McLaren Park - Vision Plan


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The 2020 Health and Recovery Bond included $6 million for capital improvements to McLaren Park under the Citywide Parks Program. Recreation and Park Department staff will conduct community outreach Fall 2022-Summer 2023 to determine how this funding will be invested the park. Preliminary project ideas can be viewed under the Documents & Materials tab below. The McLaren Vision Plan serves as a framework for our current project proposals.

The McLaren Park Vision Plan

After two and half years of community outreach, the Recreation and Park Department published the McLaren Park Vision Plan Report in the Spring of 2018. The goals of the Vision Plan were the following:

  1. Engage the community to develop an identity for McLaren Park
  2. Build a community-supported vision
  3. Balance neighborhood and city use while protecting natural features
  4. Invest the 2012 Bond in priority projects that support a shared vision; and
  5. Position McLaren Park for future investment. 

The complete report can be viewed here Vision Plan Process (PDF) and a summary of the projects that received funding is on page 81. View the Appendix (PDF) for additional details on the outreach process.

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  1. Capital Project Update

    McLaren Park – Yosemite Creek | Project updates December 2023

    Rec and Park, in partnership with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), is “daylighting” the historic Yosemite Creek in McLaren Park. “Daylighting” is the process of uncovering and restoring a natural creek that was enclosed in Read on...
  2. Capital Project Update

    Herz Playground | Project update Nov-Dec 2023 | Restrooms open and all construction now complete

    The Herz Playground renovation is now all complete! All restrooms are now open and available, and all of the new picnic tables, partitions, and permanent fencing have also been installed. Thank you for Read on...
  3. Capital Project Update

    Herz Recreation Center | Construction update November 2023

    Since our last construction update in October, our contractors have completed surveying the site and installing all the necessary tree protection measures. This month, we will Read on...
  4. Capital Project Update

    Herz Recreation Center | Project update October 2023

    Exciting news to share. We broke ground this month on Herz Recreation Center, an all-new facility set to open in early 2025, located at Read on...
  5. Capital Project Update

    Shelley Promenade Project in McLaren Park | Board of Supervisors review, next Monday, Oct 2, 1:30pm

    In June 2023, SF Recreation and Park Commission voted to recommend that the Board of Supervisors approve the conversion of a section of John Shelley Drive in McLaren Park, from a vehicular roadway to a permanent pedestrian and bicycle promenade Read on...
  6. Capital Project Update

    Louis Sutter Playground | Temporary parking closure, August 23 + 24

    The southern parking lot and driveway from University Street at Woolsey Street will be closed Wednesday, August 23 through Thursday, August 24 for irrigation and paving repairs. Pedestrian access to the Read on...
  7. Capital Project Update

    Herz Playground | Reopening Celebration, August 24!

    Join us to celebrate the renovation and reopening of Herz Playground on August 24 Read on...
  8. Capital Project Update

    McLaren Park Vision Plan Update + Upper Yosemite Creek Daylighting Project | August 2023

    Hello neighbors! We have two important updates to share about John McLaren Park. The McLaren Park Planning Survey has been extended through 8/25/2023 Read on...
  9. Capital Project Update

    Louis Sutter Playground | Construction update July 2023

    A quick construction update on Louis Sutter Playground. We passed our accessibility inspections and construction fencing is coming down soon Read on...
  10. Capital Project Update

    Complete the McLaren Park 2020 Bond Planning priorities survey

    We’ve created a new map-based survey to collect your thoughts on possible programming, infrastructure, and connectivity improvements in John McLaren Park. Please take 15-20 minutes Read on...
  11. Capital Project Update

    Shelley Promenade Project in McLaren Park | Reminder: Proposal at Rec & Parks Commission tomorrow

    The Recreation and Parks Commission will hear the proposed Shelley Promenade Project tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. Read on...
  12. Capital Project Update

    Shelley Promenade Project in McLaren Park | Proposal goes to Recreation and Parks Commission in June

    The Operations Committee of the Recreation and Parks Commission will hear the proposed Shelley Promenade Project Read on...
  13. Capital Project Update

    McLaren Park - Louis Sutter Playground | Project update May 2023

    The pathway replacement work south of Louis Sutter Playground is almost complete! The new stabilized natural surface trail is Read on...
  14. Capital Project Update

    Follow up from McLaren 2020 Bond Planning meeting on April 11th

    Thanks to the forty community members who joined us on April 11th for our second virtual community meeting Read on...
  15. Capital Project Update

    Virtual Community Meeting, April 11 | McLaren 2020 Bond – Possible Projects and Priorities

    Join us for a Virtual Community Meeting on April 11. The project team will share possible project ideas for specific program areas, infrastructure improvements, and Read on...
  16. Capital Project Update

    SF Rec and Park Commission Meeting at Joe Lee Rec Center | March 16 at 10 a.m.

    Come meet your Rec and Park Commissioners at our offsite Commission meeting at Joe Lee Rec Center Read on...
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