SF Rec and Park to Celebrates 5 Years of Healthy Parks, Healthy People Initiative

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today its 5th year of partnership with Healthy Parks, Healthy People Bay Area (HPHP Bay Area), a collaborative initiative of over 30 parks, public health, and community based agencies working to improve the health and well-being of all Bay … Continue reading

San Francisco Chinatown to Gain New Park Space

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today a newly constructed park space in Chinatown is now scheduled to open early in October, 2017.  The 6,000 square-foot Rooftop Park, which is connected to St. Mary’s Square, contains planted areas, seating and an open plaza.  It was built as … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park to Host Citywide Coastal Cleanup Day 2017

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today that the Department will take the lead to coordinate citywide efforts to celebrate Coastal Cleanup Day in partnership with hundreds of volunteers and fellow government agencies and community groups including California Coastal Commission, California Department of Parks and … Continue reading

San Francisco to Name Golden Gate Park Meadow in Honor of Robin Williams

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the naming of the Robin Williams Meadow, the meadow located adjacent to Golden Gate Park’s Sharon Building in honor of the late Robin Williams, the legendary comedian and longtime Bay Area resident.  Throughout his life, Mr. Williams made great … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park to Begin Construction on a New Park in District 6

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the construction of Guy Place Mini Park, a new park at 4-8 Guy Place, one of the very few undeveloped properties in the Rincon Hill District.  The park parcel, located on Guy Place near the approach to the … Continue reading

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

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

SF Rec & Park and Laborers International – Local 261 Celebrate Park Gardeners with Ninth Annual William Hammond Hall Awards

SAN FRANCISCO – In partnership with the Laborer’s International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 261, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission and Department hosted the ninth Annual William Hammond Hall Awards on May 24 at the Lake Merced Clubhouse. The awards honor the top professionals in gardening and … Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: SF Rec and Park’s Partnership With Bonnie Ora Sherk and A Living Library Receive International

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is proud to announce that its long-time partner, Bonnie Ora Sherk, Founder and Director of A Living Library (A.L.L.) and creator of the prototype, Living Library Nature Walk which links parks, schools, public housing, streets, and other open spaces leading … Continue reading

San Francisco’s landmark Conservatory of Flowers to be illuminated in a special Summer of Love tribute

June 21 through October 21, 2017 SAN FRANCISCO—Flowers power the night this summer as the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park becomes the canvas for an elegant light art installation to honor San Francisco’s city-wide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love. Developed in partnership with … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Partners to Host A Day of Service Celebrating Huckleberry Youth Programs’ 50th Anniversary

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is proud to partner with Huckleberry Youth Programs (HYP) and San Francisco Travel to celebrate the 50 years of the HYP’s success in San Francisco. In honor of their commitment to San Francisco youth, the Department will be co-coordinating a … Continue reading

Design Museum San Francisco, Playworld, And The City Of San Francisco Bring New Public Play Sculpture To Civic Center Plaza

The PlayCubes installation is a Part of Design Museum San Francisco’s Extraordinary Playscapes Exhibition Opening at the San Francisco Public Library on April 6 SAN FRANCISCO — Design Museum San Francisco, Playworld, San Francisco Recreation and Parks, and the San Francisco Parks Alliance are pleased to announce the opening of … Continue reading

A New Exhibition Exploring The Best Examples Of Worldwide And Local Playground Design Premieres In San Francisco On April 6

The Extraordinary Playscapes Exhibition Will Run Through July 8, 2017 SAN FRANCISCO— Design Museum San Francisco, Playworld, San Francisco Recreation & Parks, and the San Francisco Public Library are pleased to announce the opening of Extraordinary Playscapes, an exhibition featuring over 40 pioneering play spaces from around the world, at … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park and Golden Gate Audubon Society Get Nests Ready for White-Crowned Sparrows

SAN FRANCISCO – For the fifth consecutive year, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department partnered up with the Golden Gate Audubon Society and volunteers to restore White-Crowned Sparrow habitats and other coastal scrub species at the edge of the Bison Paddock in Golden Gate Park. Today, volunteers removed invasive weeds … Continue reading

SF Recreation and Park Policies and Initiatives to Be Highlighted at Statewide Conference

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the Department’s recreation initiatives and park policies will be highlighted at the annual conference held by California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS), a statewide nonprofit organization founded in 1946 to strengthen California’s public parks, and recreation industry and its … Continue reading

The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin Exhibition to Open at the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts May 24, 2017

Washington, D.C. (February 15, 2017) – The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) today announced that The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin, a traveling photographic exhibition about the life and work of landscape architect Lawrence Halprin (1916-2009), will open May 24, 2017, at the Innovation Hangar at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco and … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Begins Construction for $1.4 Million Edible Garden on Geneva Ave

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department began construction of the Geneva Community Garden today. The 10,427-square-foot community garden, located at Geneva and Delano Ave, will be the 38th addition to the Department’s citywide community garden program. This spring, the Department will open the community garden located … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Celebrates 5th Anniversary of Greenager Program with Graduation and Program Expansion

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation & Park Department celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Greenager program with a graduation ceremony at the EcoCenter in Heron’s Head Park this morning. The Department’s Greenager internship program offers teens a chance to play an important role in improving San Francisco communities … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Dahlia Society of California with Annual Digout in Golden Gate Park

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department in partnership with the Dahlia Society of California (DSC) will be hosting a volunteer event, the annual Dahlia Dell Digout in Golden Gate Park on Saturday, January 7 starting at 9:30a.m. The event will take place at the Dahlia Dell located … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Celebrates the Holidays and Announces Opening of Winter Class Registration

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is pleased to announce this weekend’s holiday celebrations and events, and the opening of winter class registration. Friday, December 16: Holly Jolly Holiday Party, Tenderloin Recreation Center, 3-6 p.m. Kids ages 5-17 featuring food, games and a toy giveaway San … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park and Supervisor Scott Wiener Join Community to Open the Noe Valley Town Square, San Francisco’s Newest Park

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and Supervisor Scott Wiener are proud to celebrate the opening of Noe Valley Town Square, San Francisco’s newest park. In conjunction with the Residents for Noe Valley Town Square, and other State and City officials, SF Rec & Park cut … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Celebrates 16th Annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park

