Mansell Project Update: Going Well, Traffic to shift to other side of Mansell Soon!

Mansell Improvements Construction Traffic Routing Flyer 3.14.2016 Hi folks, just wanted to provide a quick update: Overall the project proceeding well. We are still planning for the project to be completed end of Summer/early Fall, depending on weather or other unforeseen conditions. As you may have noticed, we are working … Continue reading

Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds-PROJECT UPDATE OPEN HOUSE – Tuesday

Hi all We want to remind you/let you know about this open house/ project update on Tuesday, May 3rd. It is an open house so feel free to stop by at any time between 5:30 and 7:30pm to see the designs and ask questions. We will have refreshments. Looking forward … Continue reading

UPDATE: Gilman Playground Renovation

The chartreuse-colored posts of the new children’s play structure are now going up. The play equipment will get fully installed by mid-week of next week, then followed by the rubber surfacing in colors that reference the site’s historic location along the original bay shoreline. For more information, please contact Marvin Yee, … Continue reading

Share Your Feedback by May 11 on Updated Public Art Proposal for Noe Valley Town Square

The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) is working with the Recreation and Park Department and residents of Noe Valley to commission an artwork for the new Noe Valley Town Square that will inspire and engage residents and visitors and enhance their connection to recreation and to the neighborhood. The artist … Continue reading

Geneva Community Garden Construction Contract Advertised to Contractors

The Geneva Community Garden project was advertised to contractors earlier this month. A pre-bid conference was held on site and bids are due on May 10. Interested contractors can find the advertisement here: http://mission.sfgov.org/OCABidPublication/BidDetail.aspx?K=10781 Following bid due date, we will work to review bids and award contract as soon as possible … Continue reading

Vote for Interpretive Signs at Bernal Heights Park trails Every Day Through April 30

Bernal Heights Park has been nominated to receive funding for the Parks Build Community initiative which kicked off on April 1st. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company to help revitalize parks across the country including parks here in San Francisco. Every day in April … Continue reading

Vote for Improvements at Potrero del Sol Community Garden Every Day Through April 30

Potrero del Sol Community Garden has been nominated to receive funding for the Parks Build Community initiative which kicked off on April 1st. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company to help revitalize parks across the country including parks here in San Francisco. Every day … Continue reading

UPDATE: Gilman Playground Renovation

Since the winter rains have subsided, great progress has been made on the Gilman Playground renovation project. The ground dried sufficiently to proceed with soil compaction and installation of the gravel sub-base for the new playground rubber fall surface. The new trellis over the group picnic area is assembled and installed. … Continue reading

George Christopher: Community Meeting #3 Summary

Thank you to all who were able to attend the meeting for the George Christopher Playground Renovation Project on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016.  We had a productive meeting where we presented the final proposed concepts for the George Christopher Playground and gathered feedback on the design from community members. We … Continue reading

TEMPORARY CLOSURE ADVISORY: Alamo Square

Alamo Square will close on May 10 (Tue) to undergo a park-wide irrigation system replacement, construction of a new wheelchair-accessible restroom, and installation of new landscaping. Alamo Square will remain close for seven months, and is expected to reopen in fall/winter 2016. This $2.434M project is made possible by the Restroom … Continue reading

Share Your Feedback on Updated Public Art Proposal for Noe Valley Town Square

The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) is working with the Recreation and Park Department and residents of Noe Valley to commission an artwork for the new Noe Valley Town Square that will inspire and engage residents and visitors and enhance their connection to recreation and to the neighborhood. The artist … Continue reading

Guy Place Mini Park Development – FAQ

In an effort to address concerns about the Guy Place Mini Park development, the Recreation and Park Department is pleased to share this FAQ on the process and planning of the design concept. For more information, please contact Marvin Yee, Project Manager, at (415) 581-2541, or at Marvin.Yee@sfgov.org. Please check … Continue reading

Balboa Pool Construction Update

Unfortunately, the Balboa Pool project bids all came in over our budget. This continues to be a challenging bidding environment on all fronts, including  material cost increases, competition for labor and a very hot market for builders. We are re bidding the project now and bids will be received in … Continue reading

FAQs and Upcoming Public Hearing on SFMTA Twin Peaks Pilot Project

The Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Project, a joint effort of the SFMTA and Rec and Park Departments, with support from Public Works, seeks to create better connectivity within the Twin Peaks trail system, improve pedestrian and bicycle access, and provide a defined connection to the Bay Area Ridge Trail.  … Continue reading

You’re Invited to the George Christopher Playground Improvement Project Planning Meeting

You’re invited to the third of several meetings to discuss the design of the playground. We will be discussing the renovation of the playground including the following improvements: new play structures, new playground protective surfacing, new … Continue reading

NOTIFICATION: SoMa West Skatepark to open at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2016

SoMa West Skatepark will remain closed until 2 p.m. on Friday, April 1st for park/course maintenance, which will include graffiti abatement, cleaning, drain clearing and other miscellaneous site repairs. For your convenience, here is a list of other skateparks in the city: Balboa Skatepark Ocean & San Jose, SF, CA … Continue reading

Final Bid Package Prep Underway for Geneva Community Garden Project

We are in the final stages of preparing to advertise the Geneva Community Garden construction project to contractors. Thank you for your patience as we were recently dealing with extended leave of a couple of our project team members. We are also in the process of coordinating with other City agencies … Continue reading

Rec and Park partnering with Wilderness Inquiry to bring CanoeMobile to SF!

