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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

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

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

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

John McLaren Bike Park out to Bid

Rec Park is thrilled to announce that the John McLaren Bike Park Project is out to bid! Information on the bid solicitation can be found here: http://mission.sfgov.org/OCABidPublication/BidDetail.aspx?K=11233 Key Information: Pre-Bid Conference Date – September 7 at 11:00am Bids Due – September 22 at 2:30 pm at McLaren Lodge, 501 Stanyan … Continue reading

Geneva Community Garden Still in Progress

Thank you for your patience as the creation of a community garden at Geneva Ave and Delano has taken longer than anticipated. Environmental remediation was lengthier and more expensive than expected but has been completed. To supplement original funding, Rec and Park pursued and secured additional grant funding of $900,000 from two state Housing Related Parks … Continue reading

Construction Update and Temporary Playground Closure

Hello! I’d like to introduce myself as the new project manager for the Noe Courts Park Improvement Project. Construction is approaching the halfway point and the contractor is currently completing the wall terraces before starting the construction of the new accessible ramp leading to the restroom. An advisory was posted … Continue reading

You’re Invited to the Merced Heights Playground 2nd Planning Meeting!

At the second meeting we will be discussing proposals created from community input. The renovation of Merced Heights Playground is part of Let’sPlaySF, a partnership between the Recreation and Park Department and the … Continue reading

Balboa Pool, Nearing Construction!

We are excited to announce that we received a responsive bid for the Balboa Pool Renovation which will allow us to move forward with the implementation of the project as envisioned. The name of the contractor is CLW Builders. They have worked with on numerous Rec Park Projects that include the … Continue reading

South Park Renovation – Parking Advisory (M-7/18/16 to W-7/20/16)

Tree pruning is taking a little longer that two days and will run into next week. The contractors are only posting NO PARKING signs immediately adjacent the area of daily work and only on the ‘park side’ of South Park Street. Additional signs will be posted throughout next week. Parking will be allowed across … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Pilot “Promenade” In Effect Starting July 13

On Wednesday, July 13, a portion of the “figure 8” roadway loop will become a car-free area for people gazing, hiking and biking on top of San Francisco’s famous Twin Peaks. The pilot is one step in the larger Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Project, which includes a two-year pilot for which we’ve partnered with … Continue reading

Conservatory of Flowers Roof Improvements

With 16,800 panes of glass, the Roof Improvements project is an important component of the ongoing maintenance this unique building requires. Currently, we are replacing deteriorating roof putty with new silicone caps and sealant while preserving the historic integrity of the building. Additionally, we are replacing or securing panes of glass as necessary. … Continue reading

South Park Renovation – Parking Advisory (W-7/13/16 to Th-7/14/16)

Great news! More construction activity at South Park! Tree pruning within the park will start on Wednesday, July 13 and continue through Thursday, July 14, 2016  from 8AM to 5PM. Please note that NO PARKING will be allowed on the ‘park side’ of South Park Street.The signs were just posted today. Parking will be … Continue reading

Community Meeting #1 Presentation

Tenderloin Parks Community Meeting #1 6-23-16 Thank you to all who were able to attend the first Community Meeting for the Tenderloin Parks Improvement Project, which featured a joint presentation of Sgt. Macaulay and Hyde Turk Mini Park Playground Renovation projects.   We appreciated hearing your feedback and insight into each … Continue reading

Washington Square Playground Community Meeting #2

Thank you to those who attended community meeting #2 on June 22nd for the Washington Square Playground Renovation. The project is a work in progress, and your participation has been invaluable. We know there are many community members who would like to attend these meetings but are unable. In an … Continue reading

Mid-July Implementation Set for Twin Peaks Figure 8 Pilot Project

Thank you for your continued interest in the Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Project. This project, a joint effort of the SFMTA and Rec and Park Departments, seeks to create better connectivity within the Twin Peaks trail system, improve pedestrian and bicycle access, and provide a defined connection to the … Continue reading

Public Art for Noe Valley Town Square Receives Final Arts Commission Approval

On June 6, the Arts Commission confirmed the Visual Art Committee’s approval of two small bronze owl sculptures for the children’s garden in the new Noe Valley Town Square. Thanks to community members who took advantage of the multiple public comment periods to weigh in on the artist proposals, and thanks … Continue reading

You’re Invited to the McLaren Park Treasure Hunt and Fun Day!

Powered by Eventbrite The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department invites you to attend the upcoming McLaren Park Treasure Hunt and Fun Day on July 23rd at 10am. Join us at the … Continue reading

REMINDER: Alamo Square Park

Alamo Square Park is closed for renovation until fall/winter 2016. Chain link fence panels are installed around the entire park perimeter. Please do not enter the construction for your own safety. If you observe someone trespassing or an opening along the perimeter, please contact 311. Thank you for your patience … Continue reading

Gilman Playground – JUNE 3rd GRAND OPENING

Gilman Playground is nearing completion! Tot panels and play equipment are installed, including a pyramidal net climbing structure. Colorful rubber surfacing is being poured in sections. You are invited to the GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION on June 3rd, 3 PM. This event will include a climbing wall, sports and games and youth activities. … Continue reading

Gilman Playground’s WPA Past

By Ryan Kelly May 6th marked the 81st anniversary of the enactment of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), one of the most successful public works programs in our nation’s history. Its main purpose was to put Americans back to work by boosting infrastructure while also promoting scientific and artistic projects. … Continue reading

Visual Arts Committee Review of Public Art Proposal for Noe Valley Town Square Postponed

The Public Art Proposal for Noe Valley Town Square was set to be reviewed by the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Visual Arts Committee Review this Wednesday, May 18; however, this hearing has been cancelled due to lack of Commissioner quorum. Please stay tuned as we will post updated hearing date and … Continue reading

Construction starting soon

The contractor (Alta Engineering) is scheduled to begin the site surveys this month. Step demolition and construction of the new steps will follow the survey task. Currently the contractor is projecting that trail construction work will occur June through August. During construction, access to the top of Tank Hill will … Continue reading

Mansell Project Update: Going Well, Traffic to shift to other side of Mansell Soon!

