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

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

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

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

SF Chronicle: Dolores Park Renovation

By John Wildermuth (Photo via sfgate.com) 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

SF Examiner: Playground reopens under bond project

By: Andrea Koskey The return of the Outer Richmond’s Cabrillo Playground over the weekend is just the beginning of a wave of upgraded parks reopening in neighborhoods citywide. After eight months and $4.5 million, the Cabrillo project has brought renovations to the playground and upgrades to the clubhouse; donations brought … Continue reading

SF Chronicle: Google will pay for free wireless in SF parks

By Marisa Lagos, SF Chronicle San Francisco is finally getting free Wi-Fi – at least in 31 city parks. Six years after a deal to blanket the city fell apart, Supervisor Mark Farrell and Google will announce a plan Wednesday to bring public wireless Internet access, on the technology company’s dime, to parks, recreation … Continue reading

SF Examiner: Mountain Lake Park

A deteriorating playground in the Richmond district is poised for a major rehab effort as part of a $3.15 million project spearheaded by neighborhood leaders and city officials.   The Mountain Lake Park playground is more than 30 years old and has many outdated and dilapidated amenities, despite being visited … Continue reading

Street Soccer Coming to The City in June

The City has announced plans to host the Street Soccer USA West Coast Cup, a tournament to raise awareness for homelessness and bridge the gap between our various communities, in June.  The tournament will include homeless teams from cities across the nation, playing and competing with corporate teams. The San … Continue reading

City Scores Victory for Kids, Soccer

Great news! The California Coastal Commission voted unanimously today to uphold the permit for the Beach Chalet Athletic Field renovation project at the West End of Golden Gate Park, perhaps the most vetted public project in Rec and Park history. The Commission’s vote means the renovation project can move forward … Continue reading

Give Make & Go

Join us for free arts and craft activities and live music! We will be hosting a Art & Music Donation Drive!  Requested donations: Art supplies, craft supplies, fabric, framed artwork, frames, sewing/knitting supplies, sculptures, musical instruments, sheet music, tapes, records, CDs, electronic instruments, stereos, record players, recording devices, and other audio … Continue reading

Car-Free Saturdays Begin April 6

Car-free Saturdays along portions of JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park begin Saturday, April 6, 2013. Every Saturday through September, JFK Drive, from Tea Garden Drive (near 8th Avenue) to Transverse Drive, will be closed to vehicular traffic, allowing for bicyclists, walkers, joggers, skaters and others to enjoy a wide … Continue reading

Want to be a GreenAger?

The city’s Greenagers Program is looking for 9th and 10th grade students who either live in or attend high schools in the following neighborhoods: Bayview, Bernal Heights, Crocker Amazon, Excelsior, Hunters Point, Mission Terrace, Outer Mission, Portola, Silver Terrace, or Visitacion Valleyand are willing to: Meet three Saturdays a month … Continue reading

Golden Gate Park Named One of U.S.’s Top Public Parks

The Weather Channel has just released its list of America’s Best Public Parks and our very own Golden Gate Park makes the list!  “An oasis in the city, Golden Gate Park offers trails to walk or hike, playgrounds, picnic areas, lakes, dog-friendly areas, museums, a carousel, and even Segway tours … Continue reading

SF Chronicle: McLaren Park Trail Loop Offers Great Views

The new Philosopher’s Way trail, dedicated Saturday in San Francisco, meanders through McLaren Park, weaving onto vistas of the city and the Bay Area and into groves of redwoods and cypress… The 2.7-mile trail loop holds expansive views of the region, including Mount Diablo, Mount Tamalpais, Angel Island and the … Continue reading

NEN Awards: Help McLaren Park Wins Award

The Neighborhood Empowerment Network’s NEN Awards are returning for their fifth and biggest year on January 9. Produced in partnership with the CCSF Community Challenge Grant Program, The NEN Awards are dedicated to elevating and celebrating the tremendous work that residents and organizations do every day to make our city … Continue reading

New Marina Rules, Regs, and Policies posted to the department website.

The proposed Post-Renovation Berthing Assignment Policy for the Marina West Basin and the proposed new Marina Rules and Regulations have been posted on the sfrecpark website for public review. Also, you will find the Notice of the Public Hearing pertaining to this matter and the Community Feedback Report that encapsulates the … Continue reading

Opening Celebration on March 31st!

You are cordially invited to join Mayor Edwin M. Lee, Supervisor Scott Wiener, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg, Mrs. Helen Diller, San Francisco Parks Alliance and Friends of Dolores Park Playground for the grand opening ceremony of Helen Diller Playground at Mission Dolores Park on … Continue reading

Play Day on the Green

Wednesday, August 3, 2011, 12 – 3pm SF Rec and Park and the SF Parks Trust present a free event for the entire family, featuring games, carnival rides, arts and crafts, live entertainment, giant inflatables, kite flying and food for sale! August 3, noon to 3 p.m., at Marina Green West.  

