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!

 PARK READY FOR A MAKEOVER

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 Rec Center Schedule Update

As you may have noted from recent SF Chronicle reporting, the Glen Canyon Rec Center opening has experienced delays due to winter weather.  We thank you for your patience as we work to complete the project.  In the coming months we will be working on the interior finishes and building landscape. An anticipated opening date … Continue reading

What’s new at the Glen Park Rec Center?

Despite recent rain, the Glen Canyon Recreation Center is still on track for a spring opening. Both the interior and exterior are beginning to take on their finished appearances. The final coat of stucco (a sandy brown color) is currently being applied over a darker base coat on the building exterior. Inside, … Continue reading

Exterior Waterproofing, Finishes, and Playfield Work

If you walked past the Glen Canyon Recreation Center this week, you may have been surprised to see the building being painted blue, but do not worry! This is a layer of waterproof material being applied prior to the application of the stucco finish. Inside, elements such as cabinets and lighting … Continue reading

Building Interior Progress Update & Trenching

Over the past six weeks the Rec Center interior has transformed as equipment, tile, drywall, and other materials have been installed. This is a very exciting time in the construction process when the finished building begins to appear! A new water line is also being installed between the Rec Center and Elk Street. … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Figure 8 Pilot Redesign

The Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Team is excited to announce a proposed pilot project that will open a portion of the Twin Peaks Figure 8 to people walking and riding bikes!  The pilot project is an opportunity to evaluate a configuration change at the Twin Peaks Figure 8 while … Continue reading

SOTA Trail Improvements Underway

Construction is underway on the section of Creeks to Peaks trail on School District property.  This trail connecting Glen Canyon to Twin Peaks was started in 2015 by Rec and Park staff and through a major volunteer effort with Volunteers for Outdoor California (V-O-Cal). Improvements to be made by contractor … Continue reading

Rec Center Construction Update: Tennis Court Stair Temporary Closure

Hi Everyone, As you can tell if you have visited the southern end of Glen Park recently, the recreation center renovation is well underway. As anticipated, due to aspects of the work on the building renovation, the stair which leads from the northern end of the northern tennis court to … 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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