Canoemobile San Francisco Parks & Recreation is partnering with Wilderness Inquiry’s Canoemobile to provide place-based learning experiences for students and transition age youth with cognitive disabilities. This year’s events will take place from 4/12-4/15. We are inviting schools to join us for a week-day event. During these events, students (4th grade … Continue reading

MANSELL STREET CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENTS UPDATE – WORK CONTINUES

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, portions of the roadway and other access routes at times necessary for construction activities. The work … Continue reading

Mothers Building Structural Assessment Update

Architectural Resources Group (ARG) finalized the Structural Assessment for the Mothers Building in February 2016.  Input was received from Rec and Park, the Arts Commission, Office of Workforce and Economic Development, the Planning Department and other interested stakeholders. The Structural Assessment was funded by a grant awarded by the Historical … Continue reading

Volunteer Opportunity: Green Team Coordinator

The Green Team is a drop-in gardening group that supports the maintenance of the San Francisco Botanical Garden. Volunteers will work alongside SF Recreation & Parks gardeners, helping to mulch, weed, plant and maintain our rare and unique collections. The Green Team Coordinator will help the gardeners supervise volunteer projects, and assist in maintaining … Continue reading

San Francisco Botanical Garden Internship

Seeking Interns for the SF Botanical Garden The San Francisco Botanical Garden is seeking interns to perform 350 hours of service under the supervision of SFRPD gardeners in a variety of capacities. Intern responsibilities shall include watering, mulching, pruning, weed management, soil replenishment, green waste removal and planting. Interns will attend supplemental … Continue reading

Spring Registration

Palega will be offering a variety of fitness and martial arts classes for the spring session! Registration starts this Saturday March 5th at 10 am! Registration can be done online at www.sfreconline.org or in person at one of our registration sites.

Summer Day Camp Registration

Registration for Summer Day Camps begins at 10 a.m. on March 19. This summer, we have more than 80 camps to inspire your kids during summer, everything from traditional camps like Silver Tree and Pine Lake, or exciting new camps like fishing and adventure camps! Click here for more information.

Strategic Plan 2016-2020

During the past year, our entire department—gardeners, laborers, recreation staff, managers, and administration— along with some very important partners and park advocates worked to develop a meaningful and lasting plan that provides a clear vision for our park system and a clear set of values to guide us as we do our work. Our 2016-2020 Strategic Plan sets forth our core strategies and objectives, and lays out some specific initiatives for us to achieve—things like acquiring new park land; expanding youth programs that emphasize movement and wellness; caring for our natural resources; and growing apprentice and workforce development programs that provide job training and career pathways. If we follow the plan, I am confident we will inspire a more livable city for all and ensure that San Francisco’s parks connect us all to play, nature and each other for years to come.

Check out our new Strategic Plan! Continue reading

Mission Pool Will be Closed March 3rd

Mission Pool Closed Thursday March 3, 2016 Upon the reopening of Mission Pool we have discovered a significant leak in one of the fiberglass filters. Because of the current water shortage, and due to the nature of water leaking in the mechanical room and the larger problems that can cause, … Continue reading

Community Opportunity Fund Round 5 Projects Recommended for Funding

Dear Community Opportunity Fund Applicants, I know many of you have been waiting to hear back about your Community Opportunity Fund (“COF”) Applications. The COF committee members repeatedly stressed how impressed they were with all of your work, your commitment to your park and your community. This is a very … Continue reading

UPDATE: Gilman Playground Renovation

Although intermittent wet weather continues to slow down the renovation work, tree work is completed and new concrete paving was poured last week. Planned activities for the next few weeks include installation of light poles, modification of the clubhouse restrooms for wheelchair access, and base preparation for the new playground’s rubber … Continue reading

Join Our Team!

