Reminder to RSVP for Oct 19 Panhandle Playground Community Workshop

Join us for our second community workshop and provide your input to help guide future improvements to Panhandle Playground, part of the Let’sPlaySF! Initiative – a partnership with the San Francisco Parks Alliance. The design team will be presenting 3 different playground designs for your review. * Food will be provided … Continue reading

October 19 Panhandle Playground Community Workshop 2

Save the Date!  Panhandle Playground Community Workshop 2 on October 19: Join us for our second community workshop and provide your input to help guide future improvements to Panhandle Playground, part of the Let’sPlaySF! Initiative – a partnership with the San Francisco Parks Alliance. The design team will be presenting 3 … Continue reading

More Information for McLaren Park Project Trails + Paths Focus Area

The McLaren Park Project team has taken time to compile information related to the Trails + Paths Focus Area in response to community questions. Please click here for fact sheet. If you have follow-up questions, please contact Project Manager Melinda Stockmann at melinda.stockmann@sfgov.org.

Come work on trails in McLaren Park Sept 23 and Sept 24

Join Rec & Park’s Natural Resources Division and Volunteers for Outdoor California (V-O-Cal) for a large scale trail building event in McLaren Park this coming Saturday and Sunday, September 23 and 24. Rec and Park has partnered with V-O-Cal every year for several years to complete significant trail improvements in … Continue reading

Over 300 Responses Received for Panhandle Playground Online Survey

Happy to report that we received over 300 responses to our Panhandle Playground Renovation online survey.  The survey was live for 2 weeks.  Respondents weighed in on their priorities for playground components and provided a wealth of other input. Over 50% of survey respondents live within a 2- to 5-minute … Continue reading

Take Our Online Survey for Panhandle Playground Renovation Now through September 10

The design team for the Panhandle Playground Renovation, which is part of the Let’sPlaySF! Initiative, is collecting additional feedback via an online survey.  Please click here to take the brief online survey.  The design team will collect the input received from the survey and add it to the information that … Continue reading

Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project Schedule

The target timeline that we posted late last year was to complete construction documents and advertise to contractors sometime this summer.  Please see updated anticipated project schedule below.  The largest reason for the updated timeline is that our landscape architect was unexpectedly out on leave for several months; however, there … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Pilot Promenade Online Survey Closing July 26

A year ago, on July 13, 2016, the eastern half of the “Figure 8” roadway loop of Twin Peaks Boulevard was transformed to a car-free area for people gazing, hiking and biking on top of San Francisco’s famous Twin Peaks.  This pilot project was legislated by the SFMTA and is part of a … Continue reading

Presentation from Final McLaren Trails and Paths Focus Group Workshop

We had a great turnout for our final McLaren Park Trails + Paths Focus Group Workshop this Tuesday, June 13. About 35 community members attended.  After staff gave a presentation on updates (click here for presentation), participants circulated to 5 stations that outlined priority project area proposals (click here for … Continue reading

Construction Progress and Timeline for Geneva Community Garden

The contractor is making progress at Geneva Community Garden.  Due to rainier weather than usual and unforeseen property line coordination issues, we are now anticipating project completion and garden opening in late summer.  Thanks to our many adjacent neighbors for your cooperation and partnership and thanks to those waiting to … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Trails Opened This Afternoon

The newly aligned, more sustainable trail adjacent to Mission Blue Butterfly habitat opened to the public this afternoon!  Improvements include the replacement of deteriorated steps, new wayfinding signs, erosion control and habitat protection. This work was funded by the 2008 Clean & Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond and by a Habitat … Continue reading

Site Visit and Survey of Green Waste Transfer Area for Oak Woodlands Trails Project

You may wonder- what does the green waste transfer area along Conservatory Drive have to do with the Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project?  Because we are planning a trail that runs along the north edge of this zone, we want to make sure to separate the utility area with the … Continue reading

Panhandle Playground Site Visit with Rec and Park Staff and Landscape Architect

Happy to report that thanks to the San Francisco Parks Alliance, we now have RHAA Landscape Architecture + Planning on board as lead Design Consultant for the Panhandle Playground Project. Earlier this week, Rec and Park staff from various divisions met with the landscape architect on site to do some … Continue reading

