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

Water Exercise Class scheduled at Hamilton with no have an instructor from 7/7/14 to 7/17/14

I am sorry to say that our replacement instructor at Hamilton Pool is unavailable from 7/7/14 to 7/17/14 due to a previous commitment. We do not have another water exercise instructor to replace her at Hamilton. During her normally scheduled class, the pool and space will be available for self … 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

Volunteers needed at Glen Park – Hillside Weeding – 9am to Noon, This Friday, June 27th!

Thank you again to those of you that came out and volunteered on the hillside Friday, June 13th!  It was great! That combined with the work of our gardening staff over the last few week, we have been focusing on taking out the radish and the mustard, starting at the … Continue reading

Comment Period Extended: Glen Canyon Recreation Center Renovation Proposals for Public Art Feedback accepted, Through July 8th

Hi Everyone! As some of you may know, all public capital projects like the upcoming renovation of the Glen Canyon Recreation center, include a public art component. We have been working with the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Department of Public Works artists to develop artwork that will highlight … Continue reading

Failing Playgrounds Task Force Revised Meeting Schedule

Please note the below revised meeting schedule. We apologize for any inconvenience and will post the rescheduled 4th meeting here, when we have a date and location. Meeting 4: Tuesday, June 17th, 2014, 5:30-7:30 pm – City Hall, Room 278 CANCELLED - TBD Meeting 5: RESCHEDULED to Tuesday, July 29th, 2014, 5:30-7:30 … Continue reading

MLK Pool closed for 3:30 PM Lap Swim – will reopen 6/15/14

Martin Luther King Jr. Pool is closed for the 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM lap swim on Saturday 6/14/14 while we address an unanticipated incident. Our staff is busy cleaning and disinfecting the pool and deck area. We should reopen for tomorrow’s regularly scheduled programs. We are sorry we were unable … Continue reading

World Cup Viewings Return to Civic Center in June and July

San Francisco Recreation and Parks and America SCORES Bay Area are teaming up again to bring you live broadcasts of World Cup soccer action at Civic Center beginning this Saturday, June 14.  Throughout the month of June, we’ll be hosting viewing parties of several tournament matches, including England versus Italy on June 14, and the U.S. team’s matches versus Ghana on June 16, Portugal on June 22, and Germany on June 26.  Then, in July, we’ll host the highly anticipated semi-finals and finals.  Click here to find out more information, including schedules, game day activities and food options. Continue reading

SFLBC-Bowling Green 1-June Update

Zoom into Google satellite to see the ‘wood form work’ that surrounds Green 1. In the next five weeks, concrete will be poured in stages from gutter to perimeter fence walls. For your safety, the northern section of the Sharon Meadows parking lot will be closed for construction on the following days. Please … Continue reading

Upper Douglass Dog Park -Update 6/1/2014

Can you spot the grid pattern throughout the field? Those are 1”wide by 9” deep sand channels that will aid the soil in absorbing standing water. The sand removes the water from the surface so the top soil won’t get muddy and also holds moisture within the soil so the lawn can absorb … Continue reading

Upcoming Glen Canyon Rec Center Renovation Proposals for Public Art needs your Feedback.

Hi Everyone! As some of you may know, all public capital projects like the upcoming renovation of the Glen Canyon Recreation center, include a public art component. We have been working with the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Department of Public Works artists to develop artwork that will highlight … Continue reading

Construction Check-In at Dolores Park

At this moment in the construction process, a lot of “ground work” is occurring, including laying down the drainage systems, trenching for utilities, and grading for the new paths and sports courts. In the next couple of weeks, you’ll start to see some exciting above-ground improvements. A lot of concrete … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Turns Street Median Into New Urban Trail Park Presidio Trail

SF Rec and Park Turns Street Median Into New Urban Trail Park Presidio Trail opens in celebration of National Trails Day SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the opening of a new urban trail alongside Park Presidio Boulevard in celebration of National Trails Day.  … Continue reading

Notice: Joe DiMaggio Playground – Library Demolition Closure

An important step is starting soon that will set the stage for our park renovation: The old library demolition is beginning later this month. The playground, bocce courts, and tennis courts will be temporarily closed during the demolition. This temporary closure is to ensure the safety and security of park … Continue reading

Minnie Lovie Fields are in the last stages of completion!

Hello Minnie & Lovie Park Advocates- Over the next ten days, the contractor will be moving forward with the installation of the fields’ sub-base drainage rock. This rock layer is installed to provide optimal drainage functions for the field. The attached photo shows the beginning phase of this process.   … Continue reading

Palega Summer Hours

Palega Recreation Center ha extended our hours of operation for the summer season. Feel free to come in and visit during our open hours. Monday: 9am-6pm Tuesday: 9am-9pm Wednesday: 9am-9pm Thursday: 9am-9pm Friday: 9am-9pm Saturday: 9am-5pm Sunday: Closed (Available for Rental)

Glen Canyon Tennis Courts Update

Hi Everyone, I wanted to provide an update on the tennis courts at Glen Canyon. It has come to our attention that the slope of the courts are not in line with current USTA recommendations. Rec and Parks has worked with the design and construction management staff at the Department … Continue reading

Available for rentals!

This past weekend, the community had the pleasure to use our multipurpose room for a community modeling event. After many months Palega Recreation Center’s multipurpose room is available for rentals. For more information regarding rentals please call contact our Permits and Reservations Department at (415) 831-5500 or visit us at … Continue reading

New Additions

Palega Recreation Center is happy to present our plaque representing donors who supported our facility by donating to our Furniture, Fixtures, and Equipment Fund. We are thankful for all the support that’s been given for Palega Recreation Center.

