Disability Questions

The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (RPD) welcomes people of all abilities to enjoy our parks and facilities, and to participate in programs, classes and special events we offer. Most of our buildings are physically accessible to people with disabilities, and to learn more, please see the “Facility Accessibility” section below. Similarly, most of our classes and programs are offered at accessible locations and all locations can provide auxiliary aids and services such as ASL or alternative formats. To ask for auxiliary aids and services, please see the “Programmatic Access” section below.

We recently completed a survey of our most accessible Children’s Play Areas (CPAs), including detailed photos of important accessibility features and equipment, to help the public locate these CPAs.

Signing up for classes and programs can be done in person at a registration site or online by going to or registration site at this link, or over the phone at 415-831-6800. If you have questions about Therapeutic Recreation or Inclusion Services, please call our Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion Services Division, at 415-206-1546 or email us at RPDTR@sfgov.org and we will assist you. Phone registration for people with disabilities opens at the same time as on-line and walk-in registration. In addition to independent access to our programs and facilities, we also offer several Therapeutic Recreation activities through our Therapeutic Recreation program. For more information on this, please see the “Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion” section below.

  1. Facility Accessibility
  2. Programmatic Access
  3. Therapeutic Rec & Inclusion
  4. SFGOV Accessibility


Most of our facilities are accessible to people in wheelchairs and other mobility impairments. Accessible facilities are designated with the ISA Symbol ♿ throughout the website.  If you are interested in taking a class that is offered at a facility that is not accessible, please contact our Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion Services Division, below. We will help you find the same class at the closest accessible facility.

CHILDREN’S PLAY AREAS (CPAS)

While almost all our Children’s Play Areas (CPAs) include some accessible features, our most accessible CPAs include most or all of the following features: nearby accessible parking (onsite or street), accessible paths of travel, accessible restrooms, accessible play surfaces, adaptive swings, play structures with ramps and/or transfer tiers, sensory play equipment, accessible water fountains, and accessible picnic tables on accessible surfaces. 

BUILDINGS

When buildings are labeled "accessible," that means there is a wheelchair access route to the building entry, the rest-rooms and service areas. The rest-rooms and service areas are also usable by people who use wheelchairs. Please note: several recreation centers and club houses are closed for ADA renovations or replacement.

SWIMMING POOLS

Each of the Recreation and Parks Department’s pools have a swimming pool chair lift. We are currently re-evaluating our accessible policies and programs at the pools. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our ADA Program Coordinator.

GOLF COURSES

SF Recreation and Parks recently purchased two Paragolfer stand-up golf chairs, for use at our courses.

Paragolfers are housed at Harding Park and Lincoln Park, and can be transported upon request.  Requests to use the chairs at Harding and Lincoln can be made by contacting those courses directly.  Requests to transport Paragolfers should be made at least five business days in advance, to help ensure availability.  Due to environmental restrictions at Sharp Park Golf Course, golf carts are permitted ONLY on cart paths.  Note that use of Paragolfer chairs is dependent on turf conditions.  To reserve a Paragolfer and/or request that a Paragolfer be transported to another course, contact the course directly.

Harding Park and Fleming Golf Courses – 18-hole and 9-hole, respectively - offer a complete range of golfing experiences and are fully accessible.

Lincoln Park and Sharp Park are both 18-hole courses and Golden Gate Park and Gleneagles are both 9-hole courses. These four properties offer limited accessibility.

OUTDOOR AREAS AND PARKS

When an outdoor area or park is labeled "accessible," that means there is an entry that has a wheelchair access route to the outdoor area or Park and there is at least one accessible recreational opportunity at the site. At most sites, there are multiple numbers and types of recreational opportunities. Because of the terrain, age, and natural features of most of the outdoor areas in San Francisco, there will be sites labeled "accessible" in which some areas of the site are not usable by wheelchair users. Some of these outdoor areas and parks have portions closed for renovations.

Golden Gate Park Parking Map- East End

For more information on park and facility access please contact our ADA Facility Coordinator:

Paulina Araica

415-581-2558

paulina.araica@sfgov.org