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

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

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

Cayuga Playground Reopens after $9.4 Million Renovation

2008 Clean and Safe Parks Bond Project Finishes Under Budget For Immediate Release August 17, 2013 Contact: Elton Pon Mobile: (415) 297-7174 E-Mail: elton.pon@sfgov.org SAN FRANCISCO— The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department proudly celebrated today the reopening of Cayuga Playground, which recently underwent a $9.4 million renovation under the … 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

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

SF Chronicle: Betty Ann Ong Chinese Rec Center Reopens

The Chinese Recreation Center, known for years as Chinatown’s unofficial backyard, will reopen Saturday with a new name and a sparkling $21 million building, but the same commitment to providing a spot for sport, play and relaxation in one of the nation’s most densely populated communities. The center “is at … Continue reading

SF Chronicle: Dolores Park Neighbors Agree on Renovation Plan

By John Wildermuth After years of wrangling, the various groups that call Dolores Park home have agreed on a plan to remake a city green space that has been a victim of its own popularity. “Is everyone happy? It’s San Francisco and there are always a lot of different opinions,” … Continue reading

Complete Mission Dolores Park Rehabilitation Plans Enthusiastically Received at Open House

At a Wednesday night Open House, the Dolores Park community gave the complete Mission Dolores Park Rehabilitation Plans two thumbs up–for accurately representing all the community’s decisionmaking and for bringing together everyone’s ideas into a beautiful design.   Community members also provided dozens of comments confiming their support and suggesting further refinements. … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park Rehabilitation Plan Open House: Opportunity to Review Complete Plan and Construction Calendar

On Wednesday, February 29th everyone in the Dolores Park community will have an opportunity to review the complete park rehabilitation plan and the proposed construction calendar.   Please join us at the Mission High School Cafeteria at the corner of 18th St. and Dolores St. anytime between 5:30 and 8:30PM on the evening on of the 29th.  The location is … Continue reading

Huffington Post: Tony Hawk Foundation Gifts $10K to Build Skate Park

By Robin Wilkey Last week, famed skateboarder Tony Hawk kept skating in San Francisco alive with a $10,000 donation to the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department to support the construction of the new SOMA West Skate Plaza at Mission Street and Duboce. The park is part of the SOMA … Continue reading

NBC Bay Area: New Bison Arrive at Golden Gate Park

By Joe Rosato, Jr. Far longer than there’s been a Golden Gate Bridge, Treasure Island or Coit Tower, there were bison roaming Golden Gate Park. The first herd moved into a  pen in the park’s Music Concourse in 1891, and to its current west-end digs in 1899. But following the … Continue reading

NBC Bay Area: SF to Name Rec Center After Betty Ong

(via Bay City News) The San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission approved Thursday to name a Chinatown recreation center after a local Chinese-American flight attendant who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. According to department officials the commission unanimously approved to name the center at 1199 Mason St. as … Continue reading

BAY CITIZEN: SF’s Potrero Hill Playground Reborn

SF’s Potrero Hill Playground Reborn     Nita Winter / Trust for Public Land Playing in Potrero Hill City and county officials gathered last week to celebrate the grand re-opening of the Potrero Hill Playground, the newly renovated play area found in a corner of the Potrero Hill neighborhood park.  “We are … Continue reading

SF’s Largest Urban Farm To Celebrate 20 Year Anniversary

SF’s Largest Urban Farm To Celebrate 20 Year Anniversary Today by Bay City News October 8, 2011 9:58 AM   In the shadow of Interstate Highway 280, for the past 20 years people have been tilling the land on a steep hillside below St. Mary’s Playground in San Francisco. Alemany … Continue reading

The Western Edition: City Fields Foundation helps renovate Kimbell Park playfields

Located on the corner of Steiner and O’Farrell Streets, Raymond Kimbell Park is one of the most highly used play areas on the north side of San Francisco, and until recently it was one of the most dilapidated, due to constant overuse of the fields combined with the abusive weather … Continue reading

SF Examiner: Japanese Tea Garden’s tea house named after Jack Hirose

Back in 1959, Jack Hirose partnered with the Recreation and Park Department to become the Japanese Tea Garden concessionaire. While his official business concluded in 1992, he remained active in supporting the garden. On Aug. 18, the Rec and Park Commission unanimously approved of renaming the tea house the Jack … Continue reading

SF EXAMINER: Children with autism learn valuable life skills at Camp Azure in San Francisco

August 10, 2011 By Margaret Baum Like other parents of autistic children, classical musician Stephen Prutsman faced the challenging task of finding summer activities for his son to participate in. So he came up with the idea of a camp suited to such children. Prutsman, who approached the San Francisco … Continue reading

MISSION LOCAL: Pulling Weeds, Pretending to Be Bats — Immigrant Kids Experience a Year of Firsts

