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

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, or … 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

Detailed Updates on Glen Canyon Trails Improvement Project

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

Larsen Playground Renovation Moving Along

Construction on the new Larsen Playground is moving along! Grading and walls are completed The contractor is beginning to install play equipment and playground signage We are currently working with the plane artist to schedule delivery and installation of the signature plane piece Remaining work includes rubber safety surfacing installation and … Continue reading

DuPont Courts Restroom Renovation – UPDATE

The DuPont Courts restroom will undergo renovation beginning 1/26/15. Completion is anticipated for summer 2015. Scope of improvements will include restoration of the concrete columns; a wheelchair-accessible, single-occupancy restroom; drinking fountain and bottle filler. Dupont Tennis Courts shall remain open during this time. Please note that no restroom facility is … Continue reading

Tai Chi

Palega Recreation Center has become the home of Tai Chi within the community. Every Friday morning our neighbors, community members, and gym participants gather in the main lobby to enjoy a nice session of Tai Chi.

Mission Dolores Park Construction Updates

Happy New Year everyone!  It’s been a little while since our last post, so we have a lot of updates to share. Despite the heavy rains in December, the contractor is moving ahead with the project.  The Operations & Maintenance building is almost complete, with our operations team planning to … Continue reading

Second Meeting for McLaren Community Garden Improvements

Hi everyone! We had a productive second meeting discussing two different design options for the renovation of the McLaren Community Garden. We got great feedback on elements such as trees that should be preserved, utilizing tall perimeter fencing and designing raised beds with attached seating. There was a lot of … Continue reading

Flint St. Tennis Courts at Corona Heights – UPDATE

Flint Street Tennis Courts are in the process of getting resurfaced so that they are playable once again. Although the courts were slated for completion in November 2014, progress was delayed due to inclement weather (heavy rain events and cooler temperatures). Work will resume and complete in spring 2015. We … Continue reading

Starting January 18th, we will be adding Sunday swimming hours to Coffman pool

Due to the closure of Martin Luther King pool due to circulation issues, we will be opening Coffman Pool on Sundays starting January 18th, until Martin Luther King Jr. Pool reopens. The schedule will be the same as Martin Luther King Jr. Pool: 10-Noon Lap Swim 12:30 PM -2 PM … Continue reading

Joe DiMaggio Playground – construction notices

We are fast approaching the start of construction at the park.  The contractor is preparing their final paperwork now and we are slated to start construction mid-January. Park closure notices & tree removal signs were posted recently at the park. Large banners with additional information will be hung in early … Continue reading

Portsmouth Square Restroom – UPDATE

Despite the heavy rain delays, the building shell is finally up! Next step is the completion of the curving, metal roof. We are pushing to open the new and much-needed restroom by Chinese New Year, February 19, 2015, by working longer days and on weekends. Stay tuned for more progress … Continue reading

Wind Storm Update

Impacted by the recent wind storm in the San Francisco Bay Area, Stern Grove and Pine Lake are now closed to vehicle traffic due to fallen trees obstructing roadways. The general public is asked to call 311 immediately should they observe potentially dangerous tree conditions or any tree failures. SF … Continue reading

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

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

Candlestick Memorabilia on Sale Now at AT&T Park

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department has teamed with the World Series Champion San Francisco Giants on From the Clubhouse, the Giants’ official source for game-used and autographed memorabilia. From the Clubhouse will be selling Candlestick Park artifacts authenticated by MLB. From the Clubhouse will be selling seatbacks, section … Continue reading

Friends of the AMP Wins 2014 NEN Award for Outstanding Park Volunteer

The Friends of the AMP (Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park) has been awarded the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN)’s Outstanding Park Volunteer Group award for 2014.  NEN is a collaboration of community organizations, city agencies, non-profit organizations and academic institutions with the goal of empowering neighborhoods to become cleaner, greener … Continue reading

Kimbell Playground Construction Update December 2014

You know the best part about rain??? We get to see where the water flows and make adjustments…… Building: We sealed the building before the first rain last month. The plumbing and electrical work in the building is about 80% completed. The doors are already installed and painted. The exterior is looking … Continue reading

Beach Chalet Construction Update.

