Glen Canyon Park Improvement Plan (2008 Bond)

Glen Canyon Park Natural Area

Scope of Work

After completing extensive community outreach to determine the scope of improvements at Glen Canyon, the project to be funded by the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, Neighborhood Parks Project will focus on the following areas: a larger welcoming entry with a vehicular drop-off on Elk Street, a pedestrian path and landscaping, a new expanded children’s playground, and new tennis courts. Additionally, there will be minor repairs to the Recreation Center and an exterior accessible restroom will be provided, and the building’s heating system was renovated.

RPD partnered with the Trust for Public Land (TPL) to host a series of six community improvement workshops, which determined the project plan and the scope of work. TPL gifted the project improvement plan to the City in order to extend the funds that the City can spend on capital improvement.The Board of Supervisors accepted TPL’s gifted services and the park improvement plan. RPD and DPW staff have held the additional community meetings in the fall and winter of 2011 to complete the community process for the design for the improvements to be funded by the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond.  See the below blog for the latest updates!


Glen Canyon Park is a 66.6-acre recreation area located off of Elk Street and O’Shaughessy Boulevards in the Glen Park District. Rich with a history that spans back to the 1850s, Glen Canyon Park has seen a myriad of uses ranging from Adolph Sutro’s personal “Gum Tree Ranch”; to the Crocker Real Estate Company’s mini-amusement park and picnic site; to an earthquake refugee camp. Not until 1992 did the park come into its current state as an official public recreation site operated and maintained by the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.

Today, the park is valued by local residents as a wild refuge in the City and it also offers local residents a 17,600′ recreation center, including a gymnasium, auditorium, and offices; a two-story Silver Tree Day Camp building; hiking trails and open space; two baseball fields; two tennis courts; and a playground. The canyon itself, one of the City’s “Significant Natural Resource Areas”, has naturally forested slopes, native chert outcroppings, and wild flower growths including important native San Francisco species.

Park users take full advantage of the recreation and day camp center’s various programs and classes, organized youth sports offerings, and the natural scenery of the grounds. We can’t wait to give this special park the love that it deserves.

GLEN CANYON Update: Recreation Center Renovation to Start Mid October

Hi Everyone, Just wanted to provide you with a brief update on the Glen Canyon Recreation Center Project.   This is a project to renovate the Recreation Center, which was overwhelmingly approved by San Francisco voters in the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond. Here is the project webpage if … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Rec Center CLOSURE Update!

The overall floor plan and the latest renderings can be seen here: The contract for the renovation was awarded to the contractor at the August Recreation and Park Commission Meeting.  Since that time we have been cleaning out the building to prepare for the renovation, and working with the … Continue reading

Major Volunteer Trail Work Effort Completed at Glen Canyon Park

125 volunteers worked with Rec and Park Natural Areas Program staff to improve trails at Glen Canyon Park and on adjacent School of the Arts property July 18-19.  Thanks to all of those folks who came out for a fun and successful project to help us get one step closer … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Next Step: Review Project and Award of the Construction Contract

Hi Everyone, Just wanted to provide you with a brief update on the Glen Canyon Recreation Center Project. As a reminder, you can always follow the project here: We thought we would be awarding the project in July, but instead I will be presenting to the Rec Park Commission … Continue reading

Come build a trail with Rec and Park July 18 and July 19

Join Rec & Park’s Natural Areas Program and Volunteers for Outdoor California (V-O-Cal) for a large scale trail building event in Glen Canyon Park and on School of the Arts property to work toward completing the portion of the “Creeks to Peaks” trail corridor that connects Glen Canyon Park to … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Rec Center Renovation – Rec Park Commission Meeting to Review Project and Award of the Construction Contract for the Renovation

Hi Everyone, Just wanted to provide you with a brief update on the Glen Canyon Recreation Center Project. As a reminder, you can always follow the project here: Our next step is a meeting of the Rec Park Commission to award the contract to the contractor. The next meeting … Continue reading

Creeks to Peaks Update

We are happy to report that the Glen Canyon Trails Improvement Project is substantially complete and open to the public. The contractor should be completely finished and out of the Canyon in the coming weeks. As many folks know, we are calling our trail corridor connecting Glen Canyon Park with … Continue reading

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Project FAQs

 What’s in the project?

  • New Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant restroom
  • New, larger children’s play area (almost 2 times the size of the current playground)
  • New tennis courts
  • New landscaping and 163 new trees* New Elk Street entry and drop-off zone
  • Improved pedestrian access and entry from Bosworth and Alms Road connection

How is the project funded?

This project is funded by the 2008 Clean & Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond

How was the design developed?

The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department facilitated community meetings to solicit input on the design of these improvements. The scope of work was guided by a community Park Improvement Planning process led and by The Trust for Public Land, a non-profit organization, and funded by its private and public supporters such as the State Coastal Conservancy and the Recreation and Parks Department. Through 12 community meetings and focus groups, the community identified and prioritized improvements.

What’s the construction schedule?

  • Construction start: mid-October 2012*
  • Expected completion: November 2013

Construction has been delayed due to a community member’s appeal of the building permit.  Please see “What’s New” for the latest information about the project and its schedule.

Will parts of the park be closed during renovation?

The tennis courts, playground, and the main Elk Street entrance will be closed. The ball fields, some trails, and the Silver Tree facility will be accessible and open during construction. When construction work requires closure of other facilities, RPD will give the community advanced notice by posting signs around the site.

Will the Recreation Center be closed during the renovation?

The Rec Center will remain open until December 23, 2012, at which point it will be closed to repair the building’s heating system. It will reopen as soon as possible.

* As part of this renovation, an independent arborist assessed the health of the trees and found many to be in poor and/or hazardous condition. 6 trees will be removed due to the new park design. 52 trees will be removed to address poor health, structural defects, and/or hazards. 163 new trees will be planted -- almost 3 to 1 replacement.

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