SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation & Park Department is proud to participate in and promote the MLK Day of Service in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who committed his life to creating beloved communities. The Recreation & Park Department are coordinating four events that celebrate and honor this legacy. In 2016, SF Rec & Park supported more than 180,000 hours of volunteer service to San Francisco parks and recreation centers citywide.
After a long struggle, legislation was signed in 1983 creating a federal holiday marking the birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. In 1994, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. Federal Holiday as a national day of service. Taking place each year on the third Monday in January, the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a “day on, not a day off.”
“San Francisco’s volunteers are essential to the work we do throughout the year, but this weekend in particular, we honor Dr. King’s legacy by improving our neighborhoods,” said Kimberly Kiefer, SF Rec & Park’s director of volunteer services. “I want to thank all of the volunteers who have committed time and resources to improve our parks and rec centers.”
SF Rec & Park Events for MLK Day of Service:
- Youngblood Coleman Park, January 14, 9a.m. – 12p.m.
In partnership with Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco, the Bayview YMCA, and Parks 94124, SF Rec & Park will host a Healthy Community Day and Park Beautification event at Youngblood Coleman Park in San Francisco’s Bayview Neighborhood. This annual event organizes 100 volunteers to spend the morning making critical improvements to the park. Habitat Greater San Francisco’s Neighborhood Revitalization program aims to extend the work of Habitat for Humanity into the neighborhoods where it builds – beautifying parks, renovating community assets like schools and community centers and delivering critical home repairs to improve the health, safety and well-being of residents on a large scale. Volunteers will participate in a fitness warmup led by YMCA fitness instructors, then spent the rest of the morning laying mulch and making other improvements to the park. Community members will then walk to the Bayview YMCA to join the MLK community march which will conclude at MLK Pool.
- MLK Pool, January 14, 10:30a.m.
SF Rec & Park will join the Bayview community in marching from the Bayview Opera House to MLK Pool where, beginning at 10:30a.m., families will celebrate with speeches, live entertainment, raffle prizes, and a free family swim (@ 3p.m.).
- Adam Rogers Community Garden, January 14, 1:30p.m. – 3:30p.m.
Volunteers from the community, in partnership with Hunters’ Point Family, will remove debris including old garden equipment and trash as well as weed and beautify the area. SF Rec & Park is seeking more volunteers to join the fun and BBQ after the afternoon of service is complete. For more information or to RSVP please email firstname.lastname@example.org
- Ocean Beach, January 16, 10a.m. – 12p.m.
SF Rec & Park will lead 70 volunteers in an Ocean Beach cleanup near the Noriega Stairwell. An additional 250 volunteers will support the beach cleanup at Stairwell #17 through the GGNRA.