UPDATE – Noe Courts Park Improvements

In 2011, the Friends of Noe Courts obtained a Community Opportunity Fund grant in the amount of $211,000 for general park improvements for lawn drainage and walkway improvements, terraced seating, site furnishings and landscaping. Concurrently under the Restroom Program of the 2008 Parks Bond, the Noe Courts Park restroom building … Continue reading


We wanted to invite you to an upcoming Task Force Meeting regarding upcoming planning for the new addition to the India Basin shoreline – 900 Innes. Learn more and share your ideas. Please see the meeting details below: Thursday August 27 2:30 – 5:30 pm Our Lady of Lourdes Church … Continue reading

REMINDER: Mountain Lake Park Playground Pre-Construction Meeting!

We are excited to announce that the playground is going into construction! You will see onsite notices soon, but in the meantime we wanted to invite you to a pre-construction meeting (click here for more details): Tuesday, August 18, 5:30 – 6:30 PM Mountain Lake Park Playground 12th Avenue, north … Continue reading

Update on Civic Center Plaza Playground Design, Gift from the Helen Diller Family Foundation, and Upcoming Rec Park Commission Presentation

Hi everyone, I hope you are enjoying the summer and this update finds you well. As you may remember from our outreach meetings, this project was made possible through a generous gift from the Helen Diller Family Foundation. This gift has allowed us to work with you to develop the design for the … Continue reading

Major Volunteer Trail Work Effort Completed at Glen Canyon Park

125 volunteers worked with Rec and Park Natural Areas Program staff to improve trails at Glen Canyon Park and on adjacent School of the Arts property July 18-19.  Thanks to all of those folks who came out for a fun and successful project to help us get one step closer … Continue reading

Joe DiMaggio – construction photos

Hello Everyone – progress at the construction site is going very well. Here are a few recent photos from within the construction zone to show the progress. A view of the western side of the site, showing the newly finished tennis courts: The new bocce courts and picnic area (the wood … Continue reading

Become a Children’s Walk Guide at the San Francisco Botanical Garden

Each year at San Francisco Botanical Garden, Children’s Walk Guides introduce more than 12,000 (K-5) school children to the wonders of the natural world. As a volunteer guide, you can experience the Garden through a child’s eyes, connecting them with the environment by exploring the plants, animals and insects that … Continue reading

The Architect’s Newspaper: San Francisco’s Boeddeker Park is a green refuge

By Michael Webb A few blocks from San Francisco’s Financial District and the tech wealth of SOMA is the Tenderloin, the city’s densest neighborhood, where the homeless line up for free meals, and many low-income tenants live in windowless rooms. Boeddeker Park, redesigned by WRNS Studio, serves as a desperately … Continue reading

Bay Nature: After Decades Away, Western Pond Turtles Come Home to Mountain Lake

By Lauren McNulty It had been a long time since Mountain Lake was the kind of place where a western pond turtle could live happily. For decades, the Presidio’s natural freshwater lake suffered environmental insults: runoff from Highway 1, sediment pollution, invasive species, voracious released goldfish. Mountain Lake had been “a … Continue reading

Portsmouth Square Restroom Receives Honor Award

The newly constructed Portsmouth Square restroom building (opened in February) received an Honor Award from the Concrete Masonry Association (cmacn.org) for its design using concrete masonry units. The Portsmouth Square restroom building was designed by Hamilton Aitken Architects for the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department through a community design process. … Continue reading

Wealth of Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Survey Input Received

Thanks to those of you who attended our June 25 open house with Rec and Park, SFMTA and SFDPW and to those of you who completed our survey online. We received over 450 survey responses! We are working to review and address your feedback. Please stay tuned for high-level summary and next steps for … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Boulevard Repaving to Begin in August

San Francisco Public Works has a contractor on board and will begin repaving of the southern portion of Twin Peaks Boulevard in August. This project will use an interesting technique called “Cold in Place Reycling (CIR).” Cold In-place Recycling (CIR) is defined as a rehabilitation technique in which the existing pavement … Continue reading

Adult Scrip Ticket Price Increase – starting August 1st

Due to the Controller’s Office CPI increase for the new fiscal year, 2015-15, the price for the Adult Scrip booklet will increase from $51 to $52. This increase will go into effect starting August 1, 2015. Adult scrip tickets purchased prior to August 1st remain valid.