Mansell Improvements Construction Traffic Routing Flyer 3.14.2016 Hi folks, just wanted to provide a quick update: Overall the project proceeding well. We are still planning for the project to be completed end of Summer/early Fall, depending on weather or other unforeseen conditions. As you may have noticed, we are working … Continue reading

Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds-PROJECT UPDATE OPEN HOUSE – Tuesday

Hi all We want to remind you/let you know about this open house/ project update on Tuesday, May 3rd. It is an open house so feel free to stop by at any time between 5:30 and 7:30pm to see the designs and ask questions. We will have refreshments. Looking forward … Continue reading

UPDATE: Gilman Playground Renovation

The chartreuse-colored posts of the new children’s play structure are now going up. The play equipment will get fully installed by mid-week of next week, then followed by the rubber surfacing in colors that reference the site’s historic location along the original bay shoreline. For more information, please contact Marvin Yee, … Continue reading

Share Your Feedback by May 11 on Updated Public Art Proposal for Noe Valley Town Square

The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) is working with the Recreation and Park Department and residents of Noe Valley to commission an artwork for the new Noe Valley Town Square that will inspire and engage residents and visitors and enhance their connection to recreation and to the neighborhood. The artist … Continue reading

Geneva Community Garden Construction Contract Advertised to Contractors

The Geneva Community Garden project was advertised to contractors earlier this month. A pre-bid conference was held on site and bids are due on May 10. Interested contractors can find the advertisement here: http://mission.sfgov.org/OCABidPublication/BidDetail.aspx?K=10781 Following bid due date, we will work to review bids and award contract as soon as possible … Continue reading

Vote for Interpretive Signs at Bernal Heights Park trails Every Day Through April 30

Bernal Heights Park has been nominated to receive funding for the Parks Build Community initiative which kicked off on April 1st. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company to help revitalize parks across the country including parks here in San Francisco. Every day in April … Continue reading

Vote for Improvements at Potrero del Sol Community Garden Every Day Through April 30

Potrero del Sol Community Garden has been nominated to receive funding for the Parks Build Community initiative which kicked off on April 1st. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company to help revitalize parks across the country including parks here in San Francisco. Every day … Continue reading

UPDATE: Gilman Playground Renovation

Since the winter rains have subsided, great progress has been made on the Gilman Playground renovation project. The ground dried sufficiently to proceed with soil compaction and installation of the gravel sub-base for the new playground rubber fall surface. The new trellis over the group picnic area is assembled and installed. … Continue reading

George Christopher: Community Meeting #3 Summary

Thank you to all who were able to attend the meeting for the George Christopher Playground Renovation Project on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016.  We had a productive meeting where we presented the final proposed concepts for the George Christopher Playground and gathered feedback on the design from community members. We … Continue reading

TEMPORARY CLOSURE ADVISORY: Alamo Square

Alamo Square will close on May 10 (Tue) to undergo a park-wide irrigation system replacement, construction of a new wheelchair-accessible restroom, and installation of new landscaping. Alamo Square will remain close for seven months, and is expected to reopen in fall/winter 2016. This $4.3M project is made possible by the Restroom … Continue reading

Share Your Feedback on Updated Public Art Proposal for Noe Valley Town Square

The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) is working with the Recreation and Park Department and residents of Noe Valley to commission an artwork for the new Noe Valley Town Square that will inspire and engage residents and visitors and enhance their connection to recreation and to the neighborhood. The artist … Continue reading

Guy Place Mini Park Development – FAQ

In an effort to address concerns about the Guy Place Mini Park development, the Recreation and Park Department is pleased to share this FAQ on the process and planning of the design concept. For more information, please contact Marvin Yee, Project Manager, at (415) 581-2541, or at Marvin.Yee@sfgov.org. Please check … Continue reading

Balboa Pool Construction Update

Unfortunately, the Balboa Pool project bids all came in over our budget. This continues to be a challenging bidding environment on all fronts, including  material cost increases, competition for labor and a very hot market for builders. We are re bidding the project now and bids will be received in … Continue reading

FAQs and Upcoming Public Hearing on SFMTA Twin Peaks Pilot Project

The Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Project, a joint effort of the SFMTA and Rec and Park Departments, with support from Public Works, seeks to create better connectivity within the Twin Peaks trail system, improve pedestrian and bicycle access, and provide a defined connection to the Bay Area Ridge Trail.  … Continue reading

You’re Invited to the George Christopher Playground Improvement Project Planning Meeting

You’re invited to the third of several meetings to discuss the design of the playground. We will be discussing the renovation of the playground including the following improvements: new play structures, new playground protective surfacing, new … Continue reading

Final Bid Package Prep Underway for Geneva Community Garden Project

We are in the final stages of preparing to advertise the Geneva Community Garden construction project to contractors. Thank you for your patience as we were recently dealing with extended leave of a couple of our project team members. We are also in the process of coordinating with other City agencies … Continue reading

MANSELL STREET CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENTS UPDATE – WORK CONTINUES

Hi folks, As you may know, the Mansell/Persia corridor through McLaren Park is under renovation. We appreciate your patience during the work. Over the next several months, there will be temporary alterations to crosswalks, portions of the roadway and other access routes at times necessary for construction activities. The work … Continue reading

Community Opportunity Fund Round 5 Projects Recommended for Funding

Dear Community Opportunity Fund Applicants, I know many of you have been waiting to hear back about your Community Opportunity Fund (“COF”) Applications. The COF committee members repeatedly stressed how impressed they were with all of your work, your commitment to your park and your community. This is a very … Continue reading

UPDATE: Gilman Playground Renovation

Although intermittent wet weather continues to slow down the renovation work, tree work is completed and new concrete paving was poured last week. Planned activities for the next few weeks include installation of light poles, modification of the clubhouse restrooms for wheelchair access, and base preparation for the new playground’s rubber … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Figure 8 Pilot Redesign

The Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Team is excited to announce a proposed pilot project that will open a portion of the Twin Peaks Figure 8 to people walking and riding bikes!  The pilot project is an opportunity to evaluate a configuration change at the Twin Peaks Figure 8 while … Continue reading

SOTA Trail Improvements Underway

Construction is underway on the section of Creeks to Peaks trail on School District property.  This trail connecting Glen Canyon to Twin Peaks was started in 2015 by Rec and Park staff and through a major volunteer effort with Volunteers for Outdoor California (V-O-Cal). Improvements to be made by contractor … Continue reading

MANSELL STREET CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENTS UPDATE – Roadwork improvements underway, some temporary crosswalk closures

Hi folks, As you may know, the Mansell/Persia corridor through McLaren Park is under renovation. We appreciate your patience during the work. Over the next several months, there will be temporary alterations to crosswalks and other access routes at times necessary for construction activities. Starting next week, the crosswalk at … Continue reading

UPDATE: Guy Place Mini Park Development

In February 2015, the Recreation and Park Commission approved a community-supported conceptual plan for the development of a new park at 4-8 Guy Place. Bid documents with plans and specifications were developed for competitive bidding. In February 2016, the City received 5 bids for construction. 2 bids are within the … Continue reading

