Saving Water in Our City Parks

Maintaining beautiful, green park spaces in drought conditions is no simple task, and as an agency that stewards over 4,000 acres of public park land and as one of the largest water users in the city, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department takes its responsibility to conserve water seriously. … Continue reading

Spring Registration Begins March 1

Get ready to sign up for Spring classes on March 1!  This spring, we have tons of offerings for your entire family, including yoga and fitness classes for adults, arts and sports for kids, and dance classes for seniors. Browse our spring catalog, or find out how to register online … Continue reading

UPDATE – New Mini Park on Rincon Hill

More than a dozen people attended a community meeting on 2/13 to discuss the planning of a new park on Rincon Hill, located at 4-6 Guy Place. The City recounted a community planning process done in 2008 that resulted in a community-supported plan. However when the economy dipped, funding for the new … Continue reading

Alta Plaza Park – Community Questions

Although, issues related to drainage near Steiner and Clay Streets’, and the asphalt at the Scott St. entrance are not part of this project; RPD wants to make sure that the community knows that their safety is of the utmost importance. RPD has applied for General Fund dollars to take … Continue reading

Bernal Heights Trails Improvement Project Coming Soon

For those community members who participated in community meetings quite some time ago regarding Rec and Park’s planned trails improvements at Bernal Heights, thank you for your patience!  We are working on several 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond-funded trail improvement projects (see http://sfrecpark.org/park-improvements/park-trail-reconstruction-program/). Our design team is working on … Continue reading

New Mini Park on Rincon Hill

The Recreation and Park Department invites you to participate in a community meeting to review tentative plans for the development of a new mini park at 4-6 Guy Place, and to discuss next steps. 4-6 Guy Place is located off First Street between Folsom and Harrison Streets. Your input is … Continue reading

Trails project work in progress near Turquoise and Amber entry to Glen Canyon

Tomorrow morning, the contractor we’re working with will be bringing in some equipment to begin removing the two old asphalt drainage ditches just below the entry at Turquoise and Amber.  These ditches are no longer functional and will be replaced with beautiful planted swales in the coming weeks. Several folks … Continue reading

Coit Tower Rehab Project – Progress

The above image is of the tower getting prepped, by power-washing, for concrete and stucco repair. Color-matching of Historic door and window paint colors is happening along with the Art Commission survey for mural restoration. Modification to internal and external hand-rails is being completed to improve accessibility. Repair to building … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Leads the City’s First Urban Agriculture Program

Below is the text for a press release that went out this morning: SF Rec and Park Leads the City’s First Urban Agriculture Program SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is launching San Francisco’s first Urban Agriculture Program that will advocate urban agriculture and coordinate all related … Continue reading

Minnie Lovie Fields Renovation Update

The contractor is taking advantage of our dry winter and continuing to work on the retaining walls on the north side of the project. Once this wall is in place, they plan to move to the project corners to start construction on the new concrete stairways which will lead to … Continue reading

Following Community Site Visit McLaren Park Trail Connector Project Out to Bid

Rec and Park hosted a well-attended site visit on November 7, 2013 to share plans with neighbors for the McLaren Park Trail Connector Project.  Bids are due from contractors on January 21, 2014, and we anticipate that entryway improvements at the 3 sites (Persia, Visitacion Ave Fire Road and Campbell … Continue reading

Wrapping up hazardous tree mitigation and laying out new trails

Our Trails Project contractor will be completing hazardous tree mitigation work by the end of the year.  In the coming week, stumps of Eucalyptus trees that were already removed will be recut closer to the ground and painted with AquaMaster herbicide to discourage resprouting.  This is the least toxic effective … Continue reading

EXTENDED DEADLINE for Demonstration Garden Proposals for the new Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden

We originally posted the deadline for proposal submittal as December 15; however, we are pushing the deadline back to January 15 to capture more beginning of year “gearing up” mentality. Click on the link below for an UPDATED document with application criteria and directions: GGPCG Demonstration Garden Criteria and Application … Continue reading

West Sunset Renovation (2012 Bond) Project Update

Thank you all for joining us at last nights meeting. We are so glad to see so many community members participating in the process and hope you continue to give us feedback. Please see the main project page for last nights PowerPoint Presentation and let us know if you have … Continue reading

Proposals Due December 15 for Demonstration Garden Plots at Golden Gate Park Community Garden

The Recreation and Park Department is now accepting proposals for demonstration garden spaces in the Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden, located at Frederick/Arguello Streets! The Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden is a community resource and, as such, preference is given to local organizations serving San Francisco. Qualifying organizations include, but … Continue reading

Coit Tower Closure Reminder – Construction Begins TODAY!