UPDATE – DuPont Courts Restrooms

The City received an appeal of the demolition permit for the replacement of the free-standing restrooms. Due to prolonged delay, the Recreation and Park Department is re-evaluating the scope of the project. In the interim, Dupont Tennis Courts remains open. Note that restrooms are not available at DuPont Tennis Courts … Continue reading

UPDATE – Alta Plaza Park Water Conservation Project

Dear Alta Plaza Park Neighbors: The Recreation and Park Dept. (RPD) would like to take this opportunity to provide an update on the status of improvements for Alta Plaza Park: o  Soil prep work is planned for portions of the south side where extensive weed eradication was recently done. This will occur within … Continue reading

Summer Schedule

Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center will open on Mondays starting June 2nd, 2014 from 9:00am-6:00pm. The Rec Room is now open with table tennis, foosball, and table golf. Call or visit the facility for more information on the new schedule.


This past Friday was quite an eventful day for Palega Recreation Center. Department of Public Works (DPW) rented out the facility and held their annual Employee Appreciation Day with various activities in the gym, athletic fields, and multipurpose rooms. It’s great to see that our facility was able to accommodate … Continue reading

Rec and Park Honored at California Trails and Greenways Conference

Rec and Park was honored at the 2014 California Trails and Greenways Conference this April with a Merit Award for the development of the Creek to Peaks Trail. The Creek to Peaks Trail connects Glen Canyon and Twin Peaks for walkers, runners and hikers.  The “to Peaks” portion of the … Continue reading

Junior Giants Baseball

Junior Giants free baseball league is right around the corner!  If you are interested in volunteering as a head or assistant coach please contact Cortez Espinoza at Registration for individual players is available now at

Junior Giants

Another year another season. Junior Giants is finally here and ready to start up again! This year volunteer coaches are needed. For more information please contact city wide youth athletic coordinator Cortez Espinoza at For registration please visit

Reminder Failing Playgrounds 2012 Bond Task Force Meeting 4/29/14

We wanted to remind everyone that the Recreation and Park Department has launched the Failing Playgrounds Task Force, which will identify criteria for failing playgrounds and make recommendations to the Recreation and Park Commission on childrens play areas that are priorities for renovation in accordance with the 2012 Clean and … Continue reading

Free Zumba in the Parks

Come party yourself into shape with free Zumba classes. Zumba is a latin-inspired, easy-to-follow calorie-burning dance-fitness party. You will get a great workout while enjoying San Francisco’s wonderful weather, Parks, and Recreation Centers. Proudly brought to you by The Movement in the Parks Program and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.  No Registration Required. Just show up and dance away. For Zumba updates RSVP Olive. Continue reading

Field Renovation Project Moving Forward, as Planned

Hello Park Advocates- The athletic field project is still moving forward as planned. The various contractors are aggressively completing their various work tasks. If you swing by the site you will see the concrete contractors completing their final work on the southern retaining walls as well as the installation of … Continue reading

Legends of Candlestick Flag Football Game

July 12, 2014 at 7 p.m.

Event Information

The final football game ever at legendary Candlestick Park will take place on July 12 when NFL Hall of Famers Joe Montana and Jerry Rice and their 49er teammates Roger Craig and Dwight Clark face off against a team of NFL stars captained by NFL Hall of Famer Dan Marino in the best flag football game ever, “Legends of Candlestick,” presented by HP.  An opening game between the San Francisco Police Department and San Francisco Firefighters will precede Candlestick Park’s unforgettable football finale.

Tickets for “Legends of Candlestick” are $30, $40 and $50 and will be available for purchase on May 10, 2014 at

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Paul McCartney Gets Back to Candlestick Park

August 14, 2014
Tickets for the Paul McCartney “Farewell to Candlestick Park: The Final Concert” go on sale Monday May 5th at 10am at

Event Information

Putting the rumor mill to rest, Sir Paul McCartney has confirmed that he will indeed return to San Francisco August 14 to play Farewell to Candlestick: The Final Concert. This once-in-a-lifetime occasion is sure to be doubly bittersweet as Paul closes the same iconic venue where The Beatles played their final concert date on August 29, 1966. Of Paul’s most recent visit to San Francisco, headlining last year’s Outside Lands festival, the SF Weekly gushed “one of pop music’s original supernovas… let us bask in its incredible warmth for the best part of three hours… the question of whether or not it was a ‘good’ show almost doesn’t apply — Paul McCartney… was good in a way that no other show could be.”

Tickets for Paul McCartney’s Farewell to Candlestick: The Final Concert will go on sale Monday, May 5 at 10am. American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Thursday, May 1 at 10am through Sunday, May 4 at 10pm.

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Box Step Building at Glen Canyon

Our contractor has begun to install box steps and accompanying trail lengths on the northeast slope of Glen Canyon, near the entrance at Turquoise and Amber.  The contractor will be using a small area of Christopher Playground to stage lumber for the steps.  Thank you for your patience as we keep the … Continue reading

McLaren Trail Connector Project Underway

We are pleased to announce that we have a contractor on board to complete the McLaren Trail Connector/ Trail Entry Improvements Project.  Following a check with a consulting biologist to ensure no active bird nesting activity, the Contractor will fence off limit of work area and begin with tree work this Friday … Continue reading

UPDATE – Alta Plaza Park Water Conservation Project

Dear Alta Plaza Park Neighbors: The Recreation and Park Dept. (RPD) would like to take this opportunity to provide another update on the status of improvements for Alta Plaza Park: + Weed wicking began in early April on the south side of Alta Plaza Park. Weed removal is expected to … Continue reading

Major Compost Giveaway Draws Thousands of Residents to Four Locations throughout S.F.