UPDATE: Golden Gate Panhandle Pedestrian Safety Improvements

In September 2015, the Recreation and Park Commission approved a community-supported, concept plan to improve pedestrian safety along the multi-use pathway on the north side of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle. Planned pedestrian (and bicycle!) safety improvements to the multi-use path shall include: Restriping the centerline of the multi-use pathway; … Continue reading

Rec Center Construction Update: Tennis Court Stair Temporary Closure

Hi Everyone, As you can tell if you have visited the southern end of Glen Park recently, the recreation center renovation is well underway. As anticipated, due to aspects of the work on the building renovation, the stair which leads from the northern end of the northern tennis court to … Continue reading

UPDATE: Alamo Square Renovation

In preparation for the Alamo Square restroom and irrigation upgrade project, the Recreation and Park Department is performing the removal of up to 14 trees which have been evaluated as hazards or declining in health. This work will occur after March 8 when Alamo Square is fenced for construction. To minimize … Continue reading

Tank Hill Project Update!

Thanks for your patience with this project.  We have identified a source to close a $40k shortfall in the cost of the project.   Our Capital and Natural Areas teams have communicated with the contractor who looks forward to signing a contract once the funding has been formally approved by … Continue reading

UPDATED SCHEDULE FOR 17TH & FOLSOM PARK CONSTRUCTION

Update as February 8, 2016 We are pleased to inform that the Recreation and Park Commission awarded a construction contract for the 17th & Folsom Street Park project at their Meeting of December 17, 2015. The construction contract is currently under certification and start of construction is anticipated in March … Continue reading

CPRS Awards of Excellence for Two Recent Park Projects

Great news! The California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS) has awarded its Excellence in Park Planning award for two recent capital renovation projects– Boeddeker Park and Cayuga Playground. The CPRS awards program recognizes outstanding achievement in the areas of facility design, park planning, marketing and communication, and community improvement and … Continue reading

NOW OPEN! Noe Courts Restroom

The Recreation and Park Department is pleased to report that the renovation of the Noe Courts restroom is now complete. These restrooms are now open! Each restroom has been converted to single-occupancy units for wheelchair accessibility. Water-saving fixtures and lighting were updated while maintaining the historic character of the building. The renovation … Continue reading

Site Furnishings from Noe Valley Town Square Site Reused or Recycled

Per Urban Greening Grant requirements, site furnishings that were removed from the parking lot and pocket park at the Noe Valley Town Square site will be reused (vast majority) or recycled.  Site furnishings to be reused include banner poles, benches, seats and trash cans, as shown below.

Let Us Know What You Think About Artwork Proposed for Noe Valley Town Square

The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) is working with the Recreation and Park Department and residents of Noe Valley to commission an artwork for the new Noe Valley Town Square that will inspire and engage residents and visitors and enhance their connection to recreation and to the neighborhood. The artist … Continue reading

UPDATE: Timeline and Scope of Work

Alamo Square Park will undergo a $4.3 million renovation to update the irrigation system, build an ADA-accessible restroom, and landscape the entirety of the park. The outcome of the project will result in water savings through improved irrigation design, the installation of “smart” controllers, and the planting of lawn alternatives, … Continue reading

Joe DiMaggio – Fence Improvements

Hello Neighbors! We hope that you are enjoying the new and improved Joe DiMaggio Playground!  As you may have noticed, the contractor has been on site making improvements to the perimeter fence. Portions of the original installed fence were not accepted by the Recreation and Parks Department and the contractor is replacing … Continue reading

UPDATE: Noe Courts Park Renovation

In June 2015, the Recreation and Park Commission approved a renovation plan to improve lawn drainage and walkway, wheelchair-accessible ramp between the playground and restrooms, terraced seating, site furnishings and landscaping. These improvements are made possible through the Community Opportunity Fund and Restroom Program of the 2008 Park Bond. The project … Continue reading

UPDATE: Gilman Playground Renovation

Despite the rain, the renovation of Gilman Playground has made steady progress. Underground utilities are mostly in. Concrete curbs are built to define the play area. Tree work is in progress. When the ground dries up, grading and sub-base preparation will continue. The anticipated completion has been pushed back to summer … Continue reading

Contractor Set to Complete Creeks to Peaks Connector Trail!

We are excited to report that thanks to support from the San Francisco Parks Alliance and an agreement with the San Francisco Unified School District, a contractor will very soon begin work on a critical section of our Creeks to Peaks trail corridor.The completed Creeks to Peaks Connector Trail will provide … Continue reading

Feb 2 Community Meeting on Proposed Twin Peaks Mount Sutro Trail Connector

Please join representatives from the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission at a community meeting to present and discuss the proposed Bay Area Ridge Trail connector from Twin Peaks to Mt. Sutro. This proposed project will formalize a trail from Twin Peaks Blvd. to Mt. Sutro … Continue reading

South Park Renovation – Parking Advisory!

Construction of South Park Renovation started last Thursday, January 14, 2016, with the installation of fences! The park is closed for the duration of construction and anticipated completion is late Fall 2016.For your safety, please use the pedestrian sidewalk across the street from the park. No Parking will be available along sections … Continue reading

MANSELL STREET CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENTS UPDATE – Roadwork improvements underway, vehicular access to be maintained – traffic routing info below REVISED

Hi folks, The work is going well. We are currently adding additional speed limit signs to post a revised speed limit (25 MPH) and school speed limit signs (15MPH) in  those areas and other measures. Additionally, staff is reviewing the Brazil intersection to determine what we can do on a … Continue reading

Updated Schedule for Construction

We are pleased to inform that the Recreation and Park Commission awarded a construction contract for the 17th & Folsom Street Park project at their Meeting of December 17, 2015.   The construction contract is currently under certification and start of construction is anticipated in March 2016. The anticipated construction schedule … Continue reading

Community Budget Meetings

Join us for two budget meetings to discuss preliminary plans for Fiscal Years 2016-17 and 2017-18, Wednesday, February 3, at Palega Rec Center (500 Felton St.), and Tuesday, February 9, at Gene Friend Rec Center (270 6th Street), 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Learn about our department’s budget instructions for … Continue reading

GLEN CANYON Recreation Center Update: Construction Underway

Hi Everyone, Just wanted to provide you with a brief update on the Glen Canyon Recreation Center Project. As you may know, we are well underway with the renovation of the Recreation Center, which was overwhelmingly approved by San Francisco voters in the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond … Continue reading

Geneva Community Garden Construction Coming in 2016!

