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

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 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

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

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

RPD Receives State Grant to Allow Completion of Full Geneva Community Garden Project

Just a quick note to notify folks that Rec and Park has received a state grant to allow for completion of the full Geneva Community Garden Project. Due to this new funding, and to be as efficient as possible, we have put Phase I on hold and will be publicly bidding … 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

Glen Canyon Improvement Project Updates from Rec and Park: Update Tomorrow, July 30th at Glen Park Neighbors Meeting at Glen Canyon Rec Center

Hi Folks, Just an FYI  – I will be providing a project update at the Glen Park Association Quarterly Meeting at the Glen Park Rec Center tomorrow evening, July 30th.  The meeting officially starts at 7:00pm, but people can arrive at 6:30pm. Topic to cover include: Updates on the ongoing … Continue reading

New Mini Park on Guy Place – Public Art Proposals

The San Francisco Arts Commission is working with the Recreation and Parks Department to commission a public artwork as part of the development of a new mini park on Guy Place. Three artists were selected by a Public Art Selection Panel to create proposals for this artwork: Jenny Balisle, Adriane … Continue reading

Joe DiMaggio Playground – Old Library Demo Update

I hope everyone is enjoying the summer!  A quick update on the library demolition project that is affecting portions of our playground.  The contractor completed the interior demolition a couple weeks ago, and after a short delay, is back on site this week to finish the demolition. What does this mean … Continue reading

Failing Playgrounds Meeting #2 Summary

The second Failing Playgrounds Task Force meeting sent participants through San Francisco to observe children’s play areas in Hayes Valley, Alamo Square and the Western Addition. The tour began at Hayes Valley Playground and then continued on to Alamo Square Playground, Kimball Playground, and Buchanan Mall. The Teacher with the … Continue reading

Natural Areas Program at Oak Woodlands

A snapshot of the SFRPD Natural Areas Program staff and volunteers taking care of some of the oldest Coastal Live Oak trees in the city of San Francisco at the Oak Woodlands, an extraordinary remnant of native landscape in the northeast corner of Golden Gate Park. Come join the fun … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park – The Mexican Liberty Bell Gets a New Home

Check out this great time lapse video of the Mexican Liberty Bell moving into its new home! While on the crane, the bell was weighed and came in at 15,000 pounds. The bell is an important part of the history of the park and will be the central feature of the improved 19th Street Plaza. Curious to know … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park – Upcoming Construction Alert

The Mission Dolores Park contractor will start construction early this Thursday morning, July 10th. Alten Construction will be pouring the concrete foundation for the Operations & Maintenance building near the corner of 18th and Church Streets. The concrete pour will start at 4:00 am and end at 3:00 pm. There … Continue reading

New Landscape Boulders Placed at Trail Entryways in McLaren Park

You may notice some new boulders sitting in the dirt near the Persia picnic area and the Campbell Ave park entry at McLaren Park. These boulders are part of our grant-funded McLaren Park Trail Connector/Trail Entryway Improvement Project and are sitting in the middle of what will soon become newly … Continue reading

Visitacion Ave Fire Road Improvements Have Begun at McLaren Park

Improvements to the Visitacion Ave Fire Road entry have begun as part of our McLaren Park Trail Connector/ Trail Entryway Improvement Project. This project includes 3 distinct sites within McLaren Park. Work on the other 2 sites began back in late April; however, we could not complete hazardous tree mitigation … Continue reading

Volunteers needed at Glen Park – Hillside Weeding – 9am to Noon, This Friday, June 27th!

Thank you again to those of you that came out and volunteered on the hillside Friday, June 13th!  It was great! That combined with the work of our gardening staff over the last few week, we have been focusing on taking out the radish and the mustard, starting at the … Continue reading

Comment Period Extended: Glen Canyon Recreation Center Renovation Proposals for Public Art Feedback accepted, Through July 8th

Hi Everyone! As some of you may know, all public capital projects like the upcoming renovation of the Glen Canyon Recreation center, include a public art component. We have been working with the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Department of Public Works artists to develop artwork that will highlight … Continue reading

Failing Playgrounds Task Force Revised Meeting Schedule

Please note the below revised meeting schedule. We apologize for any inconvenience and will post the rescheduled 4th meeting here, when we have a date and location. Meeting 4: Tuesday, June 17th, 2014, 5:30-7:30 pm – City Hall, Room 278 CANCELLED – TBD Meeting 5: RESCHEDULED to Tuesday, July 29th, 2014, 5:30-7:30 … Continue reading

SFLBC-Bowling Green 1-June Update

Zoom into Google satellite to see the ‘wood form work’ that surrounds Green 1. In the next five weeks, concrete will be poured in stages from gutter to perimeter fence walls. For your safety, the northern section of the Sharon Meadows parking lot will be closed for construction on the following days. Please … Continue reading

Upper Douglass Dog Park -Update 6/1/2014

Can you spot the grid pattern throughout the field? Those are 1”wide by 9” deep sand channels that will aid the soil in absorbing standing water. The sand removes the water from the surface so the top soil won’t get muddy and also holds moisture within the soil so the lawn can absorb … Continue reading

Upcoming Glen Canyon Rec Center Renovation Proposals for Public Art needs your Feedback.

Hi Everyone! As some of you may know, all public capital projects like the upcoming renovation of the Glen Canyon Recreation center, include a public art component. We have been working with the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Department of Public Works artists to develop artwork that will highlight … Continue reading

Construction Check-In at Dolores Park

At this moment in the construction process, a lot of “ground work” is occurring, including laying down the drainage systems, trenching for utilities, and grading for the new paths and sports courts. In the next couple of weeks, you’ll start to see some exciting above-ground improvements. A lot of concrete … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Turns Street Median Into New Urban Trail Park Presidio Trail

SF Rec and Park Turns Street Median Into New Urban Trail Park Presidio Trail opens in celebration of National Trails Day SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the opening of a new urban trail alongside Park Presidio Boulevard in celebration of National Trails Day.  … Continue reading

Notice: Joe DiMaggio Playground – Library Demolition Closure

An important step is starting soon that will set the stage for our park renovation: The old library demolition is beginning later this month. The playground, bocce courts, and tennis courts will be temporarily closed during the demolition. This temporary closure is to ensure the safety and security of park … Continue reading

Minnie Lovie Fields are in the last stages of completion!

