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 and repair of our parks, recreation, and open space assets. The 2012 Bond includes funding for 15 neighborhood parks, long awaited investment in Golden Gate Park, McLaren, and Lake Merced, as well as renovations to the parks’ support infrastructure.

Specifically, the 2012 Bond proposal allocates:

  • $99 million for Neighborhood Parks, selected based on community feedback, their physical condition, the variety of amenities offered, seismic safety risk, and neighborhood density
  • $34.5 million for Waterfront Open Spaces
  • $15.5 million for Failing Playgrounds
  • $12 million for the Community Opportunity Fund
  • $21 million for Golden Gate Park, Lake Merced, and McLaren Park
  • $13 million for forestry, trails, and water conservation

The 2008 bond has helped to address the more than $1 billion in capital needs faced by the city’s park system by implementing $195 million in park improvements project at sites all across the city. The 2012 Parks Bond will focus on renovating and improving parks to respond to our neighborhoods’ and users’ needs.

Below is the list of projects, contained in the Bond; please note that not all projects will begin planning this year, as the Bond projects are rolled out in three separate phases.

PROJECTS & PROGRAMS

NEIGHBORHOOD PARK SITES:

CITYWIDE PROGRAMS:

  • Playground Safety Improve, renovate, replace playgrounds that are dilapidated
  • Citywide Parks Enhance natural features of Golden Gate Park, John McLaren Park, and Lake Merced
  • Community Opportunity Fund Continue to provide funds for small community-nominated projects as well as to leverage for matching funds for larger projects
  • Water Conservation Replace old and outdated irrigation equipment with new permeable features and water efficient systems
  • - Alta Plaza Park Irrigation Improvements
  • - Moscone Playground Irrigation Improvements
  • Park Trails Improvement Program To enhance existing trails and their surrounding landscape
  • Forestry Address hazardous trees to protect life and property, and replant trees for a safer and healthier urban forest

WATERFRONT PARKS:

  • Pier 43 New public plaza adjacent to Pier 43 Trail Promenade
  • Northeast Wharf Plaza Construct new 2.7 acre park withlarge lawn and view areas
  • Agua Vista Park Renovated and connected shoreline access with walking, biking, and view areas
  • Pier 70 Parks Shoreline restoration, environmental remediation, landscaping, and new public access
  • Warm Water Cove Renovate and expand park, with improvements to park access and amenities
  • Islais Creek Improvements Construct new public access with walkway and scenic lookouts

UPDATE – Alta Plaza Park Water Conservation Project

Dear Alta Plaza Park Neighbors: The Recreation and Park Dept. (RPD) would like to take this opportunity to provide an update on the status of improvements for Alta Plaza Park: * RPD posted the south side of Alta Plaza Park for weed-wick, herbicide application in its heightened effort to eradicate … Continue reading

West Sunset Improvement Project – Community Meeting #3

The Recreation and Park Department invites you to attend the third concept planning meeting to discuss the proposed capital improvements for this park facility, specifically addressing field and athletic court improvements, and site accessibility. We will be presenting the concept plan which will show the proposed improvements based on feedback … 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

UPDATE – Alta Plaza Park Water Conservation Project

The Recreation and Park Department and the Department of Public Works will conduct percolation tests beginning on March 12th. Test holes will be dug two at a time along the perimeter for a total of 6-8 test holes. These holes will be covered up with plywood and marked with safety cones … Continue reading

UPDATE – Gilman Playground Renovation

The children’s play area at Gilman Playground is a project of the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond. The Gilman Playground Renovation Project includes the renovation the children’s play area, modification of the clubhouse restroom for exterior wheelchair accessibility, site wheelchair accessibility, and related amenities. Public outreach on the … 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

Playground Opening – March 15th! Come!

You are cordially invited to join Supervisor Scott Wiener, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg, Glen Park Association and park advocates for the opening celebration of the Glen Canyon Park Playground.   Saturday, March 15th, 2014 9:30 a.m. Welcome Remarks and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony SF Rec … Continue reading

CITYWIDE PROGRAMS:

  • Playground Safety: Improve, renovate, replace playgrounds that are dilapidated
  • Citywide Parks: Enhance natural features of Golden Gate Park, John McLaren Park, and Lake Merced
  • Community Opportunity Fund: Continue to provide funds for small community-nominated projects as well as to leverage for matching funds for larger projects
  • Water Conservation: Replace old and outdated irrigation equipment with new permeable features and water efficient systems
  • Trails Improvement: To enhance existing trails and their surrounding landscape
  • Forestry: Address hazardous trees to protect life and property, and replant trees for a safer and healthier urban forest

WATERFRONT PARKS:

  • Pier 43 New public plaza adjacent to Pier 43 Trail Promenade
  • Northeast Wharf Plaza Construct new 2.7 acre park withlarge lawn and view areas
  • Agua Vista Park Renovated and connected shoreline access with walking, biking, and view areas
  • Pier 70 Parks Shoreline restoration, environmental remediation, landscaping, and new public access
  • Warm Water Cove Renovate and expand park, with improvements to park access and amenities
  • Islais Creek Improvements Construct new public access with walkway and scenic lookouts

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