Thanks to project supporters and neighbors for your patience. We anticipate advertising the Geneva Community Garden construction project to contractors in February 2016 and starting construction by summer 2016 for completion and opening before the end of the year. Project delay is due mostly to tight funding, which has had … Continue reading

UPDATE: Alamo Square Restroom and Irrigation Project

The Recreation and Park Dept. received 5 bids in mid-December for the Alamo Square Restroom and Irrigation Project. The lowest 2 bids are within the City’s construction budget. Currently the City is reviewing the bids for qualifications and anticipates making a recommendation for contract award in February. Construction is anticipated to … Continue reading

MANSELL STREET CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENTS UPDATE – Roadwork improvements to begin, vehicular access to be maintained – traffic routing info below

Hi folks, I am so glad so many of you were able to come to the ground breaking and to the update I provided at the December 8th, at the Crocker Amazon Park Monthly meeting. As you may have seen, the construction has started – some early elements have started … Continue reading

Stay tuned for updates regarding Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Project in Early 2016

Just a quick year end update on the Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Project:  we are tracking down answers to some questions related to design scope and budget.  Our team is planning to reconvene by mid- January 2016 to confirm these items and we’ll be in touch with folks regarding project … Continue reading

Call for Feedback and Hoodline Article on Gene Friend Rec Center Project

A reminder to send any comments on the Gene Friend Rec Center Project concept design to the Project Manager by this Friday, January 8. Project Manager contact info is available on the right hand bar of the project page. Also, Hoodline published an article online about the project status. Please … Continue reading

Groundbreaking for Noe Valley Town Square Wet But Cheerful

Pouring rain couldn’t keep project supporters away from this morning’s groundbreaking for Noe Valley Town Square. Contributors and supporters joined the excited list of speakers, which included: RPD General Manager Phil Ginsburg Supervisor Scott Wiener Leader Nancy Pelosi’s Office (Dan Bernal & Alex Lazar) Sedrick Mitchell, Deputy Director of External … Continue reading

Beach Chalet Athletic Fields Reopen!

Hundreds of city kids came out and got their kicks in at the opening of the new Beach Chalet Athletic Fields in Golden Gate Park on December 12. The new fields at the west end of the park will dramatically increase public access to the fields, tripling the amount of playtime there … Continue reading

Tell Us What You Think for Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground Improvements

As we get ready for our first community meeting in January, we want to hear from you!  If you did not already answer this survey in the spring of 2015, please follow this link to tell us what you want at an improved Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground. The survey … Continue reading

Noe Valley Town Square Phase 1 Set to Begin Early January

An environmental contractor has been selected for the first phase of the Noe Valley Town Square project. The last day for parking lot operation will be Sunday, January 3 as the contractor will begin work on Monday, January 4. This first phase includes environmental remediation and demolition. The rest of … Continue reading

Civic Design Review Hearing for Noe Valley Town Square Phase 3 on December 14

The Noe Valley Town Square project will be up for Phase 3 review with the San Francisco Arts Commission Civic Design Review Committee this coming Monday, December 14. This is a public hearing. Anyone interested in the project or the Civic Design Review process is welcome to attend. The meeting … Continue reading

Civic Design Review on December 14 for Gene Friend Rec Center Project

The Gene Friend (SOMA) Recreation Center Project will be up for conceptual design review with the San Francisco Arts Commission Civic Design Review Committee this coming Monday, December 14. This is a public hearing. Anyone interested in the project or the Civic Design Review process is welcome to attend. The meeting … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Construction and Lighting Update

Hi folks, The work is coming along on the Rec Center construction.  A lot of what we are doing right now is inside, so you won’t see a lot right now on the outside of the building. The pathway and tennis court lighting has been acting up, for example, off at … Continue reading

MANSELL STREET CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENTS UPDATE to be provided on the blog and Tuesday at 6:30 at Crocker Amazon Clubhouse

Hi folks, I am so glad so many of you were able to come to the ground breaking, and now we are busy preparing for construction to start! I do what to keep people advised of the process and steps as the project proceeds. I will be posting updates on … Continue reading

Walter Haas Connector Trail Project Construction Notice

Click here for posted Notice. The purpose of the Walter Haas Connector Trail project is to improve the degraded and eroding social trail. The completed project will provide a safe pathway promoting increased neighborhood connectivity. How was the design developed? The San Francisco Recreation & Park Department facilitated community meetings to … Continue reading

24 New Mature Trees are Being Planted at South Park!

We heard your concerns and wanted to reassure you that along with removal comes replacement. The project will plant 24 new, mature trees (36” box-example shown below). A major contributing factor to the decline of the trees at this site is overcrowding. The new trees will be spaced at intervals appropriate … Continue reading

All San Francisco Recreation & Parks Pools Will Be Closed Nov 26 and 27th

Please make note that all San Francisco Recreation & Parks city pools will be closed November 26th Thursday and November 27th Friday for the Thanksgiving holiday. Normal scheduling of all pools will assume on Saturday November 28th. Happy Holiday!

Geneva Car Barn – Historic Preservation Commission Public Hearing

Phase 1 of scope of work includes the Powerhouse portion of the Geneva Car Barn complex: repair/restoration of the historic brick and concrete siding; repair/restoration of the historic (wood) windows; introduction of contemporary entry doors at the primary (west) façade; roof replacement of non-historic roof; at roof, restoration of the … Continue reading

Garfield Pool Closure (Nov 16 to Dec 12)

*UPDATE (12/11/15) – Garfield will re-open on time Saturday December 12th, 2015. Please make note Garfield Pool will be closed for maintenance from November 16th to December 12, 2015.

Mansell Improvement Project Construction Kick Off Event November 23rd, at 10:30am

We are excited to announce Mansell Improvement Project will be starting soon!  A ground breaking celebration is planned for November 23rd, at 10:30am at the parking lot at the corner of Mansell and Visitation Avenue. We expect work to start after the 30th of November and to be done by … Continue reading

Materials from 10-24-15 Schlage Parks meeting now available online

The Schalge Lock Parks Design Review Advisory Panel (DRAP) held another successful community meeting October 24, 2015. The community members helped narrow down the options for amenities to include the parks, discussed playground equipment and surface materials, and heard from the Art Commission staff about the Arts Enrichment process that … Continue reading

Great News! The Buena Vista Capital Improvement Community Consultation Document is Here.

Thank you so much for all of your input and for participating in such an exciting process. We value your suggestions and greatly appreciate all of the information you shared with use, throughout this process. We would now like to share with you the document we produced from all your … Continue reading

All Pools & Facilities will be Closed Veterans Day November 11th

All the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Pools & facilities will be closed on Veterans day November 11th & will re-open Thursday November 12th.  