McLaren Park Trails + Paths Planning: Invitation for Additional Input

The second of 3 McLaren Park Project Trails + Paths Focus Group workshops was held on Saturday, April 8 at the Visitacion Valley Branch Library.  Over 50 community members attended.  The design team gave a presentation (click here to view) and then participants reviewed a preliminary diagrammatic representation of trails and … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Road Paving and Figure 8 Project Updates

San Francisco Public Works is moving forward as planned with the second phase of Twin Peaks Boulevard repaving.  The paving work includes the portion of the “Figure 8” that is currently closed to motorists as part of SFMTA’s pilot road closure.  This work—and road closures and rerouting—is proceeding more quickly … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Trail Opening and Closure Updates

The northern half of trail on the north (Eureka) peak at Twin Peaks (Twin Peaks Boulevard and Christmas Tree Point Road) re-opened to the public this afternoon!   See before and after photos below. Thank you for your patience as we take the next two weeks to wrap up trail improvements … Continue reading

Progress on Twin Peaks Trails Improvement Project

Despite rain and winds since construction start, our contractor is making progress on trails improvement at Twin Peaks.  Old steps on the north peak have been removed and construction on new steps has begun. Thank you for your patience and for keeping off the north peak until it is reopened. … Continue reading

Bernal Heights Park Trails Improvement Project On Hold

This project is currently on hold. Our team applied for three grants over the last year and a half to supplement 2008 Park Bond funding because of rising construction costs.  Unfortunately, we were not awarded any of the grants; however, there is a chance that we will be chosen from … Continue reading

Contractor Working on Final Completion Items at Noe Valley Town Square

We are working with the contractor on final completion items at Noe Valley Town Square, and are happy to report that some progress was made this past week: 8 benches installed along the perimeter of the plaza Final signs installed on community bulletin board Damaged plants replaced and protective fencing installed … Continue reading

Groundbreaking Celebration Feb 9 for Geneva Community Garden

Join us from 4-5 pm on Thursday, February 9 for a Groundbreaking Celebration for Geneva Community Garden (at 545 Geneva Ave, at the intersection of Geneva and Delano).  See invitation below. Our contractor is on board and ready to go.  Clock on construction duration starts officially on Monday, January 30. … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Trails North (Eureka) Peak Closed for Construction, January 23

The Twin Peaks trails improvement contractor team mobilized Monday morning, January 23rd.  After installing temporary fencing for erosion control and protection of sensitive habitat area, the north (Eureka) peak will be closed to the public so contractor team can remove and replace steps.  Trail closure signage and protective fencing has … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Trails Improvement Construction Starting Week of January 17

We are excited to announce that Rec and Park will be working with Campbell Grading Inc on trails improvements at Twin Peaks. Improvements build on work completed by volunteers in summer 2016 and include the following: Replacement of steps on the north peak, as well as along the newly aligned … Continue reading

Construction Contract Award for Geneva Community Garden Approved by Rec and Park Commission

On December 15, 2016, the Rec and Park Commission approved award of construction contract to GECMS / Giron Construction for the Geneva Community Garden Project.  We are excited to have passed this benchmark and anticipate that the contractor will start work in January 2017.  Thank you for your patience and … Continue reading

Golden Gate Park Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project Progress

The originally scoped budget for the Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project, as part of the 2008 Bond, was $300,000, with additional support from a Coca‐Cola Bottling Company grant for $94,859.  We’ve learned a great deal about construction methods and cost from previously completed trails projects.  Our trails team has revisited … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Trails Improvement Updates

Happy to report some progress with improving our trail network at Twin Peaks: On August 20 and 21, 2016, Rec and Park partnered with Volunteers for Outdoor California (“V-O-Cal”) to get an impressive amount of improvements made to the trails. Volunteers removed deteriorated timber steps, decommissioned a section of trail … Continue reading

Geneva Community Garden Contract Award Approval Scheduled for December Commission