The Recreation and Park Department, in partnership with the City Fields Foundation, has begun construction work at the Beach Chalet Athletic Fields.  A temporary construction fence has been erected around the site while the contractor begins the demolition activities associated with the project. The attached photo shows the turf being … Continue reading

Storm Update: Flooding and Closure Alerts

The following is an update of parts of our San Francisco park system that have been affected by the storm. (Updated at 2:10 p.m. PST, December 11, 2014) Flooding: -Palace of Fine Arts (response in progress, PUC dispatching electrician and generator) -MLK Drive in Golden Gate Park from 19th Avenue … Continue reading

NOTICE: Final Workshop Rescheduled due to weather from This Thursday to DECEMBER 17th. LAST Workshop for Community Opportunity Fund Program to Fund Park Improvements!

Hi Everyone – The final workshop scheduled for Round 5 Applications was scheduled for tomorrow night, Thursday December 11th  at Joe Lee Recreation Center – Multipurpose Room 2 (1395 Mendell Street). The meeting has been rescheduled due to weather, to Wednesday, December 17th, same time, same location:  6:00 pm – 8:00 … Continue reading

Rec and Park Yet to Finalize Decision Whether to Include Trail from Portola to Cul Du Sac in Project

Some neighbors have contacted Rec and Park to strongly oppose the inclusion in the Trails Improvement Project of the repair and formalization of the existing trail that connects the new Portola Trail with the end of the Portola cul-du-sac. This trail segment was included in the conceptual plan that was approved by the … Continue reading

McLaren Trail Connector Opening and Community Planting a Success

On Saturday, November 15, Rec and Park staff, including General Manager Phil Ginsburg, as well as Commissioners Low and Wei and Supervisor Cohen, joined members of the McLaren Collaborative and PROSAC and a host of neighbors to celebrate the completion of the McLaren Trail Connector Project with some gold shovel … Continue reading

Paving Project on Southern Portion of Twin Peaks Boulevard to Address Neighbor Concerns

Rec and Park and Public Works are coordinating a joint improvement project that will repave the southern portion of Twin Peaks Boulevard, from Panorama to the southern edge of the southern peak. The work will take place in early 2015. In response to neighbors’ concerns about problems with storm water … Continue reading

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

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

The San Francisco Appeal: Lawn Bowling Club Celebrates Reopening of Historic Green

By: Bay City News “The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and the city’s lawn bowling club reopened its lawn bowling green Tuesday [November 18th] at 10 a.m. at the oldest municipal lawn bowling club in the United States. In 1901, Superintendent of San Francisco parks John McLaren laid out … Continue reading

Lafayette Park DPA soft-Opening Wednesday, 11/25/14

Fences will be removed on Wednesday, 11/25, providing the public access to the 7,000 square feet of newly installed dog play area synthetic turf.  The eastern end of the DPA will remain closed until early January to allow the natural grass to regenerate. In the meantime, the temporary off-leash area located along Laguna Street will continue to be … Continue reading

UPDATE – Alta Plaza Park Water Conservation Project

The Friends of Alta Plaza Park concluded the community’s master planning process for Alta Plaza Park on November 22, 2014, held at The Waldorf School. The Recreation and Park Department will confer with the Friends to discuss the next steps, including revisions to the draft master plan based on the most … Continue reading

All SFRPD Pools will be closed Thursday November 27, 2014 and Friday November 28, 2014

All SFRPD Pools will be closed Thursday November 27, 2014 and Friday November 28, 2014 in observance of Thanksgiving. The pools will reopen for their normal schedule starting Saturday November 29, 2014

UPDATE – Gilman Playground Renovation

Beginning in 2013, the Recreation and Park Department conducted three (3) community meetings and attended community events to publicize the project and for public input. Consequently the Recreation and Park Commission approved the community-supported concept plan in March 2014. The concept plan depicts the replacement of the play equipment within the same general … Continue reading

