SF Rec and Park Announces Failing Playgrounds Task Force Progress

SF Rec and Park Announces Failing Playgrounds Task Force Progress

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today that the Failing Playgrounds Task Force has been making progress in identify criteria for failing playgrounds and making recommendations to the Recreation and Park Commission on children play areas that are priorities for renovation in accordance with the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond. The Parks Bond has included $15.5 million Failing Playgrounds Program that will renovate, replace and remediate dilapidated playgrounds throughout the City. The Task Force is currently reviewing and studying the current state of playgrounds in San Francisco, later will refine the criteria for prioritizing playgrounds for rehabilitation stated in the 2012 Parks Bond. The Task Force will also create a tiered, rank ordered list of which playgrounds should receive priority for rehabilitation. Finally, the Task Force will host a civic forum to collect community input on what elements and experiences the City’s playgrounds should include.

“One of the SF Rec and Park’s missions is to helping children and families thrive in San Francisco and we know having clean and safe play areas is a great way to do so,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “Our park system has over 170 children’s play areas throughout the City, serving a variety of children’s age groups, and we are excited to work closely with the Task Force to accomplish this mission.”

The members of the Task Force are as follow: Eric McDonnell, SF Rec and Park Commissioner; Rob Connelly, President of Boys and Girls Clubs of San Francisco; Katie Albright, Executive Director of Child Abuse Prevention Center; Mario Paz, Executive Director of Good Samaritan Family Resource Center; Dawn Kamalanathan, Director of Planning and Capital Improvement for SF Rec and Park Department; Michelle Parker, Vice President of Communications of Parent Teacher Association; Albert Ko, State and District Parent Teacher Association and Department of Public Works; Lee Anne Weldon, Council Member of SF Parks Alliance Policy Council; Julia Brashares, Director of Street Parks for SF Parks Alliance; Alejandra Chiesa, Project Manager of The Trust for Public Land; Chelsea Boilard, Director of Programs for Coleman Advocates; Anthony Cuadro, PROSAC D7 Representative; Mark Scheuer, PROSAC D8 Representative; Doreen Pacini, GreenAgers Alumuna, Youth Representative.

SF Rec and Park, in partnership with SF Parks Alliance, are hosting the Failing Playgrounds Task Force in San Francisco City Hall. The regular meetings are open to the public and public comment is allowed. The agenda are posted on the Rec and Park website here: http://sfrecpark.org/project/failing-playgrounds-2012-bond/.

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