Hello Minnie & Lovie Park Advocates- Over the next ten days, the contractor will be moving forward with the installation of the fields’ sub-base drainage rock. This rock layer is installed to provide optimal drainage functions for the field. The attached photo shows the beginning phase of this process.   … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Tennis Courts Update

Hi Everyone, I wanted to provide an update on the tennis courts at Glen Canyon. It has come to our attention that the slope of the courts are not in line with current USTA recommendations. Rec and Parks has worked with the design and construction management staff at the Department … Continue reading

UPDATE – DuPont Courts Restrooms

The City received an appeal of the demolition permit for the replacement of the free-standing restrooms. Due to prolonged delay, the Recreation and Park Department is re-evaluating the scope of the project. In the interim, Dupont Tennis Courts remains open. Note that restrooms are not available at DuPont Tennis Courts … Continue reading

UPDATE – Alta Plaza Park Water Conservation Project

Dear Alta Plaza Park Neighbors: The Recreation and Park Dept. (RPD) would like to take this opportunity to provide an update on the status of improvements for Alta Plaza Park: o  Soil prep work is planned for portions of the south side where extensive weed eradication was recently done. This will occur within … Continue reading

Alemany Farm Community Advisory Committee Application Extended Deadline!

Calling all Alemany Farm CAC members and Interested Stakeholders! Applications for the Seat 1 Vacancy extended deadline to May 19, 2014! The Recreation and Park Department seeks a replacement for the Alemany Farm CAC (Community Advisory Committee)’s Seat 1, Neighborhood Resident.  While not required, preference should be given to San Francisco … Continue reading

Rec and Park Honored at California Trails and Greenways Conference

Rec and Park was honored at the 2014 California Trails and Greenways Conference this April with a Merit Award for the development of the Creek to Peaks Trail. The Creek to Peaks Trail connects Glen Canyon and Twin Peaks for walkers, runners and hikers.  The “to Peaks” portion of the … Continue reading

Urban Agriculture Resource Center at Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden Open!

The new Urban Agriculture Resource Center at Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden (780 Frederick) will be open for material pickup this Saturday, May 3rd, from 9am to 12pm.  Come get free mulch, compost, and soil for your spring planting! Thanks to SF Recreation and Park Department for the mulch and … Continue reading

Reminder Failing Playgrounds 2012 Bond Task Force Meeting 4/29/14

We wanted to remind everyone that the Recreation and Park Department has launched the Failing Playgrounds Task Force, which will identify criteria for failing playgrounds and make recommendations to the Recreation and Park Commission on childrens play areas that are priorities for renovation in accordance with the 2012 Clean and … Continue reading

Field Renovation Project Moving Forward, as Planned

Hello Park Advocates- The athletic field project is still moving forward as planned. The various contractors are aggressively completing their various work tasks. If you swing by the site you will see the concrete contractors completing their final work on the southern retaining walls as well as the installation of … Continue reading

Box Step Building at Glen Canyon

Our contractor has begun to install box steps and accompanying trail lengths on the northeast slope of Glen Canyon, near the entrance at Turquoise and Amber.  The contractor will be using a small area of Christopher Playground to stage lumber for the steps.  Thank you for your patience as we keep the … Continue reading

McLaren Trail Connector Project Underway

We are pleased to announce that we have a contractor on board to complete the McLaren Trail Connector/ Trail Entry Improvements Project.  Following a check with a consulting biologist to ensure no active bird nesting activity, the Contractor will fence off limit of work area and begin with tree work this Friday … Continue reading

UPDATE – Alta Plaza Park Water Conservation Project

Dear Alta Plaza Park Neighbors: The Recreation and Park Dept. (RPD) would like to take this opportunity to provide another update on the status of improvements for Alta Plaza Park: + Weed wicking began in early April on the south side of Alta Plaza Park. Weed removal is expected to … Continue reading

Calling Alemany Farm CAC members and Interested Stakeholders!

The Recreation and Park Department seeks a replacement for the Alemany Farm CAC (Community Advisory Committee)’s Seat 2, Neighborhood Resident.  While not required, preference should be given to San Francisco Housing Authority residents.  The CAC is responsible for guiding and overseeing site programming, and recommended programming to the Recreation and … Continue reading

UPDATE – Portsmouth Square Restroom Replacement Project

The Recreation and Park Department is pleased to report that the City is advertising the Portsmouth Square Restroom Replacement Project for contractor bids on 4/11/14. Bids will be due on May 7th. Barring any unforeseen complications, an award of contract is anticipated in July 2014, with construction beginning in fall … Continue reading

UPDATE – Alta Plaza Park Water Conservation Project

Dear Alta Plaza Park Neighbors: The Recreation and Park Dept. (RPD) would like to take this opportunity to provide an update on the status of improvements for Alta Plaza Park: * RPD posted the south side of Alta Plaza Park for weed-wick, herbicide application in its heightened effort to eradicate … Continue reading

Updates on Palega Recreation Center

Palega Recreation Center is still under construction having opened 4 months ago. Palega Rec is currently closed from 03/26/2014 – 03/27/2014 for Open Gym for  floor repair. We will re-open on Friday 03/28/2014. While the gym is closed feel free to come in and enjoy our outdoor facility, various multi-purpose rooms, or our indoor … Continue reading

Successful Organizing Meeting for New Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden

After tending their plots for some months, 40 of the 168 people assigned to the new Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden convened last week at the County Fair Building to review Rec and Park’s Community Gardens Program Policies, to get to know each other, and to begin to organize a … Continue reading

Geneva Community Garden Phase I Construction to begin in April

We anticipate that construction for Phase I of the new Geneva Community Garden will begin this April.  Flyers showing the concept plan for the garden were posted on site last week.  Construction is estimated to last approximately 4 months.  First up will be removal of the 2 pines that have … Continue reading

Urban Ag and Rec and Park Featured in SFGovTV QuickBites

Potrero del Sol Community Garden, the Free Farm Stand at Treat Commons Community Garden and Rec and Park’s Community Gardens Program and Urban Agriculture Program were featured this past week on SFGov TV’s “QuickBites” program, along with a piece on DPW’s Gleaning Program. Please see below for a quick and … Continue reading

COIT TOWER REHAB PROJECT – MORE PROGRESS

Work on Coit Tower continues as we are getting closer to re-opening.  Repair to exterior concrete and stucco, restoration of doors and windows and improvements to the buildings electrical system are nearing completion. The image above is of scaffolding at the Lantern Level for repairs to concrete and stucco as … Continue reading

