Balboa Pool Renovation – Construction Update

The Recreation and Park Department is undertaking a renovation project at Balboa Pool. The project commenced in November 2017, and is approximately 60% complete. The contractor is making good progress and the department currently anticipates re-opening the facility in early 2018. Work Occurring this Month: Preparing the pool for new … Continue reading

Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project Schedule

The target timeline that we posted late last year was to complete construction documents and advertise to contractors sometime this summer.  Please see updated anticipated project schedule below.  The largest reason for the updated timeline is that our landscape architect was unexpectedly out on leave for several months; however, there … Continue reading

Kimbell Restroom Gates to be installed Fall 2017!

The sliding gate featured above, one for each restroom, is being fabricated for installation September/October 2017.  The restrooms will remain open during the month long installation, although at times, access to the restrooms may be temporarily delayed or interrupted for public safety. Please stay tuned! For questions, please contact Marien … Continue reading

Golden Gate Tennis Center Update

The Golden Gate Tennis Center has just completed Schematic Design.  We are awaiting a CEQA determination which is due in August 17.  The CEQA determination will provide the project team with a timeline for their review.  Once this has been determined the schedule will be adjusted accordingly.  We are planning … Continue reading

Garfield Pool Center Concept Design Heading to Commission

Regarding the renovation of Garfield Pool Center, the Capital Division is requesting that the Concept Design being presented to the Commission on August 20, 2017 be approved. The design thoughtfully integrates the Clubhouse and the Pool – adding a gathering space and redesigning the Clubhouse so community groups can use … Continue reading

Helen Diller Family Foundation Expands Gift to SF’s Civic Center Plaza

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department in partnership with The Trust for Public Land and Civic Center Community Benefit District (CCCBD) announced today that Helen Diller Family Foundation will be expanding its $10 million playground renovation gift to Civic Center Plaza.  Through The Trust for Public … Continue reading

Leland Avenue Entrance Improvements to start August 2017

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (SFRPD) and San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) are partnering to improve McLaren Park Leland Avenue entrance with two projects: SFPUC will build a new Rain Garden to capture, retain, filter, and absorb rain water in a series of terraced planters between the Visitacion … Continue reading

Help Us Repair Koret Playground

On June 24, the beloved Koret Children’s Quarter playground was vandalized, severely damaging the structure and closing part of the playground. The SF Parks Alliance is leading the community effort to raise funds to restore the playground. To donate or for more information, click here: https://t.co/YjxCK2TqJn On behalf of San … Continue reading

Public Workshop: South Downtown Design and Activation Plan

Please join us on August 2, 2017 for the kickoff workshop of the South Downtown Design Activation Plan!  Representatives from City of San Francisco agencies including SFMTA, Public Works, Recreation and Parks, and Planning, will be on hand to discuss current and upcoming projects in the South Downtown area, including … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Rec Center Now Available for Open Gym

Glen Park Recreation Center’s Gym is now officially open to the public! Feel to drop by the facility from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (except Sundays) for open gym on the newly renovated basketball courts! In addition, take a sneak peak at some of the building’s new features, which … Continue reading

West Sunset Renovation Project Update

Hello West Sunset Park Neighbors- We are still pushing hard to keep this project moving forward at an aggressive pace.   We have recently completed most of the new irrigation improvements for the athletic fields and will be starting to plant new shrubs and trees. See the attached photos which show … Continue reading

Guy Place Mini Park News!

The long-anticipated Guy Place Mini Park project is on the move again! The park design, which was approved in 2014, has been adjusted to replace eight of the park’s proposed vine columns with eight multi-trunk birch trees. These trees will provide canopy coverage with dappled shade over the park. The trees feature … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Pilot Promenade Online Survey Closing July 26

A year ago, on July 13, 2016, the eastern half of the “Figure 8” roadway loop of Twin Peaks Boulevard was transformed to a car-free area for people gazing, hiking and biking on top of San Francisco’s famous Twin Peaks.  This pilot project was legislated by the SFMTA and is part of a … Continue reading

Sgt Macaulay Community Meeting #4

Thank you to everyone who attended our Community Meeting for the Let’sPlaySF!  Initiative park renovation of Sgt. John Macaulay playground. We really enjoyed hearing your feedback about the park design. If you weren’t able to make the meeting, please take a look at the attached presentation. SJM Community Meeting 4 … Continue reading

Landscape work continues at Glen Canyon

Construction progress continues on the new rear landscape area at the Glen Canyon Rec Center.  A concrete patio has been built and wood decking is now under construction. These pathways and seating areas will be surrounded by new planting areas featuring rain gardens, pathway lighting, and a new irrigation system. As this … Continue reading

McLaren Bike Park Update!