This Saturday July 25th, Palega Recreation Center welcomes you, your family, and your friends for a special Playdate event at our facility from 11am-3pm. Special activities at this event will include various sports, games, arts & crafts, live entertainment and food that will be for sale. We hope to see … Continue reading

Panhandle Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project Onsite Open House

We hope you can join us onsite at the Panhandle to discuss safety improvements to the pathways, lighting and signage issues. Please tell your neighbors and friends, we will be onsite to answer questions about the upcoming improvements. SATURDAY AUGUST 1ST, 2015 ON THE PANHANDLE AT ASHBURY INTERSECTION 10-12:00AM We … Continue reading

2015-2016 Swimming Pool Annual Maintenance Closure Schedule

Please take note for the 2015-2016 Swimming Pool Annual Maintenance Closure Schedule. Continue reading

Joe DiMaggio Construction Updates

Hello Everyone, We are making steady progress with the Joe DiMaggio Playground’s construction. Most notably, the retaining walls all have a fresh coat of paint on them and the tennis court has fences and new lights. The contractor is focusing on the western edge of the site, including the old Mason Street area and … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Next Step: Review Project and Award of the Construction Contract

Hi Everyone, Just wanted to provide you with a brief update on the Glen Canyon Recreation Center Project. As a reminder, you can always follow the project here: http://sfrecpark.org/project/glen-canyon-park-2012-bond/ We thought we would be awarding the project in July, but instead I will be presenting to the Rec Park Commission … Continue reading

Schlage Lock Parks Design Review Advisory Panel Meeting Schedule

The first meeting of the Schlage Lock Parks Design Review Advisory Panel will be held Saturday, July 25, 2015, 12:00-1:00pm, in the Visitacion Valley Library Community Room. This meeting will follow a meeting hosted by the Schlage Lock Development project sponsor regarding the design of the proposed buildings. The building design … Continue reading

Abc 7 News: SF Botanical Garden Sets Garden to Music for 75th Anniversary

By Carolyn Tyler San Francisco’s Botanical Garden is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Part of the fun is something they call Flower Piano that began Thursday and runs through July 20. Within the 55 acres of San Francisco’s Botanical Garden, something magical has appeared. Project organizers Dean Mermell and Mauro Ffortissimo … Continue reading

Hoodline: ‘Flower Piano’ Exhibit Brings 12 Playable Pianos To Golden Gate Park Botanical Garden

Stroll through Golden Gate Park’s Botanical Garden today, and you might happen upon something a little out of the ordinary: 12 pianos have been placed throughout the garden. They’re intended for anyone to play, and over the next 12 days, both scheduled and impromptu concerts will fill the garden. The … Continue reading

SF Chronicle: After long battle, Beach Chalet soccer fields get their turf

By CW Nevius Just for the record, the Beach Chalet soccer field renovation looks spectacular. If you thought the years of appeals, protests and court orders had squashed the project, you should take a drive past the site in Golden Gate Park. See full article here: http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/nevius/article/After-long-battle-Beach-Chalet-soccer-fields-get-6361762.php

Deadline extended to July 17 for Twin Peaks Online Survey

For those of you unable to make it out to our June 25 public open house, please find copies of the presentation boards below for your review, and please click here to complete our online survey. Due to the 4th of July holiday, we have decided to extend the survey an additional … Continue reading

Come build a trail with Rec and Park July 18 and July 19

Join Rec & Park’s Natural Areas Program and Volunteers for Outdoor California (V-O-Cal) for a large scale trail building event in Glen Canyon Park and on School of the Arts property to work toward completing the portion of the “Creeks to Peaks” trail corridor that connects Glen Canyon Park to … Continue reading

Next Gene Friend Rec Center Improvement Project Meeting Rescheduled from July 9 to October 1

Friends and Neighbors! Our next community meeting for the Gene Friend (SOMA) Rec Center Project was originally scheduled to be on July 9, 2015, however we are pushing it back to October 1, 2015. This new date will give our design team more time to collect info and will hopefully … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Rec Center Renovation – Rec Park Commission Meeting to Review Project and Award of the Construction Contract for the Renovation

