McLaren Park Playground & Group Picnic Area

McLaren Picnic AreaProject Scope

The proposed project includes restoring a children’s playground at the Group Picnic site and removing the old sand areas. The new playground will be situated between the two picnic areas to capitalize on the park’s hilly topography. A slide will descend from the top of the playground towards the central lawn. Natural elements such as boulders, timbers, and native plantings will be incorporated. A large net structure will climb the playground and allow children amazing views of the City. 

Additional Improvements

There will be additional improvements to the overall site including upgrades to the picnic areas, pathways, and lawn as well as the addition of a loading zone. We are excited to announce that Rec and Park will be adding a permanent restroom to the location with the porta-potty.

Proposed Budget

The Playground and Picnic Area Renovation project is funded by the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond and has a total budget of $3.6 Million. The restroom project (PDF) is also funded by the 2012 Parks Bond and has a total budget of $1.7 million.

Proposed Schedule

The Playground and Picnic Area Renovation construction have begun!


The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is pleased to announce the McLaren Park Playground and Group Picnic Renovation Project, funded by the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond. This project is part of the overall McLaren Park Planning Process. Additionally, the renovation of the children’s playground is part of Let’sPlaySF! Initiative, a partnership between the Recreation and Park Department and the San Francisco Parks Alliance, seeks to inspire creativity and play throughout the City. In the coming years, 13 playgrounds prioritized for improvement by a citizen task force will be reimagined and redesigned for this and future generations of San Francisco’s children.

Site Description

The Group Picnic Area is located off of John F. Shelley Drive within John McLaren Park. The closest cross street is Cambridge Street. The site features two reservable picnic areas with tables, counters, and BBQs. There are two former playground areas (currently only sand pits remain) on either side of Shelley Drive.

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  1. Capital Project Update

    McLaren Group Picnic Area and Playground Project Update 9/18!

    Hi folks- We have completed installing the new table tops and barbecues. . . Read on...
  2. Capital Project Update

    McLaren Group Picnic Area and Playground Project Update 8/21!

    Hi all- We are close to wrapping up work at the new Redwood Grove Playground! Read on...
  3. Capital Project Update

    McLaren Group Picnic and Playground Project Update 7/27!

    We are continuing to finalize the entrance area at the new playground and restroom. Read on...
  4. Capital Project Update

    McLaren Group Picnic and Playground Project Update 6/25!

    Hi everyone, the construction team has been working hard at McLaren. Read on...
  5. Capital Project Update
  6. Capital Project Update

    McLaren Park Group Picnic and Playground Construction Update 3/24

    Work on public projects such as this one is continuing at this time. Read on...
  7. Capital Project Update


    Work is continuing on-site with the installation of the new pathways which connect to the playground and the picnic areas Read on...
  8. Capital Project Update


    The contractor continues to make progress on-site. The boulders are in and they are currently working on Read on...
  9. Capital Project Update


    We have exciting updates. The playground tower has been installed and the contractor is working on installing the other elements including the slides, logs, and nets. Read on...
  10. Capital Project Update


    Work is continuing at the Group Picnic Area. The curb walls are being finished this week and the play equipment footings will start to be poured. Read on...
  11. Capital Project Update


    We have exciting news to share. Earlier this month, the Rec Park Commission approved increasing the construction contract amount Read on...
  1. Alexis Ward

    Project Manager
    Phone: 1-628-652-6641