Great first meeting for McLaren Community Garden Improvements

Hi all! We had a great first meeting about renovating the McLaren Community Garden. We heard lots of inspiring ideas such as building communal plots where gardeners can share herbs, having artwork that uses wind as an element, and creating a more welcoming space for children and seniors at the … Continue reading

Vandalism at Mission Dolores Park

Sadly, Mission Dolores Park has seen a big rise in graffiti and vandalism recently. The Recreation & Park Department has reached out to SFPD’s Mission Station to help control the problem. KTVU captured the vandalism in a recent story – click here to watch. Dolores Park is beloved park by many San … Continue reading

Play Ball: Registration for SFYBL’s 2015 Season Begins This Saturday, Nov 15!

The San Francisco Youth Baseball League (SFYBL), a collaboration between SF Rec and Park and the SF Fire Department’s Flame Program, begins its registration period for the upcoming 2015 season this Saturday, November 15. Online at sfreconline.org or in person at your local registration site. Divisions available for girls and … Continue reading

Palace of Fine Arts Request for Concept Proposals

The Recreation and Park Department is pleased to announce the Request for Concept Proposals for the lease of the Palace of Fine Arts building in San Francisco. For information about this unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, please visit the links below or contact Cassandra Costello at Cassandra.Costello@sfgov.org, 415-831-2791. The Department will be … Continue reading

Martin Luther King Jr. Pool closed on Sunday November 9th for Special Event

Martin Luther King Jr. Pool will be closed Sunday November 9, 2014 to host US Swimming Age Group Diversity clinic to promote swimming in urban areas. We apologize for any inconvenience this may pose. Sava, North Beach, Garfield and Rossi Pools are all open on Sunday to meet your swimming … Continue reading

McLaren Trail Connector Planting and Opening Event November 15

Join the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, McLaren Park Collaborative and park advocates for the Community Planting Day to celebrate the Opening of McLaren Park Trail Connector: please see Event Flyer (Click here) and feel free to distribute. If would like to volunteer for the community planting and other park beautification … Continue reading

Registration for Our Jr. Warriors Basketball League

Rec and Park’s All-City Youth Basketball program presents the 2015 Jr. Warriors League, featuring divisions for boys and girls in K through 8th grades. Registration begins Saturday, November 1 at 10 a.m., online or in-person at St. Mary’s Rec Center (Murray and Justin Drive).  League play is January 6 through … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park – Construction Sneak Peeks

Curious about what’s going on inside the fence?  Here’s a few photos of the recent progress. This first one shows the contractor getting ready to dig footings for the multi-use court:Plumbing is in at the North Restroom! The sidewalk on Dolores Street is almost complete. This section is close to 18th … Continue reading

Lafayette Park DPA Construction Work Begins Monday, 11/03/14

Please be advised that the Off-Leash Dog Play Area will be closed for renovation beginning Monday, November 3.  During construction, people who wish to walk their dogs off-leash may utilize the lawn area adjacent to Laguna Street. Your patience and cooperation is greatly appreciated. The area closest to the drinking fountain and … Continue reading

PROSAC Volunteer Day at Garfield Park

Phil Ginsburg greeted several members of the Park and Recreation Open Space Advisory Committee/PROSAC who recently volunteered their time giving Garfield Park a little clean-up. PROSAC members, appointed by the Board of Supervisors serve as liaisons between the RPD Commission, residents, neighborhood groups and organizations dedicated to park and recreational issues in … Continue reading

SF Gate: Best Hikes in San Francisco

By: Peter Hockaday “Our city’s famous hills make for some good hiking, both of the urban and natural variety. We’re focusing on the latter, so check out our picks for some of the best outdoor spaces, hikes, and walks the city has to offer.” See full article here: http://www.sfgate.com/outdoors/slideshow/Best-hikes-in-San-Francisco-96210.php

