SF Chronicle: SF’s Urban Coyotes

By Jill Tucker Camilla Fox is fighting an uphill battle against fairy tales and Saturday morning cartoons. Children’s stories often feature wild canines in unflattering roles – the wolf that eats Grandma and the dim-witted and Acme-loving coyote that can’t seem to hit the beep-beeping roadrunner with an anvil. As one of … Continue reading

Curbed SF: 5 Amazing Parks to Visit While Dolores is Under Construction

The weather is currently stunning, which usually would mean heading to Dolores Park for some picnicking and people-watching. But with big swathes of the park out of commission for construction and renovation, you may be in need of some other park options. Luckily, there are lots of other parks not … Continue reading

Huffington Post: Ginsburg Brings His Green Heart to SF

By Adrian Benepe, Senior Vice President and Director of City Park Development for The Trust for Public Land A recent issue of New York Magazine includes a long story comparing New York City and San Francisco, asking “Is San Francisco New York?” While the piece focused on high tech business … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Park Playground Reopens March 15

Join Supervisor Scott Wiener, SF Rec and Park GM Phil Ginsburg, the Glen Park Association and park advocates for the opening celebration of the newly renovated Glen Canyon Park Playground, Saturday, March 15, at 9:30 a.m.  For decades, locals have enjoyed the beautiful natural landscape and varied recreational offerings at … Continue reading

Trail Naming Contest

Become a part of San Francisco history- help name our trails at Glen Canyon Park! Beyond Glen Canyon Park’s recreation center, ball field, and tennis courts lies a large urban canyon that has incredible spring wildflower displays, dramatic rock (chert) formations, and Islais Creek, one of the few remaining free-flowing … Continue reading

Rec and Park’s Own Silver Bullet

In honor of Women’s History Month, San Francisco Recreation and Parks is featuring some of the many women who have made a profound impact on our parks and programs. In the 1970s, 10-year-old Rachelle Henley (née McCann) would take her baseball glove to the local park every afternoon and wait … Continue reading

SF Chronicle: Dolores Park Renovation

By John Wildermuth (Photo via sfgate.com) The thousands of visitors who cover just about every inch of lawn at Dolores Park on sunny weekends will have to squeeze a little closer for the next 14 months. The Mission District park, one of the city’s busiest and most popular recreation sites, is … Continue reading

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

Palega Recreation Center Reopens After $21.2 Million Renovation

SAN FRANCISCO— The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and city officials, including Supervisor Malia Cohen, joined hundreds of Portola District friends and neighbors today in celebrating the reopening of Palega Recreation Center, a neighborhood favorite. The 80-year-old park and recreation center recently underwent a $21.2 million makeover, thanks to … Continue reading

Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden Opens

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, YP, Levi Strauss & Co., CBS EcoMedia and community members celebrated the grand opening of the new Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden. The garden, located at the east end of the park near Kezar Stadium, was created to meet … Continue reading

SF Weekly: True Tales from the Weirdest, Hardest-to-Find Golf Course in the Bay

By Joe Rosenheim Wednesday, Sep 18 2013 Nestled among the tall eucalypti that populate Visitation Valley’s McLaren Park is one of the weirdest and trickiest municipal golf courses you’re ever likely to see. It’s abutted by housing projects, patronized religiously by a group of local diehards across the socioeconomic strata, and unknown … Continue reading

Dolores Park Works & GM Phil Ginsburg share a successful Dolores Park cleanup day

SECOND BREAKFAST AND A PARK CLEAN-UP GETS IT DONE by Lauren Hartman Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager made a surprise appearance at the Dolores Park Works/Bi-Rite Breakfast and a Park Clean-Up on Monday morning. Phil thanked everyone for turning out and told us that volunteers are essential to Rec and … Continue reading

Cayuga Playground Reopens after $9.4 Million Renovation

2008 Clean and Safe Parks Bond Project Finishes Under Budget For Immediate Release August 17, 2013 Contact: Elton Pon Mobile: (415) 297-7174 E-Mail: elton.pon@sfgov.org SAN FRANCISCO— The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department proudly celebrated today the reopening of Cayuga Playground, which recently underwent a $9.4 million renovation under the … Continue reading

