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.

Update on Art Selection Process: Glen Canyon Rec Center Art Componant

Hi Everyone! I want to provide an update on the Art Selection process for Glen Canyon Rec Center. On January 16th , the Selection Panel met and recommended that Charles Sowers be awarded the commission, and the Visual Arts Committee supported this decision. Final approval will be sought at the Full … Continue reading

Glen Park Tennis Courts Open Today!

Hi Everyone, The courts are now open for your use! Again, we apologize for this inconvenience during the closure for the repairs. If you have further questions, please contact Karen Mauney-Brodek, project manager, at or 415-575-5601. Have fun out there! Best Karen

Update on Glen Canyon Tennis Court Repairs – Nearing Completion, Will update you as soon as they are open!

Hi Everyone, I would like to update you on the tennis court work at Glen Canyon Park, as we are now nearing completion. The paving and most of the surface work is complete, but we still have some minor work to complete so they are totally ready for use.  I … Continue reading

Detailed Updates on Glen Canyon Trails Improvement Project

Contractor completing trail and box step work on the east slope of the Canyon New steps along trail near Christopher Playground are nearly done The contractor will install about 30 feet of split rail fencing along the north side of the steps to discourage folks from shortcutting through sensitive plant … Continue reading

Update on Glen Canyon Recreation Center Public Art Proposals Now on View for your Feedback

Hi Everyone! This week the finalists for the Glen Canyon Park Public Art Project go on display for public comment at the Glen Park Rec Center.   As many of you know, an artist and art proposal was not selected from the last round of proposals for art for the Rec … Continue reading

Update on Glen Canyon Park Rec Center: Public Art Selection: Art Proposals on display soon!

Hi Everyone!  As many of you know, an artist and art proposal was not selected from the last round of proposals for art for the Rec Center Project Renovation, so soon we are going to be reviewing three new proposals. The finalists for the Glen Canyon Park Public Art Project … Continue reading

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

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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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