Healthy Parks, Healthy People

Group of hikers in Golden Gate Park

 

In partnership with Healthy Parks, Healthy People Bay Area, a collaborative effort between 25 local agencies, SF Rec and Park presents its Healthy Parks Healthy People initiative. Explore our city’s natural areas while socializing with new friends, feeling fit, and finding new inspiration in our city’s native plants and wildlife.

All walks start at 10:00AM are Free, and require no pre-registration.

Stow Lake (First Saturday of Month) at the Boathouse in Golden Gate Park
Lake Merced (Second Saturday of Month) at the Boathouse 1 Harding Road
McLaren Park (Third Saturday of Month) at University & Mansell
Herons Head (Fourth Saturday of Month) at Jennings Street off Cargo way

Being outside in parks offers several benefits:

➢ Helps maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints

➢ Introduces neighbors to each other

➢ Provides opportunities for physical activity

➢ Can reduce blood pressure in some people with hypertension

➢ Improves the mood and reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression

Our professional RPD Guides will provide a short interpretive program designed specifically for each location. The staff will have first aid equipment and are certified in CPR.  Please remember to bring your water and sunscreen.

Check local weather forecasts – Trail Walks will be canceled due to unsafe conditions and/or rain.

For more information email lisa.mchenry@sfgov.org

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Healthy Parks, Healthy People trail walks – Heron’s Head Park

May 28, 2016
Group of hikers at Heron's Head Park

Walk a Wetland: Herons Head Park at Jennings Street off Cargo way, (Fourth Saturday of Month) 10:00am. Admire the San Francisco waterfront as we follow a short section of the Bay Trail. … Continue reading

Memorial Day

May 30, 2016
Memorial Day Flag and Iwo Jima Statue

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Independence Day

Jul 4, 2016
Statue of Liberty with American flag as the backdrop

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Labor Day

Sep 5, 2016
Worker holding an American flag

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Columbus Day

Oct 10, 2016
Coit Tower with Statue

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Veterans Day

Nov 11, 2016
waving the flag

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Thanksgiving Day

Nov 24, 2016
Snoopy Thanksgiving

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Valentine’s Day

Feb 14, 2017
The Top Valentine's Day Date Spots

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Lisa McHenry works for the San Francisco Recreation & Parks Department and can be found leading hikes for the Saturday “Healthy Parks Healthy People” program. She is a lifelong Bay Area resident and has an infectious enthusiasm for protecting and sharing this amazing part of the world. Lisa graduated Cum Laude from San Francisco State University with a degree in Recreation, Parks, and Tourism Administration. She is a Wilderness First Responder and in 2012 was a full scholarship recipient for the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) expedition in Alaska.

Lisa McHenry on expedition in Alaska.

Lisa McHenry, hiking the Tonsina Glacier in Alaska.

Chris Sequeira is an avid lover of nature that truly values the importance of our Parks and open space for fostering a sense of well being and happiness. His professional studies include Tai Chi, Qigong and Massage Therapy. Sharing the holistic health benefits of these disciplines has been his main purpose and passion for over 30 years. He first began working with the San Francisco Recreation department in 2011, teaching Tai Chi basics and Senior Qigong. When Chris is not teaching he enjoys playing guitar, and harmonica for fun and special events.

Chris Sequeira, RPD Guide for Healthy Parks, Healthy People.

Chris Sequeira, RPD Guide for Healthy Parks, Healthy People.

3rd Saturdays at McLaren Park!

Free Guided Trail Hike with Healthy Parks, Healthy People

McLaren Park at University & Mansell, (3rd Saturday of Every Month)

10:00AM-12:00PM (Meet by the McLaren Park sign)

This is a dog friendly event. Bring your furry friend and receive a free dog bowl!

This activity is free, all-inclusive and requires no pre-registration.

 

2nd Saturdays at Lake Merced!

Lake Merced Boathouse at 1 Harding Park Road (2nd Saturday of Month) 10:00AM-12:00PM (Meet in front of the Boathouse)

Join us for beginning Qigong and a stroll around the Lake.

Benefits include…

Loosens the Muscles and Builds Power
Helps Prevent Injury to Joints, Ligaments and Bones
Speeds Recovery Time from Injuries and Operations
Builds Athletic and Martial Arts Power
Eases Stress and Balances Emotions

 

This Saturday at Golden Gate Park!

