior services to the Chinese immigrant community and advocates for the rights of voting. , aging issues and emergency preparedness.

“Grandmother Yik Oi Huang loved her family, friends and neighbors and was known for her cheerful spirit and countless acts of kindness,” the mayor of London Breed said in a statement. “So many of the friendships she developed began and blossomed in this park, and now, with the renaming of Yik Oi Huang Peace & Friendship Park, we will forever remember the lasting legacy she left to this community for generations to come.

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