Hi all! We have been working hard on construction of the John McLaren Bike Park! Everything has been moving along smoothly and most of the site has been graded. Our next steps will be to install swales, and drainage & irrigation lines. We anticipating wrapping up construction in the fall, … Continue reading

Moscone Rec Center Project Update

Hello Park Advocates.   Exciting news.    The Recreation and Park Commission approved the construction contract for the playground renovation project.   As part of this project, the Department will also be installing a new dog play area on the west edge of the park property and with the generous grant donation from … Continue reading

Let’s Play SF! – Sgt Macaulay Renovation Project Community Meeting

Please join us for the upcoming community meeting for the Sgt. Macaulay Renovation Project on Thursday, July 29th, from 6-7:30pm at Boeddeker Clubhouse.  We will be presenting the final proposed concept and look forward to hearing your feedback! Community Meeting Flyer For any questions or concerns, please email: Philip Vitale … Continue reading

New Furnishings Coming to Alamo Square, Planting Continues

New park benches, picnic tables, and dual-stream garbage/recycling cans will be coming to Alamo Square later this summer. Gardeners from the Recreation and Park Department have also continued to beautify the park with new drought-tolerant and pollinator-friendly plants.

Presentation from Final McLaren Trails and Paths Focus Group Workshop

We had a great turnout for our final McLaren Park Trails + Paths Focus Group Workshop this Tuesday, June 13. About 35 community members attended.  After staff gave a presentation on updates (click here for presentation), participants circulated to 5 stations that outlined priority project area proposals (click here for … Continue reading

Hilltop (Sundial) Park – Playground repairs June 5-9, 2017

Construction Advisory: June 5-9, 2017 Hilltop Playground will remain open during the repair to the see-saw bumper. The scope of work consists of removing and replacing the bumper and patching the safety surface. Robert A. Bothman (Construction),  Community Playgrounds and Robertson Industries (wearing branded safety vests) will perform the repairs throughout … Continue reading

Alamo Square Park is Now Open

Dear Friends of Alamo Square Park, Thank you for your interest in Alamo Square Park. We are very pleased to have re-opened the park after investing $5.3 million in this twelve acre, iconic property. Much of the work we completed, you cannot see.  Most significantly, we replaced the park’s 70 year … Continue reading

Construction Progress and Timeline for Geneva Community Garden

The contractor is making progress at Geneva Community Garden.  Due to rainier weather than usual and unforeseen property line coordination issues, we are now anticipating project completion and garden opening in late summer.  Thanks to our many adjacent neighbors for your cooperation and partnership and thanks to those waiting to … Continue reading

Alice Chalmers Playground Kick-off

The Recreation and Park Department (RPD), in partnership with the San Francisco Parks Alliance (SFPA), has officially initiated the Alice Chalmers Playground Renovation Project. This project is part of the Let’sPlaySF Initiative, funded by the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond. We are thrilled to be working with landscape … Continue reading

Alamo Square Reopens on May 24

Join us for a celebration event marking the completion of signficiant improvements to this iconic neighborhood park. Funded by the 2008 and 2012 Clean and Safe Neighbhorhood Park bonds as well as … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Trails Opened This Afternoon

The newly aligned, more sustainable trail adjacent to Mission Blue Butterfly habitat opened to the public this afternoon!  Improvements include the replacement of deteriorated steps, new wayfinding signs, erosion control and habitat protection. This work was funded by the 2008 Clean & Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond and by a Habitat … Continue reading

Site Visit and Survey of Green Waste Transfer Area for Oak Woodlands Trails Project

