The Recreation and Park Department is governed by a seven-member Commission appointed by the Mayor to four-year terms. In accordance with the City Charter, the Recreation and Park Commission is primarily a policy-making body, establishing the policies by which the Recreation and Park Department operates. The Commission is responsible for the over 220 parks, playgrounds and open spaces throughout San Francisco and two outside the City limits. These include destinations such as Camp Mather, Golden Gate Park, Harding Golf Course, Coit Tower, Palace of Fine Arts. Learn more about the History of the Establishment of the Recreation and Park Department.
The Office of the Recreation and Park Commission Liaison administers the affairs of the Commission, coordinates the meetings of the Parks, Recreation and Open Space Advisory Committee, and oversees the Recreation and Park Department’s responses to all requests for public records.
(Photo: from left to right, Annie Jupiter-Jones, Carey Wintroub, Kat Anderson, Joe Hallisy, Vanita Louie, Larry Mazzola, and Breanna Zwart)
Implicit Bias Training Requirement for City Commissioners and Department Heads
Ordinance 71-19 requires members of City boards and commissions and City Department Heads to complete the Department of Human Resources’ (DHR) online Implicit Bias training by December 31, 2019. In addition, newly appointed members of City boards and commissions must complete this training within 60 days of assuming office. The Ordinance also requires that, beginning January 15, 2020, all Commission websites must include a statement identifying each Commissioner and Department Head that has completed the training, and the date the training was completed. If the training has not been completed by a Commissioner or Department Head, that also must be indicated.
Members of the Recreation and Park Commission each completed the training on the dates shown below:
The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department currently manages more than 220 parks, playgrounds and open spaces throughout San Francisco, including two outside city limits—Sharp Park in Pacifica and Camp Mather in the High Sierras. The system includes full-complex recreation centers, swimming pools, golf courses, sports fields and numerous small-to-medium-sized clubhouses that offer a variety of sports- and arts-related recreation programs for people of all ages. Included in the Department’s responsibilities are Golden Gate Park, Coit Tower, the Marina Yacht Harbor, the San Francisco Zoo and Lake Merced.
In 2017, San Francisco became the first city in the nation where all residents have access to a park within a 10-minute walk, a direct result of the Department’s commitment to increasing and improving parkland in the city.Learn More