Glen Canyon Park Improvement Plan (2008 Bond)

Glen Canyon Park Natural Area


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.

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 renovation of the building’s heating system.

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 Trail Naming Contest

Part of the plan for improving trails at Glen Canyon Park is installing some new signs to help park users find their way around and interpret the unique ecological features of the Canyon. We are running a trail naming contest to name these trails.  Please click on the link below … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Park Playground Reopens March 15

Join Supervisor Scott Wiener, SF Rec and Park GM Phil Ginsburg, the Glen Park Association and park advocates for the opening celebration of the newly renovated Glen Canyon Park Playground, Saturday, March 15, at 9:30 a.m.  For decades, locals have enjoyed the beautiful natural landscape and varied recreational offerings at … 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

Trails project work in progress near Turquoise and Amber entry to Glen Canyon

Tomorrow morning, the contractor we’re working with will be bringing in some equipment to begin removing the two old asphalt drainage ditches just below the entry at Turquoise and Amber.  These ditches are no longer functional and will be replaced with beautiful planted swales in the coming weeks. Several folks … Continue reading

Update on Glen Canyon Playground Project Renovation: Nearing Completion and the Rec Center is Open Again

2008 Bond Project: As of January 7th, the Recreation Center is open!  The Rec Center is open with a new heating system and ready to be enjoyed on the following dates and times: Tuesday – Friday:             9 am – 9 pm Saturday:                            9 am – 5 pm Please note that … Continue reading

Update on Glen Canyon Playground and Tennis Court Project: Project Nearing Completion…

Hi Folks, Just wanted to provide an update – as you can see if you have been near the project soon,  The Glen Canyon Playground and Tennis Court Project is really moving along, if you see the park now, you will see that the new tennis courts are in place, … 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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