Temporary Closure & Detour

Replacement of the stairs at the intersection of Sussex and Elk Streets will begin on Wednesday, November 29, 2017. Please observe the trail detours and closures as shown on the map above. It is anticipated that construction of the new stair will be complete in February 2018. Thank you again to members of … Continue reading

SF Rec and Parks Opens Newly Renovated Play Fields at West Sunset Playground

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department announced today the reopening of the playfields at West Sunset Playground after $13.6 million renovation funded by the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond.  West Sunset Playground, 18 acres in size, features a children’s playground, athletic courts, two baseball … Continue reading

Turk Hyde Playground Renovation Meeting

Please join us Thursday November 16th from 6-7:30pm at Boeddeker Clubhouse for the fourth public meeting for the Turk Hyde Mini Park Improvement  Project.  We will be showcasing two updated layouts based on community input park and will use community feedback to develop a final proposed layout.   We look forward to … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Sussex Stair Replacement Coming Soon!

The existing stair leading to the intersection of Sussex and Elk Streets is scheduled for replacement beginning this November. Funding for the stair was arranged via the Office of Supervisor Sheehy and the Mayor’s Budget Office. This is a long-anticipated improvement that will require a temporary trail detour behind the Glen … Continue reading

McLaren Group Picnic + Playground Concept Design Presentation – Nov. 1st

We had a productive third community meeting and appreciate those who were able to join us in person. If you couldn’t make it, please see our updated concept design here: Group Picnic + Playground Concept Design. Our next step will be to present the draft concept design to the Capital Committee … Continue reading

Construction to Begin on New Restroom at GGP Boat Playground

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the construction of a new free-standing restroom at Golden Gate Park’s Boat Playground located at 45thAvenue and Lincoln Way.  The $ 2 million restroom construction is a community driven project, advocated for by an Outer Sunset community group … Continue reading

Take Our Online Survey by Oct 31 for Panhandle Playground Design Options

Thanks to the 30+ adults and kids who attended our Community Workshop 2 for the Panhandle Playground Renovation project.  The project team presented 3 unique preliminary design schemes to the community and collected input via round robin review of the schemes. Click here to view the presentation given at Community … Continue reading

Alice Chalmers Playground, Online Design Options Survey (open until November 3)

Survey Link:  http://bit.ly/alicesurvey The San Francisco Recreation & Park Department is pleased to announce the online design options survey for the Alice Chalmers Playground Renovation, a Let’sPlaySF! Project. Please take a moment to fill out the survey to select a preferred playground design, and help us prioritize the type of … Continue reading

Reminder to RSVP for Oct 19 Panhandle Playground Community Workshop

Join us for our second community workshop and provide your input to help guide future improvements to Panhandle Playground, part of the Let’sPlaySF! Initiative – a partnership with the San Francisco Parks Alliance. The design team will be presenting 3 different playground designs for your review. * Food will be provided … Continue reading

Update – Alta Plaza Irrigation and Drainage Replacement – North Side

On September 21, 2017 Rec and Park Commission approved to award a construction contract for the Alta Plaza Park – North Side Irrigation and Drainage Project to Azul Works Inc. The scope includes: replacement of sod and automatic irrigation system, installation of perimeter drainage, installation Donor Recognition Circle, and installation … Continue reading

Parking Restrictions for Sidewalk Improvements – start Oct. 13, 2017

Sidewalk improvements on South Park southeast corner (near Second Street) will be starting this Friday 10/13/2017. The work will take approximately 10 calendar days and will include sidewalk demolition, and bulb out installation with concrete form work and concrete pours and curb cuts for a safe and accessible entrance into … Continue reading

October 19 Panhandle Playground Community Workshop 2

Save the Date!  Panhandle Playground Community Workshop 2 on October 19: Join us for our second community workshop and provide your input to help guide future improvements to Panhandle Playground, part of the Let’sPlaySF! Initiative – a partnership with the San Francisco Parks Alliance. The design team will be presenting 3 … Continue reading