You may wonder- what does the green waste transfer area along Conservatory Drive have to do with the Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project?  Because we are planning a trail that runs along the north edge of this zone, we want to make sure to separate the utility area with the … Continue reading

George Christopher Final Concept Renderings

Hi Everyone! As an update to my last post, we have updated our renderings for the George Christopher project and I wanted to share them with you today. See the link below: George Christopher Final Concept We will be presenting this concept to the Recreation and Parks Commission in June for … Continue reading

Merced Heights Final Concept Update

Hi Everyone! I wanted to give an update on the Let’sPlaySF!: Merced Heights Playground Improvement Project.   After the last community meeting, we took a vote on the Treehouse versus Two Towers option via the Google Survey, emails and a clubhouse visit surveying the children. The votes are in and the … Continue reading

Panhandle Playground Site Visit with Rec and Park Staff and Landscape Architect

Happy to report that thanks to the San Francisco Parks Alliance, we now have RHAA Landscape Architecture + Planning on board as lead Design Consultant for the Panhandle Playground Project. Earlier this week, Rec and Park staff from various divisions met with the landscape architect on site to do some … Continue reading

McLaren Park Trails + Paths Planning: Invitation for Additional Input

The second of 3 McLaren Park Project Trails + Paths Focus Group workshops was held on Saturday, April 8 at the Visitacion Valley Branch Library.  Over 50 community members attended.  The design team gave a presentation (click here to view) and then participants reviewed a preliminary diagrammatic representation of trails and … Continue reading

George Christopher Playground Improvement Project – Final Concept

Hi everyone, I wanted to give an update on George Christopher Playground Improvement Project.   After the last community meeting, we heard overwhelming from the community in support of Concept 1a: Village.  We also received many requests for including a belt swing set in addition to the tot swing set … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Road Paving and Figure 8 Project Updates

San Francisco Public Works is moving forward as planned with the second phase of Twin Peaks Boulevard repaving.  The paving work includes the portion of the “Figure 8” that is currently closed to motorists as part of SFMTA’s pilot road closure.  This work—and road closures and rerouting—is proceeding more quickly … Continue reading

Mountain Lake Park Playground is Nearing Completion!

I am happy to inform all our constituents that we are entering the final phase of the project. With the rain subsiding, great progress have been made in the past few weeks. Concrete installation of the pathways is substantially complete; Irrigation and planting is underway this week; Safety surfacing installation … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Trail Opening and Closure Updates

The northern half of trail on the north (Eureka) peak at Twin Peaks (Twin Peaks Boulevard and Christmas Tree Point Road) re-opened to the public this afternoon!   See before and after photos below. Thank you for your patience as we take the next two weeks to wrap up trail improvements … Continue reading

The Bike Park is Going Into Construction!

Hi everyone! We are getting started on construction of the John McLaren Bike Park in April! Construction will last approximately 6 months. We are excited to be creating San Francisco’s first BMX/mountain bike park. The project will include an interior dirt pump track, and a perimeter trail with bicycle platform … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Rec Center Schedule Update

As you may have noted from recent SF Chronicle reporting, the Glen Canyon Rec Center opening has experienced delays due to winter weather.  We thank you for your patience as we work to complete the project.  In the coming months we will be working on the interior finishes and building landscape. An anticipated opening date … Continue reading

Alamo Square Schedule Update

As you may have noted from recent SF Chronicle reporting, the Alamo Square Park opening has been delayed due to winter weather. We thank you for your patience and anticipate making an announcement about the park opening by mid-April. In the coming weeks construction will focus on pathway replacement, new planting, and putting … Continue reading

Women’s History: Margaret S. Hayward

Margaret S. Hayward is the only woman commissioner (including park, recreation, or playground) to have a park or other recreational facility named for her in San Francisco. And Hayward Playground is one of the few Recreation and Park properties named after a woman. The others include: Alice Chalmers (school principal), … Continue reading

Francisco Reservoir Project Update

Francesco Reservoir has completed three community meetings.  We will host Community Meeting # 4 in late April 2017.  Currently we are in the Concept Design phase which we will share at Community Meeting #4.  We have received excellent comments regarding the design and the programming for the site. Construction timeline is dependent … Continue reading

Alta Plaza Update

The Alta Plaza scope of work has been identified and will include Irrigation, Drainage and Sod replacement. The FOAPP prioritized the Additive Alternates (this means if the budget allows and may not be added if the budget is higher than anticipated) as follows: 1) Scott and Washington Street entrance pathway … Continue reading

Balboa Pool Construction Update!