Do you have experience working with individuals with disabilities? Wouldn’t it be awesome to work with individuals with disabilities, have fun facilitating & participating in recreation programs, AND get paid for it? San Francisco Recreation & Parks, Therapeutic Recreation & Inclusion Services is seeking responsible, enthusiastic, qualified individuals to work at … Continue reading

Everybody Plays Summer 2016 Updates

Over here at SFRPD’s Therapeutic Recreation & Inclusion Services, we’re gearing up for summer. We hope you’re ready because we have some exciting updates to share! Camp Everybody Plays, formally located at Glen Canyon, will be moving this summer! While we will miss being located in the beautiful Glen Canyon … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Figure 8 Pilot Redesign

The Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Team is excited to announce a proposed pilot project that will open a portion of the Twin Peaks Figure 8 to people walking and riding bikes!  The pilot project is an opportunity to evaluate a configuration change at the Twin Peaks Figure 8 while … Continue reading

SOTA Trail Improvements Underway

Construction is underway on the section of Creeks to Peaks trail on School District property.  This trail connecting Glen Canyon to Twin Peaks was started in 2015 by Rec and Park staff and through a major volunteer effort with Volunteers for Outdoor California (V-O-Cal). Improvements to be made by contractor … 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

UPDATE: Guy Place Mini Park Development

In February 2015, the Recreation and Park Commission approved a community-supported conceptual plan for the development of a new park at 4-8 Guy Place. Bid documents with plans and specifications were developed for competitive bidding. In February 2016, the City received 5 bids for construction. 2 bids are within the … Continue reading

AAU Tournament at Palega

Palega Recreation Center is proud to host the MRC Rebels basketball tournament this Saturday and Sunday. Due to the tournament there will be NO OPEN GYM on Saturday, February 13th. Open gym will resume Tuesday. Please feel free to come and enjoy the tounament this weekend at our facility!

UPDATE: Golden Gate Panhandle Pedestrian Safety Improvements

In September 2015, the Recreation and Park Commission approved a community-supported, concept plan to improve pedestrian safety along the multi-use pathway on the north side of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle. Planned pedestrian (and bicycle!) safety improvements to the multi-use path shall include: Restriping the centerline of the multi-use pathway; … Continue reading

Rec Center Construction Update: Tennis Court Stair Temporary Closure

Hi Everyone, As you can tell if you have visited the southern end of Glen Park recently, the recreation center renovation is well underway. As anticipated, due to aspects of the work on the building renovation, the stair which leads from the northern end of the northern tennis court to … Continue reading

UPDATE: Alamo Square Renovation

In preparation for the Alamo Square restroom and irrigation upgrade project, the Recreation and Park Department is performing the removal of up to 14 trees which have been evaluated as hazards or declining in health. This work will occur after March 8 when Alamo Square is fenced for construction. To minimize … Continue reading

Tank Hill Project Update!

Thanks for your patience with this project.  We have identified a source to close a $40k shortfall in the cost of the project.   Our Capital and Natural Areas teams have communicated with the contractor who looks forward to signing a contract once the funding has been formally approved by … Continue reading

UPDATED SCHEDULE FOR 17TH & FOLSOM PARK CONSTRUCTION

Update as February 8, 2016 We are pleased to inform that the Recreation and Park Commission awarded a construction contract for the 17th & Folsom Street Park project at their Meeting of December 17, 2015. The construction contract is currently under certification and start of construction is anticipated in March … Continue reading

TLC

Last month our Tennis and Learning program captured the cultural background of Spain. This month our kids are learning the different cultural aspects of Jamaica. As the kids start off this month learning about the flag and history of Jamaica they are excited as ever to explore more into the … Continue reading

CPRS Awards of Excellence for Two Recent Park Projects

Great news! The California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS) has awarded its Excellence in Park Planning award for two recent capital renovation projects– Boeddeker Park and Cayuga Playground. The CPRS awards program recognizes outstanding achievement in the areas of facility design, park planning, marketing and communication, and community improvement and … Continue reading

NOW OPEN! Noe Courts Restroom

The Recreation and Park Department is pleased to report that the renovation of the Noe Courts restroom is now complete. These restrooms are now open! Each restroom has been converted to single-occupancy units for wheelchair accessibility. Water-saving fixtures and lighting were updated while maintaining the historic character of the building. The renovation … Continue reading

Site Furnishings from Noe Valley Town Square Site Reused or Recycled

Per Urban Greening Grant requirements, site furnishings that were removed from the parking lot and pocket park at the Noe Valley Town Square site will be reused (vast majority) or recycled.  Site furnishings to be reused include banner poles, benches, seats and trash cans, as shown below.

Let Us Know What You Think About Artwork Proposed for Noe Valley Town Square

The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) is working with the Recreation and Park Department and residents of Noe Valley to commission an artwork for the new Noe Valley Town Square that will inspire and engage residents and visitors and enhance their connection to recreation and to the neighborhood. The artist … Continue reading

UPDATE: Timeline and Scope of Work

Alamo Square Park will undergo a $4.3 million renovation to update the irrigation system, build an ADA-accessible restroom, and landscape the entirety of the park. The outcome of the project will result in water savings through improved irrigation design, the installation of “smart” controllers, and the planting of lawn alternatives, … Continue reading