SAN FRANCISCO — This weekend, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will celebrate the 16th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, an admission-free music festival in the heart of Golden Gate Park. The festival features more than 100 musical artists on seven stages. Opening acts begin at 12p.m. Friday. The … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Honors National Public Lands Day with Volunteer Cleanup at Gilman Playground

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will be leading volunteers to celebrate National Public Lands Day (NPLD) by cleaning up and beautifying Gilman Playground located in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood on Saturday, September 24th. The Department’s Volunteer Services Program, in partnership with the Candlestick Point Neighborhood Committee, are celebrating the … Continue reading

National AIDS Memorial Commemorates 25 Years of Remembrance, Healing and Hope With Ceremony Honoring Long-Time Supporters

Volunteers gather for Community Volunteer Workday; Pay tribute to friends and loved ones lost to HIV/AIDS SAN FRANCISCO — Twenty-five years ago a small group of San Francisco residents representing a community devastated by the AIDS epidemic gathered in a dilapidated grove in Golden Gate Park to restore it and … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Opens Nate Thurmond Panhandle Basketball Courts after Resurfacing

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation & Park Department, in partnership with the Warriors Community Foundation and Good Tidings Foundation, reopened the Nate Thurmond Panhandle Basketball Courts this morning after court resurfacing generously funded by the Warriors and Good Tidings. The courts were originally renovated in 2000, also in … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Volunteer Group to Upgrade Glen Canyon Park Trail System

V-O-Cal commits to their 9th annual trail building project SAN FRANCISCO – Volunteers for Outdoor California (V-O-Cal), in conjunction with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, will lead a weekend volunteer project in which 100 volunteers will upgrade about half a mile of trail in Glen Canyon Park. The event also includes camping overnight, … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Celebrates Opening of Beacon Trail The trail connects Walter Haas Park to Billy Goat Hill

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation & Park Department officially opened the Beacon Trail which connects Walter Haas Park to Billy Goat Hill. A ribbon was cut this afternoon to celebrate the opening. The $147,000 project made possible by the Open Space Fund Undesignated Contingency Reserve, connects the two … Continue reading

San Francisco Botanical Garden, Japanese Tea Garden, Conservatory of Flowers Free on Friday in Celebration of Pride Weekend

SAN FRANCISCO – To kick off Pride weekend, the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department will open the San Francisco Botanical Garden, Japanese Tea Garden, and the Conservatory of Flowers to the public free of charge on Friday, June 24. For the past week, the Conservatory of Flowers has been … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Celebrates Earth Day with the EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department honored Earth Day today in partnership with the EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park in southeast San Francisco, a long-neglected corner of the city. The Earth Day Coastal Cleanup started at 10a.m. with the cleaning of Heron’s Head and Islais Creek Parks, both operated by … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Observes World Water Day and Celebrates Reduction in Water Usage

SAN FRANCISCO – On World Water Day, the United Nations’ international observance of water-related issues, the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department is proud to announce its continued reduction of water use over the last three years. In response to the Governor’s declaration of drought and the Public Utilities Commission’s … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Receives Award of Excellence for Two Parks

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

SF Rec & Park’s Randall Museum Hosts 34th Annual Middle School Science Fair at The California Academy of Sciences

The San Francisco Recreation & Park Department, in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences, is proud to announce the 34th Annual SF Middle School Science Fair, an event that for the last 33 years has been held at the Randall Museum. While the Randall Museum undergoes an $8 million … Continue reading

Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco, the Bayview YMCA and SF Rec & Park team up for a Healthy Community Day and Park Beautification at MLK Pool/Bayview Playground in honor of MLK Day of Service

SAN FRANCISCO – Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco, the Bayview YMCA and SF Rec and Park hosted a Healthy Community Day and Park Beautification event in honor of MLK Day of Service on January 16. This annual event mobilized 100 volunteers to spend the morning making critical improvements to the park. … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Begins Construction on Noe Valley Town Square: The $2.8 million project is expected to take 10 months

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department broke ground today on Noe Valley Town Square, a recently acquired former parking lot on the 24th Street commercial corridor. The proposal to establish a public open space at the site has evolved through more than five years of collaboration between SF Rec & … Continue reading

San Francisco Begins Construction Converting Half of Busy City Street to Pedestrian and Bicycle Only Use

SAN FRANCISCO – In partnership with San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA), San Francisco Public Works, and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will begin construction on the Mansell Street Corridor Improvement Project this November. The $6.8 million project is a first in … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park’s Joe DiMaggio Playground Opens After $7.3 Million Renovation

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the opening of Joe DiMaggio Playground after its recent $7.3 million renovation. Joe DiMaggio Playground is approximately a 110,000 square foot park with a children’s play area, tennis courts, bocce courts, pool building and sport courts. It is located … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Kicks Off Holiday Season with Ice Skating in Union Square and Justin Herman Plaza

SAN FRANCISCO — Two of San Francisco’s favorite outdoor ice skating rinks are opening for the holiday season this week. The Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square opened Wednesday while the Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center opens today in Justin Herman Plaza. “We’re thrilled to again have such great partners promote … Continue reading

San Francisco Selected for National League of Cities’ Connecting Children to Nature Leadership Academy

SAN FRANCISCO – The National League of Cities (NLC) and Children & Nature Network have selected San Francisco to participate in the Connecting Children to Nature Leadership Academy in St. Paul, Minn., this week. The leadership academy will provide city officials with the skills and knowledge to take up new or expanded … Continue reading

India Basin Waterfront Parks One Step Closer to Reality: 1.5 Miles of Bayfront Property to become Network of Parks

Contact:          Sarah Madland, SF Recreation and Parks SAN FRANCISCO — A spectacular and seamless 1.5-mile-long network of public parks on the city’s southeast waterfront is one step closer to reality as the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission approved yesterday a partnership agreement to develop parks and open spaces along the … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park’s Mountain Lake Park Playground to Begin $3.15 Million Construction

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will begin renovating Mountain Lake Park Playground starting late August 2015.  The $3.15 million playground renovation is funded by the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, the city’s general fund, and a generous donation by the Friends of Mountain … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Receives Jewish Vocational Service 2015 Business Leadership Award