You’re Participation is Needed for the Upcoming Garfield Pool Improvements

Thanks to those who voted in favor of the 2012 Park Bond, Garfield Pool was allocated $11 million dollars for improvements. We would like the community’s feedback on what you would like. The meeting will take place in the Clubhouse next to the pool building, which is located at 26th … Continue reading

Beacon Hill Trail Commission Approved Concept Plan

On May 21st, the Recreation and Park Commission approved the concept plan for the Walter Haas Connector Trail as well as allocated funding for the project. A certified arborist has identified five hazardous trees to be removed as part of the project. The hazardous trees are scheduled to be removed … Continue reading

THIRD SCHLAGE LOCK PARKS MEETING SATURDAY OCT 24, 10-12

The third meeting of the Schlage Lock Parks Design Review Advisory Panel will be held Saturday, October 24, 2015, 10:00am-12:00pm, in the Visitacion Valley Library Community Room (201 Leland Ave).  At this meeting the panel and community will discuss revised designs of the two proposed parks based on input from the … Continue reading

Buchanan Mall Activation Opening Celebration 11/7/2015

Change is coming to the Buchanan Street Mall.  The Design Task Force – a group of 30 neighborhood elders, youth, and adults – met weekly this summer to discuss design and stewardship of the Mall. The Exploratorium translated the community’s design ideas into Activation elements.  These elements – gardens boxes, … Continue reading

India Basin Waterfront Parks Design Ideas Competition

Interested parties are invited to submit qualifications for a selection process which will result in design ideas competition for two India Basin properties, 900 Innes and India Basin Shoreline Park. This is a unique opportunity to design a 21st century legacy park in a partly wild, post-industrial, 140-year old historic San Francisco Bay waterfront context, with an emphasis on public access, social equity, recreation, resiliency and habitat. Continue reading

SEPTEMBER 26TH COMMUNITY MEETING PRESENTATION and MEETING SUMMARY

The Schlage Lock Parks Design Review Advisory Panel (DRAP) hosted a successful meeting on Saturday, September 26th to discuss designs for the new Schlage Lock Parks.  The community participated in two design exercise.  The presentation slides, programming exercise boards, results of the park theme dot voting, and a summary of … Continue reading

Joe DiMaggio Playground – Almost There!

Dear Neighbors, It’s been awhile since my last post, but things are moving along quickly out at the park.  I am pleased to announce that the Rec & Park Department is throwing a grand opening event on Saturday, November 14th!  Save the Date! I will post the event details later this month. In the … Continue reading

Update on Progress for Future Geneva Community Garden

Environmental remediation at the site has been completed.  Rec and Park was awarded a second Housing Related Parks Grant this year, which is a tremendous help since environmental remediation costs were higher than anticipated. Target schedule is as follows: Advertise to contractors: fall 2015 Begin construction: winter 2016 Open garden: late … Continue reading

Noe Valley Town Square Upcoming Community Meeting and Civic Design Review Hearing

The Residents of Noe Valley Town Square, along with Supervisor Wiener’s office and Rec and Park, will be presenting the latest design and project timeline at a community meeting on Tuesday, October 13. Details for this community meeting are below: Tuesday, October 13, 7:30 pm Umpqua Bank, 3938 24th Street The … Continue reading

GLEN CANYON Update: Recreation Center Renovation to Start Mid October

Hi Everyone, Just wanted to provide you with a brief update on the Glen Canyon Recreation Center Project.   This is a project to renovate the Recreation Center, which was overwhelmingly approved by San Francisco voters in the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond. Here is the project webpage if … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Rec Center CLOSURE Update!

The overall floor plan and the latest renderings can be seen here: http://sfrecpark.org/wp-content/uploads/GlenParkConceptual-Design.pdf The contract for the renovation was awarded to the contractor at the August Recreation and Park Commission Meeting.  Since that time we have been cleaning out the building to prepare for the renovation, and working with the … Continue reading

Noe Valley Civic Design Review CANCELLED

This afternoon’s Phase 1 Civic Design Review hearing has been cancelled by the San Francisco Arts Commission due to lack of quorum.  We anticipate that this hearing will be rescheduled to 3 pm on either this Thursday or this Friday.  Please stay tuned as we will update this project page … Continue reading

Noe Valley Town Square Civic Design Review

The Noe Valley Town Square project design will be presented for San Francisco Arts Commission Civic Design Review Phase I this coming Monday, September 28.  There is an opportunity for public comment as part of this hearing.  Please join us for this presentation if you are interested and/or would like to … Continue reading

Update on Civic Center Plaza Playground Design, Gift from the Helen Diller Family Foundation, and Upcoming Rec Park Commission Presentation

Hi everyone, I hope you are enjoying the summer and this update finds you well. As you may remember from our outreach meetings, this project was made possible through a generous gift from the Helen Diller Family Foundation. This gift has allowed us to work with you to develop the design for the … Continue reading

Mansell Street Corridor Improvements Update: Good News! Work to start later this year!

Hi Everyone, The final project was bid and the bids are now back and we hope to start construction in  November, depending on the speed of contract certification. As a review, this project will make major improvements to the Mansell Corridor through the park. It will provide protected pedestrian paths and bikelanes … Continue reading

Geneva Car Barn Improvement Updates for September & October

Design Development for the Geneva Car Barn and Powerhouse is complete and will be presented to two City agencies in the next month. Meeting information is the following: Civic Design Review The exterior of the building, including streetscape improvements and landscaping, will be presented to the  San Francisco Arts Commission’s Civic Design Review Committee for … Continue reading

Bernal Heights Trails Improvement Project Timeline and Tree Work

Bernal Heights Trails Improvement Project is behind originally planned schedule, but we have not forgotten about it. Due to increasing construction costs and based on experience with previous trails improvement projects, Rec and Park is fine tuning our construction documents and applying for grants to supplement 2008 Clean & Safe … Continue reading

New Twin Peaks Boulevard Roadway Crossings in Progress

Platforms on either side of the roadway at two trail crossings have been installed as part of the repaving of the southern portion of Twin Peaks Boulevard.  City crews will be completing crosswalk striping and signage within the next month or so.  Platforms have been temporarily taped off. Crossing locations were coordinated closely with Rec … Continue reading

UPDATE – Noe Courts Park Improvements

In 2011, the Friends of Noe Courts obtained a Community Opportunity Fund grant in the amount of $211,000 for general park improvements for lawn drainage and walkway improvements, terraced seating, site furnishings and landscaping. Concurrently under the Restroom Program of the 2008 Parks Bond, the Noe Courts Park restroom building … Continue reading

JOIN US! INDIA BASIN WATERFRONT PARKS AND TRAILS – COMMUNITY MEETING

We wanted to invite you to an upcoming Task Force Meeting regarding upcoming planning for the new addition to the India Basin shoreline – 900 Innes. Learn more and share your ideas. Please see the meeting details below: Thursday August 27 2:30 – 5:30 pm Our Lady of Lourdes Church … Continue reading

REMINDER: Mountain Lake Park Playground Pre-Construction Meeting!