Your Guide to Super Bowl 50

  What events are there for Super Bowl 50? Super Bowl City This is a free-to-the-public, family friendly, fan village in Justin Herman Plaza and along the Embarcadero, with free concerts, games and other entertainment. Festivities begin January 30, 2016 and continue to February 7, 2016. For more info visit:  http://www.sfbaysuperbowl.com/super-bowl … Continue reading

Change in Gym Hours for Chinese New Year Activities

The gym will be closed for the following events: Saturday, February 6th, 2016 Chinese New Year Jamboree  9am-5pm Wednesday, February 10th, 2016 Chinese New Year Tot Celebration 9am-12:30pm Thursday, February 11th, 2016 Chinese New Year Basketball Tournament 5pm-11pm Friday, February 12th, 2016 Chinese New Year Basketball Tournament 5pm-11pm Saturday, February … Continue reading

Joe DiMaggio – Fence Improvements

Hello Neighbors! We hope that you are enjoying the new and improved Joe DiMaggio Playground!  As you may have noticed, the contractor has been on site making improvements to the perimeter fence. Portions of the original installed fence were not accepted by the Recreation and Parks Department and the contractor is replacing … Continue reading

UPDATE: Noe Courts Park Renovation

In June 2015, the Recreation and Park Commission approved a renovation plan to improve lawn drainage and walkway, wheelchair-accessible ramp between the playground and restrooms, terraced seating, site furnishings and landscaping. These improvements are made possible through the Community Opportunity Fund and Restroom Program of the 2008 Park Bond. The project … Continue reading

UPDATE: Gilman Playground Renovation

Despite the rain, the renovation of Gilman Playground has made steady progress. Underground utilities are mostly in. Concrete curbs are built to define the play area. Tree work is in progress. When the ground dries up, grading and sub-base preparation will continue. The anticipated completion has been pushed back to summer … Continue reading

Contractor Set to Complete Creeks to Peaks Connector Trail!

We are excited to report that thanks to support from the San Francisco Parks Alliance and an agreement with the San Francisco Unified School District, a contractor will very soon begin work on a critical section of our Creeks to Peaks trail corridor.The completed Creeks to Peaks Connector Trail will provide … Continue reading

Feb 2 Community Meeting on Proposed Twin Peaks Mount Sutro Trail Connector

Please join representatives from the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission at a community meeting to present and discuss the proposed Bay Area Ridge Trail connector from Twin Peaks to Mt. Sutro. This proposed project will formalize a trail from Twin Peaks Blvd. to Mt. Sutro … Continue reading

Free Zumba

Moscone hosts free Zumba in our gym on Wednesday nights from 6:00pm to 7:00pm. The class is high energy with fun music and a enthusiastic instructor. Wear athletic shoes and clothing when you come to participate!

South Park Renovation – Parking Advisory!

Construction of South Park Renovation started last Thursday, January 14, 2016, with the installation of fences! The park is closed for the duration of construction and anticipated completion is late Fall 2016.For your safety, please use the pedestrian sidewalk across the street from the park. No Parking will be available along sections … Continue reading

MANSELL STREET CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENTS UPDATE – Roadwork improvements underway, vehicular access to be maintained – traffic routing info below REVISED

Hi folks, The work is going well. We are currently adding additional speed limit signs to post a revised speed limit (25 MPH) and school speed limit signs (15MPH) in  those areas and other measures. Additionally, staff is reviewing the Brazil intersection to determine what we can do on a … Continue reading

Updated Schedule for Construction

We are pleased to inform that the Recreation and Park Commission awarded a construction contract for the 17th & Folsom Street Park project at their Meeting of December 17, 2015.   The construction contract is currently under certification and start of construction is anticipated in March 2016. The anticipated construction schedule … Continue reading

Community Budget Meetings

Join us for two budget meetings to discuss preliminary plans for Fiscal Years 2016-17 and 2017-18, Wednesday, February 3, at Palega Rec Center (500 Felton St.), and Tuesday, February 9, at Gene Friend Rec Center (270 6th Street), 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Learn about our department’s budget instructions for … Continue reading

Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco, the Bayview YMCA and SF Rec & Park team up for a Healthy Community Day and Park Beautification at MLK Pool/Bayview Playground in honor of MLK Day of Service

SAN FRANCISCO – Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco, the Bayview YMCA and SF Rec and Park hosted a Healthy Community Day and Park Beautification event in honor of MLK Day of Service on January 16. This annual event mobilized 100 volunteers to spend the morning making critical improvements to the park. … Continue reading

GLEN CANYON Recreation Center Update: Construction Underway

Hi Everyone, Just wanted to provide you with a brief update on the Glen Canyon Recreation Center Project. As you may know, we are well underway with the renovation of the Recreation Center, which was overwhelmingly approved by San Francisco voters in the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond … Continue reading

Geneva Community Garden Construction Coming in 2016!