West Sunset Improvement Project – Community Meeting #3

The Recreation and Park Department invites you to attend the third concept planning meeting to discuss the proposed capital improvements for this park facility, specifically addressing field and athletic court improvements, and site accessibility. We will be presenting the concept plan which will show the proposed improvements based on feedback … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Park Trail Naming Contest

Part of the plan for improving trails at Glen Canyon Park is installing some new signs to help park users find their way around and interpret the unique ecological features of the Canyon. We are running a trail naming contest to name these trails.  Please click on the link below … Continue reading

Upper Douglass Dog Park – Update 03/18/2014

Good news! Construction started this week at Upper Douglass Dog Park. Over the next two weeks, there will be minimal site work as the lead contractor samples the soil before mobilizing for construction end of the month. Then there will be several months of construction such as trenching, installing additional catch … Continue reading

Curbed SF: 5 Amazing Parks to Visit While Dolores is Under Construction

The weather is currently stunning, which usually would mean heading to Dolores Park for some picnicking and people-watching. But with big swathes of the park out of commission for construction and renovation, you may be in need of some other park options. Luckily, there are lots of other parks not … Continue reading

DuPont Courts Restroom – UPDATE

Dear Neighbors of DuPont Courts: As you may know, the DuPont Courts restroom project is funded under the 2008 Park Bond to improve free-standing restrooms, supported by 71% of voters. Subject to the outcome of a permit appeal hearing on April 9, 2014 (Wed) the project replaces the existing restrooms … Continue reading

Huffington Post: Ginsburg Brings His Green Heart to SF

By Adrian Benepe, Senior Vice President and Director of City Park Development for The Trust for Public Land A recent issue of New York Magazine includes a long story comparing New York City and San Francisco, asking “Is San Francisco New York?” While the piece focused on high tech business … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Park Playground Reopens March 15

Join Supervisor Scott Wiener, SF Rec and Park GM Phil Ginsburg, the Glen Park Association and park advocates for the opening celebration of the newly renovated Glen Canyon Park Playground, Saturday, March 15, at 9:30 a.m.  For decades, locals have enjoyed the beautiful natural landscape and varied recreational offerings at … Continue reading

UPDATE – Alta Plaza Park Water Conservation Project

The Recreation and Park Department and the Department of Public Works will conduct percolation tests beginning on March 12th. Test holes will be dug two at a time along the perimeter for a total of 6-8 test holes. These holes will be covered up with plywood and marked with safety cones … Continue reading

Minnie Lovie Fields Getting Closer

(Photo: hundreds of yards of crushed drain rock being moved across the project site) If you haven’t been by the site recently, the contractor has started working on the underground drainage system. The field will have a new, elaborate drainage system which will allow that field to be played on … Continue reading

SF Chronicle: Dolores Park Renovation

By John Wildermuth (Photo via sfgate.com) The thousands of visitors who cover just about every inch of lawn at Dolores Park on sunny weekends will have to squeeze a little closer for the next 14 months. The Mission District park, one of the city’s busiest and most popular recreation sites, is … Continue reading

Seeding Planting and Fencing Completed at Twin Peaks Portola Trail

Happy to report that we have completed trail side planting and split rail fencing along the new Portola Trail on the south side of Twin Peaks.  Rice straw mulch has been added to trail side areas that have been seeded.  We have also engaged a contractor for plant establishment maintenance … Continue reading

McLaren Trail Connector Project Hazardous Trees Posted Ahead of Removal

As we finalize the bid/award process, we are gearing up for the McLaren Trail Connector Project.  Ten trees assessed as being hazardous by an independent arborist consultant will be removed as part of the trail gateway enhancement project.  Five trees at the Persia Ave trail entry and picnic area  and … Continue reading

Progress on and Phasing of Glen Canyon TRAILS Improvement Project

Our Contractor is finishing up on transforming old dysfunctional asphalt ditches on the northern side of Glen Canyon, downhill of the park entrance at Turquoise and Amber, into functional vegetated swales and is beginning work on new trails in this area to replace old trails and failing steps.  The Contractor … Continue reading

UPDATE – Gilman Playground Renovation

The children’s play area at Gilman Playground is a project of the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond. The Gilman Playground Renovation Project includes the renovation the children’s play area, modification of the clubhouse restroom for exterior wheelchair accessibility, site wheelchair accessibility, and related amenities. Public outreach on the … Continue reading

Saving Water in Our City Parks

Maintaining beautiful, green park spaces in drought conditions is no simple task, and as an agency that stewards over 4,000 acres of public park land and as one of the largest water users in the city, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department takes its responsibility to conserve water seriously. … Continue reading

Playground Opening – March 15th! Come!

You are cordially invited to join Supervisor Scott Wiener, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg, Glen Park Association and park advocates for the opening celebration of the Glen Canyon Park Playground.   Saturday, March 15th, 2014 9:30 a.m. Welcome Remarks and Ribbon Cutting Ceremony SF Rec … Continue reading

UPDATE – Walk-through for the Alta Park Park Water Conservation Project

You are invited to join in a walk-through of Alta Plaza Park to share your observations of park use and landscaping as they relate to the project goal for water conservation. The Alta Plaza Park walk-through is scheduled for 2/20 (Thu) at 4 PM. Please meet at the Scott St. entrance. … Continue reading

UPDATE – New Mini Park on Rincon Hill

More than a dozen people attended a community meeting on 2/13 to discuss the planning of a new park on Rincon Hill, located at 4-6 Guy Place. The City recounted a community planning process done in 2008 that resulted in a community-supported plan. However when the economy dipped, funding for the new … Continue reading

Marina Water Conservation

Dear Bertholder,                                                                              February 3, 2014 On Jan 17, 2014 the Governor of California declared a Drought State of Emergency for the State of California.  All Californians have been asked to voluntarily reduce water consumption by 10%. Please minimize your vessel washing to what is necessary to keep your vessel seaworthy … Continue reading

Alta Plaza Park Water Conservation Project – UPDATE

More than 2 dozen Alta Plaza Park supporters attended the February 4th community meeting to discuss future improvements for water conservation. Thank you for your participation and thoughtful comments! RPD is organizing a park walk-thru to learn more about water conservation opportunities from you. If interested in joining this event or to be added to … Continue reading