MISSION LOCAL Pulling Weeds, Pretending to Be Bats — Immigrant Kids Experience a Year of Firsts On Billy Goat Hill, it’s radish pulling time. By: Heather Smith | August 1, 2011 – 7:25 am | Filed Under: Education, Front Page When teaching elementary school, Ricardo Cortés is careful around these … Continue reading

EXAMINER: Baseball star Henley playing out her dream with San Francisco Fillies

EXAMINER Baseball star Henley playing out her dream with San Francisco Fillies By: David Liepman | 06/26/11 5:00 AM Rachelle Henley, who played professional women’s baseball with the Colorado Silver Bullets in 1994, is currently with the San Francisco Fillies.Rachelle “Rocky” McCann just wanted to play baseball. This was back … Continue reading

Bay Area Reporter: SF rec and park adds rainbow flag to logo in honor of Pride weekend

BAY AREA REPORTER SF rec and park adds rainbow flag to logo in honor of Pride weekend Thursday, June 23, 2011 San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks Department is showing its Pride this week in honor of the annual LGBT celebration. It has changed the background of its logo – which … Continue reading

SF CHRONICLE: Hayes Valley Playground revamp caters to children

SF CHRONICLEHayes Valley Playground revamp caters to children John King Wednesday, June 22, 2011 The best public buildings, no matter how modest their size, accomplish two things at once. They do the job that people expect and then they go beyond expectations. The new 2,500-square-foot clubhouse at Hayes Valley Playground … Continue reading

SF CHRONICLE: Interior Greenbelt Park at top of Mt. Sutro open

SF Chronicle Interior Greenbelt Park at top of Mt. Sutro open Kelly Zito, Chronicle Staff Writer Sunday, June 12, 2011 For generations, a flight of rickety steps squeezed between two Cole Valley homes seemed to belong to no one and lead to nowhere. This month, however, San Francisco unlocked the … Continue reading

ABC 7: San Francisco street artist creates mural

ABC 7 San Francisco street artist creates mural Wednesday, June 08, 2011 SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — If you can’t beat them, join them. That’s what San Francisco officials figured when they hired a street artist to combat a persistent graffiti problem. An enormous mural now graces a giant wall at … Continue reading

SAN JOSE MERCURY: My Turn: Golf community, Pacifica residents, public officials rally over Sharp Park Golf Course’s future

SAN JOSE MERCURY: My Turn: Golf community, Pacifica residents, public officials rally over Sharp Park Golf Course’s future By Richard Harris Pacifica tribune guest columnist Posted: 05/10/2011 05:02:01 PM PDT Updated: 05/10/2011 05:02:01 PM PDT An overflow crowd of Bay Area public golfers, golf dignitaries, local residents, and political and … Continue reading

Kindergarten Shop Class

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 IN honor of President’s Day last month, Deb Winsor, a carpenter with a workshop in Brooklyn, led a crew in the construction of an 8-foot-wide model of the White House, complete with north and south porticos and two dozen hand-painted windows. News Source: The New York Times … 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…

Golden Gate Park Volunteer Fair

Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 10am – 2pm Discover the volunteer opportunities available in Golden Gate Park, everything from park guides and jungle docents, to gardening and park stewardship opportunities. Hosted by SF Rec and Park, the de Young Museum, the SF Botanical Garden, the SF … Continue reading

City One Step Away From Revitalizing, Protecting StowLake Boathouse

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 SAN FRANCISCO– The San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ Budget and Finance Committee voted today to recommend to the full Board the approval of a lease agreement with award-winning concessionaire Ortega Family Enterprises to rejuvenate and operate the historic Stow Lake Boathouse in Golden GatePark. More info: campaign.r20.constantcontact.com…

This Streak just goes on

Monday, September 27, 2010 On a typical Saturday afternoon at James P. Lang Field, you can see players tying up their cleats, slapping their gloves and jogging out to the grassy diamonds. But you’ll notice something different about softball league regulars, the Silver Streak. In addition to well-worn caps and … Continue reading

Field Sharing Program Extended

Friday, May 21, 2010 A successful pilot program that allows San Francisco kids increased access to public school athletic fields was extended yesterday when the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission approved an additional three months of a field sharing program between the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and … Continue reading

Mission Pool Open Through Summer

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 Mission Swimming Pool, the City’s only outdoor public swimming pool, will continue to be open through the summer, announced District 8 Supervisor Bevan Dufty and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department general manager Phil Ginsburg today. More info: sfparkfinder.org…

SF Chronicle article on park improvements:

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 “The mating dance of the hummingbird goes something like this: Start from a height equivalent to a downtown skyscraper, drop as if shot from the sky, then, at the last minute, swoop back upward in a graceful J before your beloved.” More info: www.sfgate.com…