Major Compost Giveaway Draws Thousands of Residents to Four Locations throughout S.F. In celebration of Earth Day, Recology hands out 12 truckloads of nutrient-rich planting mix made from food scraps and plant cuttings collected in San Francisco’s green bin program  San Francisco, Calif., (April 12, 2014) – Today, Recology hosted the … Continue reading

UPDATE – Portsmouth Square Restroom Replacement Project

The Recreation and Park Department is pleased to report that the City is advertising the Portsmouth Square Restroom Replacement Project for contractor bids on 4/11/14. Bids will be due on May 7th. Barring any unforeseen complications, an award of contract is anticipated in July 2014, with construction beginning in fall … Continue reading

UPDATE – Alta Plaza Park Water Conservation Project

Dear Alta Plaza Park Neighbors: The Recreation and Park Dept. (RPD) would like to take this opportunity to provide an update on the status of improvements for Alta Plaza Park: * RPD posted the south side of Alta Plaza Park for weed-wick, herbicide application in its heightened effort to eradicate … Continue reading

Updates on Palega Recreation Center

Palega Recreation Center is still under construction having opened 4 months ago. Palega Rec is currently closed from 03/26/2014 – 03/27/2014 for Open Gym for  floor repair. We will re-open on Friday 03/28/2014. While the gym is closed feel free to come in and enjoy our outdoor facility, various multi-purpose rooms, or our indoor … Continue reading

Urban Ag and Rec and Park Featured in SFGovTV QuickBites

Potrero del Sol Community Garden, the Free Farm Stand at Treat Commons Community Garden and Rec and Park’s Community Gardens Program and Urban Agriculture Program were featured this past week on SFGov TV’s “QuickBites” program, along with a piece on DPW’s Gleaning Program. Please see below for a quick and … Continue reading

Balboa Community Meeting #2 – April 1, 2014 at 6:00PM

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! The meeting is Tuesday April 1, , 6:00-7:30pm at Ingleside Police Station Community Room, 1 Sgt John … Continue reading

Summer Learn to Swim is taking registrations now

Summer Learn to Swim, one of our most popular programs is taking registrations now. You can go to and sign your child up for our two week (8 or ten sessions depending on the pool) weekday morning lessons. Sign up now, before they fill up.

SF Chronicle: SF’s Urban Coyotes

By Jill Tucker Camilla Fox is fighting an uphill battle against fairy tales and Saturday morning cartoons. Children’s stories often feature wild canines in unflattering roles – the wolf that eats Grandma and the dim-witted and Acme-loving coyote that can’t seem to hit the beep-beeping roadrunner with an anvil. As one of … Continue reading


Work on Coit Tower continues as we are getting closer to re-opening.  Repair to exterior concrete and stucco, restoration of doors and windows and improvements to the buildings electrical system are nearing completion. The image above is of scaffolding at the Lantern Level for repairs to concrete and stucco as … Continue reading

West Sunset Improvement Project – Community Meeting #3

The Recreation and Park Department invites you to attend the third concept planning meeting to discuss the proposed capital improvements for this park facility, specifically addressing field and athletic court improvements, and site accessibility. We will be presenting the concept plan which will show the proposed improvements based on feedback … Continue reading

Free Zumba Classes

Palega Recreation Center is now offering Fitness classes for all ages. Most recently the community has been enjoying our Zumba Fitness Class offered here at Palega. For more information regarding classes offered here at Palega please visit

Glen Canyon Park Trail Naming Contest

Part of the plan for improving trails at Glen Canyon Park is installing some new signs to help park users find their way around and interpret the unique ecological features of the Canyon. We are running a trail naming contest to name these trails.  Please click on the link below … Continue reading

Upper Douglass Dog Park – Update 03/18/2014

Good news! Construction started this week at Upper Douglass Dog Park. Over the next two weeks, there will be minimal site work as the lead contractor samples the soil before mobilizing for construction end of the month. Then there will be several months of construction such as trenching, installing additional catch … Continue reading

Curbed SF: 5 Amazing Parks to Visit While Dolores is Under Construction

The weather is currently stunning, which usually would mean heading to Dolores Park for some picnicking and people-watching. But with big swathes of the park out of commission for construction and renovation, you may be in need of some other park options. Luckily, there are lots of other parks not … Continue reading

Summer Camps

This summer we are offering a variety of fun camps for ages 6 to 12! Outdoor Discovery Camp, Baseball Camp and Golf Camp were all very popular last summer so be sure to sign up on Saturday March 15,2014 at 10:00 am . You can register here at Moscone or by visiting

DuPont Courts Restroom – UPDATE

Dear Neighbors of DuPont Courts: As you may know, the DuPont Courts restroom project is funded under the 2008 Park Bond to improve free-standing restrooms, supported by 71% of voters. Subject to the outcome of a permit appeal hearing on April 9, 2014 (Wed) the project replaces the existing restrooms … Continue reading

Huffington Post: Ginsburg Brings His Green Heart to SF

By Adrian Benepe, Senior Vice President and Director of City Park Development for The Trust for Public Land A recent issue of New York Magazine includes a long story comparing New York City and San Francisco, asking “Is San Francisco New York?” While the piece focused on high tech business … Continue reading

Sign Up Now for Spring Courses at GGPTS

 Check Out these Exciting Adult Tennis Programs: Social Tennis Club: Course Barcode #: 34740 Wednesdays  6:15p.m.-7:45p.m., Golden Gate Park Tennis Complex The SFRPD tennis department is reviving a program that is designed for tennis players to get a little bit of instruction, but with a greater emphasis on actual play-doubles … Continue reading

Spring is here!