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today that it is the recipient of the Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) 2015 Business Leadership Award.  The Department is being recognized for its commitment to providing at-risk youth a safe and fun outdoor learning environment.  The Award ceremony, Strictly … Continue reading

Dolores Park Eco Pop-up Diverts 6,000 Gallons of Recycling and Compostable Material from Landfill in Two Weekends

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and Recology announced today that the Eco Pop-up at Dolores Park has successfully diverted a total of nearly 6,000 gallons of recycling and compostable material from landfill in just the first two weekends after its initial launch.    For the past … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Announces Request for Proposal for the Historic Palace of Fine Arts

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced the Request for Concept Proposals (RFCP) for the long-term lease of the iconic Palace of Fine Arts building (the “Palace”).  Designed by renowned architect Bernard Maybeck for the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) and World Fair, the beloved … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Demonstrates Eco-Friendly Pest Management: Predatory Birds Eat Rodents

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is hosting a two-day training demonstrating eco-friendly pest management training for parks staff starting April 7th.  The training includes a demonstration of predatory birds that can be helpful in controlling pests through the natural set-up of ecosystem in an urban … Continue reading

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

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department hosted the City’s largest egg hunt event: Eggstravaganza at Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park on Saturday, April 4th.  There were egg hunts, carnival rides, giant inflatable, arts and crafts, entertainment, and food.  Valet bicycle parking was provided by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.  … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Welcomes Golden State Warriors on the Day of Volunteer Service

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department in partnership with the Golden State Warriors and Esurance hosted another WE G.I.V.E. volunteer service event, and this year the event took place at Gilman Playground.  SF Rec and Park’s Volunteer Services team welcomed the Warriors guard Shaun Livingston, Warriors … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Receives Integrated Pest Management Innovator Award

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today that the Department is the recipient of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation’s (DPR) 2014 Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Innovator Award.  A selection committee evaluated candidates for strength in right specific categories including, innovation, value, effectiveness, research support, … Continue reading

Thousands of Bay Area Residents Take a Trip Back in Time to the Palace of Fine Arts to Celebrate Centennial of 1915 World’s Fair

San Francisco, Calif. (February 21, 2015) – Thousands of people — families, history buffs and admirers of the Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) – celebrated the 100th anniversary of the 1915 World’s Fair at the iconic Palace of Fine Arts during a weekend filled with events honoring a seminal event … Continue reading

Palace of Fine Arts Readies to Re-Open its Doors as Innovation Hub for Young and Old to Imagine the Possibilities of “Then, Now and Tomorrow”

Innovation Hangar bringing together visionaries, hands-on educational activities and amazing exhibitions from major institutions such as Bay Area Discovery Museum, Kaboom, Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, Maker Media and Wearable World Technologies, among others     San Francisco, Calif. (February 17, 2015) – On February … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Presents Legendary Photographer Imogen Cunningham’s Work

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will host a photo exhibit titled, “Paris in the Sixties” celebrating the legendary photographer, Imogen Cunningham.  Cunningham’s Parisian photographs were taken at a seminal time in Paris, just before the student uprisings of 1968 and they have not been seen … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Announces Best Last Minute Holiday Gift: Winter Recreation Registration

SAN FRANCISCO – For San Franciscans who are procrastinating on their holiday shopping and cannot decide on what to get their loved ones this holiday season, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced 2015 winter recreation registration that has fun and healthy activities for everyone in the family.  The … Continue reading

San Francisco’s Boeddeker Park Re-Opens After $9.3 Million Renovation

San Francisco – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, in partnership with The Trust for Public Land, hosted a grand re-opening of Boeddeker Park after its recent $9.3 million renovation.  The celebration included activities and live entertainment followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony.   “A new and revitalized Boeddeker … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park, School Board, YMCA, National Park Service and Presidio Trust join San Francisco Youth Sign San Francisco Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager, and representatives of the National Park Service; Presidio Trust, the office of Supervisor Ferrell, and the San Francisco Unified School District Board met at Mountain Lake to sign the San Francisco Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights (SFCOBR), a new charter promoting outdoor experiences for all kids growing up in the city. … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Celebrates 14th Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Free Concerts in Golden Gate Park

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will be celebrating the 14th Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, a festival of free concerts in Golden Gate Park featuring more than 100 musical artists on seven stages throughout the upcoming weekend starting on Friday, October 3, 2014.  Every year, more than … Continue reading

Marina Yacht Harbor Renovation Wins American Society of Civil Engineers’ Project of the Year Award

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today Marina Yacht Harbor Renovation is the recipient of 2014 Project of the Year Award from the American Society of Civil Engineer.  The Project’s contractor, Dutra Construction will be accepting the Award on behalf of SF Rec and Park … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park to Adapt Park Land Management Strategy Combating Climate Change

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (SF Rec and Park), along with San Francisco Environment (SFE) and San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), are taking steps to implement park operation policies and strategies to combat the challenges of climate change.  The agencies have partnered with the … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Presents Fall Activities 2014

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) presents fall activities which include martial arts, ceramics, swimming, photography, dancing, zumba, soccer, kayaking and more.  The registration for fall recreation has begun.  And more information can be found on the Department website atwww.sfreconline.org.   “Kids will be going back to school soon … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park and SF Unified School District to Launch Pilot “Let’s Move!” Program

SAN FRANCISCO –San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (SF Rec and Park) General Manager Phil Ginsburg and San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Superintendant Richard Carranza will be running the San Francisco Marathon on Sunday, July 27th as a way to kick off the “Let’s Move!” pilot program, an inventive … 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

Major Compost Giveaway Draws Thousands of Residents to Four Locations throughout S.F.

