Let’sPlaySF! Initiative (2012 Bond)

BackgroundStacked box climbing structure with slide, swings, play structures, stacked donor blocks

Let’sPlaySF! has its origins in the $195 million San Francisco Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks General Obligation Bond approved by 71.6% of voters in November 2012. The Bond allocated $15.5 million to renovate dilapidated playgrounds through the City.

In 2014, the Recreation and Park Commission appointed a Citizen Task Force to determine which playgrounds were most in need of renovation. The Task Force prioritized six Tier 1 and seven Tier 2 playgrounds for renovation based on four criteria: (1) the presence of Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA) Pressure Treated Wood, (2) low Household Median Income, (3) high Youth Density and (4) low Parks Alliance Playground Report Card Grades.

In December 2014, the Recreation and Park Commission unanimously adopted the list recommended by the Task Force, of which the Department committed to renovate all six Tier 1 playgrounds and to renovate some or all Tier 2 playgrounds provided if additional funding were procured. In the wake of that determination, the Department and the Parks Alliance decided to partner on Let’sPlaySF!, a capital campaign dedicated to raising sufficient funds to ensure that all 13 playgrounds can be reimagined for San Francisco’s children. The Parks Alliance Board voted in December 2015 to undertake the campaign and in December of 2016, the Commission approved a MOU between the Parks Alliance and the Department to partner on the project and recommended that the Board of Supervisors accept up to $15 million from the Parks Alliance for the project.

Program Status

The initiative has fully completed 9 of the 13 playgrounds and are open to the public. Of the four remaining playground, Herz Playground is currently in construction. Stern Grove and Richmond are preparing for construction later in 2023. Buchanan Mall Playground has been incorporated into a larger renovation of the park and is currently in design phase. For status updates on the individual sites, click on a project.

Status of Tier 1 SitesAll Tier 1 Sties are completed and open to the public.Red play structure, blue play surface, silver metal picnic tables, pink painted flower

Status of Tier 2 Sites:

For more background and to donate through our partner, visit San Francisco Parks Alliance.


Project Updates

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  1. Capital Project Update

    Richmond Playground | Construction update January 2024

    Since our last update at the end of November, construction work is making good progress. We’ve kicked off demolition, abatement, and renovation work on the restroom. Most of the old sand has been removed from the play area, and the site is being prepped Read on...
  2. Capital Project Update

    Richmond Playground | Construction update, Nov-Dec 2023 | Richmond Playground Renovation Begins!

    We're excited to share that the Richmond Playground renovation has begun! The project will include new furnishings, upgrades to the Read on...
  3. Capital Project Update

    Stern Grove Playground Renovation | Project update, November 2023

    Construction is estimated to start by mid-2024. We are working now to finalize our Read on...
  4. Capital Project Update

    Richmond Playground | Construction update October 2023

    We issued the Notice to Proceed (NTP) to our contractor and you should expect to see construction mobilization on-site starting in December or January. Once construction starts, there will be Read on...
  5. Capital Project Update

    Richmond Playground | Project update July 2023

    We’re excited to share that a construction contract award for the Richmond Playground was approved by Rec and Park Commission on July 20! Read on...
  6. Herz Groundbreaking

    SF City leaders, families celebrate groundbreaking of improvement project at Herz Playground

    The Recreation & Park Department broke ground on renovations at Herz Playground in Visitacion Valley on Monday as part of the Let’sPlaySF! initiative that is delivering creative play spaces to children across San Francisco. Read on...
  7. Juri Commons Ribbon Cut

    Juri Commons Park Reopens Following Renovation

    Juri Commons reopened following a $1.9 million renovation honoring the Mission District park’s railroad history, featuring a redesign with new plantings, an improved play space for children, grass for dogs, & an adult exercise area with fitness equipment. Read on...
  8. Capital Project Update

    Buchanan Street Mall | 2023: Community Building Before Park Building

    Tremendous thanks to everyone who has participated in community gatherings, events, focus groups, and surveys in 2023! The Fillmore Community showed up, shared honestly and Read on...
  9. Capital Project Update

    Buchanan Street Mall | End-of-year Community Gathering, Thursday, December 14

    In 2023 Rec and Park and core partners hosted twelve gatherings in the Fillmore Community, with a focus on community-building, equity, and healing. The Park Improvement Equity Action Initiative has led to the development of Read on...
  10. Capital Project Update

    Buchanan Street Mall | Project update October 2023

    Design continues to progress, and—though there is a slight delay due to utility conflicts—park renovations are still planned to begin early summer 2024 and complete in Read on...
  11. Capital Project Update

    Buchanan Street Mall | Memory Walk design reviews + workforce development meetings this week!