Free Guided Walk in the Park with Healthy Parks, Healthy People

Stow Lake Boathouse (1st Saturday of Every Month)

10:00AM-12:00PM (Meet by the boat ramp)

It’s a fact: regular use and enjoyment of your local parks can improve your health! Our RPD guides will lead you in light stretching exercises and a stress-free walk around Stow Lake and then to the top of Strawberry Hill for scenic views and socializing. Join our all-inclusive event and receive a free water bottle!

4th Saturdays at Herons Head!

Herons Head Park, Jennings Street off Cargo Way, 10:00AM-12:00PM (Meet in the mini-park next to the parking lot)

Join us this Saturday as we work to keep the sea debris free. In partnership with the Herons Head Eco-Center we will be embracing coastal clean-up day! Bring the whole family for a FREE fun-filled day as we celebrate the first 6 years of the EcoCenter with cake, candles, and fun activities. Then walk on over to neighboring India Basin Shoreline Park to enjoy SF Recreation and Parks Department’s Mobile Rec with a rock climbing wall, skate park, kayaks, and more!

 

3rd Saturdays at McLaren Park!

Free Guided Trail Hike with Healthy Parks, Healthy People

McLaren Park at University & Mansell, (3rd Saturday of Every Month)

10:00AM-12:00PM (Meet by the McLaren Park sign)

Explore nature, enliven your spirit, and bring a smile to share with new friends! This activity is free, all-inclusive and requires no pre-registration.

Free Guided Walk around the Lake with Healthy Parks, Healthy People

Lake Merced Boathouse at 1 Harding Park Road (2nd Saturday of Month) 10:00AM-12:00PM (Meet in front of the Boathouse)

Join us for beginning Qigong and a stroll around the Lake.

Benefits include…

  • Loosens the Muscles and Builds Power
  • Helps Prevent Injury to Joints, Ligaments and Bones
  • Speeds Recovery Time from Injuries and Operations
  • Builds Athletic and Martial Arts Power
  • Eases Stress and Balances Emotions

 

 

This Saturday at Golden Gate Park!

Free Guided Walk in the Park with Healthy Parks, Healthy People

Stow Lake Boathouse (1st Saturday of Every Month)

10:00AM-12:00PM (Meet by the boat ramp)

It’s a fact: regular use and enjoyment of your local parks can improve your health! Our RPD guides will lead you in light stretching exercises and a stress-free walk around Stow Lake and then to the top of Strawberry Hill for scenic views and socializing. Join our all-inclusive event and receive a free water bottle!

 

For a more enjoyable walk, remember to dress comfortably, wear walking shoes, bring water and use sunscreen. Please check local weather forecasts – Trail Walks will be canceled due to rain or unsafe conditions. For more information check out sfrecpark.org/hphp

 

3-26-16 4th Saturdays at Herons Head

Free Guided Trail Walk with Healthy Parks, Healthy People

Herons Head Park, Jennings Street off Cargo Way, (4th Saturday of Month) 10:00AM-12:00PM (Meet in the mini-park next to the parking lot)

Explore nature, enliven your spirit, and increase your stamina in our parks. This walk takes place on the Bay trail, right on the San Francisco waterfront.  Enjoy some bird watching, stop by the adjacent EcoCenter for a free tour, and visit Bay Natives to feed some Goats!

 

This activity is free, all-inclusive and requires no pre-registration.

For a more enjoyable walk remember to dress comfortably, wear walking shoes, bring water and use sunscreen. Please check local weather forecasts – Trail Walks will be canceled due to rain or unsafe conditions.

 

3rd Saturdays at McLaren Park!

Free Guided Trail Hike with Healthy Parks, Healthy People

McLaren Park at University & Mansell, (3rd Saturday of Every Month)

10:00AM-12:00PM (Meet by the McLaren Park sign)

Explore nature, enliven your spirit, and bring a smile to share with new friends! This activity is free, all-inclusive and requires no pre-registration.

3-12-16 Saturday at Lake Merced is Postponed

2-27-16 4th Saturdays at Herons Head

Free Guided Trail Hike with Healthy Parks, Healthy People

Herons Head Park, Jennings Street off Cargo Way, (4th Saturday of Month) 10:00AM-12:00PM

Meet in the mini-park next to the parking lot.