Alta Plaza Park – Community Questions

Although, issues related to drainage near Steiner and Clay Streets’, and the asphalt at the Scott St. entrance are not part of this project; RPD wants to make sure that the community knows that their safety is of the utmost importance. RPD has applied for General Fund dollars to take … Continue reading

Bernal Heights Trails Improvement Project Coming Soon

For those community members who participated in community meetings quite some time ago regarding Rec and Park’s planned trails improvements at Bernal Heights, thank you for your patience!  We are working on several 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond-funded trail improvement projects (see http://sfrecpark.org/park-improvements/park-trail-reconstruction-program/). Our design team is working on … Continue reading

New Mini Park on Rincon Hill

The Recreation and Park Department invites you to participate in a community meeting to review tentative plans for the development of a new mini park at 4-6 Guy Place, and to discuss next steps. 4-6 Guy Place is located off First Street between Folsom and Harrison Streets. Your input is … Continue reading

Gilman Playground Renovation – Community Meeting

Thank you to those who participated in the second community meeting at Gilman Clubhouse! The public input was very productive in providing the City team with guidance on the final concept plan. Please join us at the final community meeting to review the proposed concept plan on February 18 at … Continue reading

Raymond S. Kimbell Playground Renovation

Join us for a project update of the Raymond S. Kimbell Playground Renovation: Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 6PM Hamilton Recreation Center, 1900 Geary Boulevard, San Francisco. San Francisco Recreation and Park staff will provide an overview of the project features, the status update and future construction, scheduled start this … Continue reading

Upper Douglass Dog Park-Update 01/31/2014

Thank you all for your participation in last night’s community meeting. Rec and Park staff presented the solution to the drainage issues which include minor lawn excavation to install one inch pipes in a grid pattern underneath the lawn. These pipes will both contain and redirect surface water.  In addition, … Continue reading

Trails project work in progress near Turquoise and Amber entry to Glen Canyon

Tomorrow morning, the contractor we’re working with will be bringing in some equipment to begin removing the two old asphalt drainage ditches just below the entry at Turquoise and Amber.  These ditches are no longer functional and will be replaced with beautiful planted swales in the coming weeks. Several folks … Continue reading

Update on Glen Canyon Playground Project Renovation: Nearing Completion and the Rec Center is Open Again

2008 Bond Project: As of January 7th, the Recreation Center is open!  The Rec Center is open with a new heating system and ready to be enjoyed on the following dates and times: Tuesday – Friday:             9 am – 9 pm Saturday:                            9 am – 5 pm Please note that … Continue reading

Coit Tower Rehab Project – Progress

The above image is of the tower getting prepped, by power-washing, for concrete and stucco repair. Color-matching of Historic door and window paint colors is happening along with the Art Commission survey for mural restoration. Modification to internal and external hand-rails is being completed to improve accessibility. Repair to building … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Leads the City’s First Urban Agriculture Program

Below is the text for a press release that went out this morning: SF Rec and Park Leads the City’s First Urban Agriculture Program SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is launching San Francisco’s first Urban Agriculture Program that will advocate urban agriculture and coordinate all related … Continue reading

Minnie Lovie Fields Renovation Update

The contractor is taking advantage of our dry winter and continuing to work on the retaining walls on the north side of the project. Once this wall is in place, they plan to move to the project corners to start construction on the new concrete stairways which will lead to … Continue reading

Noe Courts Park Improvement Plan Update

The City hosted four (4) community meetings to develop plan options based on public input through community discussions and written comments. These community meetings were well-attended by a broad representation of park users, including young families, seniors, dog owners, and tennis advocates. We appreciate your time and interest in the future of Noe Courts … Continue reading

Following Community Site Visit McLaren Park Trail Connector Project Out to Bid

Rec and Park hosted a well-attended site visit on November 7, 2013 to share plans with neighbors for the McLaren Park Trail Connector Project.  Bids are due from contractors on January 21, 2014, and we anticipate that entryway improvements at the 3 sites (Persia, Visitacion Ave Fire Road and Campbell … Continue reading

Update on Glen Canyon Playground and Tennis Court Project: Project Nearing Completion…

Hi Folks, Just wanted to provide an update – as you can see if you have been near the project soon,  The Glen Canyon Playground and Tennis Court Project is really moving along, if you see the park now, you will see that the new tennis courts are in place, … Continue reading

Wrapping up hazardous tree mitigation and laying out new trails

Our Trails Project contractor will be completing hazardous tree mitigation work by the end of the year.  In the coming week, stumps of Eucalyptus trees that were already removed will be recut closer to the ground and painted with AquaMaster herbicide to discourage resprouting.  This is the least toxic effective … Continue reading

EXTENDED DEADLINE for Demonstration Garden Proposals for the new Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden

We originally posted the deadline for proposal submittal as December 15; however, we are pushing the deadline back to January 15 to capture more beginning of year “gearing up” mentality. Click on the link below for an UPDATED document with application criteria and directions: GGPCG Demonstration Garden Criteria and Application … Continue reading

Update on Glen Park Rec Center Renovation Project in design – On to Civic Design Review Monday!

Hi Everyone – Just wanted to update you – for those of you are that are still interested to see EVEN more of us, as I mentioned in my last email update and blog post, the design team will be presenting the current design (first of 3 times) to the … Continue reading

Update, Next Steps on the Glen Canyon Rec Center Project: Rec Park Commission Review and Continued Work on Design

Hi Everyone – Thanks so much to those of you who were able to attend or otherwise provide feedback on the materials presented at the community meetings we held on the Renovation of Glen Canyon Park Recreation Center on June 13th and July 13th and the Open House/Update Meeting on November … Continue reading

West Sunset Renovation (2012 Bond) Project Update

Thank you all for joining us at last nights meeting. We are so glad to see so many community members participating in the process and hope you continue to give us feedback. Please see the main project page for last nights PowerPoint Presentation and let us know if you have … Continue reading

Palega Recreation Center Reopens After $21.2 Million Renovation

SAN FRANCISCO— The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and city officials, including Supervisor Malia Cohen, joined hundreds of Portola District friends and neighbors today in celebrating the reopening of Palega Recreation Center, a neighborhood favorite. The 80-year-old park and recreation center recently underwent a $21.2 million makeover, thanks to … Continue reading

Proposals Due December 15 for Demonstration Garden Plots at Golden Gate Park Community Garden

The Recreation and Park Department is now accepting proposals for demonstration garden spaces in the Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden, located at Frederick/Arguello Streets! The Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden is a community resource and, as such, preference is given to local organizations serving San Francisco. Qualifying organizations include, but … Continue reading

Coit Tower Closure Reminder – Construction Begins TODAY!

