McLaren Park Community Garden Improvements

McLaren Park CG

Scope of Work

Rec and Park is excited to be moving forward with the renovation of the McLaren Community Garden! The design team has refined the garden’s schematic design, which can be seen here:


The design creates a welcoming entrance into the garden with communal planter beds for herbs and trailing vegetables, sheltered gathering spaces for groups, and ornamental gates and fencing, while also creating a utilitarian garden designed to accommodate over 80+ garden plots. This garden serves as an anchor for McLaren Park in the Visitacion Valley Neighborhood.  Building on its history of serving the senior population, the upper terrace will be fully ADA accessible and allow seniors to recreate and work in the garden. Specific improvements will include replacing all of the raised planter beds, new compost bins, potting table, tool shed, picnic tables, beds and a gazebo, as well as infrastructure improvements including new irrigation and fencing.

We are currently in the wrapping up our construction documents, and will be putting the project out to bid Spring 2018. The Community Garden construction will follow the construction of a new the rain garden, built by San Francisco Public Utilities Commission  to reduce the rainwater entering our city’s sewer system. The Leland Avenue Rain Garden will be located immediately north of the community garden and regular project updates can be found at and

Let us know if you have any questions!
McLaren Park Community Garden: Alexis Ward

Leland Avenue Rain Garden: SFPUC Communications at (415) 554-3289 or

Funding Source

Funding comes from the 2008 and 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond; the community applied for and received a Community Opportunity Fund Award from the 2008 Bond, and a portion of the funds designated for McLaren Park from the 2012 Bond have been allocated to this project.

McLaren Community Garden Project Update

We are excited to announce that the Recreation and Park Department Commission has approved allocating an additional $250,000 to the Community Garden’s Project budget. With these funds, we hope to fund a greenhouse, additional site furnishings including benches and tables, and additional raised planter beds. We are planning to be … Continue reading

Leland Avenue Entrance Improvements to start August 2017

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (SFRPD) and San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) are partnering to improve McLaren Park Leland Avenue entrance with two projects: SFPUC will build a new Rain Garden to capture, retain, filter, and absorb rain water in a series of terraced planters between the Visitacion … Continue reading

McLaren Park Project: Focus Area Workshop: Trails + Paths: Part 1

Guided Walk + Discussion Saturday, February 25, 2017, 9:30 am- 12:00 pm Walk leaves promptly at 9:45 and returns to starting location. WHAT: A guided walk on some of McLaren Park’s trails … Continue reading

McLaren Community Garden Clears First step to Concept Design Approval!

Hi everyone! I am happy to share that yesterday, the Recreation and Park Department Capital Committee approved the concept design for the McLaren Community Garden renovation. The item will go on the Consent Calendar for full Commission on February 23. The construction documents are moving along smoothly and we are … Continue reading

SAVE THE DATE! McLaren Park Project Planning Workshop!

Help us prioritize $10 Million Dollars! Come and share your ideas. Bring your friends and family. Workshop Location Group Picnic Area – McLaren Park 116 John F. Shelley Drive Saturday, October 1, … Continue reading

You’re Invited to the McLaren Park Treasure Hunt and Fun Day!

Powered by Eventbrite The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department invites you to attend the upcoming McLaren Park Treasure Hunt and Fun Day on July 23rd at 10am. Join us at the … Continue reading

MANSELL STREET CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENTS UPDATE – Roadwork improvements underway, some temporary crosswalk closures

Hi folks, As you may know, the Mansell/Persia corridor through McLaren Park is under renovation. We appreciate your patience during the work. Over the next several months, there will be temporary alterations to crosswalks and other access routes at times necessary for construction activities. Starting next week, the crosswalk at … Continue reading

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