Important Message Regarding Registration

There are changes this upcoming season regarding the team registration system and process, reading the information below is very important.   Registration   REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENSION NEW Indoor Soccer Registration deadline. Please register by Saturday, November 29th. Visit: http://sfrecpark.leagueapps.com/ Final mandatory in person registration/payment dates (BY APPOINTMENT): Tuesday, November 25th 3-8:30pm … Continue reading

Fred Lyon Photography Exhibit

Come to the Fred Lyon Photography Exhibit at the Harvey Milk Photo Center which kicks off on November 8. Exhibit: Fred Lyon Photography Exhibit Curators: David J Christensen, Director, Harvey Milk Photo Center and Logan Taylor, Director/ Editor Opening Reception: Saturday, November 8, 1–4p.m. Dates: November 8 – January 10 Locations: Harvey Milk Photo Center, 50 Scott St. Viewing … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park, School Board, YMCA, National Park Service and Presidio Trust join San Francisco Youth Sign San Francisco Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager, and representatives of the National Park Service; Presidio Trust, the office of Supervisor Ferrell, and the San Francisco Unified School District Board met at Mountain Lake to sign the San Francisco Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights (SFCOBR), a new charter promoting outdoor experiences for all kids growing up in the city. … Continue reading

Kimbell Playground Renovation-update 10/2014

Walk the perimeter of the construction site for a glimpse of: Building: The plumbing and electrical work in the building are about 40% completed. The new door frames are being installed. The roof is completely sealed in case of early rain…..the sky is already misting this week. Playground: The playground boundaries are in place … Continue reading

Early Bird Special for the WGC-Cadillac Match Play at TPC Harding in May 2015

Special offer to the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play! Watch 64 of the world’s best golfers take on TPC Harding Park at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play in May 2015. Cheer on your favorites like Rory McIlory and defending champion Jason Day as they go head-to-head in this global … Continue reading

RPD High Performance Junior Tennis Team in South Carolina at National Tournament this weekend!!!

On behalf of the Golden Gate Park Tennis Complex and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department we want to wish Program Coordinator, Lou Maunupau, and his High Performance Junior Tennis Team all the best of luck this weekend while they compete in a national junior tennis tournament in South … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park – Palm Tree Transplant

If you were at the park last week, you may have witnessed another amazing construction moment – the transplanting of 2 mature palm trees. Here’s how they did it: Step 1: The crew, led by palm experts, tie up the palm tree fronds & excavate the root ball:  Step 2: the … Continue reading

Updated Pool Closure schedule

Due to some urgent plaster work that needs to be done at Hamilton Pool, The pool closure schedule has been changed. It is now the following: Garfield  August 25, 2014 – September 12, 2014  Rossi            September 15, 2014 – October 10, 2014 Hamilton     October 20, 2014 – December 1, … Continue reading

Portsmouth Square Restroom Temporary Fence Expansion

We wanted to make sure that you are aware of our upcoming temporary fencing expansion, in the vicinity of the restroom renovation project. We recently uncovered soil at Portsmouth Square that will require temporary expansion of the construction fencing for excavation. The fenced area will get expanded for 3 weeks … Continue reading

SF Examiner: Chinatown Playground Clubhouse Reopens

By Jessica Kwong With the help of a Chinatown neighborhood nonprofit, the Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground clubhouse is bouncing back from its underutilized state to the busier days of its elevated past. The clubhouse on Sacramento Street, beneath a basketball court and partially tucked below ground level, until its … Continue reading

Marina Yacht Harbor Renovation Wins American Society of Civil Engineers’ Project of the Year Award

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today Marina Yacht Harbor Renovation is the recipient of 2014 Project of the Year Award from the American Society of Civil Engineer.  The Project’s contractor, Dutra Construction will be accepting the Award on behalf of SF Rec and Park … Continue reading

Glen Canyon TRAILS project impacts to Glen Ridge Nursery School

Starting this Friday, September 26, the trail to Glen Ridge Nursery School/Silver Tree on the west side of the creek will be closed so that our contractor can work on this section of trail and install retaining wall features to stabilize the trail and minimize erosion. The trail will be blocked … Continue reading

Muay Thai

This week, we received our new shipment of pads and boxing gloves for our martial arts classes! Our first class to use the new equipment was our Muay Thai class, the participants and instructors were excited to use the new equipment.

