Helen Diller Family Foundation Expands Gift to SF’s Civic Center Plaza

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department in partnership with The Trust for Public Land and Civic Center Community Benefit District (CCCBD) announced today that Helen Diller Family Foundation will be expanding its $10 million playground renovation gift to Civic Center Plaza.  Through The Trust for Public … Continue reading

Leland Avenue Entrance Improvements to start August 2017

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (SFRPD) and San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) are partnering to improve McLaren Park Leland Avenue entrance with two projects: SFPUC will build a new Rain Garden to capture, retain, filter, and absorb rain water in a series of terraced planters between the Visitacion … Continue reading

Aquatics Increase Notice

Municipal Code Authorized Fees for FY 17-18 Increases will begin on 8/1/17 Children – (5-17) Children Drop-in Admission – Rec swim and Lap swim:  $1.00 Monthly Swim Pass – not including lessons:  $20.00 Yearly Swim Pass – not including lessons:  $210.00 Adult – (18-64) Adult Admission – Recreation Swim and … Continue reading

Help Us Repair Koret Playground

On June 24, the beloved Koret Children’s Quarter playground was vandalized, severely damaging the structure and closing part of the playground. The SF Parks Alliance is leading the community effort to raise funds to restore the playground. To donate or for more information, click here: https://t.co/YjxCK2TqJn On behalf of San … Continue reading

MLK Pool Boiler failure – Out of Service M-F 07/24-07/28

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Swimming Pool is currently experiencing pool heater issues for the main pool. The temperature will not be at our normal 82 degrees until further notice. Our calculated pool temperature could fall as low as 77 degrees during this time period. Thank you for your understanding … Continue reading

National Night Out on August 1

Tuesday, August 1 is National Night Out, an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. Rec centers and parks across the city will be participating in this event with a variety of live entertainment, arts and recreational … Continue reading

Public Workshop: South Downtown Design and Activation Plan

Please join us on August 2, 2017 for the kickoff workshop of the South Downtown Design Activation Plan!  Representatives from City of San Francisco agencies including SFMTA, Public Works, Recreation and Parks, and Planning, will be on hand to discuss current and upcoming projects in the South Downtown area, including … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Rec Center Now Available for Open Gym

Glen Park Recreation Center’s Gym is now officially open to the public! Feel to drop by the facility from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (except Sundays) for open gym on the newly renovated basketball courts! In addition, take a sneak peak at some of the building’s new features, which … Continue reading

Flower Piano Returns to the SF Botanical Garden this Summer

This summer, music, community, and nature join forces once again in the heart of the city during the 12-day, outdoor extravaganza known as Flower Piano. Now in its third year, Flower Piano once again transforms San Francisco Botanical Garden (SFBG) into the city’s own alfresco concert hall, and everyone is … Continue reading

West Sunset Renovation Project Update

Hello West Sunset Park Neighbors- We are still pushing hard to keep this project moving forward at an aggressive pace.   We have recently completed most of the new irrigation improvements for the athletic fields and will be starting to plant new shrubs and trees. See the attached photos which show … Continue reading

Guy Place Mini Park News!

The long-anticipated Guy Place Mini Park project is on the move again! The park design, which was approved in 2014, has been adjusted to replace eight of the park’s proposed vine columns with eight multi-trunk birch trees. These trees will provide canopy coverage with dappled shade over the park. The trees feature … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Pilot Promenade Online Survey Closing July 26

A year ago, on July 13, 2016, the eastern half of the “Figure 8” roadway loop of Twin Peaks Boulevard was transformed to a car-free area for people gazing, hiking and biking on top of San Francisco’s famous Twin Peaks.  This pilot project was legislated by the SFMTA and is part of a … Continue reading

80th Season of the Stern Grove Festival

The 80th season of the the Stern Grove Festival is in full swing! The Festival features free Sunday concerts throughout the summer. Every year since 1938, the Stern Grove Festival Association, in partnership with SF Rec and Park, presents an admission-free performing arts series in Sigmund Stern Grove’s beautiful outdoor amphitheater … Continue reading

Sgt Macaulay Community Meeting #4

Thank you to everyone who attended our Community Meeting for the Let’sPlaySF!  Initiative park renovation of Sgt. John Macaulay playground. We really enjoyed hearing your feedback about the park design. If you weren’t able to make the meeting, please take a look at the attached presentation. SJM Community Meeting 4 … Continue reading

Landscape work continues at Glen Canyon

Construction progress continues on the new rear landscape area at the Glen Canyon Rec Center.  A concrete patio has been built and wood decking is now under construction. These pathways and seating areas will be surrounded by new planting areas featuring rain gardens, pathway lighting, and a new irrigation system. As this … Continue reading

San Francisco Bay Area Pro-Am Hoops Season Underway

Looking to fill that basketball void now that the NBA season is over? The 38th San Francisco Bay Area Pro-Am season is underway, featuring free, high-quality hoops all summer long at Kezar Pavilion in Golden Gate Park. From the seasoned pro and college veterans looking to enhance their skills, to … Continue reading

Summer of Love Light Art Installation at the Conservatory of Flowers through October

Missed 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love and the lighting of the Conservatory of Flowers for the Summer Solstice? We have you covered! The lighting at the Conservatory of Flowers (100 John F Kennedy Drive) will continue to be on view through October 21, from 9 to 11:30 p.m., … Continue reading

McLaren Bike Park Update!

