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

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

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

UPDATE – Alta Plaza Park Water Conservation Project

A community-generated master plan for Alta Plaza Park was prepared through the efforts of the Friends of Alta Plaza Park. The proposed master plan is currently undergoing an environmental evaluation. A historic resources report is being prepared for the analysis of cumulative impacts by the proposed improvements. Results of the environmental evaluation is anticipated to take 3-6 … Continue reading

Beach Chalet Update

The Beach Chalet Athletic Field project is moving forward as planned.   The contractor has completed their rough grading operation and is now moving forward with the storm drainage pipe installation.   This work will continue over the next month.   Other work items that have been completed include the removal of hazardous … Continue reading

West Sunset Playground Update

We are happy to report that the construction documents have now been submitted to the Department of Building Inspection for review and approval.   Our schedule currently shows that we will have completed bid document at the beginning of March.    Once these drawings have been approved we will be sending them … Continue reading

Great Highway Restroom Update

The restroom project is proceeded as planned.   To date, new electrical, plumbing and mechanical equipment has been installed.   Interior finish work will continue over the next two months along with exterior improvements such as painting and landscape.  Recent site improvements include new roofing,  new entry ramp/handrails, new sidewalks and curb … Continue reading

THIRD COMMUNITY MEETING FOR MCLAREN COMMUNITY GARDEN IMPROVEMENTS

Hi all, Thank you so much to those who came to the third community meeting to discuss the design of the McLaren Community Garden. We received lot of positive feedback on the overall concept design plan. We also got valuable input such as incorporating ramps for wheelbarrows, and requests to … Continue reading

Update on Art Selection Process: Glen Canyon Rec Center Art Componant

Hi Everyone! I want to provide an update on the Art Selection process for Glen Canyon Rec Center. On January 16th , the Selection Panel met and recommended that Charles Sowers be awarded the commission, and the Visual Arts Committee supported this decision. Final approval will be sought at the Full … Continue reading

Failing Playgrounds Meeting #7 Summary

At the final meeting of the Failing Playgrounds Task Force on November 18, 2014, members and the public reviewed the draft Failing Playgrounds Final Report, detailing the process of the Task Force, methodologies, and recommendations of playgrounds for renovation. The report highlighted the Task Force’s conclusion that removing CCA-treated wood from … Continue reading

Glen Park Tennis Courts Open Today!

Hi Everyone, The courts are now open for your use! Again, we apologize for this inconvenience during the closure for the repairs. http://sfrecpark.org/project/glen-canyon-park-improvement-plan/ If you have further questions, please contact Karen Mauney-Brodek, project manager, at Karen.Mauney-Brodek@sfgov.org or 415-575-5601. Have fun out there! Best Karen

Joe DiMaggio Playground – Construction Starting!

Hello Joe DiMaggio Playground Neighbors, Happy New Year!  I have exciting news to share – construction will begin this Thursday, January 29th!  What does this mean for you? The entire playground will close starting this Thursday morning – get out and play on the vintage courts and play equipment while … Continue reading

Update on Glen Canyon Tennis Court Repairs – Nearing Completion, Will update you as soon as they are open!

Hi Everyone, I would like to update you on the tennis court work at Glen Canyon Park, as we are now nearing completion. The paving and most of the surface work is complete, but we still have some minor work to complete so they are totally ready for use.  I … Continue reading

Detailed Updates on Glen Canyon Trails Improvement Project

Contractor completing trail and box step work on the east slope of the Canyon New steps along trail near Christopher Playground are nearly done The contractor will install about 30 feet of split rail fencing along the north side of the steps to discourage folks from shortcutting through sensitive plant … Continue reading

Larsen Playground Renovation Moving Along

Construction on the new Larsen Playground is moving along! Grading and walls are completed The contractor is beginning to install play equipment and playground signage We are currently working with the plane artist to schedule delivery and installation of the signature plane piece Remaining work includes rubber safety surfacing installation and … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park Construction Updates

Happy New Year everyone!  It’s been a little while since our last post, so we have a lot of updates to share. Despite the heavy rains in December, the contractor is moving ahead with the project.  The Operations & Maintenance building is almost complete, with our operations team planning to … Continue reading

