Park Trails Improvement Program

upcoming trail projects

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 million to the Park Trail Improvement Program. Prior to 2012 voters approved the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond which included the Park Trail Improvement Program, which was allocated $5 million for the restoration of recreational trails, protection of our natural resources, development of trail networks, and improvement of overall trail safety. Miles and miles of safe and renovated paths to explore are now being created and improved!

Since the summer of 2008, we’ve been busy prioritizing the areas of greatest need in parks and open spaces, and we’re thrilled to have many of our restoration programs now underway. Trail improvements have been completed at Billy Goat Hill, Grand View Park, Corona Heights and Glen Canyon Park.  Residents of Bernal Heights Park, Bay View Park, Glen Canyon Park, John McLaren Park, Mt. Davidson Park, Golden Gate Park Oak Woodlands, and Twin Peaks can look forward to new and improved trails running through their areas soon!

PARKS CURRENTLY SLATED FOR IMPROVEMENTS:

PARKS WITH COMPLETED TRAIL RECONSTRUCTION PROJECTS

SUCCESSFUL EXAMPLE OF AN URBAN TRAIL PROJECT

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (SFRPD) celebrated the grand opening of the Interior Greenbelt Park, a historic 12 acres open space during summer of 2011, after being cut off from public access for more than 50 years. In addition, RPD introduced to the public a newly restored historic trail that links the park to Mount Sutro, which opens up a total of 72 acres of open space for public access.

The City and County of San Francisco purchased the open space for the public in the 1950’s, however, with the request from residents nearby, the open space was gated since the 1960’s. The Interior Greenbelt Park features the long hidden Woodland Creek, and a half mile of trail constructed during the 1880’s which leads to Mount Sutro.

Find out more info on our Urban Trails Program page.

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

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

Urban trails allow residents to escape the city's hectic pace and explore nature in their own neighborhoods. One of the things San Franciscans value most about our parks and open spaces is the opportunity they provide for hiking and enjoying the beauty of our natural landscapes. The Recreation and Park Department's Urban Trails Program is a two-part initiative to restore key trails and expand the current volunteer trail corps to help create and maintain a trail network in the city's natural areas.

San Francisco's natural areas contain almost 30 miles of trails, but many are in poor shape--difficult to access, uneven, steep, and prone to erosion. The Urban Trails Program will restore and enhance miles of trails for hikers and recreational enthusiasts of all ages to enjoy, thanks to the Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, approved by voters in 2008. This bond dedicated $5 million to improving trails and trail safety in our natural areas, restoring and protecting the natural landscapes around trails, and creating new and improved trail connections between neighboring parks.

Renovated trails will improve access to a variety of urban nature outings, from streamside rambles to breathtaking climbs to panoramic viewpoints. New and improved trail connections will help establish regional trails, enabling residents and visitors to experience miles of uninterrupted natural beauty in the middle of the city.

Because funding for trail improvements is limited, the Department has worked with community groups and stakeholders to focus spending on parks and open spaces that have the greatest needs and would provide the greatest benefits if improved.