Just a reminder, Coit Memorial Tower is officially closed today, November 18th, 2013 for rehabilitation and will remain closed until Spring 2014. Work will be restricted to regular construction hours: Monday – Friday 7:00am – 4:00pm. In the coming week the contractor will be installing a construction fence and setting … Continue reading

Update on Glen Canyon playground renovation!

Hi Folks, I know many of you are eager for an update. The Glen Canyon Playground and Tennis Court Project is really moving along, if you see the park now, you will see that the new tennis courts are in place, and the new playgrounds are emerging. Over the next … Continue reading

Minnie Lovie Fields – Grading has begun!

Hello Park Advocates. As you can see from the photo, our contractor is aggressively moving forward with the rough grading operations on the fields. The project includes regrading the site so that we reduce the cross slope grades which will improve the fields overall playing condition. The next phase of … Continue reading

Applications Due Nov 13 for Alemany Farm CAC Vacancies

Calling All Interested Parties! We are seeking replacements for 2 of the 8 Commission-appointed seats on the Alemany Farm Community Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC is responsible for guiding and overseeing site programming, and recommended programming to the Recreation and Park Department.  The CAC is guided by the Alemany Farm … Continue reading

Check Out the New Vertical Garden

Check out the first vertical garden on a Recreation and Park Dept. park. Actually it’s in the new Golden Gate Park Community Garden, located at Frederick/Arguello Sts. This 100’x8.5′ vertical garden contains 900 edible, native and ornamental plants planted in only one day! Thanks to the hardworking crew at Bauman … Continue reading

Community Meeting & Site Visit to Review Plans for McLaren Park Trail Entryway Improvements

Join us on Thursday, November 7, from 5-6 pm, at the western end of Campbell Ave, where we will discuss planned improvements to 3 trail entryways in McLaren Park:  Campbell Ave, Visitacion Ave Fire Road and Persia just east of the picnic area. These improvements are funded by a federal … Continue reading

Glen Canyon TRAILS Project Begins 10/29: Temporary Trail Closures

Our contractor will be beginning work on the Glen Canyon TRAILS project on Tuesday, October 29th.  First up is setting up staging areas and completing hazardous tree mitigation work.  Per community requests, we are planning to maintain the “Ticket Tree” Monterey Cypress stump just west of the trail from the … Continue reading

Glen Canyon TRAILS Project: Underway week of 10/28

We anticipate that our contractor will be beginning work on the Glen Canyon TRAILS project on Tuesday, October 29th.  First up is setting up staging areas and completing hazardous tree mitigation work.  Per community requests, we are planning to maintain the “Ticket Tree” stump.  We will post more details on … Continue reading

Soap Box Derby at Larsen Park/ 20th Ave: Sunday, Oct 27

Join us for the free “Second Annual” 20th Avenue Soap Box Derby! WHEN: this Sunday, October 27, 11 am- 3 pm WHERE: on 20th Ave, between Wawona and Vicente Streets WHAT: If you have no idea what a soap box derby is, check out these websites for some background: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soap_Box_Derby, http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Soapbox-Derby-Car This … Continue reading

Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden Work Day a Success!

77 of the 169 people who’ve been assigned plots in the new Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden volunteered their time in one or more 2-hr “shifts” this Saturday to help prepare the garden for opening. Volunteers measured, cut and stapled hardware cloth to the inside of raised beds to deter … Continue reading

Garden Members’ Saturday Workday!!

We’re getting ready for the first Garden Members’ Workday this Saturday! Garden plots are numbered, fresh soil piled, gopher barrier wire stocked for a productive event! Please note that this event is targeted only to garden members with assigned plots at the GGP CommUNITY Garden. An official public opening is … Continue reading

Minnie & Lovie Fields Renovation Begins Today!

Hello Minnie & Lovie Park Supporters. We wanted to let everyone know that we have finally started construction on the athletic field project. The contractor has already started some of the demolition work on fencing and site furniture. Over the next few weeks, you will see a lot of construction … Continue reading

Celebrating the passage of AB 551 Urban Ag Incentive Zones Act with Assembly Member Ting at Little City Gardens

It is with excitement that Rec and Park staff attended this press event this morning at Little City Gardens to celebrate the passage of the Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones Act, AB 551, with Assembly Member Phil Ting and a committed group of urban ag practitioners and stakeholders. Pictured speaking here … Continue reading

Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden: Opening details coming soon!