Hi all! We have been working hard on construction of the John McLaren Bike Park! Everything has been moving along smoothly and most of the site has been graded. Our next steps will be to install swales, and drainage & irrigation lines. We anticipating wrapping up construction in the fall, … Continue reading

Moscone Rec Center Project Update

Hello Park Advocates.   Exciting news.    The Recreation and Park Commission approved the construction contract for the playground renovation project.   As part of this project, the Department will also be installing a new dog play area on the west edge of the park property and with the generous grant donation from … Continue reading

Let’s Play SF! – Sgt Macaulay Renovation Project Community Meeting

Please join us for the upcoming community meeting for the Sgt. Macaulay Renovation Project on Thursday, July 29th, from 6-7:30pm at Boeddeker Clubhouse.  We will be presenting the final proposed concept and look forward to hearing your feedback! Community Meeting Flyer For any questions or concerns, please email: Philip Vitale … Continue reading

New Furnishings Coming to Alamo Square, Planting Continues

New park benches, picnic tables, and dual-stream garbage/recycling cans will be coming to Alamo Square later this summer. Gardeners from the Recreation and Park Department have also continued to beautify the park with new drought-tolerant and pollinator-friendly plants.

Presentation from Final McLaren Trails and Paths Focus Group Workshop

We had a great turnout for our final McLaren Park Trails + Paths Focus Group Workshop this Tuesday, June 13. About 35 community members attended.  After staff gave a presentation on updates (click here for presentation), participants circulated to 5 stations that outlined priority project area proposals (click here for … Continue reading

Celebrate Community – Gay Pride event at Harvey Milk

Celebrate Community is a LGBTQ Pride Photo Exhibit and event open to the public at Harvey Milk Center for the Arts. The event features a photo gallery opening followed by live entertainment provided by Peaches Christ Productions. The event is Free to the public. WHEN: Photo Opening and Pride Event is Saturday, … Continue reading

Hilltop (Sundial) Park – Playground repairs June 5-9, 2017

Construction Advisory: June 5-9, 2017 Hilltop Playground will remain open during the repair to the see-saw bumper. The scope of work consists of removing and replacing the bumper and patching the safety surface. Robert A. Bothman (Construction),  Community Playgrounds and Robertson Industries (wearing branded safety vests) will perform the repairs throughout … Continue reading

Alamo Square Park is Now Open

Dear Friends of Alamo Square Park, Thank you for your interest in Alamo Square Park. We are very pleased to have re-opened the park after investing $5.3 million in this twelve acre, iconic property. Much of the work we completed, you cannot see.  Most significantly, we replaced the park’s 70 year … Continue reading

Tasters Choice Girls in Sports Spring Instructional Basketball Dates/Times/Course#/Fees

Instructional Girls Basketball Eureka Valley Recreation Center From: March-May Day: Tuesday Time: 4-5:30pm Ages: 5-9 years Course#: TBA Fee: TBA   Richmond Recreation Center From: March-May Day: Wednesday Time: 4-5:30pm Ages: 5-9 years Course#: TBA Fee: TBA   Sunset Recreation Center From: March-May Day: Friday Time: 4-5:30pm Ages: 5-9 years … Continue reading

Save the Date: July 8th, 2017

Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center is celebrating it’s re-opening after 5 years. Please join us for activities, awards, and refreshments. More details to follow soon. If you’re interested in volunteering, please contact Eric Ng at eric.ng@sfgov.org.  

Construction Progress and Timeline for Geneva Community Garden

The contractor is making progress at Geneva Community Garden.  Due to rainier weather than usual and unforeseen property line coordination issues, we are now anticipating project completion and garden opening in late summer.  Thanks to our many adjacent neighbors for your cooperation and partnership and thanks to those waiting to … Continue reading

Alice Chalmers Playground Kick-off

The Recreation and Park Department (RPD), in partnership with the San Francisco Parks Alliance (SFPA), has officially initiated the Alice Chalmers Playground Renovation Project. This project is part of the Let’sPlaySF Initiative, funded by the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond. We are thrilled to be working with landscape … Continue reading

Lawrence Halprin Exhibit at the Palace of Fine Arts

In partnership with The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF), SF Rec and Park announces the opening of The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin, a traveling photo exhibition about the life and work of landscape architect Lawrence Halprin (1916-2009). The exhibit opens May 25, 2017 and will remain on view through September 4, … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park and Laborers International – Local 261 Celebrate Park Gardeners with Ninth Annual William Hammond Hall Awards

SAN FRANCISCO – In partnership with the Laborer’s International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 261, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission and Department hosted the ninth Annual William Hammond Hall Awards on May 24 at the Lake Merced Clubhouse. The awards honor the top professionals in gardening and … Continue reading

Alamo Square Reopens on May 24

Join us for a celebration event marking the completion of signficiant improvements to this iconic neighborhood park. Funded by the 2008 and 2012 Clean and Safe Neighbhorhood Park bonds as well as … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Trails Opened This Afternoon

The newly aligned, more sustainable trail adjacent to Mission Blue Butterfly habitat opened to the public this afternoon!  Improvements include the replacement of deteriorated steps, new wayfinding signs, erosion control and habitat protection. This work was funded by the 2008 Clean & Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond and by a Habitat … Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: SF Rec and Park’s Partnership With Bonnie Ora Sherk and A Living Library Receive International

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is proud to announce that its long-time partner, Bonnie Ora Sherk, Founder and Director of A Living Library (A.L.L.) and creator of the prototype, Living Library Nature Walk which links parks, schools, public housing, streets, and other open spaces leading … Continue reading

Site Visit and Survey of Green Waste Transfer Area for Oak Woodlands Trails Project