    This is a full week for the Buchanan Street Mall Renovations project! The Buchanan Street Mall project team is seeking San Francisco Arts Commission Civic Design Review committee approval on the Read on...
  12. Capital Project Update

    Last call for the Buchanan Mall Memory Walk survey!

    If you haven’t yet, please take 10 minutes to complete the survey before 5pm on this Thursday, 8/10/2023! Read on...
  13. Capital Project Update

    Buchanan Street Mall Renovations | Healing circles and Memory Walk design

    Thanks to everyone who is showing up and participating in summer healing circles. Community gatherings continue every other Read on...
  14. Capital Project Update

    Buchanan Street Mall Renovations | Join us for Summer Community Gatherings in June, July, and August

    Join neighbors and facilitators to continue conversations on healing and transformation in our community Read on...
  15. Capital Project Update

    Buchanan Street Mall Renovations | Summer Community Gatherings, June-August

    Join neighbors and facilitators to continue conversations on healing and transformation in our community Read on...
  16. Capital Project Update

    Buchanan Street Mall | May Community Gatherings focus on the Memory Walk

    Thanks to everyone who has participated in healing circles over the past several weeks as part of the Buchanan Street Mall Equity Action Initiative Read on...
  17. Capital Project Update

    UPDATED! - Buchanan Mall Equity in Action April Gatherings

    Community gathering scheduled for April 5 is now cancelled. Please join us for the next meeting, scheduled for April 19. Be a part of the Read on...
  18. Capital Project Update

    Buchanan Mall Equity in Action April Gatherings!

    Join our April Equity in Action gatherings Read on...
  19. Capital Project Update

    Community Gathering on March 22 | Buchanan Street Mall – Park Improvement Equity Action Initiative

    Join Us for the Next Community Healing Circle. Help shape the future of Buchanan Street Mall Read on...
  20. Capital Project Update

    Buchanan Street Mall – Park Improvement Equity Action Initiative: First Community Gathering on 3/15

    Help shape the future of the Fillmore! Your participation is key for redesigning Buchanan Street Mall Read on...
  21. Capital Project Update

    LOCATION CHANGE FOR BUCHANAN STREET MALL MEETING THIS EVENING.

    LOCATION CHANGE FOR BUCHANAN STREET MALL MEETING THIS EVENING. . . . Read on...
  22. Capital Project Update

    Memory Walk Design at Buchanan Street Mall - Community Meeting

    Core to the community-driven redesign of Buchanan Street Mall, the Memory Walk is envisioned to physically connect all five blocks of the park . . . Read on...
  23. Capital Project Update

    Buchanan Mall stage preview and last call for the Phase 1 design refinement survey!

    Design is progressing for the stage on the McAllister to Fulton block, thanks to the thoughtful input input provided by local performing art stakeholders Read on...
  24. Capital Project Update

    Buchanan Street Mall Phase 1 – Community Meeting on 2/24/2022

    It’s time to CELEBRATE! For seven years, the Western Addition community has dreamed about what Buchanan Mall could become with the right vision and resources. Those dreams are coming true! Read on...
  25. Capital Project Update

    Buchanan Mall, Turk – Golden Gate at SFAC Civic Design Review Monday 9/20

    After almost seven years of community-driven engagement and visioning, SF Rec and Parks is thrilled to be moving forward with a clear schedule for . . . Read on...
  26. Capital Project Update

    Design continues and additional funding received for Buchanan Street Mall!