Nature Walking!

Nature Walking!

Explore nature, enliven your spirit, and increase your stamina in our parks. This walk takes place on the Bay trail, right on the San Francisco waterfront. It is an excellent place for bird watching, and stop by the adjacent Eco Center when finished! This activity is free, all-inclusive and requires no pre-registration.

 

2-20-2016 3rd Saturdays at McLaren Park!

Free Guided Trail Hike with Healthy Parks, Healthy People

McLaren Park at University & Mansell, (3rd Saturday of Every Month)

10:00AM-12:00PM (Meet by the McLaren Park sign)

Explore nature, enliven your spirit, and bring a smile to share with new friends! This activity is free, all-inclusive and requires no pre-registration.

McLarencrew

 

2-13-2016 2nd Saturdays at Lake Merced!

Free Guided Walk and Qigong around at the Lake with Healthy Parks, Healthy People

Lake Merced Boathouse at 1 Harding Park Road (2nd Saturday of Every Month) 10:00AM-12:00PM

Give yourself a prescription for self-love this Valentines Day us for beginning qigong and a stroll around the Lake. Meet in front of the Lake Merced Boathouse, and let’s Get Out & Play! This activity is free, all-inclusive and requires no pre-registration.

In the News!

Golden Gate Park offers weekend relief from Super Bowl frenzy

 

2-6-2016 1st Saturdays at Golden Gate Park!

Free Guided Walk in the Park with Healthy Parks, Healthy People

Stow Lake Boathouse in Golden Gate Park (1st Saturday of Every Month) 10:00AM-12:00PM

Restore, renew and refresh with a free, guided walk in Golden Gate Park. Join us for a program that highlights views from Strawberry Hill, Huntington Falls, and much more! This activity is free, all-inclusive and requires no pre-registration.

Stow Lake Nature Walk

1-23-16 4th Saturdays at Herons Head
Free Guided Trail Hike with Healthy Parks, Healthy People

Walk A Wetland with Healthy Parks, Healthy People
Herons Head Park, Jennings Street off Cargo Way,
10:00AM-12:00PM

Join us on the Bay trail and enjoy the San Francisco waterfront while bird watching and socializing. We will end at the Herons Head EcoCenter to check out the Southeast Waterfront site design competition! Here we can see proposals for the future design of the combined San Francisco southeast waterfront sites of 900 Innes and India Basin Shoreline Park. View the Design Ideas Competition finalists' project proposals and even give your feedback! Competition partners will be on hand to answer questions.

For a more enjoyable walk remember to dress comfortably, wear walking shoes, bring water and use sunscreen. Please check local weather forecasts – Trail Walks will be canceled due to rain or unsafe conditions. For more information email lisa.mchenry@sfgov.org

 

Healthy Parks, Healthy People Hike at McLaren Park is cancelled due to rain. 

 

Healthy Parks, Healthy People Hike at Lake Merced

FREE! 2nd Saturday of every month

All-inclusive and no pre-registration required

Meet at 10:00 AM by the Lake Merced Boathouse

 

Free Guided Walk around Lake Merced

Lake Merced Boathouse at 1 Harding Park Road (2nd Saturday of Month) 10:00AM-12:00PM

Join us for a morning stretch and stroll. This 2-mile loop trail winds around San Francisco’s wetlands where we can view nesting bird species and native plants. Meet in front of the Lake Merced Boathouse, and let’s Get Out & Play!

Reach for the sky!

Reach for the sky!

Free Guided Walk in the Park with Healthy Parks, Healthy People

Stow Lake Boathouse in Golden Gate Park (1st Saturday of Every Month)

Meet by the dock at 10:00AM and Join us on this 2-mile loop trail around the lake, which features waterfalls, bird watching and a grand view from the top of Strawberry Hill.

3rd Saturdays at McLaren Park!

Free Guided Trail Walk with Healthy Parks, Healthy People

10:00AM, Meet at University & Mansell, by the McLaren Park sign.

This remarkable walk through San Francisco’s second largest park includes unique views and an opportunity to wander through groves of redwoods and cypress trees. Explore nature, enliven your spirit, and bring a smile to share with new friends! 