Just a reminder, Coit Memorial Tower is officially closed today, November 18th, 2013 for rehabilitation and will remain closed until Spring 2014. Work will be restricted to regular construction hours: Monday – Friday 7:00am – 4:00pm. In the coming week the contractor will be installing a construction fence and setting … Continue reading

Update on Glen Canyon playground renovation!

Hi Folks, I know many of you are eager for an update. The Glen Canyon Playground and Tennis Court Project is really moving along, if you see the park now, you will see that the new tennis courts are in place, and the new playgrounds are emerging. Over the next … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Recreation Center Renovation Design Update /Open House at Glen Park Library, November 20th

Hi Everyone – Thanks so much to those of you who were able to attend the community meetings we held to discuss the renovation of the Glen Canyon Park recreation center on June 13th and July 13th of this year.  The information and feedback from those meetings is available on the Glen Canyon … Continue reading

Minnie Lovie Fields – Grading has begun!

Hello Park Advocates. As you can see from the photo, our contractor is aggressively moving forward with the rough grading operations on the fields. The project includes regrading the site so that we reduce the cross slope grades which will improve the fields overall playing condition. The next phase of … Continue reading

Applications Due Nov 13 for Alemany Farm CAC Vacancies

Calling All Interested Parties! We are seeking replacements for 2 of the 8 Commission-appointed seats on the Alemany Farm Community Advisory Committee (CAC). The CAC is responsible for guiding and overseeing site programming, and recommended programming to the Recreation and Park Department.  The CAC is guided by the Alemany Farm … Continue reading

Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden Opens

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, YP, Levi Strauss & Co., CBS EcoMedia and community members celebrated the grand opening of the new Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden. The garden, located at the east end of the park near Kezar Stadium, was created to meet … Continue reading

Check Out the New Vertical Garden

Check out the first vertical garden on a Recreation and Park Dept. park. Actually it’s in the new Golden Gate Park Community Garden, located at Frederick/Arguello Sts. This 100’x8.5′ vertical garden contains 900 edible, native and ornamental plants planted in only one day! Thanks to the hardworking crew at Bauman … Continue reading

Community Meeting & Site Visit to Review Plans for McLaren Park Trail Entryway Improvements

Join us on Thursday, November 7, from 5-6 pm, at the western end of Campbell Ave, where we will discuss planned improvements to 3 trail entryways in McLaren Park:  Campbell Ave, Visitacion Ave Fire Road and Persia just east of the picnic area. These improvements are funded by a federal … Continue reading

Glen Canyon TRAILS Project Begins 10/29: Temporary Trail Closures

Our contractor will be beginning work on the Glen Canyon TRAILS project on Tuesday, October 29th.  First up is setting up staging areas and completing hazardous tree mitigation work.  Per community requests, we are planning to maintain the “Ticket Tree” Monterey Cypress stump just west of the trail from the … Continue reading

Glen Canyon TRAILS Project: Underway week of 10/28

We anticipate that our contractor will be beginning work on the Glen Canyon TRAILS project on Tuesday, October 29th.  First up is setting up staging areas and completing hazardous tree mitigation work.  Per community requests, we are planning to maintain the “Ticket Tree” stump.  We will post more details on … Continue reading

Soap Box Derby at Larsen Park/ 20th Ave: Sunday, Oct 27

Join us for the free “Second Annual” 20th Avenue Soap Box Derby! WHEN: this Sunday, October 27, 11 am- 3 pm WHERE: on 20th Ave, between Wawona and Vicente Streets WHAT: If you have no idea what a soap box derby is, check out these websites for some background: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soap_Box_Derby, http://www.wikihow.com/Make-a-Soapbox-Derby-Car This … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Playground Renovation Update: and Work Planned Elk Street Sidewalk Starting Soon and Monday Oct 28th at Bosworth Entrance

Hi Folks, The Glen Canyon Playground and Tennis Court Project is moving along, if you see the park now, you will see that the tennis courts and playground are emerging.  In addition, we are finishing the limited work at the Bosworth Entrance (to replace the swing gate, etc.) and along … Continue reading

Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden Work Day a Success!

77 of the 169 people who’ve been assigned plots in the new Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden volunteered their time in one or more 2-hr “shifts” this Saturday to help prepare the garden for opening. Volunteers measured, cut and stapled hardware cloth to the inside of raised beds to deter … Continue reading

Garden Members’ Saturday Workday!!

We’re getting ready for the first Garden Members’ Workday this Saturday! Garden plots are numbered, fresh soil piled, gopher barrier wire stocked for a productive event! Please note that this event is targeted only to garden members with assigned plots at the GGP CommUNITY Garden. An official public opening is … Continue reading

Minnie & Lovie Fields Renovation Begins Today!

Hello Minnie & Lovie Park Supporters. We wanted to let everyone know that we have finally started construction on the athletic field project. The contractor has already started some of the demolition work on fencing and site furniture. Over the next few weeks, you will see a lot of construction … Continue reading

Celebrating the passage of AB 551 Urban Ag Incentive Zones Act with Assembly Member Ting at Little City Gardens

It is with excitement that Rec and Park staff attended this press event this morning at Little City Gardens to celebrate the passage of the Urban Agriculture Incentive Zones Act, AB 551, with Assembly Member Phil Ting and a committed group of urban ag practitioners and stakeholders. Pictured speaking here … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Project Update: Work on the 14th on the Bosworth Entrance Area and Connection to Alms Road, Limited Access

Hi Folks, As I noted in my last blog post and eblast, you are now seeing some limited work done a bit north of the fenced off area, around the Bosworth Entrance (to replace the swing gate, etc.) and along a portion of the connection to the road north of … Continue reading

Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden: Opening details coming soon!

Several folks have written to inquire about when folks assigned by Rec and Park to garden plots can start planting your recently assigned raised garden plots at the new Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden.  You may have also noticed that the raised boxes do not yet have soil in them.  … Continue reading

Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden Survey Feedback and Plot Allocation Strategy

Please click on the PDF below for the presentation that staff gave to the Rec and Park Commission in September regarding results of the garden survey that we administered this Spring to our waiting list as well as information on how plots are being assigned in the garden. Golden Gate … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Portola Trail completed by volunteers!