Alemany Farm Seeking Community Committee Member

August 20th CAC meeting CANCELLED due to lack of quorum. Next meeting: Tuesday, September 17th, 6 pm, St. Mary’s Recreation Center Auditorium Calling Alemany Farm CAC members and Interested Stakeholders! The Recreation and Park Department is seeking applicants for the following seats on the Alemany Farm Community Advisory Committee (CAC): Seat 2: Neighborhood resident. While … Continue reading

Cabrillo Playground Reopens after $4.5 Million Renovation

2008 Clean and Safe Parks Bond Project finishes on budget Contact:               Elton Pon Mobile:                (415) 297-7174 E-Mail:                elton.pon@sfgov.org SAN FRANCISCO— Today, Assemblymember Phil Ting and San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar joined the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, the Friends of Cabrillo Playground, and city officials in celebrating the grand reopening … Continue reading

SF Examiner: Playground reopens under bond project

By: Andrea Koskey The return of the Outer Richmond’s Cabrillo Playground over the weekend is just the beginning of a wave of upgraded parks reopening in neighborhoods citywide. After eight months and $4.5 million, the Cabrillo project has brought renovations to the playground and upgrades to the clubhouse; donations brought … 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

Sue Bierman Park Playground Opens

SF Rec and Park unveils its newest playground, created for a changing neighborhood Contact: Sarah Ballard Mobile:(415) 971-3070 E-Mail: sarah.ballard@sfgov.org SAN FRANCISCO– Today, the Zynga.org Foundation, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, the Friends of the Waterfront Playground, and San Francisco Parks Alliance celebrated the grand opening of the … 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

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

Car-Free Saturdays Begin April 6

Car-free Saturdays along portions of JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park begin Saturday, April 6, 2013. Every Saturday through September, JFK Drive, from Tea Garden Drive (near 8th Avenue) to Transverse Drive, will be closed to vehicular traffic, allowing for bicyclists, walkers, joggers, skaters and others to enjoy a wide … Continue reading

Golden Gate Park Turns 143

In celebration of Golden Gate Park’s 143rd Birthday on April 4, rediscover what this 1,017-acre city jewel has in store for you.  From gardens, special attractions, museums, sports fields and facilities and an array of recreation and dining options provided by our partners, Golden Gate Park is the perfect destination … Continue reading

Want to be a GreenAger?

The city’s Greenagers Program is looking for 9th and 10th grade students who either live in or attend high schools in the following neighborhoods: Bayview, Bernal Heights, Crocker Amazon, Excelsior, Hunters Point, Mission Terrace, Outer Mission, Portola, Silver Terrace, or Visitacion Valleyand are willing to: Meet three Saturdays a month … 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

Teen Musical Theatre Production of “Godspell”

This February, come see Rec and Park’s Young People’s Teen Musical Theatre Company’s production of “Godspell“, the gospel of St. Matthew told through hippie characters living in New York City in the late-1960s and early-1970s.  TICKETS: $15 general; $10 student/seniors can be purchased brownpapertickets.com. For more information, click here, or … Continue reading

SF Chronicle: McLaren Park Trail Loop Offers Great Views

The new Philosopher’s Way trail, dedicated Saturday in San Francisco, meanders through McLaren Park, weaving onto vistas of the city and the Bay Area and into groves of redwoods and cypress… The 2.7-mile trail loop holds expansive views of the region, including Mount Diablo, Mount Tamalpais, Angel Island and the … Continue reading

NEN Awards: Help McLaren Park Wins Award

The Neighborhood Empowerment Network’s NEN Awards are returning for their fifth and biggest year on January 9. Produced in partnership with the CCSF Community Challenge Grant Program, The NEN Awards are dedicated to elevating and celebrating the tremendous work that residents and organizations do every day to make our city … Continue reading