Second Meeting for McLaren Community Garden Improvements

Hi everyone! We had a productive second meeting discussing two different design options for the renovation of the McLaren Community Garden. We got great feedback on elements such as trees that should be preserved, utilizing tall perimeter fencing and designing raised beds with attached seating. There was a lot of … Continue reading

Joe DiMaggio Playground – construction notices

We are fast approaching the start of construction at the park.  The contractor is preparing their final paperwork now and we are slated to start construction mid-January. Park closure notices & tree removal signs were posted recently at the park. Large banners with additional information will be hung in early … Continue reading

Portsmouth Square Restroom – UPDATE

Despite the heavy rain delays, the building shell is finally up! Next step is the completion of the curving, metal roof. We are pushing to open the new and much-needed restroom by Chinese New Year, February 19, 2015, by working longer days and on weekends. Stay tuned for more progress … Continue reading

Update on Glen Canyon Recreation Center Public Art Proposals Now on View for your Feedback

Hi Everyone! This week the finalists for the Glen Canyon Park Public Art Project go on display for public comment at the Glen Park Rec Center.   As many of you know, an artist and art proposal was not selected from the last round of proposals for art for the Rec … Continue reading

Kimbell Playground Construction Update December 2014

You know the best part about rain??? We get to see where the water flows and make adjustments…… Building: We sealed the building before the first rain last month. The plumbing and electrical work in the building is about 80% completed. The doors are already installed and painted. The exterior is looking … Continue reading

Beach Chalet Construction Update.

The Recreation and Park Department, in partnership with the City Fields Foundation, has begun construction work at the Beach Chalet Athletic Fields.  A temporary construction fence has been erected around the site while the contractor begins the demolition activities associated with the project. The attached photo shows the turf being … Continue reading

NOTICE: Final Workshop Rescheduled due to weather from This Thursday to DECEMBER 17th. LAST Workshop for Community Opportunity Fund Program to Fund Park Improvements!

Hi Everyone – The final workshop scheduled for Round 5 Applications was scheduled for tomorrow night, Thursday December 11th  at Joe Lee Recreation Center – Multipurpose Room 2 (1395 Mendell Street). The meeting has been rescheduled due to weather, to Wednesday, December 17th, same time, same location:  6:00 pm – 8:00 … Continue reading

Rec and Park Yet to Finalize Decision Whether to Include Trail from Portola to Cul Du Sac in Project

Some neighbors have contacted Rec and Park to strongly oppose the inclusion in the Trails Improvement Project of the repair and formalization of the existing trail that connects the new Portola Trail with the end of the Portola cul-du-sac. This trail segment was included in the conceptual plan that was approved by the … Continue reading

McLaren Trail Connector Opening and Community Planting a Success

On Saturday, November 15, Rec and Park staff, including General Manager Phil Ginsburg, as well as Commissioners Low and Wei and Supervisor Cohen, joined members of the McLaren Collaborative and PROSAC and a host of neighbors to celebrate the completion of the McLaren Trail Connector Project with some gold shovel … Continue reading

Paving Project on Southern Portion of Twin Peaks Boulevard to Address Neighbor Concerns

Rec and Park and Public Works are coordinating a joint improvement project that will repave the southern portion of Twin Peaks Boulevard, from Panorama to the southern edge of the southern peak. The work will take place in early 2015. In response to neighbors’ concerns about problems with storm water … Continue reading

Update on Glen Canyon Park Rec Center: Public Art Selection: Art Proposals on display soon!

Hi Everyone!  As many of you know, an artist and art proposal was not selected from the last round of proposals for art for the Rec Center Project Renovation, so soon we are going to be reviewing three new proposals. The finalists for the Glen Canyon Park Public Art Project … Continue reading

The San Francisco Appeal: Lawn Bowling Club Celebrates Reopening of Historic Green

By: Bay City News “The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and the city’s lawn bowling club reopened its lawn bowling green Tuesday [November 18th] at 10 a.m. at the oldest municipal lawn bowling club in the United States. In 1901, Superintendent of San Francisco parks John McLaren laid out … Continue reading