A big thank you V-O-Cal (Volunteers for Outdoor California) and to the over 150 volunteers who came out on Saturday and Sunday to complete the new Portola Trail!  Our staff received much positive feedback and many thank yous from runners, cyclists and hikers regarding the trail improvement. We are working … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Trails Improvement Project – 9.24.2013 Presentation

Thank you so much for coming out last night; we appreciate and value your participation and heard your concerns. We are very grateful for V-O-Cal’s gift, which is making the first phase of the Trails Improvement Project possible. Please let us know if you have any additional questions. Click here … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Trails Improvement Plan – Hydrology Report

As we promised, below is the Hydrologists’s assessment of the site; we will bring additional copies to tonight’s meeting. Questions regarding this assessment and the Geotechnical Report will be answered at tonight’ s meeting. Click here to download the Hydrologists Assessment. We look forward to seeing you at tonight’s meeting.

Twin Peaks Trails Improvement Project – More Info, as Requested!

As promised, here is the report from the Geotechnical Engineer (see below link); we will also bring copies to the meeting tonight. We are awaiting the arrival of the Hydrologists’ report, and will post that info as soon as we receive it. We hope you can make tonight’s meeting, please … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Trails Improvement Project – Requested Information

Dear Twin Peaks Trails Improvement Project Neighbors, Attached please find 3 documents for your review: 1)      CatEx determination in response to community request for environmental impact report (I was working with the Planning Department this week to secure an official copy of this document to share with you) 2)      Map … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Trails Improvement Follow-up Meeting

Please join us for a meeting to address the concerns raised by community members. As requested RPD will answer questions, including presenting the Hydrology Report from the recent Hydrologists’ testing, planting schematic, plant variety types, security and visibility to property, and erosion control measures. The Supervisors Office will also be … Continue reading

SOUTH PARK RENOVATION COMMUNITY PLANNING MEETING

Please join us for the final community planning meeting for the South Park Renovation Project.  Fletcher Studio will be on hand to showcase the latest project design followed by a project delivery overview presented by San Francisco Recreation and Park staff.  Please plan to attend, your input is very important … Continue reading

Twin Peaks TRAILS Meeting Follow-up

Last night approximately 25 community members attended a public meeting to discuss Portola Trail plans.  In addition to several of us from Rec and Park’s Capital Division and Natural Areas Program, the Executive Director from V-O-Cal (Volunteers from Outdoor California) was on hand to answer questions and address concerns from … Continue reading

Thank you for Joining us Saturday!

Thank you for taking your relaxing Saturday morning to join us, we had a very good discussion on the project and will present the new plan to the community. Your voices have been heard and we are taking all of the comments we have received so far and will modify … Continue reading

Urban Ag Program Year 1 Kickoff Working Group Meeting: September 11th!

Greetings Urban Agriculture Program Interested Stakeholders! We are reconvening the Urban Ag Working Group to kick off Year 1 of the new citywide Urban Agriculture Program: When: Wednesday, September 11, from 10 am-12 pm Where: Rec and Park Department Capital Division, 30 Van Ness Ave, 5th Floor, Electrical Conference Room … Continue reading

Community Meeting to Discuss Plans for New Portola Trail along Twin Peaks Boulevard

Join us for a meeting to discuss future trails improvements at Twin Peaks.  At this meeting we will focus primarily on plans for the new Portola Trail, the “Peaks” portion of the “Creeks to Peaks/” Glen Canyon to Twin Peaks trail connection.  This is a follow-up to meetings held in … Continue reading

Progress with brush clearing along Twin Peaks Boulevard

The brush clearing maintenance work that the San Francisco Conservation Corps is doing along Twin Peaks Boulevard is nearly complete.  Our staff have been actively monitoring this work.  This is a progress picture taken September 4, 2013.  The Corps has removed garbage in addition to weeds. Rec and Park is … Continue reading

Update on Glen Canyon Park Playground/Tennis Court Renovation

Hi folks, I wanted to provide you all an update on the project’s progress.  Things are going relatively well, and the work is well underway.  As you might notice, the contractor has been installing form work and rebar for the new playground area and the tennis courts and is starting … Continue reading

Palega Playground Renovation _ update

Project is 92% complete, we are now entering the final phases of work; Gym interior painting is ongoing, Gym floor is currently being installed, all toilet & bathroom fixtures are complete, interior radiators are substantially complete. New storefront windows are being installed at the addition, wrapping up miscellaneous roof installation. … Continue reading

SF Chronicle: Cayuga Playground reopens

By Neal J. Riley, SF Chronicle It was almost impossible to hear a Recreation and Park Department official call Cayuga Playground a “hidden treasure” because he had to shout over the roar of a train passing overhead. Many of the city’s open spaces have claimed that cliche, but there’s no doubt … Continue reading

Oak Woodlands Trail Improvement Project: Hazardous Tree Mitigation Work to Proceed Fall 2013

[This photo shows a dead tree standing, one of the hazardous trees slated for removal] Pending approval by the Rec and Park Commission in September, we will begin the hazardous tree mitigation component of the Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project this Fall. The Trails Improvement Project is the result of … Continue reading

Joe DiMaggio Playground Renovation – Community Meeting 8/28/13 6:00 PM

As a reminder, we will be having our second community meeting to review the conceptual design for the Joe DiMaggio Playground renovation next Wednesday August 28th, from 6 -7:30 pm.  The meeting will be held at the same location as last time, in the Multi-Purpose Room in the clubhouse at … Continue reading

Project Soon to be Underway!

[This photo shows an example of tree failure: Arroyo Willow, Creekside Loop Trail] Pending award of contract by the Rec and Park Commission, we will begin the Trails Improvement Project in late September. This project is the result of extensive community input provided at three community meetings and a site … Continue reading

Renovation Planning Has Begun!

Thanks so much for attending the first meeting to discuss the renovation of the fields and courts at West Sunset Playground. We had a great turn out, but would really like to hear from as many of you as we can. If you have not sent in your comments to … Continue reading

SF Conservation Corps to begin preparation work for new trail Aug. 8

We are excited to report that we are beginning Phase I of the Twin Peaks Trails Improvement Project.  Phase I is part of our “Creeks to Peaks” initiative to connect Glen Canyon with Twin Peaks.  Beginning on August 8, the San Francisco Conservation Corps will be clearing blackberry, ivy and … Continue reading

Hoorah! We are almost ready to open the Garden.