SF Chronicle: Betty Ann Ong Chinese Rec Center Reopens

The Chinese Recreation Center, known for years as Chinatown’s unofficial backyard, will reopen Saturday with a new name and a sparkling $21 million building, but the same commitment to providing a spot for sport, play and relaxation in one of the nation’s most densely populated communities. The center “is at … Continue reading

New Marina Policies

The Recreation and Park Commission has adopted new policies for the management and operation of the San Francisco Marina Small Craft Harbor.  New Marina Rules & Regulations were adopted on April 19, 2012, which are now in effect.  Also, the Commission adopted a New Post Renovation Berthing Assignment Policy for the re-population … Continue reading

SF Chronicle: Dolores Park Neighbors Agree on Renovation Plan

By John Wildermuth After years of wrangling, the various groups that call Dolores Park home have agreed on a plan to remake a city green space that has been a victim of its own popularity. “Is everyone happy? It’s San Francisco and there are always a lot of different opinions,” … Continue reading

Welcome to the Restroom Repair & Renovation Program News

The Restroom Repair and Replacement program funds the construction, repair, and renovation of restroom facilities. Many of the city park’s restrooms are old, need repair and are poorly designed for maintenance and proper supervision. Following the passage of the 2008 Clean & Safe Neighborhood Park Bond, the Recreation & Parks … Continue reading

Next Steps for Proposed Mission Dolores Park Rehabilitation Plan: Review, Approval and Implementation in 2012

After a full year of participatory community design in 2011, the proposed Dolores Park Rehabilitation Plan is ready for commission and environmental review and then implementation.  The Dolores Park community worked intensely through the fall to complete the proposed Rehabilitation Plan.  In the final community design workshops, participants resolved the … Continue reading

Planned Construction Activities, January 2012

During December the project reached a milestone with the completion of the pile driving and installation of the Phase 1 docks, the installation of the north ADA gangway the completion of the sheet pile breakwater.  The harbor office has closed for renovation and the harbor staff has be relocated temporarily … Continue reading

Thanks For Attending Saturday’s Final Community Design Meeting on Glen Canyon! See Below For More Information

Thank you to all who attended Saturday’s community meeting! We had a good turnout, and we received a lot of helpful feedback, which will continue to inform us as we move forward with the Glen Canyon Park renovation. For those of you who were unable to join us on Saturday, … Continue reading

Huffington Post: Tony Hawk Foundation Gifts $10K to Build Skate Park

By Robin Wilkey Last week, famed skateboarder Tony Hawk kept skating in San Francisco alive with a $10,000 donation to the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department to support the construction of the new SOMA West Skate Plaza at Mission Street and Duboce. The park is part of the SOMA … Continue reading

NBC Bay Area: New Bison Arrive at Golden Gate Park

By Joe Rosato, Jr. Far longer than there’s been a Golden Gate Bridge, Treasure Island or Coit Tower, there were bison roaming Golden Gate Park. The first herd moved into a  pen in the park’s Music Concourse in 1891, and to its current west-end digs in 1899. But following the … Continue reading

Planned Construction Activities, December 2011

  November in-water construction activity focused on the installation of the Phase 1 docks.  A permit amendment was granted to extend the in-water work window into the first two weeks of December so that Dutra can wrap up pile driving.  By December 15 we should see the Contractor’s barges leave … Continue reading

Helen Diller Playground Construction Update. 12/05/11

Progress that was made this week includes: The Contractor continues to make good strides this week on the concrete flat work. Crews formed and poured the bridge abutments, walls at the sand table, finished pads for the climbing wall, net anchors and slabs this week. Work on the irrigation lateral … Continue reading

Reminder: Next Saturday, December 10th – Glen Canyon Park Community Meeting on Bond Project

Glen Canyon Park Community Meeting Learn about the proposed improvements! Come give us your input! Saturday, December 10, 2011 3 p.m. – 5 p.m. At Glen Canyon Park Recreation Center (located inside the park, near the intersection of Elk & Chenery Streets) Come to the latest community meeting we are … Continue reading

Reminder: Glen Canyon Park Community Meeting on Park/Playground Renovation Next Saturday, Nov. 12th!