Several folks have written to inquire about when folks assigned by Rec and Park to garden plots can start planting your recently assigned raised garden plots at the new Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden.  You may have also noticed that the raised boxes do not yet have soil in them.  … Continue reading

Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden Survey Feedback and Plot Allocation Strategy

Please click on the PDF below for the presentation that staff gave to the Rec and Park Commission in September regarding results of the garden survey that we administered this Spring to our waiting list as well as information on how plots are being assigned in the garden. Golden Gate … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Portola Trail completed by volunteers!

A big thank you V-O-Cal (Volunteers for Outdoor California) and to the over 150 volunteers who came out on Saturday and Sunday to complete the new Portola Trail!  Our staff received much positive feedback and many thank yous from runners, cyclists and hikers regarding the trail improvement. We are working … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Trails Improvement Project – 9.24.2013 Presentation

Thank you so much for coming out last night; we appreciate and value your participation and heard your concerns. We are very grateful for V-O-Cal’s gift, which is making the first phase of the Trails Improvement Project possible. Please let us know if you have any additional questions. Click here … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Trails Improvement Plan – Hydrology Report

As we promised, below is the Hydrologists’s assessment of the site; we will bring additional copies to tonight’s meeting. Questions regarding this assessment and the Geotechnical Report will be answered at tonight’ s meeting. Click here to download the Hydrologists Assessment. We look forward to seeing you at tonight’s meeting.

Twin Peaks Trails Improvement Project – More Info, as Requested!

As promised, here is the report from the Geotechnical Engineer (see below link); we will also bring copies to the meeting tonight. We are awaiting the arrival of the Hydrologists’ report, and will post that info as soon as we receive it. We hope you can make tonight’s meeting, please … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Trails Improvement Project – Requested Information

Dear Twin Peaks Trails Improvement Project Neighbors, Attached please find 3 documents for your review: 1)      CatEx determination in response to community request for environmental impact report (I was working with the Planning Department this week to secure an official copy of this document to share with you) 2)      Map … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Trails Improvement Follow-up Meeting

Please join us for a meeting to address the concerns raised by community members. As requested RPD will answer questions, including presenting the Hydrology Report from the recent Hydrologists’ testing, planting schematic, plant variety types, security and visibility to property, and erosion control measures. The Supervisors Office will also be … Continue reading

Twin Peaks TRAILS Meeting Follow-up

Last night approximately 25 community members attended a public meeting to discuss Portola Trail plans.  In addition to several of us from Rec and Park’s Capital Division and Natural Areas Program, the Executive Director from V-O-Cal (Volunteers from Outdoor California) was on hand to answer questions and address concerns from … Continue reading

Thank you for Joining us Saturday!

Thank you for taking your relaxing Saturday morning to join us, we had a very good discussion on the project and will present the new plan to the community. Your voices have been heard and we are taking all of the comments we have received so far and will modify … Continue reading

Urban Ag Program Year 1 Kickoff Working Group Meeting: September 11th!

Greetings Urban Agriculture Program Interested Stakeholders! We are reconvening the Urban Ag Working Group to kick off Year 1 of the new citywide Urban Agriculture Program: When: Wednesday, September 11, from 10 am-12 pm Where: Rec and Park Department Capital Division, 30 Van Ness Ave, 5th Floor, Electrical Conference Room … Continue reading

Community Meeting to Discuss Plans for New Portola Trail along Twin Peaks Boulevard

Join us for a meeting to discuss future trails improvements at Twin Peaks.  At this meeting we will focus primarily on plans for the new Portola Trail, the “Peaks” portion of the “Creeks to Peaks/” Glen Canyon to Twin Peaks trail connection.  This is a follow-up to meetings held in … Continue reading

Progress with brush clearing along Twin Peaks Boulevard

The brush clearing maintenance work that the San Francisco Conservation Corps is doing along Twin Peaks Boulevard is nearly complete.  Our staff have been actively monitoring this work.  This is a progress picture taken September 4, 2013.  The Corps has removed garbage in addition to weeds. Rec and Park is … Continue reading

Palega Playground Renovation _ update

Project is 92% complete, we are now entering the final phases of work; Gym interior painting is ongoing, Gym floor is currently being installed, all toilet & bathroom fixtures are complete, interior radiators are substantially complete. New storefront windows are being installed at the addition, wrapping up miscellaneous roof installation. … Continue reading