You may wonder- what does the green waste transfer area along Conservatory Drive have to do with the Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project?  Because we are planning a trail that runs along the north edge of this zone, we want to make sure to separate the utility area with the … Continue reading

San Francisco’s landmark Conservatory of Flowers to be illuminated in a special Summer of Love tribute

June 21 through October 21, 2017 SAN FRANCISCO—Flowers power the night this summer as the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park becomes the canvas for an elegant light art installation to honor San Francisco’s city-wide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love. Developed in partnership with … Continue reading

George Christopher Final Concept Renderings

Hi Everyone! As an update to my last post, we have updated our renderings for the George Christopher project and I wanted to share them with you today. See the link below: George Christopher Final Concept We will be presenting this concept to the Recreation and Parks Commission in June for … Continue reading

Palega Fitness Fair 2017

Last weekend Palega Recreation Center had its first Fitness Fair! Different booths were set up offering information on health and fitness in the Bay Area. We had a variation of performances and demonstrations outside for everyone to enjoy and participate! Zumba, Kickboxing, Tai Chi, Yoga, Capoeira, the list goes on. The … Continue reading

Merced Heights Final Concept Update

Hi Everyone! I wanted to give an update on the Let’sPlaySF!: Merced Heights Playground Improvement Project.   After the last community meeting, we took a vote on the Treehouse versus Two Towers option via the Google Survey, emails and a clubhouse visit surveying the children. The votes are in and the … Continue reading

Panhandle Playground Site Visit with Rec and Park Staff and Landscape Architect

Happy to report that thanks to the San Francisco Parks Alliance, we now have RHAA Landscape Architecture + Planning on board as lead Design Consultant for the Panhandle Playground Project. Earlier this week, Rec and Park staff from various divisions met with the landscape architect on site to do some … Continue reading

Junior Acting Troupe’s 5th Anniversary Gala and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Show

The Junior Acting Troupe presents Shakespeare’s classic “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Come experience the language, poetry, and wit of Shakespeare in this fast-paced, fun version of his timeless classic. This free event will take place at Moscone Rec Center (1800 Chestnut Street) on Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13 starting at … Continue reading

Access to Adventure 2017 on May 6!

Come join us on May 6, for Access to Adventure 2017 Access to Adventure (A2A) is a partnership between Support for Families of Children with Disabilities (SFCD) and SF Recreation and Parks What: A festival of recreation for children with disabilities, including sports, extreme sports, outdoor recreation, aquatics, cultural arts, and more! Come enjoy … Continue reading

McLaren Park Trails + Paths Planning: Invitation for Additional Input

The second of 3 McLaren Park Project Trails + Paths Focus Group workshops was held on Saturday, April 8 at the Visitacion Valley Branch Library.  Over 50 community members attended.  The design team gave a presentation (click here to view) and then participants reviewed a preliminary diagrammatic representation of trails and … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Partners to Host A Day of Service Celebrating Huckleberry Youth Programs’ 50th Anniversary

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is proud to partner with Huckleberry Youth Programs (HYP) and San Francisco Travel to celebrate the 50 years of the HYP’s success in San Francisco. In honor of their commitment to San Francisco youth, the Department will be co-coordinating a … Continue reading

George Christopher Playground Improvement Project – Final Concept

Hi everyone, I wanted to give an update on George Christopher Playground Improvement Project.   After the last community meeting, we heard overwhelming from the community in support of Concept 1a: Village.  We also received many requests for including a belt swing set in addition to the tot swing set … Continue reading

Don’t Miss out! Access to Adventure 2017 is coming!

Come join us on May 6, for A2A 2017! Access to Adventure (A2A) is a partnership between Support for Families of Children with Disabilities (SFCD) and SF Recreation and Parks WHAT? A festival of recreation for children with disabilities, including sports, extreme sports, outdoor recreation, aquatics, cultural arts, and more! Come enjoy live … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Road Paving and Figure 8 Project Updates

San Francisco Public Works is moving forward as planned with the second phase of Twin Peaks Boulevard repaving.  The paving work includes the portion of the “Figure 8” that is currently closed to motorists as part of SFMTA’s pilot road closure.  This work—and road closures and rerouting—is proceeding more quickly … Continue reading

ShutterSpeed

ShutterSpeed is an international exhibition and event that invites you to open your mind and discover the intersection of photography, art, and the athleticism of skateboarding. Discover and observe the raw fusion where the artist meets the landscape, creating a culture of street skating within the beautiful, picturesque city of San Francisco. San Francisco boasts unparalleled geography, with its crooked streets and hills, creating a dream destination for skateboarders. Continue reading

We are open!

Hello Folks! Just in case you are not aware Palega Recreation Center is now open again after our floor refinishing! After a lot of air testing and hard work done on our floors, we welcome all our community members and everyone around the city to come and visit our facility!

Design Museum San Francisco, Playworld, And The City Of San Francisco Bring New Public Play Sculpture To Civic Center Plaza

The PlayCubes installation is a Part of Design Museum San Francisco’s Extraordinary Playscapes Exhibition Opening at the San Francisco Public Library on April 6 SAN FRANCISCO — Design Museum San Francisco, Playworld, San Francisco Recreation and Parks, and the San Francisco Parks Alliance are pleased to announce the opening of … Continue reading

Extraordinary Playscapes Comes to the SF Main Library Starting  April 6

Free & Open to the Public April 6 – July 8, 2017 San Francisco Main Library, Fisher Children’s Center, 2nd Floor (100 Larkin Street) This national exhibition and education program from Design Museum San Francisco explores the latest thinking in playground design while presenting how vital free play is to childhood development, thriving … Continue reading

Mountain Lake Park Playground is Nearing Completion!