Major Compost Giveaway Draws Thousands of Residents to Four Locations throughout S.F. In celebration of Earth Day, Recology hands out 12 truckloads of nutrient-rich planting mix made from food scraps and plant cuttings collected in San Francisco’s green bin program  San Francisco, Calif., (April 12, 2014) – Today, Recology hosted the … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park’s Creeks to Peaks Trail Wins California Merit Award

SF Rec and Park’s Creeks to Peaks Trail Wins California Merit Award The Creeks to Peaks trail corridor connects Glen Canyon and Twin Peaks   SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the Department is the recipient of the California Trails Conference Foundation’s Merit Award … 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 Rec and Park Commission Approves Geneva Community Garden Conceptual Design

  SF Rec and Park Commission Approves Geneva Community Garden Conceptual Design   SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today that the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission’s approval of the Geneva Community Garden renovation.  This is a project funded by the Department’s Community Opportunity Fund, … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Commission Approves Mission Dolores Park Construction Contract

  SF Rec and Park Commission Approves Mission Dolores Park Construction Contract   SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the Recreation and Park Commission’s approval of the Mission Dolores Park construction contract.  The $12.4 million contract has been awarded to Alten Construction.  It is … Continue reading

Palega Recreation Center Reopens After $21.2 Million Renovation

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

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

Cayuga Playground Reopens after $9.4 Million Renovation

2008 Clean and Safe Parks Bond Project Finishes Under Budget For Immediate Release August 17, 2013 Contact: Elton Pon Mobile: (415) 297-7174 E-Mail: elton.pon@sfgov.org SAN FRANCISCO— The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department proudly celebrated today the reopening of Cayuga Playground, which recently underwent a $9.4 million renovation under the … Continue reading

Cabrillo Playground Reopens after $4.5 Million Renovation

2008 Clean and Safe Parks Bond Project finishes on budget Contact:               Elton Pon Mobile:                (415) 297-7174 E-Mail:                elton.pon@sfgov.org SAN FRANCISCO— Today, Assemblymember Phil Ting and San Francisco Supervisor Eric Mar joined the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, the Friends of Cabrillo Playground, and city officials in celebrating the grand reopening … Continue reading

Sue Bierman Park Playground Opens

SF Rec and Park unveils its newest playground, created for a changing neighborhood Contact: Sarah Ballard Mobile:(415) 971-3070 E-Mail: sarah.ballard@sfgov.org SAN FRANCISCO– Today, the Zynga.org Foundation, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, the Friends of the Waterfront Playground, and San Francisco Parks Alliance celebrated the grand opening of the … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park’s Randall Museum to Launch Saturday Science Workshops Summer 2013

  SF Rec and Park’s Randall Museum to Launch Saturday Science Workshops Summer 2013   SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced the launch of Saturday Science Workshop series at Randall Museum today.  The Saturday Science starts at 10:30AM each Saturday which explore basic science concepts with … Continue reading

San Francisco Announces the City’s First Street Soccer Initiative for Homeless

        San Francisco Announces the City’s First Street Soccer Initiative for Homeless   SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Recreation and Park Department in partnership with Mayor’s Office of Housing Opportunity, Partnership & Engagement (HOPE)  join in collaboration with Street Soccer USA to launch “Street Soccer USA West … Continue reading

California Coastal Commission Upholds Beach Chalet Renovation Project Permit

Contact: Sarah Ballard, SF Rec and Park sarah.ballard@sfgov.org   California Coastal Commission Upholds Beach Chalet Renovation Project Permit   SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today that California Coastal Commission has unanimously voted to uphold the permit for Beach Chalet renovation.  The Commission denied the appeal against the … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Partners with Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and Dolores Park Works for Holy Clean-UP

  SF Rec and Park Partners with Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence and Dolores Park Works for Holy Clean-UP SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Recreation and Park Department in partnership with The Sister of Perpetual Indulgence and Dolores Park Works to perform an holy clean-up at Dolores Park on Saturday, March … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Receives $500,000 Grant to Increase Public Boating Access at Lake Merced

  SF Rec and Park Receives $500,000 Grant to Increase Public Boating Access at Lake Merced   SAN FRANCISCO — San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) announced today before the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission that the Department has received $500,000 grant from the State Department of Boating and … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park’s Community Recreation Council Brings Back 20 Years of Chinatown Tradition

  SF Rec and Park’s Community Recreation Council Brings Back 20 Years of Chinatown Tradition CRC Member Kenny Lee brings Chinese New Year Basketball Jamboree back to BAO Chinese Recreation Center   SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department in partnership with Community Recreation Council member Kenny Lee, … Continue reading

Federal Court Supports SF Rec and Park’s Motion to Dismiss Sharp Park Claim

  Federal Court Supports SF Rec and Park’s Motion to Dismiss Sharp Park Claim The Court concluded Wild Equity Institute’s claim moot SAN FRANCISCO – The Northern California Federal District Court has dismissed Wild Equity Institute’s claim against the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.   In March 2011, Wild … Continue reading

SF Board of Supervisors Unanimously Approved SF Rec and Park’s Outside Lands Contract

  SF Board of Supervisors Unanimously Approved SF Rec and Park’s Outside Lands Contract SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Board of Supervisors unanimously approved to extend San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s contract with Another Planet Entertainment for the production of the annual Outside Lands Music Festival today.  The contract includes … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park’s Marina Green Kiosk Offers Dynamo Handcrafted Donuts

SF Rec and Park’s Marina Green Kiosk Offers Dynamo Handcrafted Donuts Dynamo donuts are made with organic, sustainable and local ingredients   SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department partners with Dynamo Donut and Coffee to offer organic and sustainable refreshment for Marina Green visitors starting this November.  … Continue reading

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

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

SF Rec and Park Launches Guided Tour for Historic Candlestick Park Stadium

  SF Rec and Park Launches Guided Tour for Historic Candlestick Park Stadium   SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) announced today the launch of guided tour for the historic Candlestick Park Stadium starting Saturday, September 1st, 2012.  49ers fans will have the opportunity to get … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Partners with ParkWide for Bike Rental Summer Special

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) has partnered up with ParkWide to launch a bike rental summer special at Golden Gate Park’s Alvord Lake starting on Saturday, July 28th, 2012.  The temporarily pop-up bike rental station will be set up during weekends for eight consecutive weeks. … Continue reading

Tai-Chi and Israeli Folk Dance Exchange Hosted by SF Rec and Park, Self-Help for the Elderly, and Consulate General of Israel

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) in partnership with Self Help for the Elderly and Consulate General of Israel hosted an event where a Chinese American Tai-Chi group and an Israeli Folk Dance group exchanged their cultural arts performance on June 12 at Chinatown’s Portsmouth Square.  In addition, an … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Breaks Ground on Cabrillo Playground in Richmond District