Great Highway Restrooms Renovation is Underway

The renovation work on the restroom structures has begun. The contractor is currently working on general demolition work and hazardous material abatement work. The next phase of the project will be to start the new roofing work and structural stabilization of the historic clay block walls. Please note that the … Continue reading

Thanks for joining us for the Minnie Lovie Ward Fields Opening!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their patience during this athletic field renovation project. We have now completed this project and the field is open for recreational play. Hope you enjoy this newly renovated park facility. GET OUT AND PLAY! Thank you, Dan

Friday Night Market

What: Friday Night Market at UN Plaza Date: Every Friday from Sept. 5 through Oct. 24 Time: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. Location: United Nations Plaza, Eighth and Market streets What: Food Trucks, Drinks, Vendors, Entertainment and Activities Website:   www.fridaynightmarket.com

Tricycle Music Fest

The San Francisco Kids’ Public Library announces the 6th annual Tricycle Music Fest, bringing more concerts, more bands, and more opportunities to rock, play, and learn at the library! San Francisco Public Library and San Mateo County Library are teaming up again to present the biggest little music fest on the West Coast. The … Continue reading

Joe Dimaggio Playground – site closure & construction updates

The library demolition is complete & the playground is almost fully reopened! The tennis courts & bocce courts have been reopened for a couple weeks now, and the older kids’ playground reopened this week. The contractor is still on site to install some temporary improvements & intends to reopen the smaller … Continue reading

FYI : Glen Canyon Park Recreation Center Renovation Public Art Selection Panel on September 30th, 2-6pm at 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70

Hi Everyone –   Update on the public art selection process for Glen Park Rec Center Renovation: the next meeting will be on September 30. The Glen Canyon Art Selection Panel will meet and review a group of shortlisted artists. This shortlist of artists will be selected from the pre-qualified and … Continue reading

Marina Bay Trail Improvements Community Meeting

Please join us for an informational meeting on the project plans for the Marina Bay Trail, along Marina Boulevard. GOALS OF THE PROJECT Ensure safety for people walking and biking; Provide uninterrupted views of the bay; Meet parking and loading needs for marina berth holders; Enhance the experience along the … Continue reading

2012 Bond – Balboa Pool Improvements Meeting #3

Join us to discuss improvements to Balboa Pool funded by the 2012 Clean & Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond. Your input is very important. Everyone is invited to attend! Tell your friends and neighbors! – Discuss plans and needs of the Pool – Solicit Feedback Date: Thursday,September 18th, 2014 Time: 6:00-7:30pm Place: Ingleside … Continue reading

DuPont Courts Restroom Renovation – UPDATE

On September 9th, neighbors of DuPont Courts attended an informational meeting on the upcoming renovation of the DuPont Court restroom building hosted by the Recreation and Park Department at the Rochambeau Clubhouse. The renovation will include a new wheelchair-accessible ramp from 30th Ave, and single-occupancy restroom on the west end of the restroom building. … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park – Construction Photos

We couldn’t be more excited about these construction photos!  The new accessible pathway has been installed, the concrete at the plaza and promenade are almost finished, and the North Restroom has a beautiful cedar ceiling: Exciting finishes will be installed in the next couple of weeks and we will continue to add more photos … Continue reading

Free Fall Classes at GGP CommUNITY Garden

Just announced: Free fall classes at the city’s largest community garden, the Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden, including Pollinators in San Francisco, Integrated Pest Management for Your Garden and Composting & Vermicomposting.  All classes are 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  RSVP to rpd.urbanag@sfgov.org September 13, 2014 -Pollinators in San Francisco: … Continue reading