Hi Everyone, Just wanted to provide you with a brief update on the Glen Canyon Recreation Center Project. As a reminder, you can always follow the project here: http://sfrecpark.org/project/glen-canyon-park-2012-bond/ Our next step is a meeting of the Rec Park Commission to award the contract to the contractor. The next meeting … Continue reading

Online Survey Now Available for Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign

For those of you unable to make it out to our June 25 public open house, please find copies of the presentation boards below for your review, and please click here to complete our online survey. We want to hear from you and will have the survey open through Friday, July 10. … Continue reading

Creeks to Peaks Update

We are happy to report that the Glen Canyon Trails Improvement Project is substantially complete and open to the public. The contractor should be completely finished and out of the Canyon in the coming weeks. As many folks know, we are calling our trail corridor connecting Glen Canyon Park with … Continue reading

“Don’t Dream It… Be It!” Photography Exhibit

Harvey Milk Photo Center & Harvey Milk Cultural Arts Center presents…. Don’t Dream It…Be It!  A fabulous photography exhibit kicking off Pride and a celebration of Drag, Theatre, Music and Love of Life! Photography featured from Mark Christopher, Marques Daniels, Molly DeCoudreaux, Nicole Fraser-Herron, Sara Gobets, Gareth Gooch, Jose A. … Continue reading

Recent Construction Photos of Joe DiMaggio Playground

We’re moving along quickly over at the Joe DiMaggio Playground & I have a few exciting updates and photos to share: The asphalt is down at the new tennis courts. Next week, you’ll start to see walls painted, the fences installed, and then the final athletic surfacing and striping installed.  … Continue reading

Women’s World Cup Live at Civic Center

Fresh off last summer’s wildly popular World Cup soccer broadcasts at Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco Recreation and Parks and America SCORES Bay Area are teaming up again to bring you live broadcasts of Women’s World Cup soccer action at Civic Center Plaza. The viewings begin with a match-up between Team USA and … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Drop-In Open House

Twin Peaks is a world-famous tourist destination and one of the most visited areas in San Francisco. Come join us for our first open house to review redesign options for the Twin Peaks Figure 8 roadway, to improve access. We will share proposals that address the following project objectives: • Reallocate … Continue reading

YSP 2014-15 Accomplishments

The Youth Stewardship Program (YSP) has made it through another successful school-year! The 2014-2015 school year has been an awesome experience for this years interns. From their very first time leading a field trip to their very last, our Environmental Educators have learned and grown from their experiences; continuing the program’s … Continue reading

Gilman Playground Renovation – UPDATE

The Recreation and Park Commission is awarding a contract to Anvil Builders in the amount of $1,093,595 for the renovation of Gilman Playground. Scope of work includes – Swings and independent events (zip line, net spinner, and independent spinners); – Pour-in-place rubber surface depicting a shoreline setting in reference to … Continue reading

DuPont Tennis Courts – ADVISORY

ADVISORY: DUPONT TENNIS COURTS The DuPont Courts restroom renovation and wheelchair-accessible ramp project is in progress. Completion is anticipated for summer 2015. Concurrently the tennis courts will be refurbished with color surfacing and new equipment. Work is tentatively scheduled to begin June 8 (Mon) and continue for up to 6 … Continue reading

Hilltop Park Renovation Update: Stay Tuned for Construction to Start in the Fall!

Hi Everyone, A sincere thank you to the Bayview community and Hilltop Park stakeholders who have given input over the last year and half on the renovation at Hilltop Park. We have completed the design and anticipate to start construction this Fall. As a refresher, Hilltop Park is 3.58 acre … Continue reading

Alamo Square Improvement Project – Construction Update!

We are excited to announce that we are getting ready to go into construction! Thanks again to San Francisco Voters who overwhelmingly supported the 2008 and 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, without your support this project would not be possible. We are going to be completing the project … Continue reading

Apply for the Design Review Advisory Panel Now for Schlage Lock Future Park Site!