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) kicked off the renovation of Cabrillo Playground with a groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, June 9th, 2012.  SF Recreation and Park Commissioner Meagan Levitan led the ceremony with District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar, Friends of Cabrillo Playground, SF Parks Alliance and Dept of Public … Continue reading

Endangered Mission Blue Butterflies Reintroductions in SF Continue with Encouraging Results

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department in joint efforts with San Mateo County Parks, and Creekside Science Center for Earth Observation to collect more Mission Blue butterflies from San Bruno Mountain in San Mateo County and release them at Twin Peaks in San Francisco.   Scientists and park … 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 Partners with Board of Supervisors for 2012 Parks Bond Community Meetings

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) in partnership with San Francisco Board of Supervisors and San Francisco Parks Alliance announced a series of community meetings to discuss the 2012 Parks Bond Program today.  After three months of community outreach with numerous stakeholders, RPD incorporated community feedback … 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 to Launch Summer Program for Next Generation of Green Leaders

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) announced today the launching of Greenagers, a summer program to educate the next generation of community leader and build a greener environment for a sustainable ecological future.  Greenagers, is part of RPD’s Youth Stewardship Program that provides outdoor educational opportunities … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Unveils Mission Dolores Park Improvement Design Plan

SAN FRANCISCO – SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) unveiled the Mission Dolores Park Improvement Design Plan at a neighborhood open house took place at Mission High School during the evening on Wednesday, February 29, 2012.  The $11.7 Million budget for the improvements at Mission Dolores … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park and Contemporary Jewish Museum Turn Dead Tree Into Art

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) is celebrating with a new and unusual artistic partnership with the Contemporary Jewish Museum (CJM) this coming weekend.  Together RPD and CJM helped Artist Gabriela Albergaria transforming a dying tree into a piece of art.  This partnership is also part … 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

SF Rec and Park Volunteers to Mobilize and Clean Parks

SAN FRANCSICO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) will continue its long standing tradition of leading many volunteer projects citywide this weekend.  With over 225 parks and recreation facilities in San Francisco, volunteers play a crucial role in bettering the City’s neighborhood parks.  In fiscal year 2010-2011, volunteers … Continue reading

Rec and Park Receives Big Assist from SF Arts Commission

City parks and playgrounds will receive a bounding bounty of basketballs—650 in all—courtesy of the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, which recently wrapped up an art exhibit featuring the balls in the form of a large pyramid. Artist David Huffman designed the art installation as part of an exhibition entitled, … 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

Breaking Ground on a New Era at Cayuga Playground

Standing beside friends and neighbors in the city’s Outer Mission and Cayuga Terrace neighborhood, Mayor Edwin M. Lee broke ground today on a much-anticipated renovation project at Cayuga Playground. Cayuga Playground is a local favorite of District 11 residents. Tucked away amidst housing, the I-280 freeway and BART tracks, it … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park to Observe World AIDS Day

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) will be observing World AIDS Day with series of community events starting on the eve of World AIDS Day on tonight.  Light in the Grove is the first of the series, and will take place at the National AIDS Memorial … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park’s Visitacion Valley Volunteer Group Receives NEN Award

SAN FRANCISCO– San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s (RPD) Visitacion Valley Greenway Volunteer Group received the Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN) award for the Best Outstanding Park Group onWednesday, November 16, 2011.  The NEN Awards, produced in partnership by the Neighborhood Empowerment Network and the City andCountyofSan Francisco Community Challenge Grant … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Catches Rip Curl Wave

SAN FRANCISCO– San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) is inspired by the Rip Curl Pro Search and wants San Franciscans to get out and surf with us.  Unlike RPD’s aquatics team which deals with indoor aquatic facilities and swimming, the Department’s waterfront sports team focuses on outdoor water activities … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park and City Officials Urge Congress to Keep Land and Water Conservation Fund

SAN FRANCISCO– San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) and elected officials of City andCountyofSan Franciscourged the U.S. Congress to provide funding for the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF).  LWCF has done more than any other program to expand the systems of local parks, recreational green spaces and public … Continue reading

New Remote Lighting System Saves Energy, Reduces Emissions

CBS EcoMedia Inc. (“EcoMedia”), San Francisco Recreation and Park Department,  unveiled today a park lighting system retrofit at a baseball diamond, Moscone Ball Diamond at Laguna and Chestnut Streets in San Francisco.  Jackson Ball Diamond and Lang Ball Diamond were also retrofitted with the system. The EcoAd grant provided funding … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Supports Bike Safety and Education Week with Bike Initiative

SF Rec and Park Supports Bike Safety and Education Week with Bike Initiative SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) announced a three-pronged bike initiative to raise awareness for bike safety and education in support of San Francisco Bicycle Coalition’s Bike Safety and Education Week.  This initiative … Continue reading

McCoppin Square Reopens: First Project Completed Under 2008 Bond

McCoppin Square, an 8.9-acre park in San Francisco’s District 4, reopened today after a $3.8 million renovation.  The project is the first to be completed under the Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, which voters overwhelmingly supported in 2008.  The project was completed $1.5 million under budget, a direct result … Continue reading

Friends, Neighbors Help Break Ground on New Balboa Park

The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and neighbors joined city officials for the official groundbreaking of Balboa Park, a 25-acre park located in the Excelsior neighborhood, an area with the highest concentration of children in San Francisco. The renovation of Balboa Park has long been a priority for the city … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park to Award More than $1 Million Community Opportunity Fund

SAN FRANCISCO– San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) announced more than $1 million of Community Opportunity Fund (COF) was awarded to ten different neighborhood projects today.  Community Opportunity Fund program is funded by the 2008 Clean and Safe Parks General Obligation Bond.  This $5 million capital program allows residents, … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Commission Unanimously Approve Naming of Betty Ong Chinese Recreation Center

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission unanimously approved the naming of Betty Ong Chinese Recreation Center located on 1199 Mason Street today.  The decision was supported by many Chinese American community advocates, as well as Mayor Lee.  The Chinese Recreation Center project is currently under renovation, and … Continue reading

San Francisco’s Largest Urban Farm to Celebrate 20 Years of Harvest

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco’s Friends of Alemany Farm in partnership with San Francisco Department of Environment (SFE), San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD), San Francisco Housing Authority, and the Department of Public Health’s HeartBeets Program will celebrate 20 years of harvest at Alemany Farm (also is known as … Continue reading

SF Rec and Parks Opens New Playground for Underserved Neighborhood

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) and District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen celebrated the grand opening of Potrero Hill Playground with a ribbon cutting ceremony. In addition, there were face painting, arts and crafts for children and family, and RPD recreation programming registration were available for … Continue reading

Have a Great Night in Buena Vista Park!