Lafayette Park DPA soft-Opening Wednesday, 11/25/14

Fences will be removed on Wednesday, 11/25, providing the public access to the 7,000 square feet of newly installed dog play area synthetic turf.  The eastern end of the DPA will remain closed until early January to allow the natural grass to regenerate. In the meantime, the temporary off-leash area located along Laguna Street will continue to be … Continue reading

UPDATE – Alta Plaza Park Water Conservation Project

The Friends of Alta Plaza Park concluded the community’s master planning process for Alta Plaza Park on November 22, 2014, held at The Waldorf School. The Recreation and Park Department will confer with the Friends to discuss the next steps, including revisions to the draft master plan based on the most … Continue reading

UPDATE – Gilman Playground Renovation

Beginning in 2013, the Recreation and Park Department conducted three (3) community meetings and attended community events to publicize the project and for public input. Consequently the Recreation and Park Commission approved the community-supported concept plan in March 2014. The concept plan depicts the replacement of the play equipment within the same general … Continue reading

Great first meeting for McLaren Community Garden Improvements

Hi all! We had a great first meeting about renovating the McLaren Community Garden. We heard lots of inspiring ideas such as building communal plots where gardeners can share herbs, having artwork that uses wind as an element, and creating a more welcoming space for children and seniors at the … Continue reading

Vandalism at Mission Dolores Park

Sadly, Mission Dolores Park has seen a big rise in graffiti and vandalism recently. The Recreation & Park Department has reached out to SFPD’s Mission Station to help control the problem. KTVU captured the vandalism in a recent story – click here to watch. Dolores Park is beloved park by many San … Continue reading

McLaren Trail Connector Planting and Opening Event November 15

Join the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, McLaren Park Collaborative and park advocates for the Community Planting Day to celebrate the Opening of McLaren Park Trail Connector: please see Event Flyer (Click here) and feel free to distribute. If would like to volunteer for the community planting and other park beautification … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park – Construction Sneak Peeks

Curious about what’s going on inside the fence?  Here’s a few photos of the recent progress. This first one shows the contractor getting ready to dig footings for the multi-use court:Plumbing is in at the North Restroom! The sidewalk on Dolores Street is almost complete. This section is close to 18th … Continue reading

Lafayette Park DPA Construction Work Begins Monday, 11/03/14

Please be advised that the Off-Leash Dog Play Area will be closed for renovation beginning Monday, November 3.  During construction, people who wish to walk their dogs off-leash may utilize the lawn area adjacent to Laguna Street. Your patience and cooperation is greatly appreciated. The area closest to the drinking fountain and … Continue reading

PROSAC Volunteer Day at Garfield Park

Phil Ginsburg greeted several members of the Park and Recreation Open Space Advisory Committee/PROSAC who recently volunteered their time giving Garfield Park a little clean-up. PROSAC members, appointed by the Board of Supervisors serve as liaisons between the RPD Commission, residents, neighborhood groups and organizations dedicated to park and recreational issues in … Continue reading

Reminder Marina Bay Trail Community Meeting Tonight!

Please join us for an informational meeting on the project plans for the Marina Bay Trail, along Marina Boulevard. GOALS OF THE PROJECT Ensure safety for people walking and biking; Provide uninterrupted … Continue reading

Kimbell Playground Renovation-update 10/2014

Walk the perimeter of the construction site for a glimpse of: Building: The plumbing and electrical work in the building are about 40% completed. The new door frames are being installed. The roof is completely sealed in case of early rain…..the sky is already misting this week. Playground: The playground boundaries are in place … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park – Palm Tree Transplant

If you were at the park last week, you may have witnessed another amazing construction moment – the transplanting of 2 mature palm trees. Here’s how they did it: Step 1: The crew, led by palm experts, tie up the palm tree fronds & excavate the root ball:  Step 2: the … Continue reading

Portsmouth Square Restroom Temporary Fence Expansion

We wanted to make sure that you are aware of our upcoming temporary fencing expansion, in the vicinity of the restroom renovation project. We recently uncovered soil at Portsmouth Square that will require temporary expansion of the construction fencing for excavation. The fenced area will get expanded for 3 weeks … Continue reading

Glen Canyon TRAILS project impacts to Glen Ridge Nursery School

Starting this Friday, September 26, the trail to Glen Ridge Nursery School/Silver Tree on the west side of the creek will be closed so that our contractor can work on this section of trail and install retaining wall features to stabilize the trail and minimize erosion. The trail will be blocked … Continue reading

Great Highway Restrooms Renovation is Underway

The renovation work on the restroom structures has begun. The contractor is currently working on general demolition work and hazardous material abatement work. The next phase of the project will be to start the new roofing work and structural stabilization of the historic clay block walls. Please note that the … Continue reading

Thanks for joining us for the Minnie Lovie Ward Fields Opening!