The November 12th Community Meeting to discuss Glen Canyon Park’s renovation is just around the corner! We hope you can join us to check out the park’s new design and share your preferences for new playground equipment! Thanks to all for coming to the series of community meetings we had … Continue reading

Planned Construction Activities, November 2011

October in-water construction activity focused on the installation of the fixed sheetpile breakwater.  Reports received so far indicate that waters are noticeably calmer in the outer harbor since the breakwater was placed.  Work on the breakwater will wrap-up by mid-November with the installation of the concrete cap. The first barge load of concrete … Continue reading

McCoppin Square Reopens: First Project Completed Under 2008 Bond

McCoppin Square, an 8.9-acre park in San Francisco’s District 4, reopened today after a $3.8 million renovation.  The project is the first to be completed under the Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, which voters overwhelmingly supported in 2008.  The project was completed $1.5 million under budget, a direct result … Continue reading

Friends, Neighbors Help Break Ground on New Balboa Park

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and neighbors joined city officials for the official groundbreaking of Balboa Park, a 25-acre park located in the Excelsior neighborhood, an area with the highest concentration of children in San Francisco. The renovation of Balboa Park has long been a priority for the city … Continue reading

NBC Bay Area: SF to Name Rec Center After Betty Ong

(via Bay City News) The San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission approved Thursday to name a Chinatown recreation center after a local Chinese-American flight attendant who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. According to department officials the commission unanimously approved to name the center at 1199 Mason St. as … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park to Award More than $1 Million Community Opportunity Fund

SAN FRANCISCO– San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) announced more than $1 million of Community Opportunity Fund (COF) was awarded to ten different neighborhood projects today.  Community Opportunity Fund program is funded by the 2008 Clean and Safe Parks General Obligation Bond.  This $5 million capital program allows residents, … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Rehabilitation Project Workshop Rescheduled to October 20th

The Mission Dolores Rehabilitation Workshop scheduled for Thursday, October 13th has been rescheduled to Thursday, October 20th because we recognized that the public may not have been adequately notified of this particular meeting. The final workshop is still scheduled for Thursday, October 27th.  The time and place of both workshops remains the same: 6:00 in the … Continue reading

BAY CITIZEN: SF’s Potrero Hill Playground Reborn

SF’s Potrero Hill Playground Reborn     Nita Winter / Trust for Public Land Playing in Potrero Hill City and county officials gathered last week to celebrate the grand re-opening of the Potrero Hill Playground, the newly renovated play area found in a corner of the Potrero Hill neighborhood park.  “We are … Continue reading

SF’s Largest Urban Farm To Celebrate 20 Year Anniversary

SF’s Largest Urban Farm To Celebrate 20 Year Anniversary Today by Bay City News October 8, 2011 9:58 AM   In the shadow of Interstate Highway 280, for the past 20 years people have been tilling the land on a steep hillside below St. Mary’s Playground in San Francisco. Alemany … Continue reading

Come to the Glen Canyon Park Project Meeting – November 12th – See Below for More details!

Glen Canyon Park Join us! Come give us your input! Thanks to all for coming to the series of community meetings we had to identify top priorities for improvement to Glen Park. In the last meeting held this summer, we presented those items proposed for renovation with the Clean and … Continue reading

Helen Diller Playground Construction Update. 10/06/11

 The playground is beginning to take shape, though still somewhat conceptually.  The crews are working quickly to get the all the subsurface infrastructure in place before the rainy days set in.  The outline of the curving entrance drive is now clearly discernible by to the concrete form-work for the retaining wall will bank it … Continue reading

The Western Edition: City Fields Foundation helps renovate Kimbell Park playfields

Located on the corner of Steiner and O’Farrell Streets, Raymond Kimbell Park is one of the most highly used play areas on the north side of San Francisco, and until recently it was one of the most dilapidated, due to constant overuse of the fields combined with the abusive weather … Continue reading