We are excited to announce that the playground is going into construction! You will see onsite notices soon, but in the meantime we wanted to invite you to a pre-construction meeting (click here for more details): Tuesday, August 18, 5:30 – 6:30 PM Mountain Lake Park Playground 12th Avenue, north … Continue reading

Update on Civic Center Plaza Playground Design, Gift from the Helen Diller Family Foundation, and Upcoming Rec Park Commission Presentation

Hi everyone, I hope you are enjoying the summer and this update finds you well. As you may remember from our outreach meetings, this project was made possible through a generous gift from the Helen Diller Family Foundation. This gift has allowed us to work with you to develop the design for the … Continue reading

Major Volunteer Trail Work Effort Completed at Glen Canyon Park

125 volunteers worked with Rec and Park Natural Areas Program staff to improve trails at Glen Canyon Park and on adjacent School of the Arts property July 18-19.  Thanks to all of those folks who came out for a fun and successful project to help us get one step closer … Continue reading

Urban Ag Academy

Grow it, Preserve it, Love it! SF County Fair Building, 9th and Irving, Saturday, September 12, 2015, 11:30a-5pm Join the Urban Agriculture Program and partners for Urban Ag Academy: Grow It, Preserve It, Love It! This one-day event will feature demonstration classes on gardening and garden-infrastructure, workshops on fermenting and … Continue reading

Joe DiMaggio – construction photos

Hello Everyone – progress at the construction site is going very well. Here are a few recent photos from within the construction zone to show the progress. A view of the western side of the site, showing the newly finished tennis courts: The new bocce courts and picnic area (the wood … Continue reading

The Architect’s Newspaper: San Francisco’s Boeddeker Park is a green refuge

By Michael Webb A few blocks from San Francisco’s Financial District and the tech wealth of SOMA is the Tenderloin, the city’s densest neighborhood, where the homeless line up for free meals, and many low-income tenants live in windowless rooms. Boeddeker Park, redesigned by WRNS Studio, serves as a desperately … Continue reading

Bay Nature: After Decades Away, Western Pond Turtles Come Home to Mountain Lake

By Lauren McNulty It had been a long time since Mountain Lake was the kind of place where a western pond turtle could live happily. For decades, the Presidio’s natural freshwater lake suffered environmental insults: runoff from Highway 1, sediment pollution, invasive species, voracious released goldfish. Mountain Lake had been “a … Continue reading

Portsmouth Square Restroom Receives Honor Award

The newly constructed Portsmouth Square restroom building (opened in February) received an Honor Award from the Concrete Masonry Association (cmacn.org) for its design using concrete masonry units. The Portsmouth Square restroom building was designed by Hamilton Aitken Architects for the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department through a community design process. … Continue reading

Wealth of Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Survey Input Received

Thanks to those of you who attended our June 25 open house with Rec and Park, SFMTA and SFDPW and to those of you who completed our survey online. We received over 450 survey responses! We are working to review and address your feedback. Please stay tuned for high-level summary and next steps for … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Boulevard Repaving to Begin in August

San Francisco Public Works has a contractor on board and will begin repaving of the southern portion of Twin Peaks Boulevard in August. This project will use an interesting technique called “Cold in Place Reycling (CIR).” Cold In-place Recycling (CIR) is defined as a rehabilitation technique in which the existing pavement … Continue reading

Panhandle Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project Onsite Open House

We hope you can join us onsite at the Panhandle to discuss safety improvements to the pathways, lighting and signage issues. Please tell your neighbors and friends, we will be onsite to answer questions about the upcoming improvements. SATURDAY AUGUST 1ST, 2015 ON THE PANHANDLE AT ASHBURY INTERSECTION 10-12:00AM We … Continue reading

2015-2016 Swimming Pool Annual Maintenance Closure Schedule

Please take note for the 2015-2016 Swimming Pool Annual Maintenance Closure Schedule. Continue reading

Joe DiMaggio Construction Updates

Hello Everyone, We are making steady progress with the Joe DiMaggio Playground’s construction. Most notably, the retaining walls all have a fresh coat of paint on them and the tennis court has fences and new lights. The contractor is focusing on the western edge of the site, including the old Mason Street area and … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Next Step: Review Project and Award of the Construction Contract

Hi Everyone, Just wanted to provide you with a brief update on the Glen Canyon Recreation Center Project. As a reminder, you can always follow the project here: http://sfrecpark.org/project/glen-canyon-park-2012-bond/ We thought we would be awarding the project in July, but instead I will be presenting to the Rec Park Commission … Continue reading

Schlage Lock Parks Design Review Advisory Panel Meeting Schedule

The first meeting of the Schlage Lock Parks Design Review Advisory Panel will be held Saturday, July 25, 2015, 12:00-1:00pm, in the Visitacion Valley Library Community Room. This meeting will follow a meeting hosted by the Schlage Lock Development project sponsor regarding the design of the proposed buildings. The building design … Continue reading

Deadline extended to July 17 for Twin Peaks Online Survey

For those of you unable to make it out to our June 25 public open house, please find copies of the presentation boards below for your review, and please click here to complete our online survey. Due to the 4th of July holiday, we have decided to extend the survey an additional … Continue reading

Come build a trail with Rec and Park July 18 and July 19

Join Rec & Park’s Natural Areas Program and Volunteers for Outdoor California (V-O-Cal) for a large scale trail building event in Glen Canyon Park and on School of the Arts property to work toward completing the portion of the “Creeks to Peaks” trail corridor that connects Glen Canyon Park to … Continue reading

Next Gene Friend Rec Center Improvement Project Meeting Rescheduled from July 9 to October 1

Friends and Neighbors! Our next community meeting for the Gene Friend (SOMA) Rec Center Project was originally scheduled to be on July 9, 2015, however we are pushing it back to October 1, 2015. This new date will give our design team more time to collect info and will hopefully … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Rec Center Renovation – Rec Park Commission Meeting to Review Project and Award of the Construction Contract for the Renovation