I am happy to inform all our constituents that we are entering the final phase of the project. With the rain subsiding, great progress have been made in the past few weeks. Concrete installation of the pathways is substantially complete; Irrigation and planting is underway this week; Safety surfacing installation … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Trail Opening and Closure Updates

The northern half of trail on the north (Eureka) peak at Twin Peaks (Twin Peaks Boulevard and Christmas Tree Point Road) re-opened to the public this afternoon!   See before and after photos below. Thank you for your patience as we take the next two weeks to wrap up trail improvements … Continue reading

A New Exhibition Exploring The Best Examples Of Worldwide And Local Playground Design Premieres In San Francisco On April 6

The Extraordinary Playscapes Exhibition Will Run Through July 8, 2017 SAN FRANCISCO— Design Museum San Francisco, Playworld, San Francisco Recreation & Parks, and the San Francisco Public Library are pleased to announce the opening of Extraordinary Playscapes, an exhibition featuring over 40 pioneering play spaces from around the world, at … Continue reading

The Bike Park is Going Into Construction!

Hi everyone! We are getting started on construction of the John McLaren Bike Park in April! Construction will last approximately 6 months. We are excited to be creating San Francisco’s first BMX/mountain bike park. The project will include an interior dirt pump track, and a perimeter trail with bicycle platform … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Rec Center Schedule Update

As you may have noted from recent SF Chronicle reporting, the Glen Canyon Rec Center opening has experienced delays due to winter weather.  We thank you for your patience as we work to complete the project.  In the coming months we will be working on the interior finishes and building landscape. An anticipated opening date … Continue reading

Alamo Square Schedule Update

As you may have noted from recent SF Chronicle reporting, the Alamo Square Park opening has been delayed due to winter weather. We thank you for your patience and anticipate making an announcement about the park opening by mid-April. In the coming weeks construction will focus on pathway replacement, new planting, and putting … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park and Golden Gate Audubon Society Get Nests Ready for White-Crowned Sparrows

SAN FRANCISCO – For the fifth consecutive year, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department partnered up with the Golden Gate Audubon Society and volunteers to restore White-Crowned Sparrow habitats and other coastal scrub species at the edge of the Bison Paddock in Golden Gate Park. Today, volunteers removed invasive weeds … Continue reading

Women’s History: Margaret S. Hayward

Margaret S. Hayward is the only woman commissioner (including park, recreation, or playground) to have a park or other recreational facility named for her in San Francisco. And Hayward Playground is one of the few Recreation and Park properties named after a woman. The others include: Alice Chalmers (school principal), … Continue reading

HPHP Park Programs!

We invite you to join us for Park Prescription Day, a FREE celebration on Crissy Field in front of the Crissy Field Center. There will be fun activities for all ages and abilities, so bring the whole family! There will be over 20 local organizations hosting games, giveaways, and program information at their booths, such as:

  • Health screenings
  • Face painting
  • Public transit to park information
  • Healthy eating tips
  • Agility Courses

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Francisco Reservoir Project Update

Francesco Reservoir has completed three community meetings.  We will host Community Meeting # 4 in late April 2017.  Currently we are in the Concept Design phase which we will share at Community Meeting #4.  We have received excellent comments regarding the design and the programming for the site. Construction timeline is dependent … Continue reading

Alta Plaza Update

The Alta Plaza scope of work has been identified and will include Irrigation, Drainage and Sod replacement. The FOAPP prioritized the Additive Alternates (this means if the budget allows and may not be added if the budget is higher than anticipated) as follows: 1) Scott and Washington Street entrance pathway … Continue reading

SF Recreation and Park Policies and Initiatives to Be Highlighted at Statewide Conference

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the Department’s recreation initiatives and park policies will be highlighted at the annual conference held by California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS), a statewide nonprofit organization founded in 1946 to strengthen California’s public parks, and recreation industry and its … Continue reading

Balboa Pool Construction Update!

The project is approximately 22% complete. In terms of progress, the months of January and February has been a very wet one, thus slowing down considerable the progress of work in the past few weeks. This has impacted the contractor’s ability to perform some of its planned activities. Fortunately this … Continue reading

Mountain Lake Park Playground Project Update

We continue to make progress at the playground, and are nearing completion. Due to the heavy rains we have experienced over the last 2 months, our anticipated completion is set for late spring 2017. Remaining work includes, concrete & Flatwork, installation of rubber safety surfacing, landscaping, and installation of playground finishes. … Continue reading

What’s new at the Glen Park Rec Center?

Despite recent rain, the Glen Canyon Recreation Center is still on track for a spring opening. Both the interior and exterior are beginning to take on their finished appearances. The final coat of stucco (a sandy brown color) is currently being applied over a darker base coat on the building exterior. Inside, … Continue reading

Signs of Spring at Alamo Square

Construction at Alamo Square is currently on track for a spring opening as the contractor will soon be installing the remaining turf, repaving pathways, and putting finishes in the new restroom. The Recreation and Park Commission recently approved additional funding for drainage upgrades and repairs in the park, which will be made concurrent … Continue reading

Progress on Twin Peaks Trails Improvement Project

Despite rain and winds since construction start, our contractor is making progress on trails improvement at Twin Peaks.  Old steps on the north peak have been removed and construction on new steps has begun. Thank you for your patience and for keeping off the north peak until it is reopened. … Continue reading

The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin Exhibition to Open at the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts May 24, 2017

