SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is celebrating July — the National Recreation and Park Month – with a month of special events and activities. Since 1985, America has celebrated July as the nation’s official Park and Recreation Month. While there are scores of events, highlights include: FREE admission to the Japanese Tea Garden on July 22, Flower Piano performances at the Botanical Garden (through July 17), the Baseball for All girls tournament, and the San Francisco Marathon. SF Rec & Park will also be hosting two ribbon cuttings — One for the new Beacon Trail which connects Walter Haas Park and Billy Goat Hill (July 14) and one for the installation of the all new “doggie turf” at Lafayette Dog Park (July 26).
The Street Soccer USA Cup will take place in Union Square next weekend. Street Soccer USA (SSUSA) brings sports to all — by building fields, providing coaching and training, as well as education and employment programs to at-risk youth and homeless adults. SF Rec & Park has been partnering with SSUSA for several years as part of our effort to leverage public resources for social good. Also next weekend (Saturday), Mayor Ed Lee will host the 3-on-3 Youth Hoops Tournament Finals at Kezar Pavillion.
“While it is important to celebrate and enjoy our parks every month, July is a time to reflect and remind all of us that we need to get out and play,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec & Park General Manager. “From the Stern Grove Festival to the Baseball for All Tournament, to the San Francisco Summer Pro-Am at Kezar Pavilion, to the succulent exhibit at the Conservatory of Flowers and the LGBTQ Chronicled exhibit at the Harvey Milk Photo Center, there is something for everyone in July.”
For a complete list of events and fun activities during National Recreation and Park Month, please visit: http://sfrecpark.org/july-is-national-park-and-recreation-month-2/