2011 Spring Eggstravaganza

Saturday, April 23, 2011 Saturday, April 23, 2011 @ Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park…egg hunts, carnival rides, giant inflatables, arts & crafts, entertainment, food for sale! $5 per person "Valet bike parking provided by the San Francisco Bike Coalition" (Located near 2nd entrance ) More info: sfrecpark.org…

Access to Adventure!

Friday, April 8, 2011 Support for Families and San Francisco Recreation and Parks present:Access to AdventureExplore fitness and fun for kids and youthwith special health care needs or disabilities! Saturday, May 7, 2011, 12:00 pm-3:00 pmGolden Gate Park Music Concourse Bandshell(Between the deYoung Museum and the Academy of Sciences) Kids … Continue reading

The City needs good parks to help keep families with kids Read more at the San Francisco Examiner: www.sfexaminer.com…

Monday, March 28, 2011 The San Francisco Examiner’s March 23 article noting the decline in our city’s youth population is certainly troubling. Despite well-intended policy initiatives to improve the quality of life for San Francisco families, it hasn’t been enough to keep thousands from leaving The City in the last … Continue reading

Friends Indeed

Monday, January 31, 2011 Read the January edition of Parks & Recreation Magazine, highlighting the need for ongoing partnerships with community organizations, allowing our parks to not only survive, but thrive." More info: www.nxtbook.com…

Mid-year scorecard

Monday, January 31, 2011 SF Rec & Parks is proud to present our 2010-2011 mid-year score card, illustrating our cost-saving measure and increased performance. We have offset some budget cuts by raising revenue, reducing worker’s compensation costs, and reducing overtime. Meanwhile, our park scores increase and our new recreation model … Continue reading

Consider a Donation to Rec and Park

Sunday, January 30, 2011 The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department provides nearly 800,000 San Franciscans with essential opportunities to maintain healthy, active lifestyles. We maintain more than 200 neighborhood parks and playgrounds, and over 4,000 acres of recreational and open spaces. We care for more than 15 full-complex recreation … Continue reading

Potrero Hill Field Work

Monday, January 24, 2011 Starting Monday, January 24th, 2011, park staff will begin grass renovation of the sports field in preparation for the Spring Season. We will be working to improve field conditions and surface quality. More info: sfrecpark.org…

2011 Photo Center Class Registration

Saturday, December 18, 2010 We offer an extensive variety of photo classes dealing with traditional film and digital processes taught by working professionals. Come join us in the largest community darkroom in the country. Registration for 2011 classes begins December 18. For more information, call (415) 554-9522. More info: www.sfreconline.org

New Rec & Park Outreach Policy

Saturday, December 11, 2010 The San Recreation and Park Department strives to provide clean, safe and fun parks and quality recreational programming, regardless of ability to pay, for all San Franciscans. The Department oversees 225 neighborhood parks and over 100 recreational facilities throughout the City. In order to best execute … Continue reading

“Bach and Forth”

Herbst Theatre401 Van Ness AveSan Francisco, California 94102 Saturday, November 27, 2010 Pianist Stephen Prutsman performs live in a benefit concert for the Azure Program, San Francisco Recreation and Parks’ 2011 Summer Camp for Children on the Autism Spectrum, in association with Autism Fun Bay Area. Saturday, November 27, 2010 … Continue reading

Rec and Park Turkey Cook-Off

Friday, November 19, 2010 Join us for this annual holiday tradition– a Thanksgiving-inspired cooking competition between our recreation centers. Staff and youth team up together to see who can whip up the best turkey and side dishes that Mom used to make.

Go Get ‘Em, Giants!

Rec and Park roots on the hometown Giants in the 2010 World Series! Various park sites throughout the city are sporting the team colors, including the floral clock at Conservatory Valley in Golden Gate Park, the Conservatory of Flowers, Coit Tower and Civic Center. Go Giants!

NPC Town Hall Meeting

Neighborhood Parks Council (NPC) has heard your desire to have more access to park decision makers outside of formal City-run meetings and that you would like to discuss park issues in advance of decisions. In response, we are hosting a series of Park Town Halls and inviting City and park … Continue reading

Golden Gate Park Tennis Complex RFP

Request for Proposals for the Management of the Pro Shop, Food and Beverage Concessions and the provision of Professional Tennis Instruction at the Golden Gate Park Tennis Complex In order to receive additional information regarding this RFP please email Cassandra.Costello@sfgov.org. Please include all contact information: name, email, address, phone number … Continue reading

Request For Proposals For the Lease and Operation of the Lake Merced Boathouse

The Recreation and Park Department (the “Department”) of the City and County of San Francisco (the “City”) is soliciting proposals from qualified respondents to lease and operate a concession in the Lake Merced Boathouse (the “Facility”). This is a phenomenal opportunity to operate a recreational‐themed restaurant in a location with … Continue reading

Notice of Public Meeting Regarding a Request for Proposals for the Operation of the Proshop, Concessions and Tennis Lessons at the Golden Gate Park Tennis Complex

Saturday, October 9, 2010 The Recreation and Parks Department desires to permit an operation of the proshop, concessions and tennis lessons at four of the courts at the Golden Gate Park Tennis Complex. A Request for Proposals (RFP) is scheduled to go before the Recreation and Park Commission on Thursday, … Continue reading