Gilman Playground’s WPA Past

By Ryan Kelly May 6th marked the 81st anniversary of the enactment of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), one of the most successful public works programs in our nation’s history. Its main purpose was to put Americans back to work by boosting infrastructure while also promoting scientific and artistic projects. … Continue reading

Summer Day Camp Registration

Registration for Summer Day Camps begins at 10 a.m. on March 19. This summer, we have more than 80 camps to inspire your kids during summer, everything from traditional camps like Silver Tree and Pine Lake, or exciting new camps like fishing and adventure camps! Click here for more information.

CPRS Awards of Excellence for Two Recent Park Projects

Great news! The California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS) has awarded its Excellence in Park Planning award for two recent capital renovation projects– Boeddeker Park and Cayuga Playground. The CPRS awards program recognizes outstanding achievement in the areas of facility design, park planning, marketing and communication, and community improvement and … Continue reading

The Architect’s Newspaper: San Francisco’s Boeddeker Park is a green refuge

By Michael Webb A few blocks from San Francisco’s Financial District and the tech wealth of SOMA is the Tenderloin, the city’s densest neighborhood, where the homeless line up for free meals, and many low-income tenants live in windowless rooms. Boeddeker Park, redesigned by WRNS Studio, serves as a desperately … Continue reading

Bay Nature: After Decades Away, Western Pond Turtles Come Home to Mountain Lake

By Lauren McNulty It had been a long time since Mountain Lake was the kind of place where a western pond turtle could live happily. For decades, the Presidio’s natural freshwater lake suffered environmental insults: runoff from Highway 1, sediment pollution, invasive species, voracious released goldfish. Mountain Lake had been “a … Continue reading

Abc 7 News: SF Botanical Garden Sets Garden to Music for 75th Anniversary

By Carolyn Tyler San Francisco’s Botanical Garden is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Part of the fun is something they call Flower Piano that began Thursday and runs through July 20. Within the 55 acres of San Francisco’s Botanical Garden, something magical has appeared. Project organizers Dean Mermell and Mauro Ffortissimo … Continue reading

Hoodline: ‘Flower Piano’ Exhibit Brings 12 Playable Pianos To Golden Gate Park Botanical Garden

Stroll through Golden Gate Park’s Botanical Garden today, and you might happen upon something a little out of the ordinary: 12 pianos have been placed throughout the garden. They’re intended for anyone to play, and over the next 12 days, both scheduled and impromptu concerts will fill the garden. The … Continue reading

SF Chronicle: After long battle, Beach Chalet soccer fields get their turf

By CW Nevius Just for the record, the Beach Chalet soccer field renovation looks spectacular. If you thought the years of appeals, protests and court orders had squashed the project, you should take a drive past the site in Golden Gate Park. See full article here: http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/nevius/article/After-long-battle-Beach-Chalet-soccer-fields-get-6361762.php

“Don’t Dream It… Be It!” Photography Exhibit

Harvey Milk Photo Center & Harvey Milk Cultural Arts Center presents…. Don’t Dream It…Be It!  A fabulous photography exhibit kicking off Pride and a celebration of Drag, Theatre, Music and Love of Life! Photography featured from Mark Christopher, Marques Daniels, Molly DeCoudreaux, Nicole Fraser-Herron, Sara Gobets, Gareth Gooch, Jose A. … Continue reading

KQED: Lincoln Park Steps Reopen Grandly with Artist-Designed Tiles

By Sarah Hotchkiss At the western end of San Francisco’s California Street, a splendidly refurbished staircase designed by tile artist Aileen Barr now marks the entryway to 100 acres of public park. On May 28, neighbors, city representatives and more than a few plaid-clad girls from next-door’s Katherine Delmar Burke School celebrated … Continue reading

SF Chronicle: Stairway to Lincoln Park perfectly in step with neighborhood

By John King As much as for its topography, San Francisco’s ongoing allure can be traced to creative ingenuity and old-fashioned wealth. Both now leave their mark on the broad stairway that leads up to Lincoln Park from California Street in the Outer Richmond. See full article here: http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Stairway-to-Lincoln-Park-perfectly-in-step-with-6295451.php

SF Examiner: SFPUC requires outdoor irrigation accounts to reduce water use to 25 percent of 2013 levels

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission passed a measure today that aims to aggressively conserve water in the city by increasing the mandatory outdoor irrigation reduction from 10 percent to 25 percent of 2013 usage, a utility spokesman said Tuesday. “For outdoor irrigation accounts, any water use in excess of … Continue reading

SF Gate: S.F. spends $1.5 million renovating two public restrooms

By Amy Graff Last week, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department unveiled two newly refurbished freestanding public restrooms near Ocean Beach. With fresh paint, new roofs and landscaping, the sparkling Classical Revival buildings dating back to the 1930s were a welcome sight to park- and beach-goers. The price tag on … Continue reading