The project is approximately 22% complete. In terms of progress, the months of January and February has been a very wet one, thus slowing down considerable the progress of work in the past few weeks. This has impacted the contractor’s ability to perform some of its planned activities. Fortunately this … Continue reading

Mountain Lake Park Playground Project Update

We continue to make progress at the playground, and are nearing completion. Due to the heavy rains we have experienced over the last 2 months, our anticipated completion is set for late spring 2017. Remaining work includes, concrete & Flatwork, installation of rubber safety surfacing, landscaping, and installation of playground finishes. … Continue reading

What’s new at the Glen Rec Center?

Despite recent rain, the Glen Canyon Recreation Center is still on track for a spring opening. Both the interior and exterior are beginning to take on their finished appearances. The final coat of stucco (a sandy brown color) is currently being applied over a darker base coat on the building exterior. Inside, … Continue reading

Signs of Spring at Alamo Square

Construction at Alamo Square is currently on track for a spring opening as the contractor will soon be installing the remaining turf, repaving pathways, and putting finishes in the new restroom. The Recreation and Park Commission recently approved additional funding for drainage upgrades and repairs in the park, which will be made concurrent … Continue reading

Progress on Twin Peaks Trails Improvement Project

Despite rain and winds since construction start, our contractor is making progress on trails improvement at Twin Peaks.  Old steps on the north peak have been removed and construction on new steps has begun. Thank you for your patience and for keeping off the north peak until it is reopened. … Continue reading

McLaren Park Project: Focus Area Workshop: Trails + Paths: Part 1

Guided Walk + Discussion Saturday, February 25, 2017, 9:30 am- 12:00 pm Walk leaves promptly at 9:45 and returns to starting location. WHAT: A guided walk on some of McLaren Park’s trails … Continue reading

Bernal Heights Park Trails Improvement Project On Hold

This project is currently on hold. Our team applied for three grants over the last year and a half to supplement 2008 Park Bond funding because of rising construction costs.  Unfortunately, we were not awarded any of the grants; however, there is a chance that we will be chosen from … Continue reading

McLaren Community Garden Clears First step to Concept Design Approval!

Hi everyone! I am happy to share that yesterday, the Recreation and Park Department Capital Committee approved the concept design for the McLaren Community Garden renovation. The item will go on the Consent Calendar for full Commission on February 23. The construction documents are moving along smoothly and we are … Continue reading

Merced Heights Community Meeting Presentation

Thank you for your attendance at the Merced Heights Community Meeting #3.   We have included the presentation for your reference.  Merced Heights Meeting 3 Please email reem.assaf@sfgov.org with any comments, questions or concerns. Thank you!

Contractor Working on Final Completion Items at Noe Valley Town Square

We are working with the contractor on final completion items at Noe Valley Town Square, and are happy to report that some progress was made this past week: 8 benches installed along the perimeter of the plaza Final signs installed on community bulletin board Damaged plants replaced and protective fencing installed … Continue reading

Exterior Waterproofing, Finishes, and Playfield Work

If you walked past the Glen Canyon Recreation Center this week, you may have been surprised to see the building being painted blue, but do not worry! This is a layer of waterproof material being applied prior to the application of the stucco finish. Inside, elements such as cabinets and lighting … Continue reading

Schedule Update

Rain over the past several weeks has slowed irrigation trenching and other earthwork, pushing the anticipated park reopening into the early spring. Fortunately, this winter’s ample rainfall has not only ended the drought in the Bay Area, but has also been tremendously beneficial to the establishment of the park’s new lawn and trees. Pathway … Continue reading