As some of you may have seen walking past the garden, construction is close to complete. The garden will combine demonstration gardens, programming and workshops, a native plant nursery and materials/tool distribution, etc. with a combination of individual and shared plots, all of which will provide an invaluable resource for … Continue reading

SF Examiner: Playground reopens under bond project

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

Glen Canyon Park Playground Project: Update on Construction – Still moving along…

Hi folks, We continue to make progress on construction.  As you might notice, the contractor has started to install form work and rebar and layout the various walls for portions of the tennis courts and playground areas. As often happens, we did encounter some complications, as we founds some of … Continue reading

UPDATE ON CONSTRUCTION: MOVING FORWARD: Retaining wall work, tennis court foundation work in progress

Hi folks, We continue to make progress on construction.  After the installation of the new retaining walls grading and some soil removal, the contractor has started welding and rebar work.  This will be in progress all next week.  Soon new foundation work for the new tennis courts and additional concrete … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Rec Center Renovation – Great meeting last week – Meeting Info and Materials Now Online

Hi Everyone! As many of you may know, thanks to the community planning process in 2010-2011 which identified the needs for renovation and improvement of the facilities at Glen Canyon Park, not only is the playground and tennis court renovation in construction now, the Recreation Center Building Renovation was funded … Continue reading

Progress Update on McLaren Park Peru Street Playground

A project of the 2008 Clean and Safe Parks Bond’s Community Opportunity Fund Progam, the improvements to the Peru Street Playground in McLaren Park are well underway. We anticipate completion of the project within the next two months. Due some unanticipated construction issues work has slowed over the last few … Continue reading

Update on Construction: Moving Forward, Tennis Court Grading, Gas Line, Heating System Work in Progress

Hi Folks – We continue to make progress on construction.  After the installation of the new retaining walls, the contractor has removed the excess soil and are now completing a gas line connection.  You will start to see the foundation and grading for the tennis court start. The contractor has … Continue reading

Reminder: Upcoming Glen Canyon Park Recreation Center Renovation Community Meeting Saturday, July 13th at the Glen Canyon Rec Center, 10:30 am – 12:30 pm

Hi Everyone! Thanks to all of you that attended the community meeting in June and provided your feedback on the Rec Center Renovation Plan.  The next meeting is Saturday, July 13th.  I hope you can make it! Please see below and the meeting flyer for additional info – again, please feel … Continue reading

Irrigation system installed at Upper Douglass Dog Park

All trenches have been backfilled and infrastructure is almost complete.  As you can see from the photo, the new irrigation system works beautifully. The sod will be delivered and installed later this week, marking the most difficult and delicate part of the improvement- the sod (lawn) establishment. The lawn will look … Continue reading

SF Examiner: Mountain Lake Park

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

Glen Canyon Rec Center Renovation – Great meeting last week – Meeting Materials Now Online

Hi Everyone! As many of you may know, thanks to the community planning process in 2010-2011 which identified the needs for renovation and improvement of the facilities at Glen Canyon Park, not only is the playground and tennis court renovation in construction now, the Recreation Center Building Renovation was funded … Continue reading

Reminder: Glen Canyon Recreation Center Renovation Meeting THIS Thursday, 6/13/13 – at St. John School

Greetings! I just wanted to send everyone a quick reminder that we are holding a community meeting regarding the renovation of the Glen Canyon Park Recreation Center THIS Thursday, June 13th, at St. John School, located at 925 Chenery Street.  Additional details may be found below.  We hope to see … Continue reading

Noe Courts Park Improvement Plan – Community Meeting #2 on 6/10/13

Thank you, neighbors of Noe Courts Park, for participating in the second community meeting to develop a park improvement plan. 40+ participants attended the meeting to review concept plan options, break out into smaller discussion groups, and finally summarized the group discussions. The next park improvement plan is scheduled for … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Park Recreation Center Renovation Community Meetings

Hi Everyone! As many of you may know, thanks to the community planning process in 2010-2011 which identified the needs for renovation and improvement of the facilities at Glen Canyon Park, not only is the playground and tennis court renovation in construction now, the Recreation Center Renovation was funded by … Continue reading

Recreation Center Renovation – Community Meeting Planned for June, Date to be Finalized Shortly!

Hi Everyone- With the renovation of the Glen Canyon Park playground, tennis courts, and Elk Street entryway well underway, we are beginning to plan for the renovation of the Glen Canyon Park recreation center, funded by the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond. The Glen Canyon Park Recreation Center … Continue reading

May 15 Open House to Discuss New Citywide Urban Agriculture Program!

Community garden and urban agriculture supporters! As you may recall, last year Supervisor David Chiu authored legislation, along with the San Francisco Urban Agriculture Alliance (SFUAA) and the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association (SPUR), that mandated the creation of the first citywide Urban Agriculture Program. SPUR had released … Continue reading

Update on Construction: Making Steady Progress

Hi Folks – Overall, the project is now about 30% complete.  Recently, the construction crew has been busy working on the new retaining walls for the tennis courts.  Soon, you can expect to see more grading as we start to construct the new tennis courts. The contractor has also been hard at work inside … Continue reading

City Scores Victory for Kids, Soccer

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

Palega Construction Progress_ Project update

Project is approximately 72% complete. Progress continues on the Palega Improvements, including window flashing, exterior stucco. On the interior, contractor is proceeding with sheetrock and taping, storefront windows prep work, casework, mechanical registers, radiant piping are proceeding. Site work is also ongoing, including main lines, irrigation, underground utilities and fencing. Structural steel … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Park Project – April Update

Hi Everyone, Over the last few weeks and in the coming weeks, work will continue on the grading and building the new retaining walls for the new tennis courts.  In addition, work is underway inside the Rec Center to prepare for the installation of the much-anticipated, new heating system. Again, there is some large equipment on … Continue reading

Palega Construction_Progress Continues Feb 2013

Project is 65% complete. Contractor continues to make progress on duct work, wall framing, exterior sheating and wall insulation. Steel window repairs are also ongoing. Plaster repairs are also underway on the exterior. The strutural steel work is proceeding on the addition, contractor is also prepping tp pour structural slab … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Park Renovation: Progress update – work proceeding…

Construction started in early January and is progressing steadily.  When complete, the project will feature improvements to the tennis courts, children’s play area, recreation center, landscaping, and Elk Street entrance. To date, the tennis courts and their surrounding retaining walls, as well as the old children’s play equipment have been … Continue reading

Community Message at Open House: Happy Our Plan is Moving Forward, Please Manage Construction Carefully

After nearly a year of environmental review, the community members attending the Mission Dolores Park Rehabilitation Project Open House were happy to see the design is moving forward with few changes. They also pointed out that the next challenge is publicizing and managing the construction process to minimize disruption of … Continue reading

Dolores Park Project Open House Wed. Feb. 6, 5:30-7:30PM

In the last year, the Mission Dolores Park Rehabilitation Project has moved forward through environmental review and documentation.  The project team is now ready to share the updated plans with you and the entire park community. Please join us for a Community Open House this Wednesday, February 6th from 5:30-7:30 … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Park Renovation Project Underway!

