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

Abc 7 News: SF Botanical Garden Sets Garden to Music for 75th Anniversary

By Carolyn Tyler San Francisco’s Botanical Garden is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Part of the fun is something they call Flower Piano that began Thursday and runs through July 20. Within the 55 acres of San Francisco’s Botanical Garden, something magical has appeared. Project organizers Dean Mermell and Mauro Ffortissimo … Continue reading

Hoodline: ‘Flower Piano’ Exhibit Brings 12 Playable Pianos To Golden Gate Park Botanical Garden

Stroll through Golden Gate Park’s Botanical Garden today, and you might happen upon something a little out of the ordinary: 12 pianos have been placed throughout the garden. They’re intended for anyone to play, and over the next 12 days, both scheduled and impromptu concerts will fill the garden. The … 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

Women’s World Cup Live at Civic Center

Fresh off last summer’s wildly popular World Cup soccer broadcasts at Civic Center Plaza, San Francisco Recreation and Parks and America SCORES Bay Area are teaming up again to bring you live broadcasts of Women’s World Cup soccer action at Civic Center Plaza. The viewings begin with a match-up between Team USA and … 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

Joe DiMaggio Playground – Construction Advisory

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

Dolores Park is Opening!

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

Helen Diller Playgrounds at Civic Center – Update!

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

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

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

Joe DiMaggio Playground – Construction Advisory

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

Joe DiMaggio Playground – Construction Updates

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

SF Gate: Fixing the culture problem at Dolores Park

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

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

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

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

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

Joe DiMaggio Playground – CONSTRUCTION ALERT!

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

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

Mission Dolores Park – Sod Installation

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

Women’s History Month: Dorothy Erskine

A Profile on Dorothy Erskine, Environmental Crusader (1896-1982) By Rebecca Montgomery, San Francisco State University Intern Dorothy Erskine may not be a familiar household name, but it has had tremendous impact on how environmentalism influenced the Bay Area and the consequent urban planning that ensued after the crushing Great Depression. … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park – Construction Updates and Vandalism Reports

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

Joe DiMaggio Playground – Construction Update

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

THIRD COMMUNITY MEETING FOR MCLAREN COMMUNITY GARDEN IMPROVEMENTS

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

Sf Examiner: North Beach residents go to bat to raise funds for DiMaggio Playground renovation

By Jessica Kwong “It was a night when three generations of North Beach residents who may otherwise pass each other on the street instead gathered at an old neighborhood Italian spot to support a cause many of them hold close.” See full article here: http://www.sfexaminer.com/sanfrancisco/north-beach-residents-go-to-bat-to-raise-funds-for-dimaggio-playground-renovation/Content?oid=2917216

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

SoMa West Skatepark Closure on 1/31

Due to the misuse of the site and defacing of park property, SoMa West Skatepark will be closed temporarily on Saturday, January 31, 2015, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.  SF Public Works, along with Rec and Park, will be organizing a volunteer cleaning team to remove some graffiti as … 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

Mission Dolores Park Construction Updates

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

Second Meeting for McLaren Community Garden Improvements

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

Joe DiMaggio Playground – construction notices

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

Portsmouth Square Restroom – UPDATE

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

Wind Storm Update

Impacted by the recent wind storm in the San Francisco Bay Area, Stern Grove and Pine Lake are now closed to vehicle traffic due to fallen trees obstructing roadways. The general public is asked to call 311 immediately should they observe potentially dangerous tree conditions or any tree failures. SF … 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

Storm Update: Flooding and Closure Alerts

The following is an update of parts of our San Francisco park system that have been affected by the storm. (Updated at 2:10 p.m. PST, December 11, 2014) Flooding: -Palace of Fine Arts (response in progress, PUC dispatching electrician and generator) -MLK Drive in Golden Gate Park from 19th Avenue … 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

Great first meeting for McLaren Community Garden Improvements

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

Vandalism at Mission Dolores Park

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

Mission Dolores Park – Construction Sneak Peeks

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

Reminder Marina Bay Trail Community Meeting Tonight!

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

Early Bird Special for the WGC-Cadillac Match Play at TPC Harding in May 2015

Special offer to the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play! Watch 64 of the world’s best golfers take on TPC Harding Park at the World Golf Championships-Cadillac Match Play in May 2015. Cheer on your favorites like Rory McIlory and defending champion Jason Day as they go head-to-head in this global … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park – Palm Tree Transplant

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

SF Examiner: Chinatown Playground Clubhouse Reopens

By Jessica Kwong With the help of a Chinatown neighborhood nonprofit, the Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground clubhouse is bouncing back from its underutilized state to the busier days of its elevated past. The clubhouse on Sacramento Street, beneath a basketball court and partially tucked below ground level, until its … 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