Washington, D.C. (February 15, 2017) – The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) today announced that The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin, a traveling photographic exhibition about the life and work of landscape architect Lawrence Halprin (1916-2009), will open May 24, 2017, at the Innovation Hangar at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco and … Continue reading

McLaren Park Project: Focus Area Workshop: Trails + Paths: Part 1

Guided Walk + Discussion Saturday, February 25, 2017, 9:30 am- 12:00 pm Walk leaves promptly at 9:45 and returns to starting location. WHAT: A guided walk on some of McLaren Park’s trails … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Begins Construction for $1.4 Million Edible Garden on Geneva Ave

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department began construction of the Geneva Community Garden today. The 10,427-square-foot community garden, located at Geneva and Delano Ave, will be the 38th addition to the Department’s citywide community garden program. This spring, the Department will open the community garden located … Continue reading

Bernal Heights Park Trails Improvement Project On Hold

This project is currently on hold. Our team applied for three grants over the last year and a half to supplement 2008 Park Bond funding because of rising construction costs.  Unfortunately, we were not awarded any of the grants; however, there is a chance that we will be chosen from … Continue reading

BAO Tiny-Tot CNY Party

The Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center is having a Tiny-Tot Chinese New Year celebration for children 5 or younger and parents on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017. There will be games, arts & crafts and entertainment. The party is from 10:00am to 11:00am in the 2nd floor Gymnasium.

McLaren Community Garden Clears First step to Concept Design Approval!

Hi everyone! I am happy to share that yesterday, the Recreation and Park Department Capital Committee approved the concept design for the McLaren Community Garden renovation. The item will go on the Consent Calendar for full Commission on February 23. The construction documents are moving along smoothly and we are … Continue reading

Merced Heights Community Meeting Presentation

Thank you for your attendance at the Merced Heights Community Meeting #3.   We have included the presentation for your reference.  Merced Heights Meeting 3 Please email reem.assaf@sfgov.org with any comments, questions or concerns. Thank you!

Contractor Working on Final Completion Items at Noe Valley Town Square

We are working with the contractor on final completion items at Noe Valley Town Square, and are happy to report that some progress was made this past week: 8 benches installed along the perimeter of the plaza Final signs installed on community bulletin board Damaged plants replaced and protective fencing installed … Continue reading

Exterior Waterproofing, Finishes, and Playfield Work

If you walked past the Glen Canyon Recreation Center this week, you may have been surprised to see the building being painted blue, but do not worry! This is a layer of waterproof material being applied prior to the application of the stucco finish. Inside, elements such as cabinets and lighting … Continue reading

Schedule Update

Rain over the past several weeks has slowed irrigation trenching and other earthwork, pushing the anticipated park reopening into the early spring. Fortunately, this winter’s ample rainfall has not only ended the drought in the Bay Area, but has also been tremendously beneficial to the establishment of the park’s new lawn and trees. Pathway … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Celebrates 5th Anniversary of Greenager Program with Graduation and Program Expansion

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation & Park Department celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Greenager program with a graduation ceremony at the EcoCenter in Heron’s Head Park this morning. The Department’s Greenager internship program offers teens a chance to play an important role in improving San Francisco communities … Continue reading

Groundbreaking Celebration Feb 9 for Geneva Community Garden

Join us from 4-5 pm on Thursday, February 9 for a Groundbreaking Celebration for Geneva Community Garden (at 545 Geneva Ave, at the intersection of Geneva and Delano).  See invitation below. Our contractor is on board and ready to go.  Clock on construction duration starts officially on Monday, January 30. … Continue reading

Lake Merced Improvement Project Community Meeting #2 on 1/12/17

We had great turn-out for the second Lake Merced Improvement Project community meeting on 1/12/17. Thank you to everyone for your constructive feedback and support for the project. Among the potential scope elements we discussed were improvements to the perimeter path and fitness equipment, environmental and erosion control issues, and … Continue reading

Greater & Greener International Conference for Urban Parks

City Parks Alliance, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation and more than 1,000 global park leaders will explore the power of parks in supporting healthy, resilient and sustainable cities. Conference tracks cover the latest in Youth Development, Creative Culture of Parks, Planning Healthy Systems, and City Park Essentials. Attendees … Continue reading

Public Budget Meeting on February 8

Join us for the second of two budget meetings to discuss our department’s Strategic Plan, our budget instructions for the next two fiscal years, and share with us your priorities for your neighborhood parks. Wednesday, February 8 at Joseph Lee Recreation Center (1395 Mendell St.) 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Twin Peaks Trails North (Eureka) Peak Closed for Construction, January 23

The Twin Peaks trails improvement contractor team mobilized Monday morning, January 23rd.  After installing temporary fencing for erosion control and protection of sensitive habitat area, the north (Eureka) peak will be closed to the public so contractor team can remove and replace steps.  Trail closure signage and protective fencing has … Continue reading

Mountain Lake Park Playground Construction Update 1/23/2017

The Mountain Lake Playground Renovation is now approximately 85% complete. The final concrete walls at the summit area were poured earlier this week, leaving just the sidewalk up to the slide and the concrete overlook platform as our remaining concrete work. We have also started installation of the decking surface … Continue reading

South Park Renovation Update 1/20/17

  Photo credit: Fletcher Studios Wow! The playground structure looks complete, but …..this incredible state of the art playground is carefully inspected to make sure each connection and opening comply to safety standards. The testing and inspection started last week and adjustments will continue into next week when the weather … Continue reading

It’s Not Too Early to Think About Summer: 2017 Camp Mather Lottery

Registration for the 2017 Camp Mather Lottery ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, February 3. New Registration System! In August, we launched our new registration system for classes, swim passes and memberships, and Camp Mather lottery registrations. If you haven’t already, please set up a new account today at sfrecpark.org/register. For … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Trails Improvement Construction Starting Week of January 17

We are excited to announce that Rec and Park will be working with Campbell Grading Inc on trails improvements at Twin Peaks. Improvements build on work completed by volunteers in summer 2016 and include the following: Replacement of steps on the north peak, as well as along the newly aligned … Continue reading

Building Interior Progress Update & Trenching

Over the past six weeks the Rec Center interior has transformed as equipment, tile, drywall, and other materials have been installed. This is a very exciting time in the construction process when the finished building begins to appear! A new water line is also being installed between the Rec Center and Elk Street. … Continue reading

Moscone Dog Play Area and Playground Renovation Update!