SAN FRANCISCO – Buena Vista Neighborhood Association in partnership with San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD), Parks Alliance, the Booksmith, and Litquake to host the Great Night, a literary event for book lovers on Sunday, October 9, 2011. At this event, people will enjoy background entertainment and revelry from … Continue reading

City Survey Says San Franciscans Give High Marks to Recreation and Parks

  s   415-831-2796, rpdinfo@sfgov.org City Survey Says San Franciscans Give High Marks to Recreation and Parks       SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) has received high marks from San Franciscans as the result from 2011 San Francisco City Survey has shown. The survey … Continue reading

SF Rec and Parks Turn Freeway Off-Ramps into Distinguished Park

s 415-831-2796, rpdinfo@sfgov.org   SF City Officials Turn Freeway Off-Ramps into Distinguished Park A Grand Opening to Celebrate Sue Bierman Park SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) in partnership with the Port of San Francisco, and San Francisco Arts Commission hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to … Continue reading

Water System to be Shut Off in Mission Dolores Park Up to 48 Hours

  s   415-831-2796, rpdinfo@sfgov.org Water System to be Shut Off in Mission Dolores Park Up to 48 Hours       SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) announced today the water system is expected to be shut off for up to 48 hours this week … Continue reading

San Francisco Parks Trust and SF Rec and Parks Host Annual Party for the Parks

s 415-895-0689, rpdinfo@sfgov.org  Peter Tucker, Parks Trust 415-871-5881, peter@sfpt.org   San Francisco Parks Trust and SF Rec and Parks Host Annual Party for the Parks SF Philanthropists Spearhead Efforts to Raise Funds for Parks  SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Parks Trust (SFPT) in partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and … Continue reading

Parks Fundraiser Celebrates 40-Year Anniversary and Launch of New Parks Alliance

  s 415-831-2796 or rpdinfo@sfgov.org     Parks Fundraiser Celebrates 40-Year Anniversary and Launch of New Parks Alliance   San Francisco Parks Trust and SF Rec and Parks to Host Annual Party for the Parks   SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Parks Trust (SFPT) in partnership with the San Francisco … Continue reading

SF Rec and Parks Places the 64 ton Refurbished Dome On Top of SF’s Historic Dutch Windmill

  s 415-895-0689, rpdinfo@sfgov.org SF Rec and Parks Hosts Historic Windmill Construction Event   SF Rec and Parks Places the 64 ton Refurbished Dome On Top of SF’s Historic Dutch Windmill       SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) in partnership with San Francisco Parks … Continue reading

SF Rec and Parks to Observe National Day of Service in Honor of 9/11

s 415-895-0689, rpdinfo@sfgov.org  SF Rec and Parks to Observe National Day of Service in Honor of 9/11  SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) will be observing the National Day of Service in partnership with city agencies and Hands On Bay Area.  RPD General Manager Phil Ginsburg … Continue reading

MAYOR LEE CELEBRATES CHINESE RECREATION CENTER’S CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS

MAYOR LEE CELEBRATES CHINESE RECREATION CENTER’S CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS Last Construction Beam on Building Placed & Community Time Capsule Buried; Mayor Proposes Dedication of Chinese Recreation Center to Honor National Community Hero Betty Ong San Francisco, CA— Mayor Edwin M. Lee today joined San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD), Department … Continue reading

Parks Trust and SF Rec and Park Present Exclusive Auction Items for Party for the Parks

s 415-831-2796 or rpdinfo@sfgov.org Peter Tucker, Parks Trust 415-871-5881, peter@sfpt.org Parks Trust and SF Rec and Park Present Exclusive Auction Items for Party for the Parks Clinic with the Giants Hitting Coach, Private Dinner with Dominique Crenn Among Auction Packages SAN FRANCISCO – Do you want to host a fabulous … Continue reading

SF Rec and Parks to Host National Playground Safety Training

s 415-831-2796, rpdinfo@sfgov.org SF Rec and Parks to Host National Playground Safety Training SF Rec and Parks Implements Playground Safety Bill SB 2733 SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department to host a national playground safety course and exam starting Tuesday, August 30, 2011 as part of the … Continue reading

San Francisco Parks Trust and SF Rec and Parks to Host Annual Party for the Parks

s 415-831-2796, rpdinfo@sfgov.org Peter Tucker, Parks Trust 415-871-5881, peter@sfpt.org San Francisco Parks Trust and SF Rec and Parks to Host Annual Party for the Parks SF Philanthropists Spearhead Efforts to Raise Funds for Parks SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Parks Trust (SFPT) in partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and … Continue reading

SF Rec and Parks to Make Roadway Improvement in Golden Gate Park

s 415-895-0689 rpdinfo@sfgov.org   SF Rec and Parks to Make Roadway Improvement in Golden Gate Park SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) is proceeding with roadway improvements on Martin Luther King Jr. Drive in Golden Gate Park as part of an effort to upgrade the condition … Continue reading

SF Rec and Parks to Conduct Inspections and Upgrades for Swimming Pools

SF Rec and Parks to Conduct Inspections and Upgrades for Swimming Pools SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) will undergo citywide routine and annual facility inspections as well as swimming pool repairs and upgrades starting August 15th, 2011 through May 14th, 2012.  Swimming pools will be … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Spearheads Day Camp Experience for Children with Autism

415-895-0689 rpdinfo@sfgov.org SF Rec and Park Spearheads Day Camp Experience for Children with Autism SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) welcomed the supportive response from city agencies and community partners. Camp Azure is a new RPD day camp for children on the autism spectrum.  Camp Azure … Continue reading

Kids Go Home Happy, Tired After Play Day on the Green

For Immediate Release August 3, 2011 Contact:               Elton Pon Phone:                 415-831-2782 E-Mail:                 elton.pon@sfgov.org SAN FRANCISCO–  Hundreds of kids went home tired and happy this afternoon after spending their day at Play Day on the Green, a free, annual family event hosted by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and … Continue reading

