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!




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.

John McLaren Bike Park out to Bid

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: 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

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

Construction starting soon

The contractor (Alta Engineering) is scheduled to begin the site surveys this month. Step demolition and construction of the new steps will follow the survey task. Currently the contractor is projecting that trail construction work will occur June through August. During construction, access to the top of Tank Hill will … 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

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

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.