Oak Woodlands Trail Improvement Project: Hazardous Tree Mitigation Work to Proceed Fall 2013

[This photo shows a dead tree standing, one of the hazardous trees slated for removal] Pending approval by the Rec and Park Commission in September, we will begin the hazardous tree mitigation component of the Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project this Fall. The Trails Improvement Project is the result of … Continue reading

Joe DiMaggio Playground Renovation – Community Meeting 8/28/13 6:00 PM

As a reminder, we will be having our second community meeting to review the conceptual design for the Joe DiMaggio Playground renovation next Wednesday August 28th, from 6 -7:30 pm.  The meeting will be held at the same location as last time, in the Multi-Purpose Room in the clubhouse at … Continue reading

Project Soon to be Underway!

[This photo shows an example of tree failure: Arroyo Willow, Creekside Loop Trail] Pending award of contract by the Rec and Park Commission, we will begin the Trails Improvement Project in late September. This project is the result of extensive community input provided at three community meetings and a site … Continue reading

Renovation Planning Has Begun!

Thanks so much for attending the first meeting to discuss the renovation of the fields and courts at West Sunset Playground. We had a great turn out, but would really like to hear from as many of you as we can. If you have not sent in your comments to … Continue reading

SF Chronicle: Google will pay for free wireless in SF parks

By Marisa Lagos, SF Chronicle San Francisco is finally getting free Wi-Fi – at least in 31 city parks. Six years after a deal to blanket the city fell apart, Supervisor Mark Farrell and Google will announce a plan Wednesday to bring public wireless Internet access, on the technology company’s dime, to parks, recreation … Continue reading

SF Examiner: Mountain Lake Park

A deteriorating playground in the Richmond district is poised for a major rehab effort as part of a $3.15 million project spearheaded by neighborhood leaders and city officials.   The Mountain Lake Park playground is more than 30 years old and has many outdated and dilapidated amenities, despite being visited … Continue reading

Street Soccer Coming to The City in June

The City has announced plans to host the Street Soccer USA West Coast Cup, a tournament to raise awareness for homelessness and bridge the gap between our various communities, in June.  The tournament will include homeless teams from cities across the nation, playing and competing with corporate teams. The San … Continue reading

Update on Construction: Making Steady Progress

Hi Folks – Overall, the project is now about 30% complete.  Recently, the construction crew has been busy working on the new retaining walls for the tennis courts.  Soon, you can expect to see more grading as we start to construct the new tennis courts. The contractor has also been hard at work inside … Continue reading

City Scores Victory for Kids, Soccer

Great news! The California Coastal Commission voted unanimously today to uphold the permit for the Beach Chalet Athletic Field renovation project at the West End of Golden Gate Park, perhaps the most vetted public project in Rec and Park history. The Commission’s vote means the renovation project can move forward … Continue reading

Noe Valley Town Square Property Acquisition News #1

On May 22, 2013 the City and County of San Francisco Board of Supervisors will consider approval of a San Francisco Recreation & Park Department (RPD) project to acquire a parking lot located at 3861 24th Street (between Vicksburg Street and Sanchez Street) with the intention of converting the property … Continue reading

Golden Gate Park Named One of U.S.’s Top Public Parks

The Weather Channel has just released its list of America’s Best Public Parks and our very own Golden Gate Park makes the list!  “An oasis in the city, Golden Gate Park offers trails to walk or hike, playgrounds, picnic areas, lakes, dog-friendly areas, museums, a carousel, and even Segway tours … Continue reading

Community Message at Open House: Happy Our Plan is Moving Forward, Please Manage Construction Carefully

After nearly a year of environmental review, the community members attending the Mission Dolores Park Rehabilitation Project Open House were happy to see the design is moving forward with few changes. They also pointed out that the next challenge is publicizing and managing the construction process to minimize disruption of … Continue reading

Dolores Park Project Open House Wed. Feb. 6, 5:30-7:30PM

In the last year, the Mission Dolores Park Rehabilitation Project has moved forward through environmental review and documentation.  The project team is now ready to share the updated plans with you and the entire park community. Please join us for a Community Open House this Wednesday, February 6th from 5:30-7:30 … Continue reading

Hamilton Pool and Recreation Center are closed

Status

Hamilton Pool and Recreation Center are closed 4/5/12 thru 4/6/12 due to gym and dance floor refinishing. We expect to re-open on Saturday, April 7, 2012. Patrons can call the pool at 415.292.2008 for updates on Saturday’s re-opening. We apologize for any inconvinence our closure may have caused.