As the spring session of San Francisco Youth Baseball Leagues begin and Summer is coming soon, workers are setting up the field to look nice and ready for games. For more information about Spring Course Registration please visit

Camp Mather Lottery Applicant UPDATE

Please click here for an update on your Camp Mather Lottery Application.

Also, this Saturday, March 15th is our Summer Day Camp registration opening. Please consider registering for a Rec & Park summer day camp even if you have registered for the lottery. If you receive a reservation for Camp Mather through the lottery process, and you have already signed up your child or children for a conflicting session of a Rec & Park Summer Day Camp, we will allow you to withdraw from that day camp without a fee, as long as you withdraw within 1 week of receiving your Camp Mather reservation, or no later than May 1st. Continue reading

Glen Canyon Park Playground Reopens March 15

Join Supervisor Scott Wiener, SF Rec and Park GM Phil Ginsburg, the Glen Park Association and park advocates for the opening celebration of the newly renovated Glen Canyon Park Playground, Saturday, March 15, at 9:30 a.m.  For decades, locals have enjoyed the beautiful natural landscape and varied recreational offerings at … Continue reading

Trail Naming Contest

Become a part of San Francisco history- help name our trails at Glen Canyon Park! Beyond Glen Canyon Park’s recreation center, ball field, and tennis courts lies a large urban canyon that has incredible spring wildflower displays, dramatic rock (chert) formations, and Islais Creek, one of the few remaining free-flowing … Continue reading

UPDATE – Alta Plaza Park Water Conservation Project

The Recreation and Park Department and the Department of Public Works will conduct percolation tests beginning on March 12th. Test holes will be dug two at a time along the perimeter for a total of 6-8 test holes. These holes will be covered up with plywood and marked with safety cones … Continue reading

Rec and Park’s Own Silver Bullet

In honor of Women’s History Month, San Francisco Recreation and Parks is featuring some of the many women who have made a profound impact on our parks and programs. In the 1970s, 10-year-old Rachelle Henley (née McCann) would take her baseball glove to the local park every afternoon and wait … Continue reading

Minnie Lovie Fields Getting Closer

(Photo: hundreds of yards of crushed drain rock being moved across the project site) If you haven’t been by the site recently, the contractor has started working on the underground drainage system. The field will have a new, elaborate drainage system which will allow that field to be played on … Continue reading

Summer Camp Ideas

Summer Day Camp registration begins on March 15 at 10:00 AM. We have summer camp guides available here at the Crocker Amazon Club House!  You can register at St. Mary’s Recreation Center or online by visiting

SF Rec and Park Breaks Ground on Mission Dolores Park Improvement

  SF Rec and Park Breaks Ground on Mission Dolores Park Improvement   SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department hosted a groundbreaking ceremony which marked the beginning of the Mission Dolores Park Improvement construction on Saturday, March 1st.  Among the attendees were District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener, … Continue reading

SF Chronicle: Dolores Park Renovation

By John Wildermuth (Photo via The thousands of visitors who cover just about every inch of lawn at Dolores Park on sunny weekends will have to squeeze a little closer for the next 14 months. The Mission District park, one of the city’s busiest and most popular recreation sites, is … Continue reading

Spring Registration Update

This spring we are offering a variety of fun classes for all ages! Adult Yoga, Senior Exercise, Tot Cooking and more!  This is a friendly reminder that spring registration begins this Saturday March 1,2014 at 10:00 am . You can register here at Moscone or by visiting

Seeding Planting and Fencing Completed at Twin Peaks Portola Trail

Happy to report that we have completed trail side planting and split rail fencing along the new Portola Trail on the south side of Twin Peaks.  Rice straw mulch has been added to trail side areas that have been seeded.  We have also engaged a contractor for plant establishment maintenance … Continue reading

McLaren Trail Connector Project Hazardous Trees Posted Ahead of Removal

As we finalize the bid/award process, we are gearing up for the McLaren Trail Connector Project.  Ten trees assessed as being hazardous by an independent arborist consultant will be removed as part of the trail gateway enhancement project.  Five trees at the Persia Ave trail entry and picnic area  and … Continue reading

Progress on and Phasing of Glen Canyon TRAILS Improvement Project

Our Contractor is finishing up on transforming old dysfunctional asphalt ditches on the northern side of Glen Canyon, downhill of the park entrance at Turquoise and Amber, into functional vegetated swales and is beginning work on new trails in this area to replace old trails and failing steps.  The Contractor … Continue reading

UPDATE – Gilman Playground Renovation

The children’s play area at Gilman Playground is a project of the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond. The Gilman Playground Renovation Project includes the renovation the children’s play area, modification of the clubhouse restroom for exterior wheelchair accessibility, site wheelchair accessibility, and related amenities. Public outreach on the … Continue reading

Saving Water in Our City Parks

Maintaining beautiful, green park spaces in drought conditions is no simple task, and as an agency that stewards over 4,000 acres of public park land and as one of the largest water users in the city, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department takes its responsibility to conserve water seriously. … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Commission Approves Geneva Community Garden Conceptual Design

  SF Rec and Park Commission Approves Geneva Community Garden Conceptual Design   SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today that the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission’s approval of the Geneva Community Garden renovation.  This is a project funded by the Department’s Community Opportunity Fund, … Continue reading

Balboa pool Renovation Project Public Meeting February 25, 2014 at 6PM

Balboa Pool Meeting Notice 2-25-2014 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! The meeting is on Tuesday February 25, 6:00-7:30pmat Ingleside Police Station Community Room, 1 … Continue reading

Playground Opening – March 15th! Come!

