SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will celebrate the newly improved McLaren Park Trails with the McLaren Park Collaborative on Saturday, November 15th at the Persia Avenue entrance to McLaren Park. The ceremony begins at 10am and will include a speeches and volunteer planting event.
“This is a significant investment we should be very proud of,” said District 10 Supervisor Malia Cohen. “We are committed to making McLaren Park a world-class facility. Our community deserves these improvements, ones that will expand access and allow more people to experience McLaren Park..”
The improvements realigned a steep trail segment just south of Mansell Street leading to the magnificent vista point at McLaren Park overlooking Bernal Heights and downtown San Francisco. The realignment improved public access and pedestrian safety. Further improvements were made at the Campbell Avenue, Visitacion Avenue, Fire Road, and Persia Avenue entrances to the park. Trailside vegetation was restored to control erosion and improve habitat value, and three new entrance signs were installed.
“McLaren Park is an urban treasure with urban trails, significant wildlife and sensitive habitat,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “By managing our natural areas, and protecting our environment, we are building a greener and healthier City for many generations to come.”
These projects constitute over $300,000 in improvements were funded by Trails Improvement Program of the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond and more than $174,000 grant funds from the Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF). The projects were further supported by a variety of volunteers including Volunteers for Outdoor California, which provided a value estimate of more than $113,000.
According to American Hiking Society, the Nation has 200,000 miles of trails that allow public access to the natural world for recreation, education, exploration, solitude, inspiration, and much more. Trails provide the public good physical and mental health by offering the opportunity to breathe fresh air, get the heart pumping, and escape from stresses.
San Francisco’s natural areas contain almost 30 miles of urban trails, but many were in poor shape, difficult to access, uneven, steep, and prone to erosion so with the support from San Francisco voters, the Department has been able to invest in making improvements to the City’s urban trails. By constructing and improve these urban trails, SF Rec and Park’s Volunteer Services and Natural Areas Program create many trail connections that would establish regional trails so San Francisco residents and visitors can safely experience miles of uninterrupted open space throughout the City. Total of $9 million has been dedicated to citywide trails improvements funded by the 2008 and 2012 Parks Bond.
The Natural Areas Program and Volunteer Services Program are part of San Francisco Rec and Park’s efforts to preserve natural resources, restore wild habitat, as well as develops community stewardship. For more information about Natural Areas Program and Volunteer Services, please visit: www.sfrecpark.org.