Playground Safety

Mayor Breed announces reopening of playgroundsOn October 14, 2020, Mayor London N. Breed, Recreation and Park Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg, Director of Health Dr. Grant Colfax, and other city leaders announced that the City’s outdoor playgrounds are now open.

Rec and Park’s 179 public playgrounds will have signs reminding families of capacity limits and other guidelines to prevent the spread of COVID-19, and monitors will be stationed at playgrounds as needed for the first two weekends of operation to educate families about the new rules and ensure health guidelines are followed.

Playgrounds are reopening with limits on the number of children and adults who can enter based on the size of the playground, and limits on the number of children who can use playground equipment at once. To comply with State regulations, playground visits must be limited to 30 minutes when others are present. Visitors of all ages must stay 6 feet away from non-household members and everyone 2 and older must wear masks. To maximize the number of children who can play, only one adult may accompany each child.

Eating and drinking are not allowed, and visitors should clean their hands before and after playing. Hand washing stations have been placed at the 51 playgrounds without restrooms through a generous donation by Kaiser Permanente and KABOOM!, a non-profit organization that helps communities build playgrounds.

Limited Hours at Some Playgrounds                             

Some playground sites around the city are currently being used for Emergency Child and Youth Care (ECYC), Community Hub and preschool programs. To comply with the City's Health Order, public access to the playgrounds listed below is limited to non-program hours. (All other playgrounds are open to the general public seven days a week during normal park hours.)

PlaygroundHours Open to the Public
Alice Chalmers PlaygroundM-F after 5:30 p.m., All Day Sa and Su
Argonne PlaygroundM-F after 5:30 p.m., All Day Sa and Su
Betty Ann Ong Rec CenterM-F after 5:30 p.m., All Day Sa and Su
Bernal Heights PlaygroundM-F after 5:30 p.m., All Day Sa and Su
Boeddeker Park PlaygroundM-F after 5:30 p.m., All Day Sa and Su
Cow Hollow PlaygroundM-F after 5:30 p.m., All Day Sa and Su
Eureka Valley Rec CenterM-F after 5:30 p.m., All Day Sa and Su
Gilman PlaygroundM-F after 5:30 p.m., All Day Sa and Su
Glen Canyon Rec CenterM-F after 5:30 p.m., All Day Sa and Su
Hamilton Rec CenterM-F after 5:30 p.m., All Day Sa and Su
Hayes Valley PlaygroundM-F after 5:30 p.m., All Day Sa and Su
Herz PlaygroundM-F after 5:30 p.m., All Day Sa and Su
Jose Coronado PlaygroundAll Day Sa and Sun
Joseph Lee Rec CenterM-F after 5:30 p.m., All Day Sa and Su
Laurel Hill PlaygroundM-F after 5:30 p.m., All Day Sa and Su
Merced Heights PlaygroundM-F after 5:30 p.m., All Day Sa and Su
Minnie & Lovie Ward Rec CenterM-F after 5:30 p.m., All Day Sa and Su
Palega Rec CenterM-F after 5:30 p.m., All Day Sa and Su
Potrero Hill Rec CenterM-F after 5:30 p.m., All Day Sa and Su
Richmond Rec CenterM-F after 5:30 p.m., All Day Sa and Su
South of Market (SOMA) Rec CenterNone
Sunset Rec CenterM-F after 5:30 p.m., All Day Sa and Su
Tenderloin Rec CenterNone
Visitacion Valley PlaygroundM-F after 5:30 p.m., All Day Sa and Su
Youngblood Coleman PlaygroundM-F after 5:30 p.m., All Day Sa and Su


Current City Health Order

Playground Health Directive

Playground Rules & Guidelines:

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Thank You

Special thanks to Kaiser Permanente and KABOOM! for their generous support to safely reopen playgrounds across the city.