Hi folks, As you might have noticed, starting last week, the renovation project is underway!  The project is anticapated to be completed in November of 2013, assuming no additional delays. As a reminder, major improvements include: a new children’s play area that will be almost twice as large as the … Continue reading

FYI – Other work in park, trail improvements north of Rec Center, along “Saddle Area”

Hi folks, Just in case you notice and were wondering, there will be some work on one area of the trails in Glen Canyon Park, north of the rec center, called the “saddle area”  It is north of the boardwalk and near the climbing rocks.  It will see improvements beginning January 15, … Continue reading

Construction to Start on Glen Canyon Park Renovation Project – Portions of the Park Around Elk Street Closed Stating January 10th, other portions closed starting the week of January 14th

Hi Everyone – The contractor hired to start the Glen Canyon Project will be starting construction activities Thursday, January 10th.  At times, on  Thursday January 10th and January 11th, and the week of  January 14th tennis courts may be closed in order to protect park users during some work. It … Continue reading

Palega construction continues_ Jan 2013

After a very wet winter December, construction crews are mobilized fully for the week starting Jan 7th 2013. Project is 55% complete. Seismic work in the Gym continues, roofing at the upper level is substantially complete. Hydronic heating installation have commenced, rough electric and plumbing is ongoing, Fire sprinkler installation … Continue reading

Update on Glen Canyon Project, CEQA Appeal Found Untimely and Upcoming Project Update Meeting, January 7th

GlenPark Renovation Project – Project Update Meeting 1 7 13 Greetings and happy holidays from the Recreation and Park Department! We are looking forward to starting park renovation project at Glen Canyon Park. As you may have heard, the schedule has been delayed from the original start date of October … Continue reading

NEN Awards: Help McLaren Park Wins Award

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

Glen Canyon Renovation Project Update – Rehearing Request on Building Permit Appeal Withdrawn and CEQA appeal filed

Hi Everyone, Another update – the appellant withdrew their re-hearing request today, so there is no hearing tonight, I am very sorry if you got this news too late, and already left for City Hall.  I heard late in the day myself.  The appeals board ‘s vote of 4-0 to deny the appeal, is now … Continue reading

Update on Building Permit Rehearing Request on Glen Park Renovation – Scheduled for December 12th

Hi Everyone, Here is the latest update: As you know, the appeals board voted 4-0 to deny the appeal on November 14th. The appellant had a 10 day period to file a re-hearing request. The last to file this request was November 26th. On that date, the appellant submitted a … Continue reading

Update – Glen Canyon Project, Building Permit Appeal, Re-Hearing Request Filed

Hi Everyone, Quick update about the appeals process. As you know, the appeals board voted 4-0 to deny the appeal, but the appellant had a 10 day period to file a re-hearing request. The last to file this request was November 26th. On that date, the appealant submitted a re-hearing … Continue reading

Project Delayed – Appeal Filed on Building Permit – Update Soon!

Hello Everyone – As we have planned and communicated in flyers and elsewhere, we were planning on starting construction in mid October, this week on this project. However, on Monday an appeal was filed on the building permit that had been issued for the project. The permit and the project … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Park Renovation Update and Additional Information on Tree Work and Recent Tree Failures

Hi everyone, As you may know, the Glen Canyon Park Renovation Project will begin soon! As a reminder, major improvements include: a new larger children’s play area, new tennis courts, improved park paths, an improved Elk Street entry, a new accessible restroom, new landscaping, and new heating in the Recreation … Continue reading

Dolores Park Rehabilitation and Improvement Project Open House Rescheduled

The Dolores Park Rehabilitation and Improvement Project Open House, previously scheduled for Thursday, September 27,  has been rescheduled to a date to be announced later this fall. The Rehabilitation and Improvement Plan is progressing through the Planning Department’s environmental review process. This is taking a little longer than expected, so … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park, City Leaders and City Fields Foundation to Open Mission Playground

  SF Rec and Park, City Leaders and City Fields Foundation to Open Mission Playground City Fields Foundation Donated to Renovate Playfields in the Mission SAN FRANCISCO – SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD), and Supervisors Scott Wiener, Supervisor David Campos, City Fields Foundation, Department of … Continue reading

Update on Glen Canyon Park Renovation, Notices of Tree Removals and New Tree Planting Information

As part of the upcoming Park Renovation Project, today a number of trees around the lower portion of Glen Canyon Park were posted with notices that the tree will be removed as part of the renovation. As a reminder, this project, which came out of a two year community planning … Continue reading

MISSION PLAYGROUND & CLUBHOUSE RIBBON CUTTING EVENT

Please join us for the Mission Playground and Clubhouse ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, September 15th at 10:30am. Thanks to SF voters the park was renovated with funds from the 2008 Clean & Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond.  The renovation includes a renovated clubhouse and new playground including an exciting water feature, new synthetic turf soccer field, resurfaced … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park Project Progressing through Planning Department Reviews; Project Open House Announced for Thursday, September 27th

The Mission Dolores Park Rehablitation and Improvement Plan is progressing through the Planning Department’s environmental review process. In addition, a peer review of the historical evaluation process is also taking place. To keep everyone posted on the project’s progress and answer any questions that have come up, we have scheduled … Continue reading

Construction Phase Community Briefing, Wednesday August 1

Park neighbors, visitors and other interested stakeholders are invited to attend a special meeting on Wednesday, August 1st, during which project staff will provide an update on the progress of the work as well as an overview of what is to come. Details are provided below.  We hope to see you there. Lafayette Park Renovation, Community Briefing Wednesday, August 1 – … Continue reading