SF Gate: Fixing the culture problem at Dolores Park

By Elizabeth Creely Roughly 30 concerned neighbors gathered at the event space 18 Reasons Tuesday for an event hosted by San Francisco’s Department of Recreation and Parks. Among the collection of local employees, neighbors and merchants, was an air of seriousness in the room, which suited the matter under discussion: … Continue reading

SFist: Rec & Parks Produces Goofy PSAs To Encourage Proper Trash Disposal, Bathroom Use

By Jay Barmann The Rec & Park Department hosted a pair of meetings Tuesday to engage concerned neighbors about their new “action plan” for dealing with the park’s ongoing popularity, and its trash problem. And as Mission Local reports, Sarah Ballard, the department’s director of policy and public affairs, admitted, … Continue reading

CBS: SF Bay Area- San Francisco Combats Drought With ‘Brown Is The New Green’ Water Conservation Campaign

By Mark Seelig San Francisco city officials are reaching out to the public, asking residents to do even more to help conserve water during the extended drought. The “Brown is the new Green” campaign was launched on Monday by the city’sPublic Utilities Commission. “In order to stay with the times … Continue reading

SF Appeal: Waste-Sorting System Unveiled To Help Dolores Park Picnickers Stop Littering

By Bay City News A pop-up recycling and composting system was unveiled today in response to an abundance of litter left behind by picnickers at San Francisco’s Dolores Park. The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, in partnership with the waste management company Recology, has placed large containers on Dolores … Continue reading

National Parks Traveler: Mountain Lake At Presidio Growing In Diversity With Recovery Of Stickleback Fish And Other Species

With a multi-year cleanup completed, efforts are now under way to return native species that once called Mountain Lake home to the lake that’s on the grounds of the Presidio in San Francisco. With help from the Presidio Trust, along with area volunteers, hundreds of three-spine stickleback fish were released … Continue reading

SF Gate: Newly renovated Kezar Stadium track is up and running

By Hamed Aleaziz A favorite destination for San Francisco runners has been restored to glory after many months out of commission, with the storied Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park reopening with a brand-new track after a massive overhaul. It’s the latest rebirth at 90-year-old Kezar, the 49ers’ birthplace and … Continue reading

ABD 7 News: Officials Say Elderly Chimps Will Stay at San Francisco Zoo

By Dan Noyes On Thursday, the San Francisco Zoo announced they have had a change of heart and decided not to move the chimps. Following an ABC7 News I-Team investigation, we spoke to Zoo director Tanya Peterson, who cancelled plans to move them to another facility. See full article here: http://abc7news.com/news/i-team-officials-say-chimps-will-stay-at-san-francisco-zoo/536427/

SF Chronicle: S.F. supervisor proposes ban of tobacco at all baseball fields

By John Wildermuth A huge wad of chewing tobacco stuffed into a player’s cheek has long been an unofficial symbol of baseball, but a proposed city measure would ban its use at every playing field in San Francisco, including AT&T Park. See full article here: http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/S-F-supervisor-proposes-ban-of-tobacco-at-all-6099587.php#/0

SFist: Cool Historic Side-By-Sides Of The 1915 Panama Pacific International Expo And The Modern-Day Marina

“For the centennial of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition, ScenePast.com has restored a selection of postcards from the festival and placed them side-by-side with some workaday scenes of 2015 San Francisco taken from the same spot.” See full article here: http://sfist.com/2015/02/09/check_out_these_restored_postcards.php

SF Gate: Private collector’s historic San Francisco photos now available online

By Katie Dowd “San Francisco history aficionados are in for a spectacular treat: A private collector has donated thousands of incredible historic San Francisco photos to the Western Neighborhoods Project. WNP is, in turn, digitizing all the images and posting them online.” See full article here: http://blog.sfgate.com/stew/2015/01/28/private-collector-historic-san-francisco-photos-available/

Sf Examiner: North Beach residents go to bat to raise funds for DiMaggio Playground renovation

By Jessica Kwong “It was a night when three generations of North Beach residents who may otherwise pass each other on the street instead gathered at an old neighborhood Italian spot to support a cause many of them hold close.” See full article here: http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/north-beach-residents-go-to-bat-to-raise-funds-for-dimaggio-playground-renovation/Content?oid=2917216

SF Bay: City parks brighten budget forecast

By Thomas K. Pendergast “San Francisco’s budget forecasting season kicked off Thursday with some relatively good news: Although The City is expecting a $16 million deficit this coming fiscal year, that’s the lowest budget shortfall in a long time.” See full article here: http://sfbay.ca/2015/01/15/city-parks-brighten-budget-forecast/

Candlestick Memorabilia on Sale Now at AT&T Park

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department has teamed with the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants on From the Clubhouse, the Giants’ official source for game-used and autographed memorabilia. From the Clubhouse will be selling Candlestick Park artifacts authenticated by MLB. From the Clubhouse will be selling seatbacks, section … Continue reading

Friends of the AMP Wins 2014 NEN Award for Outstanding Park Volunteer

The Friends of the AMP (Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park) has been awarded the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN)’s Outstanding Park Volunteer Group award for 2014.  NEN is a collaboration of community organizations, city agencies, non-profit organizations and academic institutions with the goal of empowering neighborhoods to become cleaner, greener … Continue reading

The San Francisco Appeal: Lawn Bowling Club Celebrates Reopening of Historic Green

By: Bay City News “The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and the city’s lawn bowling club reopened its lawn bowling green Tuesday [November 18th] at 10 a.m. at the oldest municipal lawn bowling club in the United States. In 1901, Superintendent of San Francisco parks John McLaren laid out … Continue reading

Play Ball: Registration for SFYBL’s 2015 Season Begins This Saturday, Nov 15!