Groundbreaking Celebration Feb 9 for Geneva Community Garden

Join us from 4-5 pm on Thursday, February 9 for a Groundbreaking Celebration for Geneva Community Garden (at 545 Geneva Ave, at the intersection of Geneva and Delano).  See invitation below. Our contractor is on board and ready to go.  Clock on construction duration starts officially on Monday, January 30. … Continue reading

Lake Merced Improvement Project Community Meeting #2 on 1/12/17

We had great turn-out for the second Lake Merced Improvement Project community meeting on 1/12/17. Thank you to everyone for your constructive feedback and support for the project. Among the potential scope elements we discussed were improvements to the perimeter path and fitness equipment, environmental and erosion control issues, and … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Trails North (Eureka) Peak Closed for Construction, January 23

The Twin Peaks trails improvement contractor team mobilized Monday morning, January 23rd.  After installing temporary fencing for erosion control and protection of sensitive habitat area, the north (Eureka) peak will be closed to the public so contractor team can remove and replace steps.  Trail closure signage and protective fencing has … Continue reading

Mountain Lake Park Playground Construction Update 1/23/2017

The Mountain Lake Playground Renovation is now approximately 85% complete. The final concrete walls at the summit area were poured earlier this week, leaving just the sidewalk up to the slide and the concrete overlook platform as our remaining concrete work. We have also started installation of the decking surface … Continue reading

South Park Renovation Update 1/20/17

  Photo credit: Fletcher Studios Wow! The playground structure looks complete, but …..this incredible state of the art playground is carefully inspected to make sure each connection and opening comply to safety standards. The testing and inspection started last week and adjustments will continue into next week when the weather … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Trails Improvement Construction Starting Week of January 17

We are excited to announce that Rec and Park will be working with Campbell Grading Inc on trails improvements at Twin Peaks. Improvements build on work completed by volunteers in summer 2016 and include the following: Replacement of steps on the north peak, as well as along the newly aligned … Continue reading

Building Interior Progress Update & Trenching

Over the past six weeks the Rec Center interior has transformed as equipment, tile, drywall, and other materials have been installed. This is a very exciting time in the construction process when the finished building begins to appear! A new water line is also being installed between the Rec Center and Elk Street. … Continue reading

Moscone Dog Play Area and Playground Renovation Update!

Hello Park Advocates- I would like to give you a brief update on the status of the children’s playground and the dog play area project. We successfully completed the construction documents and sent the project out for our formal bidding process. We anticipate the bids will be submitted on February … Continue reading

Introduction, Tree Removal & Construction Update

Hello! I’d like to introduce myself as the interim project manager for the Balboa Pool renovation while Levi Conover is on leave. As many neighborhood residents have likely noticed, there was significant damage to the grove of trees at the corner of Havelock Street and San Jose Avenue caused by Tuesday’s storm. As … Continue reading

Please join us in selecting a final design for the Merced Heights Playground!

We are holding our third community meeting for the Merced Heights Playground on Tuesday January 31st from 6-7:30pm at the Merced Heights Clubhouse. We will be presenting the final proposed concepts of the playground and getting community input and will finalize the design using this feedback. Looking forward to seeing … Continue reading

Painted Ladies Viewing Area Relocation

Today the Painted Ladies viewing area along Steiner Street was relocated to Hayes Street as described here in an earlier blog post. This new viewing area is further uphill than the previous one and offers even better views of the iconic Victorian homes with the San Francisco skyline in the background. Installation of … Continue reading

Sgt. Macaulay Playground Online Survey

We know that community meetings can be difficult to attend for people with long commutes and childcare needs, so we wanted to provide additional opportunity for people to comment on the playground concept.  We have created the below Google Survey which describes the project and the concepts we presented at … Continue reading

Sgt. Macaulay Meeting Presentation

Thank you to those of you who were able to attend the Sgt. Macaulay Community Meeting #3.   Please see the attached presentation for the layout concepts we presented. SJM Mtg. 3 Presentation We are also gathering interest for starting/being a part of a “friends of” group for Sgt. Macaulay and/or … Continue reading

Construction Contract Award for Geneva Community Garden Approved by Rec and Park Commission

On December 15, 2016, the Rec and Park Commission approved award of construction contract to GECMS / Giron Construction for the Geneva Community Garden Project.  We are excited to have passed this benchmark and anticipate that the contractor will start work in January 2017.  Thank you for your patience and … Continue reading