You are cordially invited to join Supervisor Scott Wiener, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg, Glen Park Association and park advocates for the opening celebration of the Glen Canyon Park Playground.   Saturday, March 15th, 2014 9:30 a.m. Welcome Remarks and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony SF Rec … Continue reading

Spring Registration Begins March 1

Get ready to sign up for Spring classes on March 1!  This spring, we have tons of offerings for your entire family, including yoga and fitness classes for adults, arts and sports for kids, and dance classes for seniors. Browse our spring catalog, or find out how to register online … Continue reading

UPDATE – Walk-through for the Alta Park Park Water Conservation Project

You are invited to join in a walk-through of Alta Plaza Park to share your observations of park use and landscaping as they relate to the project goal for water conservation. The Alta Plaza Park walk-through is scheduled for 2/20 (Thu) at 4 PM. Please meet at the Scott St. entrance. … Continue reading

UPDATE – New Mini Park on Rincon Hill

More than a dozen people attended a community meeting on 2/13 to discuss the planning of a new park on Rincon Hill, located at 4-6 Guy Place. The City recounted a community planning process done in 2008 that resulted in a community-supported plan. However when the economy dipped, funding for the new … Continue reading

February Fun Update!

Our first week of February Fun was a huge success! Special thanks to all the families who braved the stormy weather and joined us for art and baking! If you missed out last week you can still sign up for the next event in the office at Moscone or by calling 415-292-2045.

Looking for an indoor space to dance, excercise or play?

Palega Recreation Center has open spaces and multi-purpose rooms which can be used for a variety of activities including hip hop dance, line dance, ballroom dance, hacky sack, badminton, board games, tai chi and more. Our friendly, professional staff will be here to greet and direct you to a space which best fits the type of self recreation you … Continue reading

Marina Water Conservation

Dear Bertholder,                                                                              February 3, 2014 On Jan 17, 2014 the Governor of California declared a Drought State of Emergency for the State of California.  All Californians have been asked to voluntarily reduce water consumption by 10%. Please minimize your vessel washing to what is necessary to keep your vessel seaworthy … Continue reading

Alta Plaza Park Water Conservation Project – UPDATE

More than 2 dozen Alta Plaza Park supporters attended the February 4th community meeting to discuss future improvements for water conservation. Thank you for your participation and thoughtful comments! RPD is organizing a park walk-thru to learn more about water conservation opportunities from you. If interested in joining this event or to be added to … Continue reading

Alta Plaza Park – Community Questions

Although, issues related to drainage near Steiner and Clay Streets’, and the asphalt at the Scott St. entrance are not part of this project; RPD wants to make sure that the community knows that their safety is of the utmost importance. RPD has applied for General Fund dollars to take … Continue reading

Bernal Heights Trails Improvement Project Coming Soon

For those community members who participated in community meetings quite some time ago regarding Rec and Park’s planned trails improvements at Bernal Heights, thank you for your patience!  We are working on several 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond-funded trail improvement projects (see Our design team is working on … Continue reading

New Mini Park on Rincon Hill

The Recreation and Park Department invites you to participate in a community meeting to review tentative plans for the development of a new mini park at 4-6 Guy Place, and to discuss next steps. 4-6 Guy Place is located off First Street between Folsom and Harrison Streets. Your input is … Continue reading

Summer Recreation Jobs

If you are interested in a summer recreation job with San Francisco Recreation and Park, please read this information.  For some of the summer jobs, we are in the midst of finalizing the recruitment detials while others, we are using a current application link. Note that the majority of these … Continue reading

Gilman Playground Renovation – Community Meeting

Thank you to those who participated in the second community meeting at Gilman Clubhouse! The public input was very productive in providing the City team with guidance on the final concept plan. Please join us at the final community meeting to review the proposed concept plan on February 18 at … Continue reading

Chinese New Year Jamboree

Join us on Saturday, February 8th, 2014 from 10am-4pm to watch six exciting games between players representing the Chinatown-North Beach community and San Francisco Middle Schools.  Making a special appearance from 10am-11am will be the Golden State Warrior Cheerleaders. Stop by and cheer on your favorite team. .

Raymond S. Kimbell Playground Renovation

Join us for a project update of the Raymond S. Kimbell Playground Renovation: Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 6PM Hamilton Recreation Center, 1900 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco. San Francisco Recreation and Park staff will provide an overview of the project features, the status update and future construction, scheduled start this … Continue reading

Upper Douglass Dog Park-Update 01/31/2014

Thank you all for your participation in last night’s community meeting. Rec and Park staff presented the solution to the drainage issues which include minor lawn excavation to install one inch pipes in a grid pattern underneath the lawn. These pipes will both contain and redirect surface water.  In addition, … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Commission Approves Mission Dolores Park Construction Contract

  SF Rec and Park Commission Approves Mission Dolores Park Construction Contract   SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the Recreation and Park Commission’s approval of the Mission Dolores Park construction contract.  The $12.4 million contract has been awarded to Alten Construction.  It is … Continue reading

SF Botanical Garden Volunteer Opportunities

The San Francisco Botanical Garden is seeking volunteers to support public programming and horticultural research. Green Team Member Duration- Ongoing, varying commitment, starting on January 7, 2014 Time Commitment- Three hours per week commitment either Tuesdays or Thursdays from 10-1. Responsibilities- Green Team members are key volunteers in keeping the … Continue reading

Trails project work in progress near Turquoise and Amber entry to Glen Canyon

Tomorrow morning, the contractor we’re working with will be bringing in some equipment to begin removing the two old asphalt drainage ditches just below the entry at Turquoise and Amber.  These ditches are no longer functional and will be replaced with beautiful planted swales in the coming weeks. Several folks … Continue reading

Update on Glen Canyon Playground Project Renovation: Nearing Completion and the Rec Center is Open Again