Apply for the Design Review Advisory Panel Now! The agreement between the developer and RPD includes a citizen’s design review advisory panel and internal RPD review to finalize the designs for the two parks. RPD is accepting applications for this panel until June 25th. The panel will meet 4-8 times, … Continue reading

KQED: Lincoln Park Steps Reopen Grandly with Artist-Designed Tiles

By Sarah Hotchkiss At the western end of San Francisco’s California Street, a splendidly refurbished staircase designed by tile artist Aileen Barr now marks the entryway to 100 acres of public park. On May 28, neighbors, city representatives and more than a few plaid-clad girls from next-door’s Katherine Delmar Burke School celebrated … Continue reading

SF Chronicle: Stairway to Lincoln Park perfectly in step with neighborhood

By John King As much as for its topography, San Francisco’s ongoing allure can be traced to creative ingenuity and old-fashioned wealth. Both now leave their mark on the broad stairway that leads up to Lincoln Park from California Street in the Outer Richmond. See full article here: http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Stairway-to-Lincoln-Park-perfectly-in-step-with-6295451.php

Joe DiMaggio Playground – Construction Advisory

Hello Neighbors, The contractor will soon begin work on the small storage room along the south wall of the “blacktop” area. In order to access the storage room safely, they will be closing a portion of the parking and the sidewalk along Greenwich Street starting late this week.  We expect this … Continue reading

Dolores Park is Opening!

In 2 short weeks, the north side of the park will reopen! It’s time to celebrate! Please join us for an opening celebration on Thursday June 18th from 3:00pm – 7:00pm. In the spirit of Leave No Trace, the opening celebration will be a Silent Disco Party. Wireless headphones will be loaned to attendees … Continue reading

Proposed Strategic Plan for FY16-FY20

After 18 months, five public meetings, dozens of discussion groups, hundreds of survey responses, and thousands of revisions, we are pleased to present the Proposed Strategic Plan for FY16-FY20. This Plan is the result of asking, thinking, and listening about how to better serve the people of San Francisco. It … Continue reading

Helen Diller Playgrounds at Civic Center – Update!

Since our last community meeting we have incorporated feedback and started going through reviews to make sure we meet accessibility codes, playground safety, structural engineering requirements and maintenance requirements among other key considerations. We have also been focusing on developing the lighting design. Based on these reviews the design has evolved but still kept … Continue reading

SF Examiner: SFPUC requires outdoor irrigation accounts to reduce water use to 25 percent of 2013 levels

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission passed a measure today that aims to aggressively conserve water in the city by increasing the mandatory outdoor irrigation reduction from 10 percent to 25 percent of 2013 usage, a utility spokesman said Tuesday. “For outdoor irrigation accounts, any water use in excess of … Continue reading

Update on Glen Canyon Rec Center Renovation – Open This Summer, Close in August

Hi Everyone, Just wanted to provide you with a brief update on the Glen Canyon Recreation Center Project. As a reminder, you can always follow the project here: http://sfrecpark.org/project/glen-canyon-park-2012-bond/ Recreation Center Renovation Coming Up/ What to Expect: The Glen Canyon Recreation Center will remain open during the summer months, to … Continue reading

Lincoln Park Steps-Update 05/2015

Lincoln Park Steps are officially open! Please join Friends of Lincoln Park, San Francisco Parks Alliance and Recreation and Park Department on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 4PM for a ribbon cutting celebration of the beautification of these steps. http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-rec-and-park-celebrates-lincoln-park-art-tiles-steps/Slideshow?oid=2928102


The DuPont Courts restroom renovation project is in progress. Completion is anticipated for summer 2015. Scope of improvements includes restoration of the concrete columns; a wheelchair-accessible, single-occupancy restroom; drinking fountain and bottle filler. Please note that no restroom facility is available for public use at this time. A wheelchair-accessible ramp … Continue reading

SF Gate: S.F. spends $1.5 million renovating two public restrooms

By Amy Graff Last week, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department unveiled two newly refurbished freestanding public restrooms near Ocean Beach. With fresh paint, new roofs and landscaping, the sparkling Classical Revival buildings dating back to the 1930s were a welcome sight to park- and beach-goers. The price tag on … Continue reading

Joe DiMaggio Playground – Construction Advisory

Hello Neighbors, The contractor has a few advisories regarding the construction site over the next few weeks: 1.  Mason Street Promenade closure: in preparation of construction of the old Mason Street portion of the site, the contractor will place temporary fencing along the two ends of the current pathway & … Continue reading