Thanks to project supporters and neighbors for your patience. We anticipate advertising the Geneva Community Garden construction project to contractors in February 2016 and starting construction by summer 2016 for completion and opening before the end of the year. Project delay is due mostly to tight funding, which has had … Continue reading

UPDATE: Alamo Square Restroom and Irrigation Project

The Recreation and Park Dept. received 5 bids in mid-December for the Alamo Square Restroom and Irrigation Project. The lowest 2 bids are within the City’s construction budget. Currently the City is reviewing the bids for qualifications and anticipates making a recommendation for contract award in February. Construction is anticipated to … Continue reading

MANSELL STREET CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENTS UPDATE – Roadwork improvements to begin, vehicular access to be maintained – traffic routing info below

Hi folks, I am so glad so many of you were able to come to the ground breaking and to the update I provided at the December 8th, at the Crocker Amazon Park Monthly meeting. As you may have seen, the construction has started – some early elements have started … Continue reading

Palega Holiday Schedule

From December 21st – January 2nd Palega Recreation Center a new open gym schedule will be implemented due to recreation programs and holidays. The schedule is as followed: Open Gym: Monday: Closed Tuesday: 3:30pm-9pm Wednesday: 3:30pm-9pm Thursday: 12pm-6pm Friday: CLOSED Saturday: 9am-5pm   Hours of Operation: Monday: Closed Tuesday: 9am-9pm … Continue reading

Stay tuned for updates regarding Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Project in Early 2016

Just a quick year end update on the Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Project:  we are tracking down answers to some questions related to design scope and budget.  Our team is planning to reconvene by mid- January 2016 to confirm these items and we’ll be in touch with folks regarding project … Continue reading

Call for Feedback and Hoodline Article on Gene Friend Rec Center Project

A reminder to send any comments on the Gene Friend Rec Center Project concept design to the Project Manager by this Friday, January 8. Project Manager contact info is available on the right hand bar of the project page. Also, Hoodline published an article online about the project status. Please … Continue reading

Groundbreaking for Noe Valley Town Square Wet But Cheerful

Pouring rain couldn’t keep project supporters away from this morning’s groundbreaking for Noe Valley Town Square. Contributors and supporters joined the excited list of speakers, which included: RPD General Manager Phil Ginsburg Supervisor Scott Wiener Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Office (Dan Bernal & Alex Lazar) Sedrick Mitchell, Deputy Director of External … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Begins Construction on Noe Valley Town Square: The $2.8 million project is expected to take 10 months

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department broke ground today on Noe Valley Town Square, a recently acquired former parking lot on the 24th Street commercial corridor. The proposal to establish a public open space at the site has evolved through more than five years of collaboration between SF Rec & … Continue reading

Winter YSP Update

Hi everyone, as the holiday break approaches, we just wanted to give a quick update on our past few months and let everyone know that the Youth Stewardship Program for the 2015-2016 school year is off to a great start! So far, the new YSP team has led 10 in-class … Continue reading

Beach Chalet Athletic Fields Reopen!

Hundreds of city kids came out and got their kicks in at the opening of the new Beach Chalet Athletic Fields in Golden Gate Park on December 12. The new fields at the west end of the park will dramatically increase public access to the fields, tripling the amount of playtime there … Continue reading

Tell Us What You Think for Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground Improvements

As we get ready for our first community meeting in January, we want to hear from you!  If you did not already answer this survey in the spring of 2015, please follow this link to tell us what you want at an improved Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground. The survey … Continue reading

Noe Valley Town Square Phase 1 Set to Begin Early January

An environmental contractor has been selected for the first phase of the Noe Valley Town Square project. The last day for parking lot operation will be Sunday, January 3 as the contractor will begin work on Monday, January 4. This first phase includes environmental remediation and demolition. The rest of … Continue reading

Gym Schedule Update 12/12/15

Due to holiday programming open gym hours have changed.  Please note the following changes below: Wednesday, December 16th, 2015 (11:30am-6:00pm) Community Holiday Party for kids 5-11 years old Thursday, December 17th, 2015 (9:00am-11:00am) Tot Soccer Class Friday, December 18th, 2015 (3:00pm-10pm) Holiday Classic Basketball Tournament Saturday, December 19th, 2015 (9:00am-5:00pm) Holiday … Continue reading

Civic Design Review Hearing for Noe Valley Town Square Phase 3 on December 14

The Noe Valley Town Square project will be up for Phase 3 review with the San Francisco Arts Commission Civic Design Review Committee this coming Monday, December 14. This is a public hearing. Anyone interested in the project or the Civic Design Review process is welcome to attend. The meeting … Continue reading

Civic Design Review on December 14 for Gene Friend Rec Center Project

The Gene Friend (SOMA) Recreation Center Project will be up for conceptual design review with the San Francisco Arts Commission Civic Design Review Committee this coming Monday, December 14. This is a public hearing. Anyone interested in the project or the Civic Design Review process is welcome to attend. The meeting … Continue reading

North Beach Pool Adding Lap Swim Till January 7th, 2016

Hello Please make note that North Beach Pool will slightly change their schedule to add an additional lap swim Tuesdays through Fridays . This will Start December 8th, 2015 to January 7th 2016. Changes: Dates: December 8th, 2015 to January 7th, 2016 Times & Program Change: Tuesday through Friday will now have … Continue reading

Turkey Cook Off

On November 20th, 2015 SF Rec and Park’s Sports & Athletics Department was well represented by various staff members working as a team to create delicious food for a festive holiday event. Sports & Athletics division was grateful to win many prizes from 3rd place dessert to 2nd place appetizers.