Bids from 5 interested contractors were received on November 8, 2016 for the Geneva Community Garden project. Today, on November 23, tentative award of contract was sent to GECMS, Incorporated. Please join us for the Rec and Park Commission Capital Committee hearing on Wednesday, December 7 to support the award … Continue reading

Geneva Community Garden Rebid to Contractors

The Geneva Community Garden project has been simplified and re-advertised to contractors. Interested A and C-27 contractors can view the solicitation here. The contractor that withdrew his bid from the first round back in May will be prohibited from submitting a bid for this second round.  A pre-bid conference was held on site … Continue reading

Geneva Community Garden Still in Progress

Thank you for your patience as the creation of a community garden at Geneva Ave and Delano has taken longer than anticipated. Environmental remediation was lengthier and more expensive than expected but has been completed. To supplement original funding, Rec and Park pursued and secured additional grant funding of $900,000 from two state Housing Related Parks … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Pilot “Promenade” In Effect Starting July 13

On Wednesday, July 13, a portion of the “figure 8” roadway loop will become a car-free area for people gazing, hiking and biking on top of San Francisco’s famous Twin Peaks. The pilot is one step in the larger Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Project, which includes a two-year pilot for which we’ve partnered with … Continue reading

Mid-July Implementation Set for Twin Peaks Figure 8 Pilot Project

Thank you for your continued interest in the Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Project. This project, a joint effort of the SFMTA and Rec and Park Departments, seeks to create better connectivity within the Twin Peaks trail system, improve pedestrian and bicycle access, and provide a defined connection to the … Continue reading

Public Art for Noe Valley Town Square Receives Final Arts Commission Approval

On June 6, the Arts Commission confirmed the Visual Art Committee’s approval of two small bronze owl sculptures for the children’s garden in the new Noe Valley Town Square. Thanks to community members who took advantage of the multiple public comment periods to weigh in on the artist proposals, and thanks … Continue reading

Visual Arts Committee Review of Public Art Proposal for Noe Valley Town Square Postponed

The Public Art Proposal for Noe Valley Town Square was set to be reviewed by the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Visual Arts Committee Review this Wednesday, May 18; however, this hearing has been cancelled due to lack of Commissioner quorum. Please stay tuned as we will post updated hearing date and … Continue reading

Share Your Feedback by May 11 on Updated Public Art Proposal for Noe Valley Town Square

The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) is working with the Recreation and Park Department and residents of Noe Valley to commission an artwork for the new Noe Valley Town Square that will inspire and engage residents and visitors and enhance their connection to recreation and to the neighborhood. The artist … Continue reading

Geneva Community Garden Construction Contract Advertised to Contractors

The Geneva Community Garden project was advertised to contractors earlier this month. A pre-bid conference was held on site and bids are due on May 10. Interested contractors can find the advertisement here: http://mission.sfgov.org/OCABidPublication/BidDetail.aspx?K=10781 Following bid due date, we will work to review bids and award contract as soon as possible … Continue reading

Vote for Interpretive Signs at Bernal Heights Park trails Every Day Through April 30

Bernal Heights Park has been nominated to receive funding for the Parks Build Community initiative which kicked off on April 1st. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company to help revitalize parks across the country including parks here in San Francisco. Every day in April … Continue reading

Vote for Improvements at Potrero del Sol Community Garden Every Day Through April 30

Potrero del Sol Community Garden has been nominated to receive funding for the Parks Build Community initiative which kicked off on April 1st. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company to help revitalize parks across the country including parks here in San Francisco. Every day … Continue reading

Share Your Feedback on Updated Public Art Proposal for Noe Valley Town Square

The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) is working with the Recreation and Park Department and residents of Noe Valley to commission an artwork for the new Noe Valley Town Square that will inspire and engage residents and visitors and enhance their connection to recreation and to the neighborhood. The artist … Continue reading

FAQs and Upcoming Public Hearing on SFMTA Twin Peaks Pilot Project

The Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Project, a joint effort of the SFMTA and Rec and Park Departments, with support from Public Works, seeks to create better connectivity within the Twin Peaks trail system, improve pedestrian and bicycle access, and provide a defined connection to the Bay Area Ridge Trail.  … Continue reading