Joe DiMaggio Playground – Construction Updates

The construction at the Joe DiMaggio Playground is moving smoothly & a lot of exciting progress has occurred in the last few weeks. As with all construction projects, infrastructure work is the first to occur with items like earthwork, drainage, utilities. This important infrastructure is placed first and supports the final improvements. … Continue reading

SF Gate: Fixing the culture problem at Dolores Park

By Elizabeth Creely Roughly 30 concerned neighbors gathered at the event space 18 Reasons Tuesday for an event hosted by San Francisco’s Department of Recreation and Parks. Among the collection of local employees, neighbors and merchants, was an air of seriousness in the room, which suited the matter under discussion: … Continue reading

SFist: Rec & Parks Produces Goofy PSAs To Encourage Proper Trash Disposal, Bathroom Use

By Jay Barmann The Rec & Park Department hosted a pair of meetings Tuesday to engage concerned neighbors about their new “action plan” for dealing with the park’s ongoing popularity, and its trash problem. And as Mission Local reports, Sarah Ballard, the department’s director of policy and public affairs, admitted, … Continue reading

Dolores Park Eco Pop-up Diverts 6,000 Gallons of Recycling and Compostable Material from Landfill in Two Weekends

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and Recology announced today that the Eco Pop-up at Dolores Park has successfully diverted a total of nearly 6,000 gallons of recycling and compostable material from landfill in just the first two weekends after its initial launch.    For the past … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Announces Request for Proposal for the Historic Palace of Fine Arts

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced the Request for Concept Proposals (RFCP) for the long-term lease of the iconic Palace of Fine Arts building (the “Palace”).  Designed by renowned architect Bernard Maybeck for the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) and World Fair, the beloved … Continue reading

CBS: SF Bay Area- San Francisco Combats Drought With ‘Brown Is The New Green’ Water Conservation Campaign

By Mark Seelig San Francisco city officials are reaching out to the public, asking residents to do even more to help conserve water during the extended drought. The “Brown is the new Green” campaign was launched on Monday by the city’sPublic Utilities Commission. “In order to stay with the times … Continue reading

McLaren Community Garden Updated Concept Plan

FINAL CONCEPT PLAN We are excited to share the revised concept plan for the McLaren Community Garden with you. We have made some minor changes since the final community meeting. Some of these changes include the following: Reducing the amount of hardscape at the top and bottom terraces Removing the … Continue reading

SF Appeal: Waste-Sorting System Unveiled To Help Dolores Park Picnickers Stop Littering

By Bay City News A pop-up recycling and composting system was unveiled today in response to an abundance of litter left behind by picnickers at San Francisco’s Dolores Park. The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, in partnership with the waste management company Recology, has placed large containers on Dolores … Continue reading

Joe DiMaggio Playground – CONSTRUCTION ALERT!

Hello Neighbors, the next major milestone is about to start at the site: placing large steel piles for the retaining wall. The contractor will begin “driving piles” as soon as this week. Please be aware that this activity can be loud. The pile driving should be complete within 1 week of it starting. … Continue reading

National Parks Traveler: Mountain Lake At Presidio Growing In Diversity With Recovery Of Stickleback Fish And Other Species

With a multi-year cleanup completed, efforts are now under way to return native species that once called Mountain Lake home to the lake that’s on the grounds of the Presidio in San Francisco. With help from the Presidio Trust, along with area volunteers, hundreds of three-spine stickleback fish were released … Continue reading

Lincoln Park Steps Improvement Project

So much has happened at the end of California Street’s gateway to Lincoln Park. The artwork at the top of the stairs, completed in 2011, now cascades in full color down the 57 steps entering the park, a beautiful transition from street. No longer will pedestrians run through these steps without … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Demonstrates Eco-Friendly Pest Management: Predatory Birds Eat Rodents

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is hosting a two-day training demonstrating eco-friendly pest management training for parks staff starting April 7th.  The training includes a demonstration of predatory birds that can be helpful in controlling pests through the natural set-up of ecosystem in an urban … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Hosts Annual Spring Family Event: Eggstravaganza!