South Park Traffic Calming Improvements – Fall 2017

  The Traffic Calming Improvements at South Park will be starting this October and include sidewalk bulb-outs, asphalt stamping and crosswalk striping for pedestrian safety and park access. Streets will remain open to vehicles; however, expect intermittent delays and partial sidewalk closures throughout construction. Target construction schedule is: October & … Continue reading

Mclaren Bike Park Construction Pictures

If you haven’t checked out the events page. Please do. Mclaren bike park will have its grand opening Saturday, Oct 21st. See flier here. McLaren Bike Park Opening on October 21 Photos: Mclarenbikepark.com

More Information for McLaren Park Project Trails + Paths Focus Area

The McLaren Park Project team has taken time to compile information related to the Trails + Paths Focus Area in response to community questions. Please click here for fact sheet. If you have follow-up questions, please contact Project Manager Melinda Stockmann at melinda.stockmann@sfgov.org.

You’re Invited to McLaren Park Project Workshop 3

Thank you so much to everyone who has attended a Workshop, submitted comments and filled out surveys for the project. Join us as we summarize all of the great feedback we have … Continue reading

Come work on trails in McLaren Park Sept 23 and Sept 24

Join Rec & Park’s Natural Resources Division and Volunteers for Outdoor California (V-O-Cal) for a large scale trail building event in McLaren Park this coming Saturday and Sunday, September 23 and 24. Rec and Park has partnered with V-O-Cal every year for several years to complete significant trail improvements in … Continue reading

Over 300 Responses Received for Panhandle Playground Online Survey

Happy to report that we received over 300 responses to our Panhandle Playground Renovation online survey.  The survey was live for 2 weeks.  Respondents weighed in on their priorities for playground components and provided a wealth of other input. Over 50% of survey respondents live within a 2- to 5-minute … Continue reading

McLaren Bike Park is Nearing Completion!

Hi folks! We are headed into the home stretch of construction of the John McLaren Bike Park! The trail and pump track portions of the project have been completed and the wall rides are installed. The contractor is finalizing the irrigation and then, the concrete plaza area will be poured … Continue reading

Take Our Online Survey for Panhandle Playground Renovation Now through September 10

The design team for the Panhandle Playground Renovation, which is part of the Let’sPlaySF! Initiative, is collecting additional feedback via an online survey.  Please click here to take the brief online survey.  The design team will collect the input received from the survey and add it to the information that … Continue reading

New Landscape & Temporary Detour

The new landscape around the Glen Canyon Recreation Center is nearing completion. The front and rear plazas are open and feature new lighting, decorative stone inlays, and seat walls. As part of the building’s LEED Certified renovation, the wood seats atop the walls were salvaged from the gymnasium bleachers prior to construction. Two … Continue reading

Moscone Playground and Dog Play Area are starting Construction!

We have great news to share! We have initiated the construction contract for the renovation of the east playground and the new dog play area. We just issued the notice to proceed and the contractor is expected to start mobilizing on site this week. It’s been a long road to … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: 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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Recent Construction Photos of Joe DiMaggio Playground

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

Gilman Playground Renovation – UPDATE

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

Alamo Square Improvement Project – Construction Update!

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

Mountain Lake Park Playground Update!

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

Joe DiMaggio Playground – Construction Advisory

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

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

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

Joe DiMaggio Playground – Construction Advisory

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

Joe DiMaggio Playground – Construction Updates

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

McLaren Community Garden Updated Concept Plan

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

Joe DiMaggio Playground – CONSTRUCTION ALERT!

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

Mission Dolores Park – Construction Update

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

Joe DiMaggio Playground – Construction Update

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

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

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

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

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

Joe DiMaggio Playground – Construction Update

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

UPDATE – Alta Plaza Park Water Conservation Project

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

West Sunset Playground Update

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

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

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

Failing Playgrounds Meeting #7 Summary

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

Glen Park Tennis Courts Open Today!

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

Joe DiMaggio Playground – Construction Starting!

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

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

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

Joe DiMaggio Playground – construction notices

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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, Kimbell Playground, and Buchanan Mall. The Teacher with the … 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

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

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

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 – 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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