Update on South Park Renovation 12/9/2016

We’re beginning sewer work on Monday, December 12, 2016! This is a necessary step because the remaining tasks can follow. We could not start earlier digging due to permit officials thorough review of the traffic impacts to the neighborhood during the holiday moratorium on excavation in this district. We received the permits … Continue reading

Hilltop Opening 12/3/2016

After almost a year of construction, Hilltop (Sundial) Park is completed! The park showcases new accessible paths that lead to the new playground, new skateboard park, restored great lawn, and to infamous sundial. Please join us to celebrate on Saturday, 12/3/2016 at 10AM-1PM, for music, food and fun!  

Mountain Lake Park Playground Construction Update 12/1/2016

We continue to make good progress on the Mountain Lake Playground Renovation, which is now approximately 75% complete. Completed work includes sloped concrete slabs in play areas, approximately half of the concrete flat work, stairs, installation of the steel “trees” at the overlook, the majority of low landscaped walls, irrigation … Continue reading

Sgt. Macaulay Park Renovation Community Meeting #3

Please join us for the third public meeting for the Let’sPlaySF! Sgt. Macaulay Park Renovation Project on Wednesday, December 7th  at Boeddeker Clubhouse from 6-7:30pm. We have four proposed layout options for the park and will use community feedback to develop a final proposed layout.   We look forward to seeing you … Continue reading

Turk & Hyde Park Renovation Community Meeting #3

Please join us for the third public meeting for the Hyde Turk Mini Park Improvement  Project on Tuesday, December 13th  at Boeddeker Clubhouse from 6-7:30pm. We will be showcasing three layout options for the park and will use community feedback to develop a final proposed layout.   We look forward … Continue reading

Washington Square Playground meeting on 11/9/2016

Thank you to all the community members who attended the last Washington Square Playground meeting on 11/9/2016. Feedback for the proposed concept design was overwhelmingly positive, and we received many thoughtful comments on the treatment of the play surface, the overall materials/color palette, seating, and the play structures. Please see … Continue reading

Golden Gate Park Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project Progress

The originally scoped budget for the Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project, as part of the 2008 Bond, was $300,000, with additional support from a Coca‐Cola Bottling Company grant for $94,859.  We’ve learned a great deal about construction methods and cost from previously completed trails projects.  Our trails team has revisited … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Trails Improvement Updates

Happy to report some progress with improving our trail network at Twin Peaks: On August 20 and 21, 2016, Rec and Park partnered with Volunteers for Outdoor California (“V-O-Cal”) to get an impressive amount of improvements made to the trails. Volunteers removed deteriorated timber steps, decommissioned a section of trail … Continue reading

Geneva Community Garden Contract Award Approval Scheduled for December Commission

Bids from 5 interested contractors were received on November 8, 2016 for the Geneva Community Garden project. Today, on November 23, tentative award of contract was sent to GECMS, Incorporated. Please join us for the Rec and Park Commission Capital Committee hearing on Wednesday, December 7 to support the award … Continue reading

Schedule Update and Phased Reopening

Completion of the lawn installation is a major project milestone that now offers a more definitive picture of the project schedule. As of mid-November we are anticipating that the new viewing area will open shortly after the New Year at the same time that the original viewing area closes. Irrigation and grading … Continue reading

Lake Merced Improvement Project Meeting-11/3/2016

Thank you to the approximately 20 community members who attended the first Lake Merced Improvement Project meeting on 11/3/2016. We received lots of good/productive feedback on a variety of programs at the lake, including trail improvements, boating, pedestrian/bike safety, water recreation, and more. Lake Merced is clearly well loved! As … Continue reading

What Would Make You Want to Swim at Garfield Pool?

The survey has ended; the next meeting will take place in January or February. In the meantime you can email your comments to Toks.Ajike@sfgov.org and plan on attending the upcoming community meeting. Garfield Pool is about to undergo renovations, as part of the 2012 Bond. Rec and Park has partnered … Continue reading

Balboa Pool Construction has Begun!