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department hosted the City’s largest egg hunt event: Eggstravaganza at Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park on Saturday, April 4th.  There were egg hunts, carnival rides, giant inflatable, arts and crafts, entertainment, and food.  Valet bicycle parking was provided by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.  … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park – Construction Update

The last 2 weeks have shown incredible progress at the park, with large sections of grass sod placed. Our on-site staff and contractors are constantly stopped and asked if it’s artificial turf. To clarify:  it’s real grass! There is still work to be done in the north half, including finishing the sports … Continue reading

Joe DiMaggio Playground – Construction Update

Have you walked by the project site lately?  If not, this is a photo from Tuesday showing the progress. Demolition is almost complete in the western half of the site, and the contractor is starting to place formwork for a wall that will create the edge of the new tennis court. The concrete … Continue reading

Update on Glen Canyon Recreation Center Renovation – Planning to Start Construction Summer 2015

Hi Everyone, Just wanted to provide you with a brief update on the Glen Canyon Recreation Center Project. Additionally, I attended the Glen Park Neighbors Meeting last night briefly to provide a update in person. You can always email or call me (see my below contact info if you have questions). … Continue reading

Reminder – Deadline for Community Opportunity Fund Round 5 Draft Applications – April 3rd!

Hi folks, All of you that are applying for Round 5 COF, I just wanted to remind you that Round 5 COF draft applications are due on April 3rd. – If you are planning to apply, I should be corresponding with you, and confirming if you need additional community meetings, … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Receives Integrated Pest Management Innovator Award

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today that the Department is the recipient of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation’s (DPR) 2014 Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Innovator Award.  A selection committee evaluated candidates for strength in right specific categories including, innovation, value, effectiveness, research support, … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park – Sod Installation

Today is another big construction milestone at the park – the remaining sections of the north side of the park are receiving grass sod. The contractor should finish the installation this week, and then repair the sections that were damaged by last month’s vandalism. Check out photos and use this link to view a short video of today’s … Continue reading

Women’s History Month: Bay Sox Baseball Team Set to Make History

Each week this month, in honor of Women’s History Month, we’ve been highlighting some of the most influential women in Rec and Park history. This week, we take a look at some young women who are about to make their own mark on history as the city’s first all-girls baseball … Continue reading

Gene Friend Rec Center Site Visit

Rec and Park Structural Maintenance staff met earlier this month with the project architect and consulting engineers to do some site reconnaissance and collect information on the condition of the existing building and systems at Gene Friend Rec Center. This information will help the architect and team of engineers to … Continue reading

Martin Luther King Jr. Pool projected reopening for March 24, 2015

I am happy to announce that our contractor received the necessary parts and is rebuilding the pump. We expect to have the pump rebuilt and installed by March 17, 2015. There will be a testing process, as well as balancing the water which should take approximately one week, unless there … Continue reading

Portsmouth Square Restroom – OPEN!

The Portsmouth Square restrooms are now open! Through the 2008 Park Bond, a Restroom Task Force evaluated free-standing restrooms on park property. Due to the high-user count of the Portsmouth Square restroom, the Task Force recommended that its user capacity be increased. At the conclusion of the first community meeting, the … Continue reading

SF Gate: Newly renovated Kezar Stadium track is up and running

By Hamed Aleaziz A favorite destination for San Francisco runners has been restored to glory after many months out of commission, with the storied Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park reopening with a brand-new track after a massive overhaul. It’s the latest rebirth at 90-year-old Kezar, the 49ers’ birthplace and … Continue reading

Rec and Park working with SFMTA on New Crossing at Bernal Heights Blvd.