The San Francisco Youth Baseball League (SFYBL), a collaboration between SF Rec and Park and the SF Fire Department’s Flame Program, begins its registration period for the upcoming 2015 season this Saturday, November 15. Online at sfreconline.org or in person at your local registration site. Divisions available for girls and … Continue reading

Registration for Our Jr. Warriors Basketball League

Rec and Park’s All-City Youth Basketball program presents the 2015 Jr. Warriors League, featuring divisions for boys and girls in K through 8th grades. Registration begins Saturday, November 1 at 10 a.m., online or in-person at St. Mary’s Rec Center (Murray and Justin Drive).  League play is January 6 through … Continue reading

PROSAC Volunteer Day at Garfield Park

Phil Ginsburg greeted several members of the Park and Recreation Open Space Advisory Committee/PROSAC who recently volunteered their time giving Garfield Park a little clean-up. PROSAC members, appointed by the Board of Supervisors serve as liaisons between the RPD Commission, residents, neighborhood groups and organizations dedicated to park and recreational issues in … Continue reading

SF Gate: Best Hikes in San Francisco

By: Peter Hockaday “Our city’s famous hills make for some good hiking, both of the urban and natural variety. We’re focusing on the latter, so check out our picks for some of the best outdoor spaces, hikes, and walks the city has to offer.” See full article here: http://www.sfgate.com/outdoors/slideshow/Best-hikes-in-San-Francisco-96210.php

Fred Lyon Photography Exhibit

Come to the Fred Lyon Photography Exhibit at the Harvey Milk Photo Center which kicks off on November 8. Exhibit: Fred Lyon Photography Exhibit Curators: David J Christensen, Director, Harvey Milk Photo Center and Logan Taylor, Director/ Editor Opening Reception: Saturday, November 8, 1–4p.m. Dates: November 8 – January 10 Locations: Harvey Milk Photo Center, 50 Scott St. Viewing … Continue reading

Early Bird Special for the WGC-Cadillac Match Play at TPC Harding in May 2015

Special offer to the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play! Watch 64 of the world’s best golfers take on TPC Harding Park at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play in May 2015. Cheer on your favorites like Rory McIlory and defending champion Jason Day as they go head-to-head in this global … Continue reading

Friday Night Market

What: Friday Night Market at UN Plaza Date: Every Friday from Sept. 5 through Oct. 24 Time: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Location: United Nations Plaza, Eighth and Market streets What: Food Trucks, Drinks, Vendors, Entertainment and Activities Website:   www.fridaynightmarket.com

Tricycle Music Fest

The San Francisco Kids’ Public Library announces the 6th annual Tricycle Music Fest, bringing more concerts, more bands, and more opportunities to rock, play, and learn at the library! San Francisco Public Library and San Mateo County Library are teaming up again to present the biggest little music fest on the West Coast. The … Continue reading

Free Fall Classes at GGP CommUNITY Garden

Just announced: Free fall classes at the city’s largest community garden, the Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden, including Pollinators in San Francisco, Integrated Pest Management for Your Garden and Composting & Vermicomposting.  All classes are 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  RSVP to rpd.urbanag@sfgov.org September 13, 2014 –Pollinators in San Francisco: … Continue reading

Mission Rec Rebels Fall Tryouts, 9/10-9/14

Mission Recreation Center Rebels invites 4th to 8th-grade girls to their fall tryouts, September 10-14. MRC is one of the most recognized, most comprehensive instruction-based Girls AAU Basketball programs in the west. Repetition is the key to success, and all of our teams train consistently on a structured and designed curriculum which … Continue reading

Teens, Join the Rec and Park Team!

Teens, looking for an after school job this year? Work in our parks, recreation centers, or offices. Learn new skills, meet people, and make some money at the same time! Applications for school-year 9910 Public Service Trainee-Workreation Program positions will open online at www.jobaps.com/sf starting on Monday, August 25 at … Continue reading

Saturday in the Park Free Concert Series: McLaren Park

The iconic Jerry Garcia Amphitheater at McLaren Park features a variety of local performers and varied music genres from August 9 to October 11, 2014. Situated on a sunny hillside meadow and surrounded by tall shade trees, the Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre creates an intimate, friendly setting, allowing for the talents of these artists to … Continue reading