Glen Canyon Construction and Lighting Update

Hi folks, The work is coming along on the Rec Center construction.  A lot of what we are doing right now is inside, so you won’t see a lot right now on the outside of the building. The pathway and tennis court lighting has been acting up, for example, off at … Continue reading

MANSELL STREET CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENTS UPDATE to be provided on the blog and Tuesday at 6:30 at Crocker Amazon Clubhouse

Hi folks, I am so glad so many of you were able to come to the ground breaking, and now we are busy preparing for construction to start! I do what to keep people advised of the process and steps as the project proceeds. I will be posting updates on … Continue reading

Walter Haas Connector Trail Project Construction Notice

Click here for posted Notice. The purpose of the Walter Haas Connector Trail project is to improve the degraded and eroding social trail. The completed project will provide a safe pathway promoting increased neighborhood connectivity. How was the design developed? The San Francisco Recreation & Park Department facilitated community meetings to … Continue reading

San Francisco Begins Construction Converting Half of Busy City Street to Pedestrian and Bicycle Only Use

SAN FRANCISCO – In partnership with San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA), San Francisco Public Works, and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will begin construction on the Mansell Street Corridor Improvement Project this November. The $6.8 million project is a first in … Continue reading

24 New Mature Trees are Being Planted at South Park!

We heard your concerns and wanted to reassure you that along with removal comes replacement. The project will plant 24 new, mature trees (36” box-example shown below). A major contributing factor to the decline of the trees at this site is overcrowding. The new trees will be spaced at intervals appropriate … Continue reading

All San Francisco Recreation & Parks Pools Will Be Closed Nov 26 and 27th

Please make note that all San Francisco Recreation & Parks city pools will be closed November 26th Thursday and November 27th Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Normal scheduling of all pools will assume on Saturday November 28th. Happy Holiday!

Geneva Car Barn – Historic Preservation Commission Public Hearing

Phase 1 of scope of work includes the Powerhouse portion of the Geneva Car Barn complex: repair/restoration of the historic brick and concrete siding; repair/restoration of the historic (wood) windows; introduction of contemporary entry doors at the primary (west) façade; roof replacement of non-historic roof; at roof, restoration of the … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park’s Joe DiMaggio Playground Opens After $7.3 Million Renovation

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the opening of Joe DiMaggio Playground after its recent $7.3 million renovation. Joe DiMaggio Playground is approximately a 110,000 square foot park with a children’s play area, tennis courts, bocce courts, pool building and sport courts. It is located … Continue reading

Garfield Pool Closure (Nov 16 to Dec 12)

*UPDATE (12/11/15) – Garfield will re-open on time Saturday December 12th, 2015. Please make note Garfield Pool will be closed for maintenance from November 16th to December 12, 2015.

Mansell Improvement Project Construction Kick Off Event November 23rd, at 10:30am

We are excited to announce Mansell Improvement Project will be starting soon!  A ground breaking celebration is planned for November 23rd, at 10:30am at the parking lot at the corner of Mansell and Visitation Avenue. We expect work to start after the 30th of November and to be done by … Continue reading

GIANTS!!!!

On Sunday November 8th Palega Recreation Center had the pleasure of hosting San Francisco’s Play Ball Festival where we also welcomed 3 of our San Francisco Giants Word Series Trophies in our facility. Accompanying the trophies were our very own Mayer Ed Lee, San Francisco Recreation & Parks General Manager Phil Ginsburg, and San Francisco … Continue reading

Materials from 10-24-15 Schlage Parks meeting now available online

The Schalge Lock Parks Design Review Advisory Panel (DRAP) held another successful community meeting October 24, 2015. The community members helped narrow down the options for amenities to include the parks, discussed playground equipment and surface materials, and heard from the Art Commission staff about the Arts Enrichment process that … Continue reading

Great News! The Buena Vista Capital Improvement Community Consultation Document is Here.

Thank you so much for all of your input and for participating in such an exciting process. We value your suggestions and greatly appreciate all of the information you shared with use, throughout this process. We would now like to share with you the document we produced from all your … Continue reading

All Pools & Facilities will be Closed Veterans Day November 11th

All the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Pools & facilities will be closed on Veterans day November 11th & will re-open Thursday November 12th.  