Telegraph Hill Safety Improvements Informational Meeting

The Recreation and Park Department and the Department of Public Works invite you to attend an Informational Meeting on the upcoming Safety Improvements to Telegraph Hill to be held on September 10th 2014 from 6 :00 to 7:30 pm at Joe DiMaggio Clubhouse,  651 Lombard Street. Please see attached invitation … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park – Dolores Street Sidewalk Repairs

The Mission Dolores Park contractor will be repairing the sidewalk on 18th Dolores Street between 18th and 19th Streets starting Monday September 8th. The sidewalk will be closed for about 1 week during this process. In fact, pathways around the entire park are continuing to take form. This photo is of the … Continue reading

UPDATE: Portsmouth Square Restroom

The Portsmouth Square restroom building is being demolished to make way for a new, larger facility. Demolition began Aug. 27th beginning with the jack-hammering of the concrete roof, then followed by the removal of the concrete walls. The Recreation and Park Department apologizes for the noisy activity, which should end … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park to Adapt Park Land Management Strategy Combating Climate Change

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (SF Rec and Park), along with San Francisco Environment (SFE) and San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), are taking steps to implement park operation policies and strategies to combat the challenges of climate change.  The agencies have partnered with the … Continue reading

Mission Rec Rebels Fall Tryouts, 9/10-9/14

Mission Recreation Center Rebels invites 4th to 8th-grade girls to their fall tryouts, September 10-14. MRC is one of the most recognized, most comprehensive instruction-based Girls AAU Basketball programs in the west. Repetition is the key to success, and all of our teams train consistently on a structured and designed curriculum which … Continue reading

Mid-Autumn Harvest Festival at Tenderloin Children’s Recreation Center

The Southeast Asian Arts and Culture Coalition present the Mid-Autumn Harvest Festival on Saturday, September 6, 2014, 11:30am-4pm at Tenderloin Children’s Recreation Center. The exhibition helps promote and preserve the arts and culture of the Southeast Asian American communities in San Francisco. There will be representatives from the Burmese, Cambodian, … Continue reading


Zumba has been a hot commodity here at Palega. Neighbors have been bringing their friends to join in on the fun fitness class. This week we have posted our Fall programming for the neighbors and community to see. Please visit www.sfreconline.org to see a complete list of our programs.

Rossi Pool closed September 15, 2014 to October 10, 2014 for annual maintenance

Rossi Pool is scheduled to close from September 15, 2014 – October 10, 2014 for annual maintenance. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause you and we hope you understand the necessity of doing annual maintenance on our facilities. We look forward to reopening and serving you again. The … Continue reading

Failing Playgrounds Task Force Meeting 5 Summary

Meeting 5 – July 29, 2014 Nearing their goal of narrowing down the “potential universe,” the Failing Playgrounds Task Force discussed potential, prioritized lists of children’s play areas at Meeting 5. Each list was created using a different method. Between the three lists, a total of 28 playgrounds remained from … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Tennis Court Repairs Starting Soon!

Hi Everyone, As you may have heard, it has come to our attention that the slope of the tennis courts at Glen Canyon Park are not in line with current United States Tennis Association (USTA) recommendations. Rec and Parks has worked with the design and construction management staff at the … Continue reading

Garfield Pool is closed for annual maintenance from August 25, 2014 to September 12, 2014

Garfield Pool is closed from August 25, 2014 – September 12, 2014 for annual maintenance. We apologize for the inconvenience this may cause you and we hope you understand the necessity of doing annual maintenance on our facilities. We look forward to reopening and serving you again. The two closest … Continue reading

Call for Volunteers to Build a New Trail at McLaren Park this Saturday and Sunday

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is working with V-O-Cal (Volunteers for Outdoor California) this Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and August 24, to build a brand new trail in McLaren Park to provide people a safe and pleasant place to walk outside of the busy roadway. Trail work … Continue reading

Update and Notice: Glen Canyon Park Tennis Court Repair Work to Start September 2nd, Please Plan Accordingly

Hi Everyone, As you may have heard, it has come to our attention that the slope of the tennis courts at Glen Canyon Park are not in line with current United States Tennis Association (USTA) recommendations. Rec and Parks has worked with the design and construction management staff at the … Continue reading