Planned Construction Activities, September 2011

The first half of September has been quiet around the SF Marina Renovation job site, but that doesn’t mean significant progress isn’t being made.  At the Kie-Con yard in Antioch, crews are working feverishly to form, pour and hand-finish the concrete dock sections that will begin arriving on-site for installation … Continue reading

Review the Dolores Park Rehabilitation Plan at Workshops on October 13th and 27th at 6:00 in the Mission High School Cafeteria

The entire community will have the opportunity to review and refine the Dolores Park Rehabilition Plan at two final workshops on Thursday, October 13th and Thursday, October 27th in the Mission High School Cafeteria (the universally accessible entrance is on Dolores St. just north of 18th St.)   Both meetings will … Continue reading

The Recreation & Park Department welcomes the new Harbor Master for the Marina Yacht Harbor

The San Francisco Recreation & Park Department would like to introduce you to John Moren, our new Harbor Master at the Marina Yacht Harbor.  John is a Certified Marina Manager with a wealth of expertise in the marine industry that includes marina management and significant operations experience at marinas and … Continue reading

Oak Woodlands Trail Update

The Oak Woodland Trail Restoration project is moving forward. On September 15th the Recreation and Park Commission approved the Oak Woodland Trail concept plan that was developed with input from community members.  The project will now begin the design development phase and is anticipated to begin construction in 2012. Oak Woodlands Trail concept … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Park Project Next Steps: Info about Fall meeting coming soon!

Hi Everyone – We are excited to report that the Recreation and Parks Commission voted to recommended that the Board of Supervisors accept the Trust for Public Land’s gifted services and improvement plan for Glen Canyon Park at their August 18th meeting, and directed RPD Staff and the design team … Continue reading

Dolores Park Community Reviews and Revises Draft Park Rehabilitation Plan

On last Thursday evening at Mission High School, over 100 Dolores Park community members gathered to review and revise the first draft of the Mission Dolores Park Rehabilitation Plan (click link below).  The draft plan was the first attempt to bring together all the collective planning the community has done … Continue reading

Helen Diller Playground Construction Activities Update. 08/23/11

Below is a summary of the recent construction activities associated with the Playground Renovation project: The Contractor has completed the rough grading, with the exception of the hillside just south of the play area where new irrigation lines connecting the new system to the existing are yet to be installed. … Continue reading

SF Examiner: Japanese Tea Garden’s tea house named after Jack Hirose

Back in 1959, Jack Hirose partnered with the Recreation and Park Department to become the Japanese Tea Garden concessionaire. While his official business concluded in 1992, he remained active in supporting the garden. On Aug. 18, the Rec and Park Commission unanimously approved of renaming the tea house the Jack … Continue reading

First Draft Dolores Park Rehabilitation Plan to be Reviewed and Refined at Thursday, August 25th Workshop

On Thursday, August 25th at 6:30PM in the Mission High School Cafeteria, the Dolores Park project team will present the first draft of the Dolores Park Rehabilitation Plan.   The goal of the session will be to review the draft plan to be sure it captures the desires community members expressed in … Continue reading

SF EXAMINER: Children with autism learn valuable life skills at Camp Azure in San Francisco

August 10, 2011 By Margaret Baum Like other parents of autistic children, classical musician Stephen Prutsman faced the challenging task of finding summer activities for his son to participate in. So he came up with the idea of a camp suited to such children. Prutsman, who approached the San Francisco … Continue reading

Helen Diller Playground Construction Activities Update. 08/08/11

Below is a summary of the recent construction activities associated with the Playground Renovation project: The Contractor continues to do rough grading of the site. Excavation for the foundation footings is underway. Trenching and installation of subsurface utilities is in progress. Mock-ups of the boulder retaining walls are being constructed … Continue reading

Planned Construction Activities, August 1 – August 31

I am sure many will be happy to hear that Phase I dredging activities concluded last week.  As previously reported, Dutra Construction secured a permit to perform dredging using 24-hour shifts.  This reduced the time that the dredge barge and scow were on site from a forecasted 3 to 4 … Continue reading