2008 Bond Project: As of January 7th, the Recreation Center is open!  The Rec Center is open with a new heating system and ready to be enjoyed on the following dates and times: Tuesday – Friday:             9 am – 9 pm Saturday:                            9 am – 5 pm Please note that … Continue reading

Coit Tower Rehab Project – Progress

The above image is of the tower getting prepped, by power-washing, for concrete and stucco repair. Color-matching of Historic door and window paint colors is happening along with the Art Commission survey for mural restoration. Modification to internal and external hand-rails is being completed to improve accessibility. Repair to building … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Leads the City’s First Urban Agriculture Program

Below is the text for a press release that went out this morning: SF Rec and Park Leads the City’s First Urban Agriculture Program SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is launching San Francisco’s first Urban Agriculture Program that will advocate urban agriculture and coordinate all related … Continue reading

Minnie Lovie Fields Renovation Update

The contractor is taking advantage of our dry winter and continuing to work on the retaining walls on the north side of the project. Once this wall is in place, they plan to move to the project corners to start construction on the new concrete stairways which will lead to … Continue reading

Noe Courts Park Improvement Plan Update

The City hosted four (4) community meetings to develop plan options based on public input through community discussions and written comments. These community meetings were well-attended by a broad representation of park users, including young families, seniors, dog owners, and tennis advocates. We appreciate your time and interest in the future of Noe Courts … Continue reading

Following Community Site Visit McLaren Park Trail Connector Project Out to Bid

Rec and Park hosted a well-attended site visit on November 7, 2013 to share plans with neighbors for the McLaren Park Trail Connector Project.  Bids are due from contractors on January 21, 2014, and we anticipate that entryway improvements at the 3 sites (Persia, Visitacion Ave Fire Road and Campbell … Continue reading

Happy New Year!

The staff at Mission Recreation Center would like to wish you and your families a Happy and Safe New Year!  Our racquet ball courts, ping pong tables and exercise equipment are free and open for drop in during regular business hours!

Update on Glen Canyon Playground and Tennis Court Project: Project Nearing Completion…

Hi Folks, Just wanted to provide an update – as you can see if you have been near the project soon,  The Glen Canyon Playground and Tennis Court Project is really moving along, if you see the park now, you will see that the new tennis courts are in place, … Continue reading

Wrapping up hazardous tree mitigation and laying out new trails

Our Trails Project contractor will be completing hazardous tree mitigation work by the end of the year.  In the coming week, stumps of Eucalyptus trees that were already removed will be recut closer to the ground and painted with AquaMaster herbicide to discourage resprouting.  This is the least toxic effective … Continue reading

Happy Holidays!

 Thank you so much for participating in our holiday winter wonderland week! Our staff loved creating art, baking and carnival activities for you all to enjoy! We can’t wait for next year! We wish all of you a safe, fun and happy holiday season!

EXTENDED DEADLINE for Demonstration Garden Proposals for the new Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden

We originally posted the deadline for proposal submittal as December 15; however, we are pushing the deadline back to January 15 to capture more beginning of year “gearing up” mentality. Click on the link below for an UPDATED document with application criteria and directions: GGPCG Demonstration Garden Criteria and Application … Continue reading

Update on Glen Park Rec Center Renovation Project in design – On to Civic Design Review Monday!

Hi Everyone – Just wanted to update you – for those of you are that are still interested to see EVEN more of us, as I mentioned in my last email update and blog post, the design team will be presenting the current design (first of 3 times) to the … Continue reading

Update, Next Steps on the Glen Canyon Rec Center Project: Rec Park Commission Review and Continued Work on Design

Hi Everyone – Thanks so much to those of you who were able to attend or otherwise provide feedback on the materials presented at the community meetings we held on the Renovation of Glen Canyon Park Recreation Center on June 13th and July 13th and the Open House/Update Meeting on November … Continue reading

West Sunset Renovation (2012 Bond) Project Update

Thank you all for joining us at last nights meeting. We are so glad to see so many community members participating in the process and hope you continue to give us feedback. Please see the main project page for last nights PowerPoint Presentation and let us know if you have … Continue reading

Palega Recreation Center Reopens After $21.2 Million Renovation

SAN FRANCISCO— The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and city officials, including Supervisor Malia Cohen, joined hundreds of Portola District friends and neighbors today in celebrating the reopening of Palega Recreation Center, a neighborhood favorite. The 80-year-old park and recreation center recently underwent a $21.2 million makeover, thanks to … Continue reading

Proposals Due December 15 for Demonstration Garden Plots at Golden Gate Park Community Garden

The Recreation and Park Department is now accepting proposals for demonstration garden spaces in the Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden, located at Frederick/Arguello Streets! The Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden is a community resource and, as such, preference is given to local organizations serving San Francisco. Qualifying organizations include, but … Continue reading

Coit Tower Closure Reminder – Construction Begins TODAY!

Just a reminder, Coit Memorial Tower is officially closed today, November 18th, 2013 for rehabilitation and will remain closed until Spring 2014. Work will be restricted to regular construction hours: Monday – Friday 7:00am – 4:00pm. In the coming week the contractor will be installing a construction fence and setting … Continue reading

Update on Glen Canyon playground renovation!

Hi Folks, I know many of you are eager for an update. The Glen Canyon Playground and Tennis Court Project is really moving along, if you see the park now, you will see that the new tennis courts are in place, and the new playgrounds are emerging. Over the next … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Recreation Center Renovation Design Update /Open House at Glen Park Library, November 20th

Hi Everyone – Thanks so much to those of you who were able to attend the community meetings we held to discuss the renovation of the Glen Canyon Park recreation center on June 13th and July 13th of this year.  The information and feedback from those meetings is available on the Glen Canyon … Continue reading

Minnie Lovie Fields – Grading has begun!