Final Bid Package Prep Underway for Geneva Community Garden Project

We are in the final stages of preparing to advertise the Geneva Community Garden construction project to contractors. Thank you for your patience as we were recently dealing with extended leave of a couple of our project team members. We are also in the process of coordinating with other City agencies … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Figure 8 Pilot Redesign

The Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Team is excited to announce a proposed pilot project that will open a portion of the Twin Peaks Figure 8 to people walking and riding bikes!  The pilot project is an opportunity to evaluate a configuration change at the Twin Peaks Figure 8 while … Continue reading

SOTA Trail Improvements Underway

Construction is underway on the section of Creeks to Peaks trail on School District property.  This trail connecting Glen Canyon to Twin Peaks was started in 2015 by Rec and Park staff and through a major volunteer effort with Volunteers for Outdoor California (V-O-Cal). Improvements to be made by contractor … Continue reading

Site Furnishings from Noe Valley Town Square Site Reused or Recycled

Per Urban Greening Grant requirements, site furnishings that were removed from the parking lot and pocket park at the Noe Valley Town Square site will be reused (vast majority) or recycled.  Site furnishings to be reused include banner poles, benches, seats and trash cans, as shown below.

Let Us Know What You Think About Artwork Proposed for Noe Valley Town Square

The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) is working with the Recreation and Park Department and residents of Noe Valley to commission an artwork for the new Noe Valley Town Square that will inspire and engage residents and visitors and enhance their connection to recreation and to the neighborhood. The artist … Continue reading

Contractor Set to Complete Creeks to Peaks Connector Trail!

We are excited to report that thanks to support from the San Francisco Parks Alliance and an agreement with the San Francisco Unified School District, a contractor will very soon begin work on a critical section of our Creeks to Peaks trail corridor.The completed Creeks to Peaks Connector Trail will provide … Continue reading

Feb 2 Community Meeting on Proposed Twin Peaks Mount Sutro Trail Connector

Please join representatives from the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission at a community meeting to present and discuss the proposed Bay Area Ridge Trail connector from Twin Peaks to Mt. Sutro. This proposed project will formalize a trail from Twin Peaks Blvd. to Mt. Sutro … Continue reading

Geneva Community Garden Construction Coming in 2016!

Thanks to project supporters and neighbors for your patience. We anticipate advertising the Geneva Community Garden construction project to contractors in February 2016 and starting construction by summer 2016 for completion and opening before the end of the year. Project delay is due mostly to tight funding, which has had … Continue reading

Stay tuned for updates regarding Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Project in Early 2016

Just a quick year end update on the Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Project:  we are tracking down answers to some questions related to design scope and budget.  Our team is planning to reconvene by mid- January 2016 to confirm these items and we’ll be in touch with folks regarding project … Continue reading

Call for Feedback and Hoodline Article on Gene Friend Rec Center Project

A reminder to send any comments on the Gene Friend Rec Center Project concept design to the Project Manager by this Friday, January 8. Project Manager contact info is available on the right hand bar of the project page. Also, Hoodline published an article online about the project status. Please … Continue reading

Groundbreaking for Noe Valley Town Square Wet But Cheerful

Pouring rain couldn’t keep project supporters away from this morning’s groundbreaking for Noe Valley Town Square. Contributors and supporters joined the excited list of speakers, which included: RPD General Manager Phil Ginsburg Supervisor Scott Wiener Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Office (Dan Bernal & Alex Lazar) Sedrick Mitchell, Deputy Director of External … Continue reading

Civic Design Review on December 14 for Gene Friend Rec Center Project

The Gene Friend (SOMA) Recreation Center Project will be up for conceptual design review with the San Francisco Arts Commission Civic Design Review Committee this coming Monday, December 14. This is a public hearing. Anyone interested in the project or the Civic Design Review process is welcome to attend. The meeting … Continue reading