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Free Guided Walk around the Lake with Healthy Parks, Healthy People

Lake Merced Boathouse at 1 Harding Park Road (2nd Saturday of Month) 10:00AM-12:00PM

Join us for a stroll on this 2-mile loop trail and observe San Francisco’s wetlands. Nesting bird species and native plants. Meet in front of the Lake Merced Boathouse, and let’s Get Out & Play!

For a more enjoyable walk remember to dress comfortably, wear walking shoes, bring water and use sunscreen. Please check local weather forecasts – Trail Walks will be canceled due to rain or unsafe conditions. For more information email lisa.mchenry@sfgov.org

Making new Friends on the trail.

Making new Friends on the trail.

Choose your stride! We will now have more RPD Guides leading the walks so that we can accommodate your needs. Want to walk fast? No problem. Want to walk and gawk? We got you covered. Either way, LET'S GET OUT & PLAY!

Free walks 4 times a month!

Free walks 4 times a month!

Healthy Parks, Healthy People Hike in Golden Gate Park

FREE Saturday June 7th (no pre-registration required)

Meet at 10:00 AM by the Stow Lake Boathouse (next to the picnic tables by the dock)

It’s a fact: regular use and enjoyment of your local parks can improve your health!

Our RPD guides will lead you in light stretching exercises and a stress-free walk around Stow Lake and then to the top of Strawberry Hill for scenic views and socializing

The walking giggles

The walking giggles

For more information email lisa.mchenry@sfgov.org

Walk a Wetland:

Herons Head Park at Jennings Street off Cargo way, (Fourth Saturday of Month) 10:00am.

Admire the San Francisco waterfront as we follow a short section of the Bay Trail. This is a low impact walk designed for bird watching and socializing. Meet in the mini-park next to the parking lot. If taking public transportation take the muni 44 and get off at W Corner of Palou Ave & Keith St. Continue along Palou Ave. Turn right at Keith St. Turn left at Quesada Ave. Turn right at Jennings St.

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Free Guided Walk in the Park!

McLaren Park at University & Mansell (3rd Saturday Of Every Month!)

Walk a Trail! SF’s second largest park is filled with groves of trees and spectacular views. Meet by the McLaren park sign next to the 29 Muni bus stop.

McLarenFun

Free Guided Walk around the Lake!

Lake Merced Boathouse at 1 Harding Park Road (2nd Saturday of Month) 10:00AM

Make a date to explore nature, enliven your spirit, and increase your stamina in our parks. This 2-mile loop trail includes beautiful views of San Francisco’s wetlands providing opportunities to see nesting bird species and native plants .

Meet in front of the Lake Merced Boathouse and let’s Get Out & Play!

 

 

Next Walk Saturday October 3rd at Stow Lake in Golden Gate Park 10:00AM

Start your weekend off right with a leisurely walk around Stow Lake and up to Strawberry Hill. After the walk you can enjoy the free Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festivlal! See more information here, http://www.hardlystrictlybluegrass.com/2015/

Public transportation is encouraged.

Next Walk Saturday September 26th at Herons Head.

Herons Head Park, Jennings Street off Cargo Way, (4th Saturday of Month) 10:00AM-12:00PM

Meet in the mini-park and let’s Get Out & Play!

Healthy Parks, Healthy People in action.

Healthy Parks, Healthy People in action.

McLaren Park at University & Mansell (3rd Saturday of Month)

Walk a Trail! SF’s second largest park is filled with groves of trees and spectacular views. Meet by the McLaren park sign next to the 29 Muni bus stop.

 

Free Guided Walk At Lake Merced

Lake Merced Boathouse at 1 Harding Park Road (2nd Saturday of Month) 10:00AM-12:00PM

Explore nature, enliven your spirit, and increase your stamina in our parks. This 2-mile loop trail includes beautiful views of San Francisco’s wetlands providing opportunities to see nesting bird species and native plants just waiting to bloom. Meet in front of the Lake Merced Boathouse and let’s Get Out & Play!

 

 

Walk a Wetland!
Herons Head Park at Jennings Street off Cargo way, (Fourth Saturday of Month) 10:00am.

Admire the San Francisco waterfront as we follow a short section of the Bay Trail. This is a low impact walk designed for bird watching and socializing. Meet in the mini-park next to the parking lot. If taking public transportation take the muni 44 and get off at W Corner of Palou Ave & Keith St. Continue along Palou Ave. Turn right at Keith St. Turn left at Quesada Ave. Turn right at Jennings St.