Once the renovation at Balboa Pool is completed in Fall 2017, the $11 million Garfield Pool renovation and $8.2 million Rossi Pool renovation will follow. The three renovations will not overlap in an effort to serve the public with as much aquatic recreation as possible.

A New Lawn for Alamo Square!

Following last week’s tree planting, new sod is now being installed at Alamo Square. The hillside along Scott Street is the first area to receive a “no mow” fescue grass, which will be used on steeper slopes throughout the park to create a naturalized landscape. When established, this grass will … Continue reading

McLaren Park Project Workshop 1 – Game & Presentation Boards

Here are the Presentation Boards used to inform the decision making process behind the Game Board. The Game Board was used to illustrate indivdual needs and wants for the Park. Imagine My McLaren – Game Board A. What We Heard B. Site Analysis C. Activation/Safety D. Identity Station E. Programming … Continue reading

Trees are being planted at Alamo Square!

The Alamo Square Neighborhood Association (ASNA) has provided a generous gift of 45 new trees that are being planted at Alamo Square this week.  ASNA is also funding the planting of approximately 30 additional trees that will be installed in 2017 alongside the Recreation and Park Department’s new drought-tolerant tree, shrub, … Continue reading

Planning Update for Margaret Hayward Project!

Since the last Community Workshop, we have been refining the overall plan proposal for the improvements to Margaret Hayward Playground. Rec and Park staff have met with the San Francisco Arts Commission twice to review the design. We’ve also been working with our neighbors at the Department of Emergency Management … Continue reading

Merced Heights Community Meeting Summary and Survey!

Thank you for all who attended the Merced Heights Playground Renovation meeting.  We really enjoyed hearing your input on the new playground and are very excited to move forward with this project. We know that community meetings can be difficult to attend for people with long commutes and childcare needs, … Continue reading

Geneva Community Garden Rebid to Contractors

The Geneva Community Garden project has been simplified and re-advertised to contractors. Interested A and C-27 contractors can view the solicitation here. The contractor that withdrew his bid from the first round back in May will be prohibited from submitting a bid for this second round.  A pre-bid conference was held on site … Continue reading

What are those mini mounds at South Park?

It is the extra soil generated by the underground installation of plumbing and electrical utilities, trees wells, concrete foundations, etc. The extra soil will be off-hauled starting early morning on Oct 10. For safety and maneuverability, there will be no parking on both sides of the south side of South … Continue reading

Alamo Square Construction Update!

Hello! I’d like to introduce myself as the new Project Manager for the Alamo Square Restroom and Irrigation Upgrade Project. As of mid-September we are approximately 50% of the way through the $4.3 million renovation project. The contractor has nearly completed the installation of the modern, water-efficient, irrigation system that will save … Continue reading

Turk Hyde Renovation Project Community Meeting #2 Presentation and Recap

Thank you to all who were able to attend our second meeting for the Hyde Turk Mini Park Playground Renovation project!  We hope you enjoyed helping us prioritize your most important park elements and showing us your favorite and not so favorite park elements! Turk Hyde Community Meeting #2 Presentation We … Continue reading

SAVE THE DATE! McLaren Park Project Planning Workshop!

Help us prioritize $10 Million Dollars! Come and share your ideas. Bring your friends and family. Workshop Location Group Picnic Area – McLaren Park 116 John F. Shelley Drive Saturday, October 1, … Continue reading

Mountain Lake Park Playground Construction Update!

Construction commenced on the Project in September  2015, the project is approximately 65% complete. We continue to make good progress on the Mountain Lake Playground Renovation. Completed work includes the majority of low landscaped walls, irrigation and drainage infrastructure, rough installation of toddler playground equipment, and foundation work related to … Continue reading

Balboa Pool Nearing Construction!

Within the next few weeks contractors will be moving onsite and will be staging at the basketball  courts, which will remain closed for the duration of construction due to safety concerns as the building gets seismically retrofitted, and the renovated. Thank you for your patience!

Mansell Project Update: Construction moving along!

Hi everyone, The construction along Mansell Street is moving along. The road work is mostly complete, and the contractor is currently working on the pedestrian and bicycle path on the north side of the road. We are anticipating that the work will finish up early November. The construction is requiring … Continue reading

New Ramp and Tree Removal at Noe Courts!