Marina Bay Trail Connector Community Meeting

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

Marina Bay Trail Improvements Community Meeting

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

2012 Bond – Balboa Pool Improvements Meeting #3

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

Mission Dolores Park – Construction Photos

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

Free Fall Classes at GGP CommUNITY Garden

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

Telegraph Hill Safety Improvements Informational Meeting

The Recreation and Park Department and the Department of Public Works invite you to attend an Informational Meeting on the upcoming Safety Improvements to Telegraph Hill to be held on September 10th 2014 from 6 :00 to 7:30 pm at Joe DiMaggio Clubhouse,  651 Lombard Street. Please see attached invitation … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park – Dolores Street Sidewalk Repairs

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

UPDATE: Portsmouth Square Restroom

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

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

Portsmouth Square Restroom – Closed for Construction

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

Mission Dolores Park Construction Updates

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

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

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

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

Natural Areas Program at Oak Woodlands

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

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

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

Mission Dolores Park – Upcoming Construction Alert

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

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

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

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

Construction Check-In at Dolores Park

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

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

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

Notice: Joe DiMaggio Playground – Library Demolition Closure

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

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 – Portsmouth Square Restroom Replacement Project

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

Balboa Community Meeting #2 – April 1, 2014 at 6:00PM

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! The meeting is Tuesday April 1, , 6:00-7:30pm at Ingleside Police Station Community Room, 1 Sgt John … Continue reading

SF Chronicle: SF’s Urban Coyotes

By Jill Tucker Camilla Fox is fighting an uphill battle against fairy tales and Saturday morning cartoons. Children’s stories often feature wild canines in unflattering roles – the wolf that eats Grandma and the dim-witted and Acme-loving coyote that can’t seem to hit the beep-beeping roadrunner with an anvil. As one of … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Park Trail Naming Contest

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

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

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

Glen Canyon Park Playground Reopens March 15

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

UPDATE – Alta Plaza Park Water Conservation Project

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

SF Rec and Park Breaks Ground on Mission Dolores Park Improvement

  SF Rec and Park Breaks Ground on Mission Dolores Park Improvement   SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department hosted a groundbreaking ceremony which marked the beginning of the Mission Dolores Park Improvement construction on Saturday, March 1st.  Among the attendees were District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener, … Continue reading

SF Chronicle: Dolores Park Renovation

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

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

Marina Water Conservation

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

Alta Plaza Park – 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

SF Botanical Garden Volunteer Opportunities

Green Team Member Duration- Ongoing, varying commitment, starting on January 7, 2014 Time Commitment- Three hours per week commitment either Tuesdays or Thursdays from 10-1. Responsibilities- Green Team members are key volunteers in keeping the Garden beautifully maintained. They work with a coordinator and Rec and Park Gardeners in all … Continue reading

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

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

Coit Tower Rehab Project – Progress

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Coit Tower Closure Reminder – Construction Begins TODAY!

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

Update on Glen Canyon playground renovation!

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

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

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

Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden Opens

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

Check Out the New Vertical Garden

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

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

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

Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden Work Day a Success!

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

Garden Members’ Saturday Workday!!

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

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

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

Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden: Opening details coming soon!

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

Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden Survey Feedback and Plot Allocation Strategy

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

Twin Peaks Trails Improvement Follow-up Meeting

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

SF Weekly: True Tales from the Weirdest, Hardest-to-Find Golf Course in the Bay

By Joe Rosenheim Wednesday, Sep 18 2013 Nestled among the tall eucalypti that populate Visitation Valley’s McLaren Park is one of the weirdest and trickiest municipal golf courses you’re ever likely to see. It’s abutted by housing projects, patronized religiously by a group of local diehards across the socioeconomic strata, and unknown … Continue reading

SOUTH PARK RENOVATION COMMUNITY PLANNING MEETING

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

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

Dolores Park Works & GM Phil Ginsburg share a successful Dolores Park cleanup day

SECOND BREAKFAST AND A PARK CLEAN-UP GETS IT DONE by Lauren Hartman Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager made a surprise appearance at the Dolores Park Works/Bi-Rite Breakfast and a Park Clean-Up on Monday morning. Phil thanked everyone for turning out and told us that volunteers are essential to Rec and … Continue reading

San Francisco State University Freshmen Welcome Days

On Saturday, August 24, SFRPD collaborated with community partners, the SF Parks Alliance and the Dept of Public Works to host a day of volunteer service at Lake Merced and Golden Gate Park for incoming students to San Francisco State University and the University of San Francisco.   Over 120 matriculating freshmen … 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

Hayes Valley Neighbors at Patricia’s Green

SFRPD staff gardeners, Robert McNeill and Todd Sucy, led a volunteer work party with the Hayes Valley Neighborhood Association at the beautiful Patricia’s Green on Saturday, July 27. Additional volunteers from the Walden House graciously collaborated in this effort.  The group made preparations for the upcoming Autumn planting season by … Continue reading

Hoorah! We are almost ready to open the Garden.

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

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

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