 

Free Guided Trail Hike with Healthy Parks, Healthy People

McLaren Park at University & Mansell, (3rd Saturday of Month) 10:00AM-12:30PM

Explore nature, enliven your spirit, and bring a poem to share with new friends. The hike starts with light stretching, followed by a guided walk through groves of redwoods and cypress trees. Meet by the McLaren Park sign and let’s Get Out & Play!

8-8-15 Free Guided Walk around the Lake with Healthy Parks, Healthy People

Lake Merced Boathouse at 1 Harding Park Road (2nd Saturday of Month) 10:00AM-12:00PM

Get outdoors for a day filled with fresh air and healthy, friendly fun! This 2-mile loop trail includes beautiful views of San Francisco’s wetlands providing opportunities to see nesting bird species and native plants just waiting to bloom. Meet in front of the Lake Merced Boathouse and let’s Get Out & Play!

For a more enjoyable walk remember to dress comfortably, wear walking shoes, bring water and use sunscreen. Please check local weather forecasts – Trail Walks will be canceled due to rain or unsafe conditions. For more information email lisa.mchenry@sfgov.org

 

8-1-15 1st Saturday at Golden Gate Park!

Free Guided Walk in the Park with Healthy Parks, Healthy People

Stow Lake Boathouse in Golden Gate Park (1st Saturday of Every Month) 10:00AM-12:00PM

Join Recreation staff for free, fun and all-inclusive nature hikes! We will start with energizing stretches to warm-up the body and a short feature on the health benefits of nature. You can participate for all or just a portion of the hike, increasing your distance as stamina improves. This activity is perfect for those that want an introduction to hiking or an excuse to get back into it. Meet other like-minded hikers while staying healthy in our parks!

FREE WATER BOTTLE DAY (while they last)!

Next Walk Saturday July 25th, 10:00AM at Heron's Head Park.

I am thrilled to announce that our good friend, Susie Wasserstrom, Manager for the Eco-Center will indulge us in a Plankton Tow! We will collect a water sample at the end of the walk then walk back to the EcoCenter and observe our sample with microscopes. Very Cool! Also, everybody that participates will receive FREE gift. Please tell your friends and let’s Get Out & Play!

Meet in the mini-park next to the parking lot. If taking public transportation take the muni 44 and get off at W Corner of Palou Ave & Keith St. Continue along Palou Ave. Turn right at Keith St. Turn left at Quesada Ave. Turn right at Jennings St.

 

Healthy Parks, Healthy People Trail Walks – McLaren Park
July 18 @ 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

Walk a Trail:
McLaren Park at University & Mansell, next to the sign (Third Saturday of Month) 10:00am.

Join us for a walk through McLaren Park, San Francisco’s second largest park. The walk starts with light stretching, followed by a guided walk through groves of redwoods and cypress trees. This walk is moderately strenuous yet all will be rewarded with an amazing view of San Francisco. Meet by the McLaren Park sign next to the 29 Muni bus stop at University & Mansell.

Recreation Leaders:
Our professional RPD Guides will provide a short interpretive program designed specifically for each location. The staff will have first aid equipment and are certified in CPR. Please bring water, wear a hat, and always use plenty of sunscreen.

Please check local weather forecasts – Trail Walks will be canceled due to rain or unsafe conditions. For more information email lisa.mchenry@sfgov.org

 

Free Guided Walk at Lake Merced with Healthy Parks, Healthy People

Meet at Lake Merced Boathouse at 1 Harding Park Road

(Every 2nd Saturday of Month) 10:00AM-12:00PM

Enjoy your summer! Explore nature, enliven your spirit, and increase your stamina in our parks. This 2-mile loop trail includes beautiful views of San Francisco’s wetlands providing opportunities to see nesting bird species and native plants just waiting to bloom.

Benefits Include...

➢ Helps maintain healthy bones, muscles, and joints

➢ Introduces neighbors to each other

➢ Provides opportunities for physical activity

➢ Can reduce blood pressure in some people with  hypertension

➢ Improves the mood and reduces symptoms of anxiety and depression

For a more enjoyable walk remember to dress comfortably, wear walking shoes, bring water and use sunscreen. Please check local weather forecasts – Trail Walks will be canceled due to rain or unsafe conditions. For more information email lisa.mchenry@sfgov.org