Park Improvements

In 2001, the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department created a Capital Division for the first time in its history. The Capital Division began the renewal and revitalization of our extensive and diverse parks and open space system with the 2000 Neighborhood Parks Bond. Then in 2005, the Mayor and Board of Supervisors adopted a Ten-Year Capital Plan (the Capital Plan), issued annually to assess the City’s future infrastructure needs, the investment required to meet the needs, and a plan of finance. The Capital Plan prioritizes basic, critical capital projects that impact public safety, places a strong emphasis on accountability and transparency, and most importantly, demonstrates the highest levels of fiscal restraint and responsibility.

The Capital Plan relies on a series of bonds to modernize the City’s parks and recreation facilities. With passage of the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond for $185 million, the department was able to renew and renovate 12 neighborhood parks, playgrounds, and recreation facilities and begin addressing the infrastructure needs in our urban forest, trail network, playfields, and restrooms. In November 2012, voters approved an additional $195 million in Bonds to improve 15 more neighborhood parks, including three pools, remediate failing playgrounds, bring long-awaited investment to our citywide parks, and continue the vital renewal projects in our urban forest, trails, and water conservation needs. Even with the significant infusion of funds received by the Bonds, more than $1 billion in deferred maintenance and modernization needs remain. Another Bond for Parks and Open Space is planned for 2020.

2012 Parks Bond

With 72% approval, voters enthusiastically supported the 2012 San Francisco Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond (2012 Bond) giving the department an additional $195 million to continue capital projects for the renewal … Continue reading

2008 Clean & Safe Parks Bond

Description With the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, the City and County of San Francisco began a new era of long term, strategic, and fiscally responsible capital investment in our … Continue reading

Active Capital Projects

Nearly 100 projects are currently in progress, including renovations to neighborhood parks, restroom renovations, athletic field repairs, trail improvements, a park forestry program, Golden Gate Park projects, Mission Dolores renovations, and ADA … Continue reading

Capital Publications

Find all Capital publications, like reports, master plans, policies, and presentations. Continue reading

Completed Projects

Find out about past bond-funded projects and some of our award-winning capital projects. Continue reading

Park Trails Improvement Program

Soon, hikers and recreational enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy new and improved hiking trails throughout our beautiful city.  Voters approved the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond which allocated $4 … Continue reading

Urban Agriculture Program

The Rec and Park Department is excited to house the brand new citywide Urban Agriculture Program (Urban Ag) to coordinate all of the City’s urban agriculture activities and to work toward advancing … Continue reading

Hilltop Park Renovation – Trust for Public Land Initiative

Description Hilltop Park is situated at the heart of the bustling Bayview neighborhood on the highest point of Bayview Hill, with spectacular views of San Francisco Bay. For decades this was a … Continue reading