    Thanks to the 174 people who participated in the survey to refine the design of Buchanan Street Mall, Turk – Golden Gate block. . . Read on...
  27. Capital Project Update

    Complete the survey to refine the design of an all-ages play area in Buchanan Street Mall

    Thanks to everyone who participated in the Virtual Community Meeting . . . Read on...
  28. Capital Project Update

    BUCHANAN STREET MALL FINAL CONCEPTUAL DESIGN COMPLETE!

    The Fillmore community has been reimagining Buchanan Street Mall since late 2014, to design a safer more inclusive neighborhood space Read on...
  29. Capital Project Update

    Richmond Playground | Construction update September 2023

    Construction work for Richmond Playground will begin soon and includes a complete renovation of the children’s play area with new Read on...
  30. Capital Project Update

    Richmond Playground | Project update June 2023

    We’re looking forward to starting construction at Richmond Playground later this year. The project will feature a complete renovation of Read on...
  31. Capital Project Update

    Richmond Playground Construction Update 8/17.

    We’re almost at 100% completion of the construction drawings . . . Read on...
  32. Capital Project Update

    Richmond Playground Project Update April 2022

    Richmond Playground is moving forward! Read on...
  33. Capital Project Update

    Richmond Playground Project Update 8/20!

    Design work for the Richmond Playground renovation has resumed! Read on...
  34. Capital Project Update

    Richmond Playground Project Update 4/26!!

    Design work on the Richmond Playground renovation is temporarily halted but we are hopeful that the project can resume shortly . . . Read on...
  35. Capital Project Update

    Richmond playground Project Update 2/9!

    The concept design for Richmond Playground is complete! Read on...
  36. Capital Project Update

    Richmond Playground Concept Design Moving Forward 9/21!

    Thank you so much to all who attended the third and final community workshop and to all who have contributed feedback along the way. . . Read on...
  37. Capital Project Update

    Join us to discuss the final concept design for Richmond Playground!

    Please join us for a final community meeting to celebrate and discuss the final concept design for the upcoming renovation . . . Read on...
  38. Capital Project Update

    Richmond Playground Open House and Design Workshop

    Give your input on concept designs for the upcoming renovation of the play area at Richmond Playground Read on...
  39. Capital Project Update

    Richmond Playground Open House- Thank You!

    We had a wonderful Public Open House on November 2nd! About 50 people stopped by on a sunny Saturday morning to participate in the project Read on...
  40. Capital Project Update

    Richmond Playground Open House

    Recreation and Parks hosted an Open House in November 2019 regarding the upcoming renovation of the play area at Richmond Playground Read on...
  41. Capital Project Update

    Stern Grove Playground Renovation | Project update, January 2024

    We are excited to announce that we received three bids from prospective contractors for the Stern Grove Playground Renovation! We are currently evaluating the bids and we will Read on...
  42. Capital Project Update

    Stern Grove Playground Renovation | Project update, December 2023

    We have officially published the bid documents for the Stern Grove Playground Renovation. We held an on-site meeting with Read on...
  43. Capital Project Update

    Stern Grove Playground Renovation | March 2023 update

    As a quick update on the Stern Grove Playground Renovation, we are making some refinements to the final concept design, while continuing regulatory and construction bid preparation Read on...
  44. Capital Project Update

    Stern Grove Playground Renovation | February 2023 update

    We are wrapping up our construction documentation for the playground renovation at Stern Grove... Read on...
  45. Capital Project Update

    Stern Grove Playground Virtual Community Meeting #3 12/14 at 5pm!

    Join us for the third community meeting for the Stern Grove Playground Renovation Project. . . Read on...
  46. Capital Project Update

    Stern Grove Playground Virtual Community Meeting #2 (7/21 at 5pm)

    Join us for the second community meeting for the Stern Grove Playground Renovation Project. . . Read on...
  47. Capital Project Update

    POSTPONED - Stern Grove Virtual Community Meeting 3/25 at 5 pm!

    Join us for the second community meeting for . . . Read on...
  48. Capital Project Update

    Stern Grove Virtual Community Meeting 2/18 at 5 pm!

    We hope you can join us for the first of many virtual meetings to discuss the renovation of the playground at Stern Grove. . . Read on...
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