As part of our Bernal Heights Trails Improvement Project, we are working with SFMTA on an improved trailhead and crossing at Bernal Heights Boulevard at the northeast corner of the park. The SFMTA board will be holding a public hearing on Friday, March 6 to review the crossing details. We … Continue reading

Spring Registration

This Saturday March 7,2015 at 10:00 am will be your first opportunity to sign up for our spring courses! We are offering a large variety of courses including art, dance, sports and fitness! You can sign up online at www.sfreconline.org , visit McLaren Lodge at 501 Stanyan Street or come … Continue reading

Women’s History Month: Dorothy Erskine

A Profile on Dorothy Erskine, Environmental Crusader (1896-1982) By Rebecca Montgomery, San Francisco State University Intern Dorothy Erskine may not be a familiar household name, but it has had tremendous impact on how environmentalism influenced the Bay Area and the consequent urban planning that ensued after the crushing Great Depression. … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park – Construction Updates and Vandalism Reports

Construction at Mission Dolores Park is still moving ahead, despite the recent vandalism to the construction site during the weekend of February 14. The vandalism caused about $100,000 in damage and will likely delay the reopening of the north side of the park. The majority of the damage was incurred when … Continue reading

Joe DiMaggio Playground – Construction Update

Demolition is under full-swing at the playground these days. While the site has appeared a little quiet recently, the contractor was actively working on the site and behind the scenes ensuring important measures were taken before the big equipment arrived. The playground is almost completely gone now and the contractor will … Continue reading

ABD 7 News: Officials Say Elderly Chimps Will Stay at San Francisco Zoo

By Dan Noyes On Thursday, the San Francisco Zoo announced they have had a change of heart and decided not to move the chimps. Following an ABC7 News I-Team investigation, we spoke to Zoo director Tanya Peterson, who cancelled plans to move them to another facility. See full article here: http://abc7news.com/news/i-team-officials-say-chimps-will-stay-at-san-francisco-zoo/536427/

SF Chronicle: S.F. supervisor proposes ban of tobacco at all baseball fields

By John Wildermuth A huge wad of chewing tobacco stuffed into a player’s cheek has long been an unofficial symbol of baseball, but a proposed city measure would ban its use at every playing field in San Francisco, including AT&T Park. See full article here: http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/S-F-supervisor-proposes-ban-of-tobacco-at-all-6099587.php#/0


Happy Chinese New Year! This year our facility was quite festive for Chinese New Year. Our neighbors brought their children dressed in Chinese dresses and for the joy of the holiday they gave red envelopes to other particpants in the tiny tot class. It was amazing to see everyone enjoy … Continue reading

Thousands of Bay Area Residents Take a Trip Back in Time to the Palace of Fine Arts to Celebrate Centennial of 1915 World’s Fair

San Francisco, Calif. (February 21, 2015) – Thousands of people — families, history buffs and admirers of the Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) – celebrated the 100th anniversary of the 1915 World’s Fair at the iconic Palace of Fine Arts during a weekend filled with events honoring a seminal event … Continue reading

Palace of Fine Arts Readies to Re-Open its Doors as Innovation Hub for Young and Old to Imagine the Possibilities of “Then, Now and Tomorrow”

Innovation Hangar bringing together visionaries, hands-on educational activities and amazing exhibitions from major institutions such as Bay Area Discovery Museum, Kaboom, Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, Maker Media and Wearable World Technologies, among others     San Francisco, Calif. (February 17, 2015) – On February … Continue reading

Portsmouth Square Restroom – UPDATE

Despite the interruption by the recent rains, you will notice a renewed flurry of activities as the sun comes out again. This week, landscaping is getting planted, and metal roof and cracked-ice pattern grills are getting installed. Concrete paving on the exterior and epoxy flooring in the interior are also happening this week. The restroom will re-open … Continue reading

UPDATE – Guy Place New Park

A concept plan, based on that generated through community meetings and refined through the Arts Commission, was recommended for approval by the Capital Committee of the Recreation and Park Commission. Final action will occur on February 19 (Thu) in City Hall, Room 416 at 10 AM. Public comments are welcome at … Continue reading

UPDATE – Alta Plaza Park Water Conservation Project

A community-generated master plan for Alta Plaza Park was prepared through the efforts of the Friends of Alta Plaza Park. The proposed master plan is currently undergoing an environmental evaluation. A historic resources report is being prepared for the analysis of cumulative impacts by the proposed improvements. Results of the environmental evaluation is anticipated to take 3-6 … Continue reading

SFist: Cool Historic Side-By-Sides Of The 1915 Panama Pacific International Expo And The Modern-Day Marina

“For the centennial of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition, ScenePast.com has restored a selection of postcards from the festival and placed them side-by-side with some workaday scenes of 2015 San Francisco taken from the same spot.” See full article here: http://sfist.com/2015/02/09/check_out_these_restored_postcards.php