Get All Caught Up on the Dolores Park Planning Process: Check Out Notes, Materials and Results from Workshops 1 & 2

As we enter the crucial decision making phase of the Dolores Park Rehabilitation Project planning process, now is a great time to review the notes, materials and results of Workshops 1 and 2. If you didn’t have a chance to participate in the earlier sessions, these materials will get you all … Continue reading

Next Steps for Glen Canyon Park Improvement Plan and Future Meeting Planned on Playground Design

Hi folks! As we announced at the last meeting, we will be headed to the Rec Park Commission this month to accept the gift of the improvement plan provided by Trust for Public Land and start the process of the final community outreach and design for the first -funded! – … Continue reading

Key Dolores Park Workshop This Thursday August 4th at 6:30 at Everett Middle School

The third Dolores Park Rehabilitation Project community workshop will be held this Thursday, August 4th at 6:30PM at Everett Middel School, 450 Church St. between 16th and 17th. The workshop entrance is off the school parking lot located on 17th St. just west of Church St. The entrance and meeting … Continue reading

MISSION LOCAL: Pulling Weeds, Pretending to Be Bats — Immigrant Kids Experience a Year of Firsts

MISSION LOCAL Pulling Weeds, Pretending to Be Bats — Immigrant Kids Experience a Year of Firsts On Billy Goat Hill, it’s radish pulling time. By: Heather Smith | August 1, 2011 – 7:25 am | Filed Under: Education, Front Page When teaching elementary school, Ricardo Cortés is careful around these … Continue reading

Decision Time: 2 Key Dolores Park Workshops Coming in August

In August, the RPD and the Dolores Park Rehabilitation Project Steering Committee will be hosting two important workshops to set the direction of the Dolores Park Rehabilitation Plan.  The workshops will be held Thursday, August 4th and Thursday, August 25th at 6:30 at a location near the park to be announced … Continue reading

Helen Diller Playground Construction Activities Update, 07/12/2011

Below is a summary of the recent construction activities associated with the Playground Renovation project: Contractor commenced surveying and staking of the site last week. Tree removal commenced last week and will be completed in 2 to 3 days. The fence has been moved so that the Palms are now … Continue reading

Play Day on the Green

Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 12 – 3pm SF Rec and Park and the SF Parks Trust present a free event for the entire family, featuring games, carnival rides, arts and crafts, live entertainment, giant inflatables, kite flying and food for sale! August 3, noon to 3 p.m., at Marina Green West.  

OAK WOODLANDS TRAILS COMMUNITY MEETINGS

The Recreation and Park Department is hosting a series of community meetings to  discuss future trail restoration improvements to the Oak Woodlands Trail in Golden Gate Park.  Your input is important and will help us improve the Oak Woodlands Trail in a way that is most beneficial to the community. The meeting … Continue reading

EXAMINER: Baseball star Henley playing out her dream with San Francisco Fillies

EXAMINER Baseball star Henley playing out her dream with San Francisco Fillies By: David Liepman | 06/26/11 5:00 AM Rachelle Henley, who played professional women’s baseball with the Colorado Silver Bullets in 1994, is currently with the San Francisco Fillies.Rachelle “Rocky” McCann just wanted to play baseball. This was back … Continue reading

Bay Area Reporter: SF rec and park adds rainbow flag to logo in honor of Pride weekend

BAY AREA REPORTER SF rec and park adds rainbow flag to logo in honor of Pride weekend Thursday, June 23, 2011 San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks Department is showing its Pride this week in honor of the annual LGBT celebration. It has changed the background of its logo – which … Continue reading

SF CHRONICLE: Hayes Valley Playground revamp caters to children

SF CHRONICLEHayes Valley Playground revamp caters to children John King Wednesday, June 22, 2011 The best public buildings, no matter how modest their size, accomplish two things at once. They do the job that people expect and then they go beyond expectations. The new 2,500-square-foot clubhouse at Hayes Valley Playground … Continue reading

SF CHRONICLE: Interior Greenbelt Park at top of Mt. Sutro open

SF Chronicle Interior Greenbelt Park at top of Mt. Sutro open Kelly Zito, Chronicle Staff Writer Sunday, June 12, 2011 For generations, a flight of rickety steps squeezed between two Cole Valley homes seemed to belong to no one and lead to nowhere. This month, however, San Francisco unlocked the … Continue reading

Reminder: Final Presentation and Reminder for Celebration Tonight!