Hi Everyone, Just wanted to provide you with a brief update on the Glen Canyon Recreation Center Project. As a reminder, you can always follow the project here: http://sfrecpark.org/project/glen-canyon-park-2012-bond/ Our next step is a meeting of the Rec Park Commission to award the contract to the contractor. The next meeting … Continue reading

Online Survey Now Available for Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign

For those of you unable to make it out to our June 25 public open house, please find copies of the presentation boards below for your review, and please click here to complete our online survey. We want to hear from you and will have the survey open through Friday, July 10. … Continue reading

Creeks to Peaks Update

We are happy to report that the Glen Canyon Trails Improvement Project is substantially complete and open to the public. The contractor should be completely finished and out of the Canyon in the coming weeks. As many folks know, we are calling our trail corridor connecting Glen Canyon Park with … Continue reading

Recent Construction Photos of Joe DiMaggio Playground

We’re moving along quickly over at the Joe DiMaggio Playground & I have a few exciting updates and photos to share: The asphalt is down at the new tennis courts. Next week, you’ll start to see walls painted, the fences installed, and then the final athletic surfacing and striping installed.  … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Drop-In Open House

Twin Peaks is a world-famous tourist destination and one of the most visited areas in San Francisco. Come join us for our first open house to review redesign options for the Twin Peaks Figure 8 roadway, to improve access. We will share proposals that address the following project objectives: • Reallocate … Continue reading

Gilman Playground Renovation – UPDATE

The Recreation and Park Commission is awarding a contract to Anvil Builders in the amount of $1,093,595 for the renovation of Gilman Playground. Scope of work includes – Swings and independent events (zip line, net spinner, and independent spinners); – Pour-in-place rubber surface depicting a shoreline setting in reference to … Continue reading

DuPont Tennis Courts – ADVISORY

ADVISORY: DUPONT TENNIS COURTS The DuPont Courts restroom renovation and wheelchair-accessible ramp project is in progress. Completion is anticipated for summer 2015. Concurrently the tennis courts will be refurbished with color surfacing and new equipment. Work is tentatively scheduled to begin June 8 (Mon) and continue for up to 6 … Continue reading

Hilltop Park Renovation Update: Stay Tuned for Construction to Start in the Fall!

Hi Everyone, A sincere thank you to the Bayview community and Hilltop Park stakeholders who have given input over the last year and half on the renovation at Hilltop Park. We have completed the design and anticipate to start construction this Fall. As a refresher, Hilltop Park is 3.58 acre … Continue reading

Alamo Square Improvement Project – Construction Update!

We are excited to announce that we are getting ready to go into construction! Thanks again to San Francisco Voters who overwhelmingly supported the 2008 and 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, without your support this project would not be possible. We are going to be completing the project … Continue reading

Mountain Lake Park Playground Update!

It’s time for an update on the Playground Renovation at Mountain Lake Park and we are thrilled to share exciting news with you! After an extended fundraising and bidding process that just concluded this month, we are pleased to announce that the Recreation and Park Commission will be reviewing the … Continue reading

Apply for the Design Review Advisory Panel Now for Schlage Lock Future Park Site!

Apply for the Design Review Advisory Panel Now! The agreement between the developer and RPD includes a citizen’s design review advisory panel and internal RPD review to finalize the designs for the two parks. RPD is accepting applications for this panel until June 25th. The panel will meet 4-8 times, … Continue reading

KQED: Lincoln Park Steps Reopen Grandly with Artist-Designed Tiles

By Sarah Hotchkiss At the western end of San Francisco’s California Street, a splendidly refurbished staircase designed by tile artist Aileen Barr now marks the entryway to 100 acres of public park. On May 28, neighbors, city representatives and more than a few plaid-clad girls from next-door’s Katherine Delmar Burke School celebrated … Continue reading

SF Chronicle: Stairway to Lincoln Park perfectly in step with neighborhood

By John King As much as for its topography, San Francisco’s ongoing allure can be traced to creative ingenuity and old-fashioned wealth. Both now leave their mark on the broad stairway that leads up to Lincoln Park from California Street in the Outer Richmond. See full article here: http://www.sfchronicle.com/bayarea/article/Stairway-to-Lincoln-Park-perfectly-in-step-with-6295451.php

Joe DiMaggio Playground – Construction Advisory

Hello Neighbors, The contractor will soon begin work on the small storage room along the south wall of the “blacktop” area. In order to access the storage room safely, they will be closing a portion of the parking and the sidewalk along Greenwich Street starting late this week.  We expect this … Continue reading

Dolores Park is Opening!

In 2 short weeks, the north side of the park will reopen! It’s time to celebrate! Please join us for an opening celebration on Thursday June 18th from 3:00pm – 7:00pm. In the spirit of Leave No Trace, the opening celebration will be a Silent Disco Party. Wireless headphones will be loaned to attendees … Continue reading

Helen Diller Playgrounds at Civic Center – Update!

Since our last community meeting we have incorporated feedback and started going through reviews to make sure we meet accessibility codes, playground safety, structural engineering requirements and maintenance requirements among other key considerations. We have also been focusing on developing the lighting design. Based on these reviews the design has evolved but still kept … Continue reading

Update on Glen Canyon Rec Center Renovation – Open This Summer, Close in August

Hi Everyone, Just wanted to provide you with a brief update on the Glen Canyon Recreation Center Project. As a reminder, you can always follow the project here: http://sfrecpark.org/project/glen-canyon-park-2012-bond/ Recreation Center Renovation Coming Up/ What to Expect: The Glen Canyon Recreation Center will remain open during the summer months, to … Continue reading

Lincoln Park Steps-Update 05/2015

Lincoln Park Steps are officially open! Please join Friends of Lincoln Park, San Francisco Parks Alliance and Recreation and Park Department on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 4PM for a ribbon cutting celebration of the beautification of these steps. http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/sf-rec-and-park-celebrates-lincoln-park-art-tiles-steps/Slideshow?oid=2928102

DuPont Tennis Courts – CONSTRUCTION NOTICE

The DuPont Courts restroom renovation project is in progress. Completion is anticipated for summer 2015. Scope of improvements includes restoration of the concrete columns; a wheelchair-accessible, single-occupancy restroom; drinking fountain and bottle filler. Please note that no restroom facility is available for public use at this time. A wheelchair-accessible ramp … Continue reading

SF Gate: S.F. spends $1.5 million renovating two public restrooms

By Amy Graff Last week, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department unveiled two newly refurbished freestanding public restrooms near Ocean Beach. With fresh paint, new roofs and landscaping, the sparkling Classical Revival buildings dating back to the 1930s were a welcome sight to park- and beach-goers. The price tag on … Continue reading

