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 TRAILS project impacts to Glen Ridge Nursery School

Starting this Friday, September 26, the trail to Glen Ridge Nursery School/Silver Tree on the west side of the creek will be closed so that our contractor can work on this section of trail and install retaining wall features to stabilize the trail and minimize erosion. The trail will be blocked … Continue reading

FYI : Glen Canyon Park Recreation Center Renovation Public Art Selection Panel on September 30th, 2-6pm at 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70

Hi Everyone –   Update on the public art selection process for Glen Park Rec Center Renovation: the next meeting will be on September 30. The Glen Canyon Art Selection Panel will meet and review a group of shortlisted artists. This shortlist of artists will be selected from the pre-qualified and … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Tennis Court Repairs Starting Soon!

Hi Everyone, As you may have heard, it has come to our attention that the slope of the tennis courts at Glen Canyon Park are not in line with current United States Tennis Association (USTA) recommendations. Rec and Parks has worked with the design and construction management staff at the … Continue reading

Update and Notice: Glen Canyon Park Tennis Court Repair Work to Start September 2nd, Please Plan Accordingly

Hi Everyone, As you may have heard, it has come to our attention that the slope of the tennis courts at Glen Canyon Park are not in line with current United States Tennis Association (USTA) recommendations. Rec and Parks has worked with the design and construction management staff at the … Continue reading

Update on Public Art Process for Glen Canyon Park Rec Center Project

Hi Folks, Just want to update you about the Artist Selection Panel meeting on August 4th. Thank you again for all of your feedback. On August 4th, 2014 the finalists for the Glen Canyon Park Public Art Project presented their artwork proposals to the Artist Selection Panel. After careful review … Continue reading

Glen Canyon TRAILS Improvement Project Over Halfway Complete

A majority of trail improvements on the eastern slope of the Canyon are complete, and the contractor will be reopening these trails in the coming week or so. Thank you for your patience as we complete a couple last sets of “stringer stairs” on the eastern slope as well as … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Project Updates: Rec Center Design Development, Art Commission Hearing and more

Hi folks, Last night I made a presentation to the Glen Park Neighbors Meeting at the Rec Center, where I showed a powerpoint. see below. Rec Center Renovation Design Development Please see the presentation to see developments in the design. Due to project costs, escalation, additional work needed to renovate … 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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