Hello Park Advocates- I would like to give you a brief update on the status of the children’s playground and the dog play area project. We successfully completed the construction documents and sent the project out for our formal bidding process. We anticipate the bids will be submitted on February … Continue reading

Introduction, Tree Removal & Construction Update

Hello! I’d like to introduce myself as the interim project manager for the Balboa Pool renovation while Levi Conover is on leave. As many neighborhood residents have likely noticed, there was significant damage to the grove of trees at the corner of Havelock Street and San Jose Avenue caused by Tuesday’s storm. As … Continue reading

Please join us in selecting a final design for the Merced Heights Playground!

We are holding our third community meeting for the Merced Heights Playground on Tuesday January 31st from 6-7:30pm at the Merced Heights Clubhouse. We will be presenting the final proposed concepts of the playground and getting community input and will finalize the design using this feedback. Looking forward to seeing … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Dahlia Society of California with Annual Digout in Golden Gate Park

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department in partnership with the Dahlia Society of California (DSC) will be hosting a volunteer event, the annual Dahlia Dell Digout in Golden Gate Park on Saturday, January 7 starting at 9:30a.m. The event will take place at the Dahlia Dell located … Continue reading

Painted Ladies Viewing Area Relocation

Today the Painted Ladies viewing area along Steiner Street was relocated to Hayes Street as described here in an earlier blog post. This new viewing area is further uphill than the previous one and offers even better views of the iconic Victorian homes with the San Francisco skyline in the background. Installation of … Continue reading

City Job Fairs

Join SF Recreation & Park along with other City agencies (SF Airport, Sheriffs, Fire, School District and City College of San Francisco) and US Post Office to find out about job opportunities both within the City and outside at four different recreation centers throughout the City.  We will also have … Continue reading

SF Rose Society Pruning Demo

Join the SF Rose Society at the Rose Garden in Golden Gate Park on John F. Kennedy Drive for a pruning demo! The event will take place on Saturday, January 7th at 10:00 a.m. For more information, please visit http://www.sfrosesociety.org. To RSVP, please contact Maryanne Razzo at sfrosesociety@gmail.com or 415-656-4346.

Sgt. Macaulay Playground Online Survey

We know that community meetings can be difficult to attend for people with long commutes and childcare needs, so we wanted to provide additional opportunity for people to comment on the playground concept.  We have created the below Google Survey which describes the project and the concepts we presented at … Continue reading

Sgt. Macaulay Meeting Presentation

Thank you to those of you who were able to attend the Sgt. Macaulay Community Meeting #3.   Please see the attached presentation for the layout concepts we presented. SJM Mtg. 3 Presentation We are also gathering interest for starting/being a part of a “friends of” group for Sgt. Macaulay and/or … Continue reading

Construction Contract Award for Geneva Community Garden Approved by Rec and Park Commission

On December 15, 2016, the Rec and Park Commission approved award of construction contract to GECMS / Giron Construction for the Geneva Community Garden Project.  We are excited to have passed this benchmark and anticipate that the contractor will start work in January 2017.  Thank you for your patience and … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Celebrates the Holidays and Announces Opening of Winter Class Registration

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is pleased to announce this weekend’s holiday celebrations and events, and the opening of winter class registration. Friday, December 16: Holly Jolly Holiday Party, Tenderloin Recreation Center, 3-6 p.m. Kids ages 5-17 featuring food, games and a toy giveaway San … Continue reading

Update on South Park Renovation 12/9/2016

We’re beginning sewer work on Monday, December 12, 2016! This is a necessary step because the remaining tasks can follow. We could not start earlier digging due to permit officials thorough review of the traffic impacts to the neighborhood during the holiday moratorium on excavation in this district. We received the permits … Continue reading

Betty Ann Ong Winter Updates

After Saturday December 10th, 2016, Zumba at the Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center will be off. It will resume Wednesday January 4th, 2017. Wednesday December 14th, 2016 The Annual Betty Ann Ong Community Holiday Party will take place from 3:30pm-5:00pm in the Gymnasium

Butterflies & Blooms at the Conservatory of Flowers Now Open

Get eye to eye with a butterfly in the exhibit Butterflies & Blooms, coming to the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park this fall. The popular exhibit returns by overwhelming demand to San Francisco’s beloved Victorian greenhouse, transforming its Special Exhibit gallery into a beautiful and intimate cottage garden … Continue reading

Women’s Pickup Basketball Every Tuesday Evening at Eureka Valley Rec

If you’ve been meaning to break out the high-tops, here’s your chance! Eureka Valley Recreation Center (19th and Collingwood streets) hosts women’s pickup basketball every Tuesday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. All skill levels welcome. Bring your friends or make new ones. Click here for more info.

