Welcome to the Bernal Cut Beautification Project.

The Bernal Cut is a half-mile long section of San Francisco’s Bernal Hill that was dug out to make way for a railroad in 1863. ‘The Cut’ is home to San Jose Avenue, a major commuter road that brings thousands of cars into San Francisco every day.

The Bernal Cut Restoration Project is a multi-faceted exploration of place, history, community and the environment. Volunteers replant and revitalize the Bernal Cut hillside, and place-based storytelling invites you to see the Bernal Cut’s build environment, and consider the impact of urban planning and metropolitan growth on the environment.

The project is a collaboration between Citizen Film, a San Francisco-based documentary media non-profit organization and the College Hill Neighborhood Association. Journey with us through space and time as we explore the story of transformation on the Bernal Cut.

The Bernal Cut Path is a half-mile long pedestrian walkway running along the top of the east side of the Bernal Cut. Wayfinding signs along the path will lead you on a non-linear journey through the geography, history and environmental impact that has transformed the hillside over the last century.

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The Bernal Cut: A Build Environment

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Rebuilding A Hillside with California Native Plants

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Carbon Sequestration: Fighting Climate Change one Tree At A Time

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Transformation: A Story of Constant Change

The Bernal Cut separates the once unified hillside that housed the neighborhoods of Bernal Heights and Glen Park. The Cut runs along the western edge of ‘College Hill’, a small community that sits tucked between Mission Street and San Jose Avenue. College Hills is named after St. Mary’s College, the Jesuit college that operated on this land from 1863 to 1889.

The College Hill Neighborhood Association (CHNA) - an important collaborator on the Bernal Cut Restoration Project - welcomes neighbors from all sides to help transform the Bernal Cut.

Want to get involved?

Contact us at the College Hill Neighborhood Association.