I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for their patience during this athletic field renovation project. We have now completed this project and the field is open for recreational play. Hope you enjoy this newly renovated park facility. GET OUT AND PLAY! Thank you, Dan

Joe Dimaggio Playground – site closure & construction updates

The library demolition is complete & the playground is almost fully reopened! The tennis courts & bocce courts have been reopened for a couple weeks now, and the older kids’ playground reopened this week. The contractor is still on site to install some temporary improvements & intends to reopen the smaller … Continue reading

FYI : Glen Canyon Park Recreation Center Renovation Public Art Selection Panel on September 30th, 2-6pm at 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70

Hi Everyone –   Update on the public art selection process for Glen Park Rec Center Renovation: the next meeting will be on September 30. The Glen Canyon Art Selection Panel will meet and review a group of shortlisted artists. This shortlist of artists will be selected from the pre-qualified and … Continue reading

Marina Bay Trail Connector Community Meeting

Please join us for an informational meeting on the project plans for the Marina Bay Trail, along Marina Boulevard. GOALS OF THE PROJECT Ensure safety for people walking and biking; Provide uninterrupted … Continue reading

Marina Bay Trail Improvements Community Meeting

Please join us for an informational meeting on the project plans for the Marina Bay Trail, along Marina Boulevard. GOALS OF THE PROJECT Ensure safety for people walking and biking; Provide uninterrupted views of the bay; Meet parking and loading needs for marina berth holders; Enhance the experience along the … Continue reading

2012 Bond – Balboa Pool Improvements Meeting #3

Join us to discuss improvements to Balboa Pool funded by the 2012 Clean & Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond. Your input is very important. Everyone is invited to attend! Tell your friends and neighbors! – Discuss plans and needs of the Pool – Solicit Feedback Date: Thursday,September 18th, 2014 Time: 6:00-7:30pm Place: Ingleside … Continue reading

DuPont Courts Restroom Renovation – UPDATE

On September 9th, neighbors of DuPont Courts attended an informational meeting on the upcoming renovation of the DuPont Court restroom building hosted by the Recreation and Park Department at the Rochambeau Clubhouse. The renovation will include a new wheelchair-accessible ramp from 30th Ave, and single-occupancy restroom on the west end of the restroom building. … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park – Construction Photos

We couldn’t be more excited about these construction photos!  The new accessible pathway has been installed, the concrete at the plaza and promenade are almost finished, and the North Restroom has a beautiful cedar ceiling: Exciting finishes will be installed in the next couple of weeks and we will continue to add more photos … Continue reading

Celebrate the New Athletic Field at Minnie & Lovie Ward

The Minnie & Lovie Recreation Center Athletic Field is reopening on Sunday, September 14, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. (official Ceremony at noon). This multi-purpose athletic field will host a variety … Continue reading

Free Fall Classes at GGP CommUNITY Garden

Just announced: Free fall classes at the city’s largest community garden, the Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden, including Pollinators in San Francisco, Integrated Pest Management for Your Garden and Composting & Vermicomposting.  All classes are 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.  RSVP to rpd.urbanag@sfgov.org September 13, 2014 –Pollinators in San Francisco: … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park – Dolores Street Sidewalk Repairs

The Mission Dolores Park contractor will be repairing the sidewalk on 18th Dolores Street between 18th and 19th Streets starting Monday September 8th. The sidewalk will be closed for about 1 week during this process. In fact, pathways around the entire park are continuing to take form. This photo is of the … Continue reading

UPDATE: Portsmouth Square Restroom

The Portsmouth Square restroom building is being demolished to make way for a new, larger facility. Demolition began Aug. 27th beginning with the jack-hammering of the concrete roof, then followed by the removal of the concrete walls. The Recreation and Park Department apologizes for the noisy activity, which should end … Continue reading