Hello Park Advocates. As you can see from the photo, our contractor is aggressively moving forward with the rough grading operations on the fields. The project includes regrading the site so that we reduce the cross slope grades which will improve the fields overall playing condition. The next phase of … Continue reading

Applications Due Nov 13 for Alemany Farm CAC Vacancies

Calling All Interested Parties! We are seeking replacements for 2 of the 8 Commission-appointed seats on the Alemany Farm Community Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC is responsible for guiding and overseeing site programming, and recommended programming to the Recreation and Park Department.  The CAC is guided by the Alemany Farm … Continue reading

Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden Opens

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, YP, Levi Strauss & Co., CBS EcoMedia and community members celebrated the grand opening of the new Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden. The garden, located at the east end of the park near Kezar Stadium, was created to meet … Continue reading

Check Out the New Vertical Garden

Check out the first vertical garden on a Recreation and Park Dept. park. Actually it’s in the new Golden Gate Park Community Garden, located at Frederick/Arguello Sts. This 100′x8.5′ vertical garden contains 900 edible, native and ornamental plants planted in only one day! Thanks to the hardworking crew at Bauman … Continue reading

Vertical Garden Rises at the Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden

Planting pouches are installed on north fence of the garden site. See it come to life with a mixture of native plants, edible plants, and ornamentals! Locally designed by the very hip Flora Grubb Gardens.

Community Meeting & Site Visit to Review Plans for McLaren Park Trail Entryway Improvements

Join us on Thursday, November 7, from 5-6 pm, at the western end of Campbell Ave, where we will discuss planned improvements to 3 trail entryways in McLaren Park:  Campbell Ave, Visitacion Ave Fire Road and Persia just east of the picnic area. These improvements are funded by a federal … Continue reading

Glen Canyon TRAILS Project Begins 10/29: Temporary Trail Closures

Our contractor will be beginning work on the Glen Canyon TRAILS project on Tuesday, October 29th.  First up is setting up staging areas and completing hazardous tree mitigation work.  Per community requests, we are planning to maintain the “Ticket Tree” Monterey Cypress stump just west of the trail from the … Continue reading

Glen Canyon TRAILS Project: Underway week of 10/28

We anticipate that our contractor will be beginning work on the Glen Canyon TRAILS project on Tuesday, October 29th.  First up is setting up staging areas and completing hazardous tree mitigation work.  Per community requests, we are planning to maintain the “Ticket Tree” stump.  We will post more details on … Continue reading

Soap Box Derby at Larsen Park/ 20th Ave: Sunday, Oct 27

Join us for the free “Second Annual” 20th Avenue Soap Box Derby! WHEN: this Sunday, October 27, 11 am- 3 pm WHERE: on 20th Ave, between Wawona and Vicente Streets WHAT: If you have no idea what a soap box derby is, check out these websites for some background:, This … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Playground Renovation Update: and Work Planned Elk Street Sidewalk Starting Soon and Monday Oct 28th at Bosworth Entrance

Hi Folks, The Glen Canyon Playground and Tennis Court Project is moving along, if you see the park now, you will see that the tennis courts and playground are emerging.  In addition, we are finishing the limited work at the Bosworth Entrance (to replace the swing gate, etc.) and along … Continue reading

Garden Members’ Saturday Workday!!

We’re getting ready for the first Garden Members’ Workday this Saturday! Garden plots are numbered, fresh soil piled, gopher barrier wire stocked for a productive event! Please note that this event is targeted only to garden members with assigned plots at the GGP CommUNITY Garden. An official public opening is … Continue reading

Minnie & Lovie Fields Renovation Begins Today!

Hello Minnie & Lovie Park Supporters. We wanted to let everyone know that we have finally started construction on the athletic field project. The contractor has already started some of the demolition work on fencing and site furniture. Over the next few weeks, you will see a lot of construction … Continue reading

Celebrating the passage of AB 551 Urban Ag Incentive Zones Act with Assembly Member Ting at Little City Gardens

It is with excitement that Rec and Park staff attended this press event this morning at Little City Gardens to celebrate the passage of the Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones Act, AB 551, with Assembly Member Phil Ting and a committed group of urban ag practitioners and stakeholders. Pictured speaking here … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Project Update: Work on the 14th on the Bosworth Entrance Area and Connection to Alms Road, Limited Access

Hi Folks, As I noted in my last blog post and eblast, you are now seeing some limited work done a bit north of the fenced off area, around the Bosworth Entrance (to replace the swing gate, etc.) and along a portion of the connection to the road north of … Continue reading

Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden Survey Feedback and Plot Allocation Strategy

Please click on the PDF below for the presentation that staff gave to the Rec and Park Commission in September regarding results of the garden survey that we administered this Spring to our waiting list as well as information on how plots are being assigned in the garden. Golden Gate … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Portola Trail completed by volunteers!

A big thank you V-O-Cal (Volunteers for Outdoor California) and to the over 150 volunteers who came out on Saturday and Sunday to complete the new Portola Trail!  Our staff received much positive feedback and many thank yous from runners, cyclists and hikers regarding the trail improvement. We are working … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Trails Improvement Project – 9.24.2013 Presentation

Thank you so much for coming out last night; we appreciate and value your participation and heard your concerns. We are very grateful for V-O-Cal’s gift, which is making the first phase of the Trails Improvement Project possible. Please let us know if you have any additional questions. Click here … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Trails Improvement Plan – Hydrology Report

As we promised, below is the Hydrologists’s assessment of the site; we will bring additional copies to tonight’s meeting. Questions regarding this assessment and the Geotechnical Report will be answered at tonight’ s meeting. Click here to download the Hydrologists Assessment. We look forward to seeing you at tonight’s meeting.