SF Rec & Park Kicks Off Holiday Season with Ice Skating in Union Square and Justin Herman Plaza

SAN FRANCISCO — Two of San Francisco’s favorite outdoor ice skating rinks are opening for the holiday season this week. The Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square opened Wednesday while the Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center opens today in Justin Herman Plaza. “We’re thrilled to again have such great partners promote … Continue reading

You’re Participation is Needed for the Upcoming Garfield Pool Improvements

Thanks to those who voted in favor of the 2012 Park Bond, Garfield Pool was allocated $11 million dollars for improvements. We would like the community’s feedback on what you would like. The meeting will take place in the Clubhouse next to the pool building, which is located at 26th … Continue reading

Beacon Hill Trail Commission Approved Concept Plan

On May 21st, the Recreation and Park Commission approved the concept plan for the Walter Haas Connector Trail as well as allocated funding for the project. A certified arborist has identified five hazardous trees to be removed as part of the project. The hazardous trees are scheduled to be removed … Continue reading

San Francisco Selected for National League of Cities’ Connecting Children to Nature Leadership Academy

SAN FRANCISCO – The National League of Cities (NLC) and Children & Nature Network have selected San Francisco to participate in the Connecting Children to Nature Leadership Academy in St. Paul, Minn., this week. The leadership academy will provide city officials with the skills and knowledge to take up new or expanded … Continue reading

Woh Hei Yuen – Children’s Playground Resurfacing

這個遊樂場的橡膠地磚和沙地正在更換成新的橡膠地面。該項目將在11月初完成。 公園與康樂局 (Recreation and Park Department) 對此帶來的不便深表歉意。在此期間請去華人娛樂中心 (Chinese Recreation Center) 或黃顯護遊樂場 (Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground)。 監事Julie Christensen負責該項目的籌資。 如想了解詳情,請聯繫項目經理Marvin Yee:Marvin.Yee@sfgov.org 或 (415) 581-2541。 The rubber tiles and playground sand in this playground is being replaced with new rubber surfacing. The project will be completed by early November. The Recreation and … Continue reading

Portsmouth Square – Trash Enclosure Construction

一個新的垃圾桶外殼將成為限制訪問的垃圾收集區圍繞建設。該項目將在11月初完成。 垃圾桶外殼與規劃,這是在2015年三月完成了花園角廁所更換項目有關。 監事Julie Christensen負責該項目的籌資。 如想了解詳情,請聯繫項目經理Marvin Yee:Marvin.Yee@sfgov.org 或 (415) 581-2541. A new trash enclosure will be construction around the garbage collection area for restricted access. The project will be completed by early November. The trash enclosure is associated with the planning for the Portsmouth Square Restroom replacement project that was completed … Continue reading

India Basin Waterfront Parks One Step Closer to Reality: 1.5 Miles of Bayfront Property to become Network of Parks

Contact:          Sarah Madland, SF Recreation and Parks SAN FRANCISCO — A spectacular and seamless 1.5-mile-long network of public parks on the city’s southeast waterfront is one step closer to reality as the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission approved yesterday a partnership agreement to develop parks and open spaces along the … Continue reading

THIRD SCHLAGE LOCK PARKS MEETING SATURDAY OCT 24, 10-12

The third meeting of the Schlage Lock Parks Design Review Advisory Panel will be held Saturday, October 24, 2015, 10:00am-12:00pm, in the Visitacion Valley Library Community Room (201 Leland Ave).  At this meeting the panel and community will discuss revised designs of the two proposed parks based on input from the … Continue reading

Buchanan Mall Activation Opening Celebration 11/7/2015

Change is coming to the Buchanan Street Mall.  The Design Task Force – a group of 30 neighborhood elders, youth, and adults – met weekly this summer to discuss design and stewardship of the Mall. The Exploratorium translated the community’s design ideas into Activation elements.  These elements – gardens boxes, … Continue reading

India Basin Waterfront Parks Design Ideas Competition

Interested parties are invited to submit qualifications for a selection process which will result in design ideas competition for two India Basin properties, 900 Innes and India Basin Shoreline Park. This is a unique opportunity to design a 21st century legacy park in a partly wild, post-industrial, 140-year old historic San Francisco Bay waterfront context, with an emphasis on public access, social equity, recreation, resiliency and habitat. Continue reading

SEPTEMBER 26TH COMMUNITY MEETING PRESENTATION and MEETING SUMMARY

The Schlage Lock Parks Design Review Advisory Panel (DRAP) hosted a successful meeting on Saturday, September 26th to discuss designs for the new Schlage Lock Parks.  The community participated in two design exercise.  The presentation slides, programming exercise boards, results of the park theme dot voting, and a summary of … Continue reading

Joe DiMaggio Playground – Almost There!