Bocce Reborn at Crocker Amazon Park

For Immediate Release August 2, 2011 Contact:               Elton Pon Phone:                 415-831-2782 E-Mail:                 elton.pon@sfgov.org SAN FRANCISCO–  Mayor Edwin M. Lee joined the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department today in cutting the ribbon on the newly improved bocce ball courts at Crocker Amazon Park. The event was part of a National … Continue reading

REI Donates to Help SF Rec & Park’s Youth Stewardship Program Thrive

415-831-2796 or rpdinfo@sfgov.org Will Nicholls, REI 415-934-1938, tnichol@rei.com REI Donates to Help SF Rec & Park’s Youth Stewardship Program Thrive REI to present $10,000 Check to SF Rec and Park and Parks Trust SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) is scheduled to receive a $10,000 donation … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park’s Track Coach Ranks Top Ten in the World

RPD Info 415-831-2796 rpdinfo@sfgov.org SF Rec & Park’s Track Coach Ranks Top Ten in the World Coach Robert McDaniels ranks 10th in World Masters Athletics Championships SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) today congratulated Coach Robert McDaniels, a dedicated coach of RPD’s track and field camp, … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Honors Golden Gate Park Volunteers at Japanese Tea Garden

RPD Info 415-831-2796 rpdinfo@sfgov.org SF Rec & Park Honors Golden Gate Park Volunteers at Japanese Tea Garden SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) honored and recognition more than twenty volunteers for their dedication and service of caring for San Francisco’s beloved Japanese Tea Garden today.  The … Continue reading

Carrousel Plaza in Golden Gate Park Reopens

For Immediate Release July 8, 2011 Contact:               Elton Pon Phone:                 415-831-2782 E-Mail:                 elton.pon@sfgov.org SAN FRANCISCO–  Continuing its celebration of National Park and Recreation Month, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department cut the ribbon today on a new and improved Carrousel Plaza in Golden Gate Park after a $1.25 million … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park to Host Women’s World Cup Public Viewing Parties

For Immediate Release July 2, 2011 Contact:               Elton Pon Phone:                 415-831-2782 E-Mail:                 elton.pon@sfgov.org SAN FRANCISCO – Fresh off last summer’s wildly popular World Cup soccer broadcasts at Civic Center Plaza, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will again host free, family-friendly viewing parties featuring the best of this month’s … Continue reading

High-Flying Start to July 4th Weekend

For Immediate Release July 1, 2011 Contact:          Warrick Hubbard Phone:            604.902.1177 E-Mail:            warrick@ziptrek.com Contact:          Elton Pon Phone:             415-831-2782 E-Mail:             elton.pon@sfgov.org SAN FRANCISCO- Former Mayor Willie L. Brown, Jr., and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department day campers kicked off the Fourth of July weekend in style today by zipping … Continue reading

SFPD and SF Rec Park Spearhead City’s Safe Summer in the Parks 2011 Initiative

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 Contact: 415-831-2796 rpdinfo@sfgov.org Lt. Troy Dangerfield #250, SFPD 415-553-1652 troy.dangerfield@sfgov.org SFPD and SF Rec Park Spearhead City’s Safe Summer in the Parks 2011 Initiative San Francisco – San Francisco Police Department (SFPD) and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) joined forces to launch the City’s “Safe … Continue reading

SF Giants Hitting Coach Hensley ‘Bam Bam’ Meulens gives RPD kids hitting instruction

Tuesday, June 21, 2011 Contact: 415-831-2796 rpdinfo@sfgov.org SF Rec & Park and SF Giants Team Up to Support RPD Summer Camp SF Giants Hitting Coach Hensley ‘Bam Bam’ Meulens gives kids hitting instruction San Francisco – Today, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) and Giants Hitting Coach, Hensley ‘Bam … Continue reading

Bella the Swan Says Good-bye to Palace of Fine Arts

Thursday, June 16, 2011 Contact: 415-831-2796 rpdinfo@sfgov.org Bella the Swan Says Good-bye to Palace of Fine Arts After few days of family reunion Bella is ready to move on SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) announced today Bella is moving to Petaluma, California.  Last Sunday, Bella … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Welcomes Bella Home

Monday, June 13, 2011 Contact: 415-831-2796 SF Rec and Park Welcomes Bella Home Injured swan at Palace of Fine Arts returns home after six weeks at Point Reyes SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) announced today the return of Bella the Swan, she recovered from her … Continue reading

San Francisco’s Newest Playground Opens in Hayes Valley

San Francisco’s Newest Playground Opens in Hayes Valley For Immediate Release June 11, 2011 Contacts: Tim Ahern, 415-710-9095 Tim.a hern@tpl.org Elton Pon, 415-297-7174 Elton.pon@sfgov.org SAN FRANCISCO’S NEWEST  PLAYGROUND OPENS IN HAYES VALLEY SAN FRANCISCO – Residents of Hayes Valley today officially reopened a playground which has been completely redesigned and … Continue reading

Ceremonial Plank-Pulling Marks Start of Marina West Harbor Project

*** Press Release *** Ceremonial Plank-Pulling Marks Start of Marina West Harbor Project Wood from SF Marina Project Being Donated to Tsunami-Damaged Crescent City Harbor For Immediate Release June 9, 2011 Contact: Elton Pon Phone: 415-831-2782 E-Mail: elton.pon@sfgov.org San Francisco– The first renovation of the San Francisco Marina in almost … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Opens Historic Greenbelt Park after 50 Years of Access Ban

Saturday, June 4, 2011 Contact: Phone: 415-895-0689 Email: rpdinfo@sfgov.org SF Rec and Park Opens Historic Greenbelt Park after 50 Years of Access Ban SF Rec & Park Celebrates National Trails Day with Historic Park Grand Opening SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) celebrated the National Trails … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Hosts First of the Community Workshop Series for Dolores Park Improvement

Friday, June 3, 2011 Contact: Phone: 415-831-2796 Email: rpdinfo@sfgov.org SF Rec and Park Hosts First of the Community Workshop Series for Dolores Park Improvement More than 100 community members participated in the first workshop SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) hosted the first of community workshop … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Celebrates the Birth of Swan Baby Martha