Twin Peaks Trails Improvement Project – More Info, as Requested!

As promised, here is the report from the Geotechnical Engineer (see below link); we will also bring copies to the meeting tonight. We are awaiting the arrival of the Hydrologists’ report, and will post that info as soon as we receive it. We hope you can make tonight’s meeting, please … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Trails Improvement Project – Requested Information

Dear Twin Peaks Trails Improvement Project Neighbors, Attached please find 3 documents for your review: 1)      CatEx determination in response to community request for environmental impact report (I was working with the Planning Department this week to secure an official copy of this document to share with you) 2)      Map … Continue reading

Petite Bakers

Moscone is smelling of a delicious aroma of chocolate this morning as little participants finish up their Petite Bakers Course! Our littlest chefs ages 3 to 5  baked delicious cupcakes while learning the basics of kitchen safety and measuring ingredients! Spaces are available for fall session 2 and you can register now at

Twin Peaks Trails Improvement Follow-up Meeting

Please join us for a meeting to address the concerns raised by community members. As requested RPD will answer questions, including presenting the Hydrology Report from the recent Hydrologists’ testing, planting schematic, plant variety types, security and visibility to property, and erosion control measures. The Supervisors Office will also be … Continue reading

SF Weekly: True Tales from the Weirdest, Hardest-to-Find Golf Course in the Bay

By Joe Rosenheim Wednesday, Sep 18 2013 Nestled among the tall eucalypti that populate Visitation Valley’s McLaren Park is one of the weirdest and trickiest municipal golf courses you’re ever likely to see. It’s abutted by housing projects, patronized religiously by a group of local diehards across the socioeconomic strata, and unknown … Continue reading


Please join us for the final community planning meeting for the South Park Renovation Project.  Fletcher Studio will be on hand to showcase the latest project design followed by a project delivery overview presented by San Francisco Recreation and Park staff.  Please plan to attend, your input is very important … Continue reading

Twin Peaks TRAILS Meeting Follow-up

Last night approximately 25 community members attended a public meeting to discuss Portola Trail plans.  In addition to several of us from Rec and Park’s Capital Division and Natural Areas Program, the Executive Director from V-O-Cal (Volunteers from Outdoor California) was on hand to answer questions and address concerns from … Continue reading

Thank you for Joining us Saturday!

Thank you for taking your relaxing Saturday morning to join us, we had a very good discussion on the project and will present the new plan to the community. Your voices have been heard and we are taking all of the comments we have received so far and will modify … Continue reading

Urban Ag Program Year 1 Kickoff Working Group Meeting: September 11th!

Greetings Urban Agriculture Program Interested Stakeholders! We are reconvening the Urban Ag Working Group to kick off Year 1 of the new citywide Urban Agriculture Program: When: Wednesday, September 11, from 10 am-12 pm Where: Rec and Park Department Capital Division, 30 Van Ness Ave, 5th Floor, Electrical Conference Room … Continue reading

Community Meeting to Discuss Plans for New Portola Trail along Twin Peaks Boulevard

Join us for a meeting to discuss future trails improvements at Twin Peaks.  At this meeting we will focus primarily on plans for the new Portola Trail, the “Peaks” portion of the “Creeks to Peaks/” Glen Canyon to Twin Peaks trail connection.  This is a follow-up to meetings held in … Continue reading

Progress with brush clearing along Twin Peaks Boulevard

The brush clearing maintenance work that the San Francisco Conservation Corps is doing along Twin Peaks Boulevard is nearly complete.  Our staff have been actively monitoring this work.  This is a progress picture taken September 4, 2013.  The Corps has removed garbage in addition to weeds. Rec and Park is … Continue reading

Update on Glen Canyon Park Playground/Tennis Court Renovation

Hi folks, I wanted to provide you all an update on the project’s progress.  Things are going relatively well, and the work is well underway.  As you might notice, the contractor has been installing form work and rebar for the new playground area and the tennis courts and is starting … Continue reading

Dolores Park Works & GM Phil Ginsburg share a successful Dolores Park cleanup day

SECOND BREAKFAST AND A PARK CLEAN-UP GETS IT DONE by Lauren Hartman Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager made a surprise appearance at the Dolores Park Works/Bi-Rite Breakfast and a Park Clean-Up on Monday morning. Phil thanked everyone for turning out and told us that volunteers are essential to Rec and … Continue reading

Palega Playground Renovation _ update

Project is 92% complete, we are now entering the final phases of work; Gym interior painting is ongoing, Gym floor is currently being installed, all toilet & bathroom fixtures are complete, interior radiators are substantially complete. New storefront windows are being installed at the addition, wrapping up miscellaneous roof installation. … Continue reading

SF Chronicle: Cayuga Playground reopens

By Neal J. Riley, SF Chronicle It was almost impossible to hear a Recreation and Park Department official call Cayuga Playground a “hidden treasure” because he had to shout over the roar of a train passing overhead. Many of the city’s open spaces have claimed that cliche, but there’s no doubt … Continue reading

San Francisco State University Freshmen Welcome Days

On Saturday, August 24, SFRPD collaborated with community partners, the SF Parks Alliance and the Dept of Public Works to host a day of volunteer service at Lake Merced and Golden Gate Park for incoming students to San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco.   Over 120 matriculating freshmen … Continue reading

Oak Woodlands Trail Improvement Project: Hazardous Tree Mitigation Work to Proceed Fall 2013

[This photo shows a dead tree standing, one of the hazardous trees slated for removal] Pending approval by the Rec and Park Commission in September, we will begin the hazardous tree mitigation component of the Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project this Fall. The Trails Improvement Project is the result of … Continue reading