Dear Neighbors, It’s been awhile since my last post, but things are moving along quickly out at the park.  I am pleased to announce that the Rec & Park Department is throwing a grand opening event on Saturday, November 14th!  Save the Date! I will post the event details later this month. In the … Continue reading

Update on Progress for Future Geneva Community Garden

Environmental remediation at the site has been completed.  Rec and Park was awarded a second Housing Related Parks Grant this year, which is a tremendous help since environmental remediation costs were higher than anticipated. Target schedule is as follows: Advertise to contractors: fall 2015 Begin construction: winter 2016 Open garden: late … Continue reading

Noe Valley Town Square Upcoming Community Meeting and Civic Design Review Hearing

The Residents of Noe Valley Town Square, along with Supervisor Wiener’s office and Rec and Park, will be presenting the latest design and project timeline at a community meeting on Tuesday, October 13. Details for this community meeting are below: Tuesday, October 13, 7:30 pm Umpqua Bank, 3938 24th Street The … Continue reading

GLEN CANYON Update: Recreation Center Renovation to Start Mid October

Hi Everyone, Just wanted to provide you with a brief update on the Glen Canyon Recreation Center Project.   This is a project to renovate the Recreation Center, which was overwhelmingly approved by San Francisco voters in the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond. Here is the project webpage if … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Rec Center CLOSURE Update!

The overall floor plan and the latest renderings can be seen here: http://sfrecpark.org/wp-content/uploads/GlenParkConceptual-Design.pdf The contract for the renovation was awarded to the contractor at the August Recreation and Park Commission Meeting.  Since that time we have been cleaning out the building to prepare for the renovation, and working with the … Continue reading

Fall Open Gym Hours

St. Mary’s Recreation Center 2015 Fall Open Gym Schedule   Sunday: Closed Monday: Closed Tuesday: 9am-4pm Wed: 9am-5pm & 7:30pm-9pm Thurs: 9am-4pm & 7pm-9pm Friday: 9am-9pm Saturday: 12pm-5pm For any information about fall schedule please call 415-695-5006 or please visit www.sfrecpark.org/destination/st-marys-rec-center (NOTE: Monday, the Facility Is Open To The afterschool … Continue reading

Noe Valley Civic Design Review CANCELLED

This afternoon’s Phase 1 Civic Design Review hearing has been cancelled by the San Francisco Arts Commission due to lack of quorum.  We anticipate that this hearing will be rescheduled to 3 pm on either this Thursday or this Friday.  Please stay tuned as we will update this project page … Continue reading

Noe Valley Town Square Civic Design Review

The Noe Valley Town Square project design will be presented for San Francisco Arts Commission Civic Design Review Phase I this coming Monday, September 28.  There is an opportunity for public comment as part of this hearing.  Please join us for this presentation if you are interested and/or would like to … 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

Mansell Street Corridor Improvements Update: Good News! Work to start later this year!

Hi Everyone, The final project was bid and the bids are now back and we hope to start construction in  November, depending on the speed of contract certification. As a review, this project will make major improvements to the Mansell Corridor through the park. It will provide protected pedestrian paths and bikelanes … Continue reading

See ‘Stranded’ at the Conservatory of Flowers Thru Oct 18

Don’t miss the boat on “Stranded,” a fantastic exhibit at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, now through October 18. Visitors “wash up” on an uncharted tropical shore to learn the ins and outs of island survival. Stroll through a living jungle of life-saving plants and discover the best sources … Continue reading

Geneva Car Barn Improvement Updates for September & October

Design Development for the Geneva Car Barn and Powerhouse is complete and will be presented to two City agencies in the next month. Meeting information is the following: Civic Design Review The exterior of the building, including streetscape improvements and landscaping, will be presented to the  San Francisco Arts Commission’s Civic Design Review Committee for … Continue reading

Bernal Heights Trails Improvement Project Timeline and Tree Work

Bernal Heights Trails Improvement Project is behind originally planned schedule, but we have not forgotten about it. Due to increasing construction costs and based on experience with previous trails improvement projects, Rec and Park is fine tuning our construction documents and applying for grants to supplement 2008 Clean & Safe … Continue reading

New Twin Peaks Boulevard Roadway Crossings in Progress

Platforms on either side of the roadway at two trail crossings have been installed as part of the repaving of the southern portion of Twin Peaks Boulevard.  City crews will be completing crosswalk striping and signage within the next month or so.  Platforms have been temporarily taped off. Crossing locations were coordinated closely with Rec … Continue reading

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

JOIN US! INDIA BASIN WATERFRONT PARKS AND TRAILS – COMMUNITY MEETING

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

Urban Ag Academy

Grow it, Preserve it, Love it! SF County Fair Building, 9th and Irving, Saturday, September 12, 2015, 11:30a-5pm Join the Urban Agriculture Program and partners for Urban Ag Academy: Grow It, Preserve It, Love It! This one-day event will feature demonstration classes on gardening and garden-infrastructure, workshops on fermenting and … 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