Please join us to for the final presentation for the Glen Canyon Park Improvement Plan on Thursday, June 9th, 6:30-8:30pm at the Glen Canyon Recreation Center. After nine community workshops, a guided trail walk, several focus groups, meetings with city agencies and departments, and countless email and mail feedback from … Continue reading

ABC 7: San Francisco street artist creates mural

ABC 7 San Francisco street artist creates mural Wednesday, June 08, 2011 SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — If you can’t beat them, join them. That’s what San Francisco officials figured when they hired a street artist to combat a persistent graffiti problem. An enormous mural now graces a giant wall at … Continue reading

Ceremonial Plank-Pulling Marks Start of Marina West Harbor Project

Wednesday, June 9, 2011 Contact:  Elton Pon Phone: 415-831-2782 E-Mail: elton.pon@sfgov.org Ceremonial Plank-Pulling Marks Start of Marina West Harbor Project Wood from SF Marina Project Being Donated to Tsunami-Damaged Crescent City Harbor San Francisco –  The first renovation of the San Francisco Marina in almost 50 years kicked off yesterday, June 8, … Continue reading

June 30th Workshop to Follow-up Successful Kickoff of Dolores Park Community Design Process

On June 30th at 6:30pm in the Mission High School Cafeteria, the Dolores Park Project Steering Committee and RPD will host the second Dolores Park community design workshop.  During this session park users and neighbors will vote to determine the priorities of the project and then work in small groups … Continue reading

Construction Fencing Set to Arrive on June 3

Bauman Landscape Construction will install the first section of construction fencing on Friday, June 3.  As a result, the playground and adjacent picnic areas will be officially closed to the public. The installation of the temporary access driveway for service vehicles has been delayed.  This work is expected to occur … Continue reading

Dolores Park Rehabilitation Project Steering Committee Working to Ensure Everyone has a Voice in the Park’s Future

The Dolores Park Rehabilitation Project Steering Committee met on Thursday night to prepare for the project’s kickoff workshop on June 2nd.  The Steering Committee includes representatives of over 20 park and neighborhood organizations, local businesses and park user groups—from Dolores Park Works and Dolores Park Dogs to the Mission Dolores … Continue reading

Planned Construction Activites: May 30-June 17

Below is a forecast of the upcoming construction activities related to the West Harbor renovation project: Weeks of May 30 and June 6:  Mobilization of the dredging barge and floating equipment barge,  utility capping and demolition of vacated docks along the north jetty and west of the Scott Street mole, … Continue reading

SAN JOSE MERCURY: My Turn: Golf community, Pacifica residents, public officials rally over Sharp Park Golf Course’s future

SAN JOSE MERCURY: My Turn: Golf community, Pacifica residents, public officials rally over Sharp Park Golf Course’s future By Richard Harris Pacifica tribune guest columnist Posted: 05/10/2011 05:02:01 PM PDT Updated: 05/10/2011 05:02:01 PM PDT An overflow crowd of Bay Area public golfers, golf dignitaries, local residents, and political and … Continue reading

Location Confirmed! Dolores Park Renovation Kickoff Workshop

Thursday, June 2nd 6:30-8:30pm Mission High School Cafeteria On Thursday, June 2nd at 6:30, the community will gather for the first of a series of workshops to plan the renovation of Dolores Park.  Everyone is invited to participate.  At this first workshop, community members will brainstorm a wish list for … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Park Workshop 5/5 6:30-8:30pm