DuPont Courts Restroom Renovation and Courts Resurfacing Community Meeting

The Recreation and Park Department would like to invite you to a meeting to discuss the continuing restroom renovation and court resurfacing project at DuPont Courts. In lieu of replacing the restroom … Continue reading

Failing Playgrounds Task Force Meeting 5 Summary

Meeting 5 – July 29, 2014 Nearing their goal of narrowing down the “potential universe,” the Failing Playgrounds Task Force discussed potential, prioritized lists of children’s play areas at Meeting 5. Each list was created using a different method. Between the three lists, a total of 28 playgrounds remained from … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Tennis Court Repairs Starting Soon!

Hi Everyone, As you may have heard, it has come to our attention that the slope of the tennis courts at Glen Canyon Park are not in line with current United States Tennis Association (USTA) recommendations. Rec and Parks has worked with the design and construction management staff at the … Continue reading

Call for Volunteers to Build a New Trail at McLaren Park this Saturday and Sunday

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is working with V-O-Cal (Volunteers for Outdoor California) this Saturday and Sunday, August 23 and August 24, to build a brand new trail in McLaren Park to provide people a safe and pleasant place to walk outside of the busy roadway. Trail work … Continue reading

Update and Notice: Glen Canyon Park Tennis Court Repair Work to Start September 2nd, Please Plan Accordingly

Hi Everyone, As you may have heard, it has come to our attention that the slope of the tennis courts at Glen Canyon Park are not in line with current United States Tennis Association (USTA) recommendations. Rec and Parks has worked with the design and construction management staff at the … Continue reading

Portsmouth Square Restroom – Closed for Construction

Portsmouth Square restroom is currently closed for construction, and shall re-open by spring 2015. Six (6) porta potties and 2 wash stations are provided in the interim. The new restroom building was designed through a community process and increases the user capacity to six (6) for each gender, plus a family … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park Construction Updates

The past couple weeks have provided some beautiful construction photos. Above is a view of the north field, where the soil piles are quickly being removed. The new field will soon be leveled and ready for its state-of-the-art drainage system. Below is the new North Restroom during construction of the roof. Finally, a big reveal … Continue reading

Update on Public Art Process for Glen Canyon Park Rec Center Project

Hi Folks, Just want to update you about the Artist Selection Panel meeting on August 4th. Thank you again for all of your feedback. On August 4th, 2014 the finalists for the Glen Canyon Park Public Art Project presented their artwork proposals to the Artist Selection Panel. After careful review … Continue reading

Work Completed at 2 of 3 McLaren Trail Entryway Improvement Sites

New planting and signage has been installed at the Persia and Campbell Ave entries, and the contractor is preparing to replace the asphalt fire road entry and then plant at the trail entry across from the middle school pullout on Visitacion Ave. Thank you for your patience as we work to … Continue reading

Glen Canyon TRAILS Improvement Project Over Halfway Complete

A majority of trail improvements on the eastern slope of the Canyon are complete, and the contractor will be reopening these trails in the coming week or so. Thank you for your patience as we complete a couple last sets of “stringer stairs” on the eastern slope as well as … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Park Trail Names to Be Recommended to Rec and Park Commission Operations Committee August 7

This Spring, Rec and Park convened a trail naming contest for the 3 main trails in Glen Canyon Park. We received over 75 nominations for trail names. Following the close of the contest, a trail naming committee reviewed the names and rationale for names and made recommendations to be presented … Continue reading

Construction Starting for Larsen Playground Renovation

We are excited to announce that we have a construction start date for Larsen Playground Renovation. The contractor will be mobilizing on or close to Monday, August 4. The playground is scheduled to open late winter/ early spring 2015. The new restroom at Larsen will remain open for as much … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Project Updates: Rec Center Design Development, Art Commission Hearing and more

Hi folks, Last night I made a presentation to the Glen Park Neighbors Meeting at the Rec Center, where I showed a powerpoint. see below. Rec Center Renovation Design Development Please see the presentation to see developments in the design. Due to project costs, escalation, additional work needed to renovate … Continue reading