Update on Progress for Future Geneva Community Garden

Environmental remediation at the site has been completed.  Rec and Park was awarded a second Housing Related Parks Grant this year, which is a tremendous help since environmental remediation costs were higher than anticipated. Target schedule is as follows: Advertise to contractors: fall 2015 Begin construction: winter 2016 Open garden: late … Continue reading

Noe Valley Town Square Upcoming Community Meeting and Civic Design Review Hearing

The Residents of Noe Valley Town Square, along with Supervisor Wiener’s office and Rec and Park, will be presenting the latest design and project timeline at a community meeting on Tuesday, October 13. Details for this community meeting are below: Tuesday, October 13, 7:30 pm Umpqua Bank, 3938 24th Street The … Continue reading

Bernal Heights Trails Improvement Project Timeline and Tree Work

Bernal Heights Trails Improvement Project is behind originally planned schedule, but we have not forgotten about it. Due to increasing construction costs and based on experience with previous trails improvement projects, Rec and Park is fine tuning our construction documents and applying for grants to supplement 2008 Clean & Safe … Continue reading

New Twin Peaks Boulevard Roadway Crossings in Progress

Platforms on either side of the roadway at two trail crossings have been installed as part of the repaving of the southern portion of Twin Peaks Boulevard.  City crews will be completing crosswalk striping and signage within the next month or so.  Platforms have been temporarily taped off. Crossing locations were coordinated closely with Rec … Continue reading

Major Volunteer Trail Work Effort Completed at Glen Canyon Park

125 volunteers worked with Rec and Park Natural Areas Program staff to improve trails at Glen Canyon Park and on adjacent School of the Arts property July 18-19.  Thanks to all of those folks who came out for a fun and successful project to help us get one step closer … Continue reading

Wealth of Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Survey Input Received

Thanks to those of you who attended our June 25 open house with Rec and Park, SFMTA and SFDPW and to those of you who completed our survey online. We received over 450 survey responses! We are working to review and address your feedback. Please stay tuned for high-level summary and next steps for … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Boulevard Repaving to Begin in August

San Francisco Public Works has a contractor on board and will begin repaving of the southern portion of Twin Peaks Boulevard in August. This project will use an interesting technique called “Cold in Place Reycling (CIR).” Cold In-place Recycling (CIR) is defined as a rehabilitation technique in which the existing pavement … Continue reading

Deadline extended to July 17 for Twin Peaks Online Survey

For those of you unable to make it out to our June 25 public open house, please find copies of the presentation boards below for your review, and please click here to complete our online survey. Due to the 4th of July holiday, we have decided to extend the survey an additional … Continue reading

Come build a trail with Rec and Park July 18 and July 19

Join Rec & Park’s Natural Areas Program and Volunteers for Outdoor California (V-O-Cal) for a large scale trail building event in Glen Canyon Park and on School of the Arts property to work toward completing the portion of the “Creeks to Peaks” trail corridor that connects Glen Canyon Park to … Continue reading

Next Gene Friend Rec Center Improvement Project Meeting Rescheduled from July 9 to October 1

Friends and Neighbors! Our next community meeting for the Gene Friend (SOMA) Rec Center Project was originally scheduled to be on July 9, 2015, however we are pushing it back to October 1, 2015. This new date will give our design team more time to collect info and will hopefully … Continue reading

Online Survey Now Available for Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign

For those of you unable to make it out to our June 25 public open house, please find copies of the presentation boards below for your review, and please click here to complete our online survey. We want to hear from you and will have the survey open through Friday, July 10. … Continue reading

Creeks to Peaks Update

We are happy to report that the Glen Canyon Trails Improvement Project is substantially complete and open to the public. The contractor should be completely finished and out of the Canyon in the coming weeks. As many folks know, we are calling our trail corridor connecting Glen Canyon Park with … Continue reading

Gene Friend Rec Center Site Visit

Rec and Park Structural Maintenance staff met earlier this month with the project architect and consulting engineers to do some site reconnaissance and collect information on the condition of the existing building and systems at Gene Friend Rec Center. This information will help the architect and team of engineers to … Continue reading

Rec and Park working with SFMTA on New Crossing at Bernal Heights Blvd.