Portsmouth Square Restroom – Closed for Construction

Portsmouth Square restroom is currently closed for construction, and shall re-open by spring 2015. Six (6) porta potties and 2 wash stations are provided in the interim. The new restroom building was designed through a community process and increases the user capacity to six (6) for each gender, plus a family … Continue reading

Saturday in the Park Free Concert Series: McLaren Park

The iconic Jerry Garcia Amphitheater at McLaren Park features a variety of local performers and varied music genres from August 9 to October 11, 2014. Situated on a sunny hillside meadow and surrounded by tall shade trees, the Jerry Garcia Amphitheatre creates an intimate, friendly setting, allowing for the talents of these artists to … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park Construction Updates

The past couple weeks have provided some beautiful construction photos. Above is a view of the north field, where the soil piles are quickly being removed. The new field will soon be leveled and ready for its state-of-the-art drainage system. Below is the new North Restroom during construction of the roof. Finally, a big reveal … Continue reading

Update on Public Art Process for Glen Canyon Park Rec Center Project

Hi Folks, Just want to update you about the Artist Selection Panel meeting on August 4th. Thank you again for all of your feedback. On August 4th, 2014 the finalists for the Glen Canyon Park Public Art Project presented their artwork proposals to the Artist Selection Panel. After careful review … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Presents Fall Activities 2014

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) presents fall activities which include martial arts, ceramics, swimming, photography, dancing, zumba, soccer, kayaking and more.  The registration for fall recreation has begun.  And more information can be found on the Department website atwww.sfreconline.org.   “Kids will be going back to school soon … Continue reading

YSP is hiring!

The Youth Stewardship Program is hiring 2014-15 Environmental Education Interns! We are looking for fabulous applicants who are interested in working with youth in San Francisco parks running our free field trip program. Check out the website IdeaList for a detailed description of the opportunity. Interested applicants can email zoe.burton@sfgov.org … Continue reading

Small (baby) pool at Martin Luther King Jr. has reopened, however, the heat the pool is not heated (updated 9/8/14)

The small (baby) pool at Martin Luther King Jr. was closed while our engineers worked to maintain water balance. They have fixed this issue and the small pool is reopened. However, the pool has encountered another issue and can not be heated at this time. We know that this has … Continue reading

Work Completed at 2 of 3 McLaren Trail Entryway Improvement Sites

New planting and signage has been installed at the Persia and Campbell Ave entries, and the contractor is preparing to replace the asphalt fire road entry and then plant at the trail entry across from the middle school pullout on Visitacion Ave. Thank you for your patience as we work to … Continue reading

Glen Canyon TRAILS Improvement Project Over Halfway Complete

A majority of trail improvements on the eastern slope of the Canyon are complete, and the contractor will be reopening these trails in the coming week or so. Thank you for your patience as we complete a couple last sets of “stringer stairs” on the eastern slope as well as … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Park Trail Names to Be Recommended to Rec and Park Commission Operations Committee August 7

This Spring, Rec and Park convened a trail naming contest for the 3 main trails in Glen Canyon Park. We received over 75 nominations for trail names. Following the close of the contest, a trail naming committee reviewed the names and rationale for names and made recommendations to be presented … Continue reading

Construction Starting for Larsen Playground Renovation

We are excited to announce that we have a construction start date for Larsen Playground Renovation. The contractor will be mobilizing on or close to Monday, August 4. The playground is scheduled to open late winter/ early spring 2015. The new restroom at Larsen will remain open for as much … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Project Updates: Rec Center Design Development, Art Commission Hearing and more

Hi folks, Last night I made a presentation to the Glen Park Neighbors Meeting at the Rec Center, where I showed a powerpoint. see below. Rec Center Renovation Design Development Please see the presentation to see developments in the design. Due to project costs, escalation, additional work needed to renovate … Continue reading