Urban Agriculture/Community Garden Resource Day on December 11

We’re excited to announce the relaunch of Urban Agriculture Resource Centers! Please join us on Sunday, December 11, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden (780 Frederick Street). Materials will … Continue reading

Hilltop Opening 12/3/2016

After almost a year of construction, Hilltop (Sundial) Park is completed! The park showcases new accessible paths that lead to the new playground, new skateboard park, restored great lawn, and to infamous sundial. Please join us to celebrate on Saturday, 12/3/2016 at 10AM-1PM, for music, food and fun!  

Mountain Lake Park Playground Construction Update 12/1/2016

We continue to make good progress on the Mountain Lake Playground Renovation, which is now approximately 75% complete. Completed work includes sloped concrete slabs in play areas, approximately half of the concrete flat work, stairs, installation of the steel “trees” at the overlook, the majority of low landscaped walls, irrigation … Continue reading

Sgt. Macaulay Park Renovation Community Meeting #3

Please join us for the third public meeting for the Let’sPlaySF! Sgt. Macaulay Park Renovation Project on Wednesday, December 7th  at Boeddeker Clubhouse from 6-7:30pm. We have four proposed layout options for the park and will use community feedback to develop a final proposed layout.   We look forward to seeing you … Continue reading

Turk & Hyde Park Renovation Community Meeting #3

Please join us for the third public meeting for the Hyde Turk Mini Park Improvement  Project on Tuesday, December 13th  at Boeddeker Clubhouse from 6-7:30pm. We will be showcasing three layout options for the park and will use community feedback to develop a final proposed layout.   We look forward … Continue reading

Washington Square Playground meeting on 11/9/2016

Thank you to all the community members who attended the last Washington Square Playground meeting on 11/9/2016. Feedback for the proposed concept design was overwhelmingly positive, and we received many thoughtful comments on the treatment of the play surface, the overall materials/color palette, seating, and the play structures. Please see … Continue reading

Golden Gate Park Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project Progress

The originally scoped budget for the Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project, as part of the 2008 Bond, was $300,000, with additional support from a Coca‐Cola Bottling Company grant for $94,859.  We’ve learned a great deal about construction methods and cost from previously completed trails projects.  Our trails team has revisited … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Trails Improvement Updates

Happy to report some progress with improving our trail network at Twin Peaks: On August 20 and 21, 2016, Rec and Park partnered with Volunteers for Outdoor California (“V-O-Cal”) to get an impressive amount of improvements made to the trails. Volunteers removed deteriorated timber steps, decommissioned a section of trail … Continue reading

Geneva Community Garden Contract Award Approval Scheduled for December Commission

Bids from 5 interested contractors were received on November 8, 2016 for the Geneva Community Garden project. Today, on November 23, tentative award of contract was sent to GECMS, Incorporated. Please join us for the Rec and Park Commission Capital Committee hearing on Wednesday, December 7 to support the award … Continue reading

Mobile Rec Upcoming Events 04/22/17 – 06/24/17

Get Out and Play Saturdays! Mobile Rec is offered free of charge to the public on Saturdays from 11 AM- 2 PM. Check our “Events Page” for directions to individual locations and special activity updates.       04/22/17 – Golden Gate Park/Waller Street & Stanyan 04/29/17 – Cesar Chavez Parade/24th … Continue reading

Schedule Update and Phased Reopening

Completion of the lawn installation is a major project milestone that now offers a more definitive picture of the project schedule. As of mid-November we are anticipating that the new viewing area will open shortly after the New Year at the same time that the original viewing area closes. Irrigation and grading … Continue reading

Lake Merced Improvement Project Meeting-11/3/2016

Thank you to the approximately 20 community members who attended the first Lake Merced Improvement Project meeting on 11/3/2016. We received lots of good/productive feedback on a variety of programs at the lake, including trail improvements, boating, pedestrian/bike safety, water recreation, and more. Lake Merced is clearly well loved! As … Continue reading

What Would Make You Want to Swim at Garfield Pool?

The survey has ended; the next meeting will take place in January or February. In the meantime you can email your comments to Toks.Ajike@sfgov.org and plan on attending the upcoming community meeting. Garfield Pool is about to undergo renovations, as part of the 2012 Bond. Rec and Park has partnered … Continue reading

Balboa Pool Construction has Begun!

Once the renovation at Balboa Pool is completed in Fall 2017, the $11 million Garfield Pool renovation and $8.2 million Rossi Pool renovation will follow. The three renovations will not overlap in an effort to serve the public with as much aquatic recreation as possible.

SF Rec & Park and Supervisor Scott Wiener Join Community to Open the Noe Valley Town Square, San Francisco’s Newest Park

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and Supervisor Scott Wiener are proud to celebrate the opening of Noe Valley Town Square, San Francisco’s newest park. In conjunction with the Residents for Noe Valley Town Square, and other State and City officials, SF Rec & Park cut … Continue reading

A New Lawn for Alamo Square!

Following last week’s tree planting, new sod is now being installed at Alamo Square. The hillside along Scott Street is the first area to receive a “no mow” fescue grass, which will be used on steeper slopes throughout the park to create a naturalized landscape. When established, this grass will … Continue reading

McLaren Park Project Workshop 1 – Game & Presentation Boards

Here are the Presentation Boards used to inform the decision making process behind the Game Board. The Game Board was used to illustrate indivdual needs and wants for the Park. Imagine My McLaren – Game Board A. What We Heard B. Site Analysis C. Activation/Safety D. Identity Station E. Programming … Continue reading

Trees are being planted at Alamo Square!

