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 sun protection.

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

For more information email lisa.mchenry@sfgov.org

HPHP Park Programs!

We invite you to join us for Park Prescription Day, a FREE celebration on Crissy Field in front of the Crissy Field Center. There will be fun activities for all ages and abilities, so bring the whole family! There will be over 20 local organizations hosting games, giveaways, and program information at their booths, such as:

  • Health screenings
  • Face painting
  • Public transit to park information
  • Healthy eating tips
  • Agility Courses

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Healthy Parks, Healthy People trail walks – McLaren Park

Dec 16, 2017

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 … Continue reading

Workreation Summer Job Application Assistance

Dec 19, 2017
women Face Painting a little boy like a lion!

For students who need support and assistance with completing and submitting a job application for the 9910 Workreation Summer 2018 position, help is available at these sites: Contact the sites directly to … Continue reading

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

Dec 23, 2017
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

Workreation Summer Job Application Assistance

Dec 23, 2017
women Face Painting a little boy like a lion!

For students who need support and assistance with completing and submitting a job application for the 9910 Workreation Summer 2018 position, help is available at these sites: Contact the sites directly to … Continue reading

Healthy Parks Healthy People trail walks – Stow Lake

Jan 6, 2018
A group of hikers listening to a guide

Walk in the Park: Stow Lake Boathouse in Golden Gate Park (First Saturday of Month) 10:00am. Start at the Stow Lake Boathouse for some light stretching followed by an easy-going walk around … Continue reading

Workreation Summer Job Application Assistance

Jan 6, 2018
women Face Painting a little boy like a lion!

For students who need support and assistance with completing and submitting a job application for the 9910 Workreation Summer 2018 position, help is available at these sites: Contact the sites directly to … Continue reading

Workreation Summer Job Application Assistance

Jan 11, 2018
women Face Painting a little boy like a lion!

For students who need support and assistance with completing and submitting a job application for the 9910 Workreation Summer 2018 position, help is available at these sites: Contact the sites directly to … Continue reading

Healthy Parks, Healthy People trail walks – Lake Merced

Jan 13, 2018
Girl picking a dandelion

Walk around a Lake: Lake Merced Boathouse at 1 Harding Park Road (Second Saturday of Month) 10:00am. This loop trail includes beautiful views of San Francisco’s wetlands providing opportunities to see bird … Continue reading

Lisa McHenry, B.S 

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.

Charley GauxDown

Charley discovered his love of the outdoors growing up in Yosemite and backpacking through the Sierra's. Once in San Francisco he found his way to the burlesque stage with his troupe The Bohemian Brethren. With a creative mind and a smile, he will take you on a relaxing adventure through our glorious city parks.

Charley flying the PACE flag at HPHP.

Charley GauxDown celebrating PACE with HPHP.

Evanthia Skalkos

Greetings! My name is Evanthia Skalkos and I have lived in the Bay Area for the past 10 years. My love of nature and the outdoors started at a young age with my family spending time hiking, camping and road-tripping all over New England (weather-permitting, of course!). It has been such a joy moving to a place that allows for outdoor exploration year round. My travels have taken me up and down the 1, to Yosemite, Lassen, Tahoe, Death Valley and beyond. I look forward to exploring our backyard together, to discovering all that San Francisco has to offer.

Evan

Evan flying high with Healthy Parks Healthy People.

We are committed to bringing you consistent programming. However the following walks will be cancelled for holidays so that our staff can enjoy time with Friends and Family.

November 11, 2017, Veterans day

November 25, 2017, Thanksgiving

December 23, 2017, Christmas

Happy Holidays!

HPHP wins!

HPHP Innovation Award

 

 

Our Lake Merced walk for Saturday April 8th is cancelled due to rain.

April Flowers Clipart

HPHP walk on 3/4/17 at Stow Lake is cancelled due to rain.

Unplug and Hike with Rec and Park Saturday, March 4th             

SF Rec & Park, Healthy Parks, Healthy People Bay Area, and Reboot are teaming up to bring the National Day of Unplugging to San Francisco! For more about National Day of Unplugging, visit http://nationaldayofunplugging.com/for-families/

Meet at the Stow Lake Boathouse in Golden gate Park, 10:00am

Join our RPD Guides and experience nature without digital distractions for The National Day of Unplugging! This is an ongoing effort to encourage people to bring balance into their use of technology by reflecting on their use and taking a regular tech break. Participants will receive a free ‘Cell Phone Sleeping Bag’ in which to place their digital devices, thus ‘Unplugging’ for a day!

HPHP walk on 1/7/17 will be cancelled due to rain.

Happy New Year!

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HPHP walk on 10/15/16 will be cancelled due to rain.

RPD and Healthy Parks, Healthy People are committed to bringing you consistent programming. However the following walks will be cancelled for holidays so that our staff can enjoy time with Friends and Family.

November 26, 2016

December 24, 2016

December 31, 2016

Happy Holidays!

Enjoy the journey.

Enjoy the journey.

 

Take a look at our previous programs!

4th Saturdays at Herons Head!
Free Guided Trail Hike with Healthy Parks, Healthy PeopleHerons Head Park, Jennings Street off Cargo Way
10:00AM-12:00PM (Meet in the mini park)

Herons Head Park

A Beautiful Bay Day!

 

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7-2-2016 NO WALK. HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!

Healthy Parks Healthy People will return July 11th at Lake Merced.

HPHP,Grace at Herons Head

Thank you, Grace for this amazing hand drawing from Heron's Head. You are incredibly talented and it was a joy walking with you. Hope to see you again soon at Healthy Parks Healthy People!

 

 

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

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)

Everybody's Welcome!

Balance beam

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!

 

 

 

3-12-16 Saturday at Lake Merced is Postponed

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.

3rd Saturdays at McLaren Park!

 

McLarencrew

 

In the News!

Golden Gate Park offers weekend relief from Super Bowl frenzy

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

 

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 Trail Walk with Healthy Parks, Healthy People Explore nature, enliven your spirit, and bring a smile to share with new friends! 

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Healthy Parks, Healthy People!

 

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

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

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.

HeronsHeadGang2015

Free Guided Walk in the Park!

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

McLarenFun

 

 

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

Healthy Parks, Healthy People in action.

Healthy Parks, Healthy People in action.

FREE WATER BOTTLE DAY (while they last)!