Middle School Pool Party at Hamilton Pool

With Summer winding down, start the next school year off right. Come to Hamilton’s Middle School Pool Party. Its on Wednesday, August 6th, 2014 6pm to 8pm. Here is some more information: • Activities: Music and BBQ • Cost: $5 • Admission is limited to the first 45 • Please … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Improvement Project Updates from Rec and Park: Update Tomorrow, July 30th at Glen Park Neighbors Meeting at Glen Canyon Rec Center

Hi Folks, Just an FYI  – I will be providing a project update at the Glen Park Association Quarterly Meeting at the Glen Park Rec Center tomorrow evening, July 30th.  The meeting officially starts at 7:00pm, but people can arrive at 6:30pm. Topic to cover include: Updates on the ongoing … Continue reading

Rossi Manta Rays win Zone 3 Championship meet

Congratulations to the Rossi Manta Rays for winning the Pacific Zone 3 Championship Meet held in Vallejo on July 26-27. Coach Mike Wong says this is the first SFRP team to ever win a zone championship. There are 36 teams from northern California in this zone. Meet participants include SFRP … Continue reading

Summer Funtivities

Summer is the busiest time of season for recreation centers! With the amount of programs being conducted at Palega, our facility is being used to the maximim. We are glad that community members are able to use all sorts of areas in our facility including the lobby/atrium.

Annual Pool closure list

We close SFRPD pools for approximately one month for annual maintenance, or for 3 months in the case of mission pool during the winter season. Below is the schedule for the closures. It is subject to change, and any changes will be posted on our blog. You will also find … Continue reading

New Mini Park on Guy Place – Public Art Proposals

The San Francisco Arts Commission is working with the Recreation and Parks Department to commission a public artwork as part of the development of a new mini park on Guy Place. Three artists were selected by a Public Art Selection Panel to create proposals for this artwork: Jenny Balisle, Adriane … Continue reading

Joe DiMaggio Playground – Old Library Demo Update

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer!  A quick update on the library demolition project that is affecting portions of our playground.  The contractor completed the interior demolition a couple weeks ago, and after a short delay, is back on site this week to finish the demolition. What does this mean … Continue reading

Failing Playgrounds Meeting #2 Summary

The second Failing Playgrounds Task Force meeting sent participants through San Francisco to observe children’s play areas in Hayes Valley, Alamo Square and the Western Addition. The tour began at Hayes Valley Playground and then continued on to Alamo Square Playground, Kimball Playground, and Buchanan Mall. The Teacher with the … Continue reading

Natural Areas Program at Oak Woodlands

A snapshot of the SFRPD Natural Areas Program staff and volunteers taking care of some of the oldest Coastal Live Oak trees in the city of San Francisco at the Oak Woodlands, an extraordinary remnant of native landscape in the northeast corner of Golden Gate Park. Come join the fun … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park – The Mexican Liberty Bell Gets a New Home

Check out this great time lapse video of the Mexican Liberty Bell moving into its new home! While on the crane, the bell was weighed and came in at 15,000 pounds. The bell is an important part of the history of the park and will be the central feature of the improved 19th Street Plaza. Curious to know … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park – Upcoming Construction Alert

The Mission Dolores Park contractor will start construction early this Thursday morning, July 10th. Alten Construction will be pouring the concrete foundation for the Operations & Maintenance building near the corner of 18th and Church Streets. The concrete pour will start at 4:00 am and end at 3:00 pm. There … Continue reading

New Landscape Boulders Placed at Trail Entryways in McLaren Park

You may notice some new boulders sitting in the dirt near the Persia picnic area and the Campbell Ave park entry at McLaren Park. These boulders are part of our grant-funded McLaren Park Trail Connector/Trail Entryway Improvement Project and are sitting in the middle of what will soon become newly … Continue reading

Visitacion Ave Fire Road Improvements Have Begun at McLaren Park

Improvements to the Visitacion Ave Fire Road entry have begun as part of our McLaren Park Trail Connector/ Trail Entryway Improvement Project. This project includes 3 distinct sites within McLaren Park. Work on the other 2 sites began back in late April; however, we could not complete hazardous tree mitigation … Continue reading