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

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

San Francisco Loves Dolores

SF Recreation and Park Department today issued the following statement after the opening of the north side of Mission Dolores Park, and the Silent Disco celebration to mark its recent renovation:   “The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is proud to unveil the newly renovated north side of Mission … 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 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, 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

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 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 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 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

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’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

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, 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

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 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’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

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

Mission Blue Butterfly Returns to Twin Peaks

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 On Thursday, May 6, from 9:30 a.m. to 10:15 a.m., the beautiful Mission blue (Icaria icariodies missionensis) butterfly will be ready for its close-up, when biologists will capture a few of the endangered creatures on Twin Peaks for a media photo-op. More info: sfparkfinder.org…

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…

Franklin Square Playground Makes the Grade

Saturday, May 16, 2009 Three years ago, Franklin Square Playground was deemed one of the most underperforming parks in the city. On Saturday, May 16, 2009, at 3:30 p.m. — thanks to a $1.2 million overhaul – the park will officially join the ranks of the city’s best. More info: www.sfgov.org…