Beach Chalet Update

The Beach Chalet Athletic Field project is moving forward as planned.   The contractor has completed their rough grading operation and is now moving forward with the storm drainage pipe installation.   This work will continue over the next month.   Other work items that have been completed include the removal of hazardous … Continue reading

West Sunset Playground Update

We are happy to report that the construction documents have now been submitted to the Department of Building Inspection for review and approval.   Our schedule currently shows that we will have completed bid document at the beginning of March.    Once these drawings have been approved we will be sending them … Continue reading

Great Highway Restroom Update

The restroom project is proceeded as planned.   To date, new electrical, plumbing and mechanical equipment has been installed.   Interior finish work will continue over the next two months along with exterior improvements such as painting and landscape.  Recent site improvements include new roofing,  new entry ramp/handrails, new sidewalks and curb … Continue reading


Hi all, Thank you so much to those who came to the third community meeting to discuss the design of the McLaren Community Garden. We received lot of positive feedback on the overall concept design plan. We also got valuable input such as incorporating ramps for wheelbarrows, and requests to … Continue reading

SF Gate: Private collector’s historic San Francisco photos now available online

By Katie Dowd “San Francisco history aficionados are in for a spectacular treat: A private collector has donated thousands of incredible historic San Francisco photos to the Western Neighborhoods Project. WNP is, in turn, digitizing all the images and posting them online.” See full article here: http://blog.sfgate.com/stew/2015/01/28/private-collector-historic-san-francisco-photos-available/

Sf Examiner: North Beach residents go to bat to raise funds for DiMaggio Playground renovation

By Jessica Kwong “It was a night when three generations of North Beach residents who may otherwise pass each other on the street instead gathered at an old neighborhood Italian spot to support a cause many of them hold close.” See full article here: http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/north-beach-residents-go-to-bat-to-raise-funds-for-dimaggio-playground-renovation/Content?oid=2917216

SF Bay: City parks brighten budget forecast

By Thomas K. Pendergast “San Francisco’s budget forecasting season kicked off Thursday with some relatively good news: Although The City is expecting a $16 million deficit this coming fiscal year, that’s the lowest budget shortfall in a long time.” See full article here: http://sfbay.ca/2015/01/15/city-parks-brighten-budget-forecast/

Inspired by the Australian Open Finals? Come Play Tennis at GGPTC!

After a busy January at the Golden Gate Park Tennis Complex (2 Junior Tournaments, opening play of 2 USTA Adult League Seasons, Girls Sports Extravaganza, etc.) things are starting to slow down in February and we will have much more availability for weekend court time! Come do your best Serena … Continue reading

Dance! Dance! Dance!

Adults of all ages are invited every Wednesday and Friday from 12:30 – 2:30 to show off their ballroom Dance in the gym.  Stop in to learn new moves, exercise and have fun! Special thanks to our fun and energetic volunteer instructors Evan Hong, Jane Fong and Richard Peng!

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

SoMa West Skatepark Closure on 1/31

Due to the misuse of the site and defacing of park property, SoMa West Skatepark will be closed temporarily on Saturday, January 31, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  SF Public Works, along with Rec and Park, will be organizing a volunteer cleaning team to remove some graffiti as … Continue reading

Failing Playgrounds Meeting #7 Summary

At the final meeting of the Failing Playgrounds Task Force on November 18, 2014, members and the public reviewed the draft Failing Playgrounds Final Report, detailing the process of the Task Force, methodologies, and recommendations of playgrounds for renovation. The report highlighted the Task Force’s conclusion that removing CCA-treated wood from … 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. http://sfrecpark.org/project/glen-canyon-park-improvement-plan/ If you have further questions, please contact Karen Mauney-Brodek, project manager, at Karen.Mauney-Brodek@sfgov.org or 415-575-5601. Have fun out there! Best Karen

Joe DiMaggio Playground – Construction Starting!

Hello Joe DiMaggio Playground Neighbors, Happy New Year!  I have exciting news to share – construction will begin this Thursday, January 29th!  What does this mean for you? The entire playground will close starting this Thursday morning – get out and play on the vintage courts and play equipment while … Continue reading

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