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:
- Bayview Park
- Bernal Heights Park
- Golden Gate Park Oak Woodlands
- McLaren Park
- Mt. Davidson Park
- Twin Peaks
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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
Rec Park is thrilled to announce that the John McLaren Bike Park Project is out to bid! Information on the bid solicitation can be found here: http://mission.sfgov.org/OCABidPublication/BidDetail.aspx?K=11233 Key Information: Pre-Bid Conference Date – September 7 at 11:00am Bids Due – September 22 at 2:30 pm at McLaren Lodge, 501 Stanyan … Continue reading
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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.