Joe DiMaggio Playground – Construction Advisory

Hello Neighbors, The contractor has a few advisories regarding the construction site over the next few weeks: 1.  Mason Street Promenade closure: in preparation of construction of the old Mason Street portion of the site, the contractor will place temporary fencing along the two ends of the current pathway & … Continue reading

Joe DiMaggio Playground – Construction Updates

The construction at the Joe DiMaggio Playground is moving smoothly & a lot of exciting progress has occurred in the last few weeks. As with all construction projects, infrastructure work is the first to occur with items like earthwork, drainage, utilities. This important infrastructure is placed first and supports the final improvements. … Continue reading

SF Gate: Fixing the culture problem at Dolores Park

By Elizabeth Creely Roughly 30 concerned neighbors gathered at the event space 18 Reasons Tuesday for an event hosted by San Francisco’s Department of Recreation and Parks. Among the collection of local employees, neighbors and merchants, was an air of seriousness in the room, which suited the matter under discussion: … Continue reading

SFist: Rec & Parks Produces Goofy PSAs To Encourage Proper Trash Disposal, Bathroom Use

By Jay Barmann The Rec & Park Department hosted a pair of meetings Tuesday to engage concerned neighbors about their new “action plan” for dealing with the park’s ongoing popularity, and its trash problem. And as Mission Local reports, Sarah Ballard, the department’s director of policy and public affairs, admitted, … Continue reading

McLaren Community Garden Updated Concept Plan

FINAL CONCEPT PLAN We are excited to share the revised concept plan for the McLaren Community Garden with you. We have made some minor changes since the final community meeting. Some of these changes include the following: Reducing the amount of hardscape at the top and bottom terraces Removing the … Continue reading

SF Appeal: Waste-Sorting System Unveiled To Help Dolores Park Picnickers Stop Littering

By Bay City News A pop-up recycling and composting system was unveiled today in response to an abundance of litter left behind by picnickers at San Francisco’s Dolores Park. The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, in partnership with the waste management company Recology, has placed large containers on Dolores … Continue reading

Joe DiMaggio Playground – CONSTRUCTION ALERT!

Hello Neighbors, the next major milestone is about to start at the site: placing large steel piles for the retaining wall. The contractor will begin “driving piles” as soon as this week. Please be aware that this activity can be loud. The pile driving should be complete within 1 week of it starting. … Continue reading

Lincoln Park Steps Improvement Project

So much has happened at the end of California Street’s gateway to Lincoln Park. The artwork at the top of the stairs, completed in 2011, now cascades in full color down the 57 steps entering the park, a beautiful transition from street. No longer will pedestrians run through these steps without … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park – Construction Update

The last 2 weeks have shown incredible progress at the park, with large sections of grass sod placed. Our on-site staff and contractors are constantly stopped and asked if it’s artificial turf. To clarify:  it’s real grass! There is still work to be done in the north half, including finishing the sports … Continue reading

Joe DiMaggio Playground – Construction Update

Have you walked by the project site lately?  If not, this is a photo from Tuesday showing the progress. Demolition is almost complete in the western half of the site, and the contractor is starting to place formwork for a wall that will create the edge of the new tennis court. The concrete … Continue reading

Update on Glen Canyon Recreation Center Renovation – Planning to Start Construction Summer 2015

Hi Everyone, Just wanted to provide you with a brief update on the Glen Canyon Recreation Center Project. Additionally, I attended the Glen Park Neighbors Meeting last night briefly to provide a update in person. You can always email or call me (see my below contact info if you have questions). … Continue reading

Reminder – Deadline for Community Opportunity Fund Round 5 Draft Applications – April 3rd!

Hi folks, All of you that are applying for Round 5 COF, I just wanted to remind you that Round 5 COF draft applications are due on April 3rd. – If you are planning to apply, I should be corresponding with you, and confirming if you need additional community meetings, … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park – Sod Installation

Today is another big construction milestone at the park – the remaining sections of the north side of the park are receiving grass sod. The contractor should finish the installation this week, and then repair the sections that were damaged by last month’s vandalism. Check out photos and use this link to view a short video of today’s … Continue reading

Gene Friend Rec Center Site Visit

Rec and Park Structural Maintenance staff met earlier this month with the project architect and consulting engineers to do some site reconnaissance and collect information on the condition of the existing building and systems at Gene Friend Rec Center. This information will help the architect and team of engineers to … Continue reading

Portsmouth Square Restroom – OPEN!

The Portsmouth Square restrooms are now open! Through the 2008 Park Bond, a Restroom Task Force evaluated free-standing restrooms on park property. Due to the high-user count of the Portsmouth Square restroom, the Task Force recommended that its user capacity be increased. At the conclusion of the first community meeting, the … Continue reading

SF Gate: Newly renovated Kezar Stadium track is up and running

By Hamed Aleaziz A favorite destination for San Francisco runners has been restored to glory after many months out of commission, with the storied Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park reopening with a brand-new track after a massive overhaul. It’s the latest rebirth at 90-year-old Kezar, the 49ers’ birthplace and … Continue reading

Rec and Park working with SFMTA on New Crossing at Bernal Heights Blvd.

As part of our Bernal Heights Trails Improvement Project, we are working with SFMTA on an improved trailhead and crossing at Bernal Heights Boulevard at the northeast corner of the park. The SFMTA board will be holding a public hearing on Friday, March 6 to review the crossing details. We … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park – Construction Updates and Vandalism Reports

Construction at Mission Dolores Park is still moving ahead, despite the recent vandalism to the construction site during the weekend of February 14. The vandalism caused about $100,000 in damage and will likely delay the reopening of the north side of the park. The majority of the damage was incurred when … Continue reading

Joe DiMaggio Playground – Construction Update

Demolition is under full-swing at the playground these days. While the site has appeared a little quiet recently, the contractor was actively working on the site and behind the scenes ensuring important measures were taken before the big equipment arrived. The playground is almost completely gone now and the contractor will … Continue reading

Portsmouth Square Restroom – UPDATE

Despite the interruption by the recent rains, you will notice a renewed flurry of activities as the sun comes out again. This week, landscaping is getting planted, and metal roof and cracked-ice pattern grills are getting installed. Concrete paving on the exterior and epoxy flooring in the interior are also happening this week. The restroom will re-open … Continue reading

UPDATE – Guy Place New Park

A concept plan, based on that generated through community meetings and refined through the Arts Commission, was recommended for approval by the Capital Committee of the Recreation and Park Commission. Final action will occur on February 19 (Thu) in City Hall, Room 416 at 10 AM. Public comments are welcome at … Continue reading