The Alamo Square Neighborhood Association (ASNA) has provided a generous gift of 45 new trees that are being planted at Alamo Square this week.  ASNA is also funding the planting of approximately 30 additional trees that will be installed in 2017 alongside the Recreation and Park Department’s new drought-tolerant tree, shrub, … Continue reading

Planning Update for Margaret Hayward Project!

Since the last Community Workshop, we have been refining the overall plan proposal for the improvements to Margaret Hayward Playground. Rec and Park staff have met with the San Francisco Arts Commission twice to review the design. We’ve also been working with our neighbors at the Department of Emergency Management … Continue reading

Merced Heights Community Meeting Summary and Survey!

Thank you for all who attended the Merced Heights Playground Renovation meeting.  We really enjoyed hearing your input on the new playground and are very excited to move forward with this project. We know that community meetings can be difficult to attend for people with long commutes and childcare needs, … Continue reading

Geneva Community Garden Rebid to Contractors

The Geneva Community Garden project has been simplified and re-advertised to contractors. Interested A and C-27 contractors can view the solicitation here. The contractor that withdrew his bid from the first round back in May will be prohibited from submitting a bid for this second round.  A pre-bid conference was held on site … Continue reading

What are those mini mounds at South Park?

It is the extra soil generated by the underground installation of plumbing and electrical utilities, trees wells, concrete foundations, etc. The extra soil will be off-hauled starting early morning on Oct 10. For safety and maneuverability, there will be no parking on both sides of the south side of South … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Celebrates 16th Annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park

SAN FRANCISCO — This weekend, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will celebrate the 16th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, an admission-free music festival in the heart of Golden Gate Park. The festival features more than 100 musical artists on seven stages. Opening acts begin at 12p.m. Friday. The … Continue reading

Alamo Square Construction Update!

Hello! I’d like to introduce myself as the new Project Manager for the Alamo Square Restroom and Irrigation Upgrade Project. As of mid-September we are approximately 50% of the way through the $4.3 million renovation project. The contractor has nearly completed the installation of the modern, water-efficient, irrigation system that will save … Continue reading

Turk Hyde Renovation Project Community Meeting #2 Presentation and Recap

Thank you to all who were able to attend our second meeting for the Hyde Turk Mini Park Playground Renovation project!  We hope you enjoyed helping us prioritize your most important park elements and showing us your favorite and not so favorite park elements! Turk Hyde Community Meeting #2 Presentation We … Continue reading

SAVE THE DATE! McLaren Park Project Planning Workshop!

Help us prioritize $10 Million Dollars! Come and share your ideas. Bring your friends and family. Workshop Location Group Picnic Area – McLaren Park 116 John F. Shelley Drive Saturday, October 1, … Continue reading

Mountain Lake Park Playground Construction Update!

Construction commenced on the Project in September  2015, the project is approximately 65% complete. We continue to make good progress on the Mountain Lake Playground Renovation. Completed work includes the majority of low landscaped walls, irrigation and drainage infrastructure, rough installation of toddler playground equipment, and foundation work related to … Continue reading

Balboa Pool Nearing Construction!

Within the next few weeks contractors will be moving onsite and will be staging at the basketball  courts, which will remain closed for the duration of construction due to safety concerns as the building gets seismically retrofitted, and the renovated. Thank you for your patience!

Mansell Project Update: Construction moving along!

Hi everyone, The construction along Mansell Street is moving along. The road work is mostly complete, and the contractor is currently working on the pedestrian and bicycle path on the north side of the road. We are anticipating that the work will finish up early November. The construction is requiring … Continue reading

New Ramp and Tree Removal at Noe Courts!

The contractor has completed construction of the new ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant ramp, which leads from the playground up to the restroom. This ramp provides a very gently sloping path of travel across the lawn to the upper level of the site. New retaining walls, including the curved … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Honors National Public Lands Day with Volunteer Cleanup at Gilman Playground

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will be leading volunteers to celebrate National Public Lands Day (NPLD) by cleaning up and beautifying Gilman Playground located in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood on Saturday, September 24th. The Department’s Volunteer Services Program, in partnership with the Candlestick Point Neighborhood Committee, are celebrating the … Continue reading

Panhandle Phase II Construction Begins in October

Construction will begin on Monday, October 3, 2016. It is scheduled for two months, but weather dependent, may be extended to December 2016. The project scope includes installing benches, trash can and surface mounted bike racks on the north side of the Panhandle. New trash cans will be installed on the south side … Continue reading

Planning Meeting #2 Hyde Turk Mini Park

Please join us for the second public meeting for the Hyde Turk Mini Park Improvement Project on Wednesday September 21st at Boeddeker Clubhouse from 6-7:30pm. We will be prioritizing park amenities desired for the park and will use input and feedback from this meeting to produce layout options.  We look … Continue reading

National AIDS Memorial Commemorates 25 Years of Remembrance, Healing and Hope With Ceremony Honoring Long-Time Supporters

Volunteers gather for Community Volunteer Workday; Pay tribute to friends and loved ones lost to HIV/AIDS SAN FRANCISCO — Twenty-five years ago a small group of San Francisco residents representing a community devastated by the AIDS epidemic gathered in a dilapidated grove in Golden Gate Park to restore it and … Continue reading

Superfest International Disability Film Festival!

Superfest, the world’s longest running disability film festival, celebrates disability as a creative force in cinema and culture. It features films with fresh ideas and images that inspire thought and meaningful conversation. SATURDAY, OCTOBER 22 BERKELEY THE MAGNES COLLECTION OF JEWISH ART AND LIFE SUNDAY, OCTOBER 23 SAN FRANCISCO THE … Continue reading