McLaren Park Playground and Group Picnic Area Renovation Project

Mclaren Group Picnic Featured

The San Francisco Recreation & Park Department is pleased to announce the McLaren Park Playground and Group Picnic Renovation Project, funded by the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond. This project is part of the overall McLaren Park Planning Process. Additionally, the renovation of the children’s playground is part of Let’sPlaySF! Initiative, a partnership between the Recreation and Park Department and the San Francisco Parks Alliance, that seeks to inspire creativity and play throughout the City. In the coming years, 13 playgrounds prioritized for improvement by a citizen task force will be re-imagined and redesigned for this and future generations of San Francisco’s children.

We are seeking community feedback for the design process and would love to hear from you. Please attend our upcoming, final workshop on Tuesday, October 17 from 5:30-7:30. To learn more about this event click here:


The Group Picnic Area is located off of John F. Shelley Drive within John McLaren Park. The closest cross street is Cambridge Street. The site features two reservable picnic areas with tables, counters & BBQs. There are two former playground areas (currently only sand pits remain) on either side of Shelley Dr.


The proposed project includes replacing the two sand areas with a new children’s play area on the south side of Shelley Drive. The new playground will be located between the two picnic areas. There will be additional improvements to the site including upgrades to the picnic areas, pathways, and lawn as well as the construction of a loading zone.


The project is funded by the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond and has a total budget of $3.6 Million.


We are currently in the Planning Phase. The design phase will start by the end of 2017 and go until fall 2018. Construction is anticipated for summer of 2019.

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