As part of our Bernal Heights Trails Improvement Project, we are working with SFMTA on an improved trailhead and crossing at Bernal Heights Boulevard at the northeast corner of the park. The SFMTA board will be holding a public hearing on Friday, March 6 to review the crossing details. We … Continue reading

Detailed Updates on Glen Canyon Trails Improvement Project

Contractor completing trail and box step work on the east slope of the Canyon New steps along trail near Christopher Playground are nearly done The contractor will install about 30 feet of split rail fencing along the north side of the steps to discourage folks from shortcutting through sensitive plant … Continue reading

Larsen Playground Renovation Moving Along

Construction on the new Larsen Playground is moving along! Grading and walls are completed The contractor is beginning to install play equipment and playground signage We are currently working with the plane artist to schedule delivery and installation of the signature plane piece Remaining work includes rubber safety surfacing installation and … Continue reading

Rec and Park Yet to Finalize Decision Whether to Include Trail from Portola to Cul Du Sac in Project

Some neighbors have contacted Rec and Park to strongly oppose the inclusion in the Trails Improvement Project of the repair and formalization of the existing trail that connects the new Portola Trail with the end of the Portola cul-du-sac. This trail segment was included in the conceptual plan that was approved by the … Continue reading

McLaren Trail Connector Opening and Community Planting a Success

On Saturday, November 15, Rec and Park staff, including General Manager Phil Ginsburg, as well as Commissioners Low and Wei and Supervisor Cohen, joined members of the McLaren Collaborative and PROSAC and a host of neighbors to celebrate the completion of the McLaren Trail Connector Project with some gold shovel … Continue reading

Paving Project on Southern Portion of Twin Peaks Boulevard to Address Neighbor Concerns

Rec and Park and Public Works are coordinating a joint improvement project that will repave the southern portion of Twin Peaks Boulevard, from Panorama to the southern edge of the southern peak. The work will take place in early 2015. In response to neighbors’ concerns about problems with storm water … Continue reading

McLaren Trail Connector Planting and Opening Event November 15

Join the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, McLaren Park Collaborative and park advocates for the Community Planting Day to celebrate the Opening of McLaren Park Trail Connector: please see Event Flyer (Click here) and feel free to distribute. If would like to volunteer for the community planting and other park beautification … Continue reading

Glen Canyon TRAILS project impacts to Glen Ridge Nursery School

Starting this Friday, September 26, the trail to Glen Ridge Nursery School/Silver Tree on the west side of the creek will be closed so that our contractor can work on this section of trail and install retaining wall features to stabilize the trail and minimize erosion. The trail will be blocked … Continue reading

Call for Volunteers to Build a New Trail at McLaren Park this Saturday and Sunday

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is working with V-O-Cal (Volunteers for Outdoor California) this Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and August 24, to build a brand new trail in McLaren Park to provide people a safe and pleasant place to walk outside of the busy roadway. Trail work … Continue reading

Work Completed at 2 of 3 McLaren Trail Entryway Improvement Sites

New planting and signage has been installed at the Persia and Campbell Ave entries, and the contractor is preparing to replace the asphalt fire road entry and then plant at the trail entry across from the middle school pullout on Visitacion Ave. Thank you for your patience as we work to … Continue reading

Glen Canyon TRAILS Improvement Project Over Halfway Complete

A majority of trail improvements on the eastern slope of the Canyon are complete, and the contractor will be reopening these trails in the coming week or so. Thank you for your patience as we complete a couple last sets of “stringer stairs” on the eastern slope as well as … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Park Trail Names to Be Recommended to Rec and Park Commission Operations Committee August 7

This Spring, Rec and Park convened a trail naming contest for the 3 main trails in Glen Canyon Park. We received over 75 nominations for trail names. Following the close of the contest, a trail naming committee reviewed the names and rationale for names and made recommendations to be presented … Continue reading

Construction Starting for Larsen Playground Renovation

We are excited to announce that we have a construction start date for Larsen Playground Renovation. The contractor will be mobilizing on or close to Monday, August 4. The playground is scheduled to open late winter/ early spring 2015. The new restroom at Larsen will remain open for as much … Continue reading

