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

Rec and Park Issues Second Round of COF to Better SF Neighborhoods and Parks

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, neighborhood groups, and park advocates to initiate capital improvements in their parks by matching public funding with other private gifts and grants.  And a Selection Committee includes community park advocates who would evaluate each project proposals and determine which projects warrant the fund.

In addition, RPD staff in partnership with the Parks Alliance to co-host Applicant Workshops to reach out to communities and help applicants with the application process.

In the second round of selection, neighborhood projects from eight of eleven supervisorial districts submitted applications.  In total, 60 new individuals attended COF Applicant Workshops in addition to several returning attendees from round one.

Projects that were recommended for award by the Selection Committee were the following:

  • Balboa Park Skate Park $248,239: Proposes to convert a 10,000 under-used area ofBalboaPark into a community skate park championed by neighborhood parents.
  • Boeddeker Park Fitness Areas $209,274: Proposal includes a multi-use hard court, Tai Chi patio, and outdoor adult fitness equipment area.
  • Duboce Park Youth Play Area $114,262: Proposal for a youth play area in a vacant area ofDubocePark.
  • GGP – SF Lawn Bowling Club $171,702: Proposal for a renovation, including accessibility upgrades, of Green #1.
  • Lincoln Park Steps $183,103: Proposal is part of an ongoing beautification project that includes renovation of the steps at theCalifornia Street entrance to the park.
  • Minnie and Lovie Ward Park Dance Floor $39,885: Proposes a renovated dance floor for dance classes and recreation classes.
  • Muriel Leff Park Pathway $7,000: Proposal is for an important path connection in an underutilized area of the park.
  • Noe Courts Overall Park Improvements $210,712: Proposal seeks to improve lawn drainage and add seating and a community gathering space.
  • Upper Douglass Dog Park $136,171: Proposes irrigation, drainage, and turf improvements.
  • Jose Coronado Playground $6,500: Proposal is for a new playground gate and sign to make the playground safer and more child-friendly.

During the second round of selection, RPD received 22 applications totaling $3.1 million in requests for this $1.25 million round. Given the high quality of applications, the Selection Committee was recommending at total award of $1,326,848.  These projects represented a total dollar and volunteer match commitment of $13,403,189, a leverage of more than 1000% of the funding to be provided by RPD.

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