West Portal Playground Renovation Project

The Playground opened to the public on October 14th, 2020!Purple dragon head play structure with red tongue slide rainbow safety surfacing


The renovation of West Portal Playground was part of the Let’sPlaySF! Initiative, a partnership between the Recreation and Park Department and the San Francisco Parks Alliance that seeks to inspire creativity and play throughout the City. 13 playgrounds prioritized for improvement by a citizen task force are in the process of being reimagined and redesigned for this and future generations of San Francisco’s children.

Friends of West Portal Playground (FWPP) embarked on a mission to reimagine, redesign, and renovate the well-used current playground. In their Community Opportunity Fund application, FWPP states that the playground’s facilities and grounds receive a great deal of use but are in disrepair; and that the proposed improvement plan considered ways in which safety could be increased for the playground and increase its usability for users of all ages.

Scope of Work

The renovations included new vibrant and inclusive play equipment and accessible surfacing, in addition to various amenity upgrades to the park, including a nature nook for children, as well as new planting, seating and paving.

Funding Source

The project was funded by multiple sources including the Let’sPlaySF! Initiative; the Community Opportunity Fund program of the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, General Fund Add-Backs Fiscal Year 2014 to 2017 (secured by Supervisor Yee), state general fund money, the Open Space Fund and fundraising efforts from the Friends of West Portal Playground, all totaling approximately $3.5 million.

  1. What's New
  2. Documents & Materials
  1. Capital Project Update

    West Portal Playground: Update on Temporary Closure of Children’s Play Area This Week

    The West Portal Playground (Children’s Play Area Only) was temporarily closed today and will reopen at 5 p.m. Read on...
  2. Capital Project Update

    West Portal Playground: Temporary Closure of Children’s Play Area This Week

    The West Portal Playground (Children’s Play Area Only) will be temporarily closed this week, beginning December 3 Read on...
  3. Capital Project Update

    Children’s Play Area Now Open at West Portal Playground!

    The contractor has a few minor items remaining . . . Read on...
  4. Capital Project Update

    West Portal Playground Project Update 10/8!

    The restored field, as well as the nature exploration area, picnic area, and clubhouse restrooms, are now open . . . Read on...
  5. Capital Project Update

    West Portal Playground Project is Nearing Completion!

    We are excited to report that the renovation of the West Portal Playground is nearing completion. Read on...
  6. Capital Project Update

    Playground Equipment Installation

    The playground is looking colorful, as the contractor has begun installing playground equipment! Read on...
  7. Capital Project Update

    Tennis Court Lighting Restored

    Tennis court lighting has been restored at West Portal Playground, covering both night time and morning hours. Read on...
  8. Capital Project Update

    Tennis Court Lighting Out of Service

    Due to construction activities, including the need to get waterproofing work done as soon as possible, tennis court lighting is temporarily out of service Read on...
  9. Capital Project Update

    Construction Update

    Construction is moving along on West Portal Playground renovation. The contractor is finishing up Read on...
  10. Capital Project Update

    Construction to Start

    After a successful “Play Day” on Saturday, September 21, we are excited to report that construction will start Read on...
  1. Melinda Sullivan

    Project Manager