Dear Glen Canyon Park Community, The 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond dedicated $5.8 million to improving Glen Canyon Park. SF Recreation & Parks (RPD) is partnering with The Trust for Public Land (TPL) to design and prioritize a park improvement plan at Glen Canyon Park. We will be … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park Improvement Updates and Outreach Committee Meetings

Hello Everyone, We will hold our first Outreach Steering Committee meeting for the Mission Dolores Park Improvements on April 27 at 6:30pm at Dolores Park Church (455 Dolores St). This is not a major public meeting and we will not be presenting design ideas. As we have been meeting with … Continue reading

2011 Spring Eggstravaganza

Saturday, April 23, 2011 Saturday, April 23, 2011 @ Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park…egg hunts, carnival rides, giant inflatables, arts & crafts, entertainment, food for sale! $5 per person "Valet bike parking provided by the San Francisco Bike Coalition" (Located near 2nd entrance ) More info: sfrecpark.org…

Rec and Park apprentice gardeners will be working at Dolores Park this week

The Rec and Park apprentice gardeners will be working at Dolores Park this week. The new apprenticeship program is the first state certified program for the gardening trade and is an important RPD initiative designed to achieve the best recruitment potential and training of our professional gardener work force. The … Continue reading

Access to Adventure!

Friday, April 8, 2011 Support for Families and San Francisco Recreation and Parks present:Access to AdventureExplore fitness and fun for kids and youthwith special health care needs or disabilities! Saturday, May 7, 2011, 12:00 pm-3:00 pmGolden Gate Park Music Concourse Bandshell(Between the deYoung Museum and the Academy of Sciences) Kids … Continue reading

Welcome to the Glen Canyon Urban Trails Project blog!

The Recreation and Park Department and The Trust for Public Land hosted a series of community meetings in January through March to gather input on trail improvements within Glen Canyon Park.  Together with the community we identified areas for improvement and developed a conceptual plan for the proposed trail improvements. … Continue reading

Pro Skater Gives Back to the Community

PRO SKATEBOARDER KARL WATSON GIVES BACK TO TENDERLOIN SF Rec and Park Invites Waston to Talk with Youth at Tenderloin Rec Center WHAT:        San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) in joint efforts with professional skateboarder Karl Watson to talk with young people in Tenderloin and encourage … Continue reading

Kindergarten Shop Class

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 IN honor of President’s Day last month, Deb Winsor, a carpenter with a workshop in Brooklyn, led a crew in the construction of an 8-foot-wide model of the White House, complete with north and south porticos and two dozen hand-painted windows. News Source: The New York Times … Continue reading

The City needs good parks to help keep families with kids Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: www.sfexaminer.com…

Monday, March 28, 2011 The San Francisco Examiner’s March 23 article noting the decline in our city’s youth population is certainly troubling. Despite well-intended policy initiatives to improve the quality of life for San Francisco families, it hasn’t been enough to keep thousands from leaving The City in the last … Continue reading

The City needs good parks to help keep families with kids Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: www.sfexaminer.com…

Monday, March 28, 2011 The San Francisco Examiner’s March 23 article noting the decline in our city’s youth population is certainly troubling. Despite well-intended policy initiatives to improve the quality of life for San Francisco families, it hasn’t been enough to keep thousands from leaving The City in the last … Continue reading

Access 2 Adventure

San Francisco Recreation & Parks and Support for Families present: Access to Adventure! Explore fitness and fun for kids and youth with special health care needs or disabilities. Saturday, May 7, 2011, 12:00 pm-3:00 pm Golden Gate Park Music Concourse Bandshell (Between the deYoung Museum and the Academy of Sciences) … Continue reading

We want your feedback on conceptual design options for the Glen Canyon Park Improvement Plan!

Dear Glen Canyon Park Stakeholders and Enthusiasts: We want your feedback on conceptual design options for the Glen Canyon Park Improvement Plan! The Trust for Public Land (TPL) is partnering with SF Recreation & Parks to vision and design a Park Improvement Plan for Glen Canyon Park. At the community … Continue reading