New Landscape Boulders Placed at Trail Entryways in McLaren Park

You may notice some new boulders sitting in the dirt near the Persia picnic area and the Campbell Ave park entry at McLaren Park. These boulders are part of our grant-funded McLaren Park Trail Connector/Trail Entryway Improvement Project and are sitting in the middle of what will soon become newly … Continue reading

Visitacion Ave Fire Road Improvements Have Begun at McLaren Park

Improvements to the Visitacion Ave Fire Road entry have begun as part of our McLaren Park Trail Connector/ Trail Entryway Improvement Project. This project includes 3 distinct sites within McLaren Park. Work on the other 2 sites began back in late April; however, we could not complete hazardous tree mitigation … Continue reading

Rec and Park Honored at California Trails and Greenways Conference

Rec and Park was honored at the 2014 California Trails and Greenways Conference this April with a Merit Award for the development of the Creek to Peaks Trail. The Creek to Peaks Trail connects Glen Canyon and Twin Peaks for walkers, runners and hikers.  The “to Peaks” portion of the … Continue reading

Box Step Building at Glen Canyon

Our contractor has begun to install box steps and accompanying trail lengths on the northeast slope of Glen Canyon, near the entrance at Turquoise and Amber.  The contractor will be using a small area of Christopher Playground to stage lumber for the steps.  Thank you for your patience as we keep the … Continue reading

McLaren Trail Connector Project Underway

We are pleased to announce that we have a contractor on board to complete the McLaren Trail Connector/ Trail Entry Improvements Project.  Following a check with a consulting biologist to ensure no active bird nesting activity, the Contractor will fence off limit of work area and begin with tree work this Friday … Continue reading

Geneva Community Garden Phase I Construction to begin in April

We anticipate that construction for Phase I of the new Geneva Community Garden will begin this April.  Flyers showing the concept plan for the garden were posted on site last week.  Construction is estimated to last approximately 4 months.  First up will be removal of the 2 pines that have … Continue reading

Urban Ag and Rec and Park Featured in SFGovTV QuickBites

Potrero del Sol Community Garden, the Free Farm Stand at Treat Commons Community Garden and Rec and Park’s Community Gardens Program and Urban Agriculture Program were featured this past week on SFGov TV’s “QuickBites” program, along with a piece on DPW’s Gleaning Program. Please see below for a quick and … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Park Trail Naming Contest

Part of the plan for improving trails at Glen Canyon Park is installing some new signs to help park users find their way around and interpret the unique ecological features of the Canyon. We are running a trail naming contest to name these trails.  Please click on the link below … Continue reading

Seeding Planting and Fencing Completed at Twin Peaks Portola Trail

Happy to report that we have completed trail side planting and split rail fencing along the new Portola Trail on the south side of Twin Peaks.  Rice straw mulch has been added to trail side areas that have been seeded.  We have also engaged a contractor for plant establishment maintenance … Continue reading

McLaren Trail Connector Project Hazardous Trees Posted Ahead of Removal

As we finalize the bid/award process, we are gearing up for the McLaren Trail Connector Project.  Ten trees assessed as being hazardous by an independent arborist consultant will be removed as part of the trail gateway enhancement project.  Five trees at the Persia Ave trail entry and picnic area  and … Continue reading

Progress on and Phasing of Glen Canyon TRAILS Improvement Project

Our Contractor is finishing up on transforming old dysfunctional asphalt ditches on the northern side of Glen Canyon, downhill of the park entrance at Turquoise and Amber, into functional vegetated swales and is beginning work on new trails in this area to replace old trails and failing steps.  The Contractor … 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

May 15 Open House to Discuss New Citywide Urban Agriculture Program!

Community garden and urban agriculture supporters! As you may recall, last year Supervisor David Chiu authored legislation, along with the San Francisco Urban Agriculture Alliance (SFUAA) and the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), that mandated the creation of the first citywide Urban Agriculture Program. SPUR had released … Continue reading