Wendesday, June 1, 2011 Contact: Phone: 415-831-2796 Email: rpdinfo@sfgov.org SF Rec and Park Celebrates the Birth of Swan Baby Martha A new swan star is born at the Palace of Fine Arts SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) announced the birth of Martha, the baby swan … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park, NPC and Friends of Dolores Park Playground Partner Up for New Playground

Friday, May 20, 2011 Contact: RPD Info, SF Rec & Park, Phone: 415-831-2796 Email: rpdinfo@sfgov.org Nancy Gonzalez Madynski, Chair of Friends of Dolores Park Phone: 415-828-5772 Email: friendsofdolorespark@gmail.com SF Rec & Park, NPC and Friends of Dolores Park Playground Partner Up for New Playground New playground to be named after … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Honors Oak Woodlands Stewards

Thursday, May 19, 2011 Contact: RPD Info Phone: 415-831-2796 Email: rpdinfo@sfgov.org SF Rec and Park Honors Oak Woodlands Stewards RPD Commission recognizes Rob Bakewell’s Leadership with Oak Woodlands Stewards San Francisco – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) has recently honored and recognized the Oak Woodlands Stewards for … Continue reading

Mission Playground Renovation is Getting Started

Mission Playground Renovation is Getting Started Park Neighbors, Supporters and City Officials Break Ground on a New Clubhouse, Synthetic Turf Soccer Field and Water Garden with Sparkling Mist, Foaming Geysers and Tropical Rain Showers For Immediate Release   May 11, 2011 Contact: Elton Pon Phone: 415.831.2782 E-Mail: elton.pon@sfgov.org Contact: Patrick … Continue reading

RPD to Help SF Residents Coexist with Coyotes

Thursday, May 12, 2011 Contact: RPD Info 415-831-2796 rpdinfo@sfgov.org RPD to Help SF Residents Coexist with Coyotes SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) announced today a special educational event to help the City’s residents living with coyotes.  At this event, residents will learn coyote biology, their … Continue reading

Improved Recycling and Waste Services at Dolores Park

Saturday May 7, 2011 Contact: RPD Info phone: (415) 895-0689 rpdinfo@sfgov.org Supervisor Scott Wiener, SF Rec & Park and Recology Launch Improved Recycling and Waste Services at Dolores Park Program Supports San Francisco’s Goals Towards Zero Waste and Provides Local Jobs While Keeping Park Clean for Visitors SAN FRANCISCO — Supervisor … Continue reading

RPD Provides Fitness and Fun for Kids with Special Health Care Needs

Saturday May 7, 2011 Contact: RPD Info 415-895-0689 rpdinfo@sfgov.org RPD Provides Fitness and Fun for Kids with Special Health Care Needs SF Rec and Park Hosts Access to Adventure in Golden Gate Park SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) partnered with Support for Families of Children … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Brings Injured Swan from Palace of Fine Arts to SF Zoo for Care

Thursday April 28, 2011 Contact: RPD Info 415-831-2796 rpdinfo@sfgov.org SF Rec & Park Brings Injured Swan from Palace of Fine Arts to SF Zoo for Care Swan Bella found and delivered to SF Zoo for veterinary care SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) coordinated transportation for an … Continue reading

In economic downturn SF Rec & Park and JVS help young people find future careers

Tuesday, April 26, 2011 Contact: RPD Info 415-831-2796 rpdinfo@sfgov.org   Success 21 Graduation Features Youth on New Career Paths In economic downturn SF Rec & Park and JVS help young people find future careers SAN FRANCISCO – Like proud parents, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) and Jewish … Continue reading

Endangered Mission Blue Butterflies Released Atop Twin Peaks

Friday, April 22, 2011 Contact: RPD Info 415-831-2796 rpdinfo@sfgov.org Endangered Mission Blue Butterflies Released Atop Twin Peaks SF Rec & Park’s groundbreaking program receives 60 more endangered butterflies SAN FRANCISCO – With U.S. Fish and Wildlife’s permission, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) successfully released a group of … Continue reading

Rec & Park and Karl Watson Kick Off Extreme Sports Program

Friday, April 15, 2011 Contact: RPD Info 415-831-2796 rpdinfo@sfgov.org San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) today joined professional skateboarder Karl Watson in outreach to the young people at the Tenderloin Children Recreation Center. Phil Ginsburg, RPD General Manager and Karl Watson partnered together to encourage the youth to be … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Joins Japan Tsunami Relief Effort at Japanese Tea Garden

Wednesday, April 13, 2011 Contact: RPD Info 415-831-2796 rpdinfo@sfgov.org SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) announced today an effort to join Japanese Cultural and Community Center of Northern California for Japan Tsunami relief. During the 2011 Cherry Blossom Festival, a donation collection stand will be … Continue reading

Neighborhood Empowerment Brings Renewed Playground to Outer Richmond

Thursday April 7, 2011 Contact: RPD Info 415-831-2796 rpdinfo@sfgov.org Neighborhood Empowerment Brings Renewed Playground to Outer Richmond SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (RPD) announced today the renovation of the 1938-built Cabrillo Playground will begin 2012.  In partnership with the City’s Neighborhood Empowerment Network (NEN), RPD helped … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Welcomes Stanford Football to Kezar for Second Year in a Row

Wednesday, April 7, 2011 General Manager’s Coin Toss Decided Stanford Football Game Kick-Off SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) welcomed Stanford Football team to historic Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park on Saturday, April 9th, 2011 for the team’s annual Cardinal and White Spring Game. Quarterback … Continue reading

Ortega Family Chosen to Run Historic Stow Lake Boathouse

Thursday, August 19, 2010 SAN FRANCISCO– The San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission approved today award-winning concessionaire Ortega Family Enterprises for the operation of the historic Stow Lake Boathouse in Golden Gate Park and authorized Recreation and Park Department staff to begin negotiations over specific lease details. Ortega Family Enterprises … Continue reading

Sunnyside Conservatory Reopens in Style

Saturday, December 5, 2009 The historic Sunnyside Conservatory, an official San Francisco Designated Landmark (No. 78), will reopen on Saturday, December 5, 2009, after a fabulous $4.2 million renovation project that saw the Victorian-style structure and surrounding garden grounds returned to their former glory. More info: www.sfgov.org…