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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Smurfs Celebrate “America the Bluetiful”

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department Invites you to volunteer to help Bluetify Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park!  Bluetify Stow Lake Wednesday July 10 from 10am-12noon Family Friendly Volunteer Event, please RSVP to for more details.  Smurf characters will be onsite to help bluetify as well as volunteer … Continue reading

Golden Gate Park Named One of U.S.’s Top Public Parks

The Weather Channel has just released its list of America’s Best Public Parks and our very own Golden Gate Park makes the list!  “An oasis in the city, Golden Gate Park offers trails to walk or hike, playgrounds, picnic areas, lakes, dog-friendly areas, museums, a carousel, and even Segway tours … Continue reading

Netherlands Consulate Celebrates Dutch Queen’s Day at Golden Gate Park Windmills

SAN FRANCISCO — Crowds dressed in orange, the Dutch national color honoring the Dutch royal House of Orange, gathered near the Dutch Windmills in Golden Gate Park on Saturday, April 28 to celebrate Queen’s Day, the Dutch national holiday honoring the birthday of the Queen. The Netherlands Consulate, together with … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Hosts Annual Spring Family Event: Eggstravaganza!

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) kicked off spring 2011 with Eggstravaganza at Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park today.  There were egg hunts, carnival rides, giant inflatable, arts and crafts, entertainment, and food.  One of the featured events was a rib cook-off between San Francisco … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Welcomes Spring with Launch of Free Golden Gate Park Shuttle Ride

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) welcomes Spring 2012 with the launch of free shuttle ride for the public to visit Golden Gate Park.  This is part of SF Rec and Park’s efforts to advocate for the City’s public transit first policy and encourage the public … Continue reading

NBC Bay Area: New Bison Arrive at Golden Gate Park

By Joe Rosato, Jr. Far longer than there’s been a Golden Gate Bridge, Treasure Island or Coit Tower, there were bison roaming Golden Gate Park. The first herd moved into a  pen in the park’s Music Concourse in 1891, and to its current west-end digs in 1899. But following the … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Welcomes Baby Bison to Golden Gate Park

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) welcomed the arrival of the seven baby bison in Golden Gate Park on Tuesday, December 6, 2011. Under Mayor Lee’s leadership, RPD coordinated the efforts with Mr. Richard Blum, Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, and San Francisco Zoo to replenish the bison … Continue reading

Oak Woodlands Trail Update

The Oak Woodland Trail Restoration project is moving forward. On September 15th the Recreation and Park Commission approved the Oak Woodland Trail concept plan that was developed with input from community members.  The project will now begin the design development phase and is anticipated to begin construction in 2012. Oak Woodlands Trail concept … Continue reading


The Recreation and Park Department is hosting a series of community meetings to  discuss future trail restoration improvements to the Oak Woodlands Trail in Golden Gate Park.  Your input is important and will help us improve the Oak Woodlands Trail in a way that is most beneficial to the community. The meeting … Continue reading

Notice of Public Meeting Regarding a Request for Proposals for the Operation of the Proshop, Concessions and Tennis Lessons at the Golden Gate Park Tennis Complex

Saturday, October 9, 2010 The Recreation and Parks Department desires to permit an operation of the proshop, concessions and tennis lessons at four of the courts at the Golden Gate Park Tennis Complex. A Request for Proposals (RFP) is scheduled to go before the Recreation and Park Commission on Thursday, … Continue reading