The contractor has completed construction of the new ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant ramp, which leads from the playground up to the restroom. This ramp provides a very gently sloping path of travel across the lawn to the upper level of the site. New retaining walls, including the curved … Continue reading

Panhandle Phase II Construction Begins in October

Construction will begin on Monday, October 3, 2016. It is scheduled for two months, but weather dependent, may be extended to December 2016. The project scope includes installing benches, trash can and surface mounted bike racks on the north side of the Panhandle. New trash cans will be installed on the south side … Continue reading

Planning Meeting #2 Hyde Turk Mini Park

Please join us for the second public meeting for the Hyde Turk Mini Park Improvement Project on Wednesday September 21st at Boeddeker Clubhouse from 6-7:30pm. We will be prioritizing park amenities desired for the park and will use input and feedback from this meeting to produce layout options.  We look … Continue reading

John McLaren Bike Park out to Bid

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

Geneva Community Garden Still in Progress

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

Construction Update and Temporary Playground Closure

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

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

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

Balboa Pool, Nearing Construction!

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

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

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

Twin Peaks Pilot “Promenade” In Effect Starting July 13

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

Conservatory of Flowers Roof Improvements

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

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

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

Community Meeting #1 Presentation

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

Washington Square Playground Community Meeting #2

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

REMINDER: Alamo Square Park

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

Gilman Playground – JUNE 3rd GRAND OPENING

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

Gilman Playground’s WPA Past

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

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

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

Construction starting soon

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

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

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

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

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

UPDATE: Gilman Playground Renovation

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

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

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

Geneva Community Garden Construction Contract Advertised to Contractors

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

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

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

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

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

UPDATE: Gilman Playground Renovation

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

George Christopher: Community Meeting #3 Summary

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

TEMPORARY CLOSURE ADVISORY: Alamo Square

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

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

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

Guy Place Mini Park Development – FAQ

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

Balboa Pool Construction Update

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

FAQs and Upcoming Public Hearing on SFMTA Twin Peaks Pilot Project

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

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

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

Final Bid Package Prep Underway for Geneva Community Garden Project

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

MANSELL STREET CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENTS UPDATE – WORK CONTINUES

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

Community Opportunity Fund Round 5 Projects Recommended for Funding

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

UPDATE: Gilman Playground Renovation

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

Twin Peaks Figure 8 Pilot Redesign

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

SOTA Trail Improvements Underway

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

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

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

UPDATE: Guy Place Mini Park Development

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

UPDATE: Golden Gate Panhandle Pedestrian Safety Improvements

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

Rec Center Construction Update: Tennis Court Stair Temporary Closure

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

UPDATE: Alamo Square Renovation

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

Tank Hill Project Update!

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

UPDATED SCHEDULE FOR 17TH & FOLSOM PARK CONSTRUCTION

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

CPRS Awards of Excellence for Two Recent Park Projects

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

NOW OPEN! Noe Courts Restroom

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

Site Furnishings from Noe Valley Town Square Site Reused or Recycled

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

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

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

UPDATE: Timeline and Scope of Work

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

Joe DiMaggio – Fence Improvements

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

UPDATE: Noe Courts Park Renovation

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

UPDATE: Gilman Playground Renovation

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

Contractor Set to Complete Creeks to Peaks Connector Trail!

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

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

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

South Park Renovation – Parking Advisory!

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

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

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

Updated Schedule for Construction

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

Community Budget Meetings

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

GLEN CANYON Recreation Center Update: Construction Underway

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

Geneva Community Garden Construction Coming in 2016!

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

UPDATE: Alamo Square Restroom and Irrigation Project

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Groundbreaking for Noe Valley Town Square Wet But Cheerful

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

Beach Chalet Athletic Fields Reopen!

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

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

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

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

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

Noe Valley Town Square

NOE VALLEY TOWN SQUARE IS NOW OPEN TO THE PUBLIC! The proposal to establish Noe Valley Town Square evolved through more than four years of collaboration between RPD, the community group Residents … 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