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    ‘Green’ Makeovers of Child Care Spaces Connect San Francisco’s Youngest Children to Nature

    Young children at nine San Francisco child care centers and family child care homes are enjoying green outdoor play spaces after community volunteers worked multiple weekends to create natural play spaces that allow children to explore their world. Read on...
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    City Launches Next Phase to Determine Post-Pandemic Future of JFK Drive

    Golden Gate Park Access and Safety Program asks public to weigh in on proposed updates to car-free route in order to increase safety and access. Read on...
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    McLaren Park Ropes Course Officially Opens With Treetop Thrills

    After nearly a year of anticipation, the McLaren Park Ropes Course was in full swing today, celebrating its full opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Read on...
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    Beloved Sue Bierman Playground Burns

    The fire destroyed a play structure modeled after a pirate ship, a slide, and rubber safety surfacing to protect kids from falls. Read on...
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    Conservatory Drive West to Re-Open Oct. 1

    Safety measures allow accommodation of multiple needs, car-free JFK will be unaffected. Read on...
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    Jerry Garcia Amphitheater Opens Following Major Renovation

    San Francisco Shakespeare Festival Kicks Off 2021 Season Following Ribbon Cutting. Read on...
  7. NEA Construction

    San Francisco’s Largest Nature Exploration Area Breaks Ground at Heron’s Head

    Youth-centered design to build stronger connections with the natural world while inviting kids to jump, climb, play and learn across an array of natural elements. Read on...
  8. Juri Commons Ribbon Cut

    Juri Commons Park Reopens Following Renovation

    Juri Commons reopened following a $1.9 million renovation honoring the Mission District park’s railroad history, featuring a redesign with new plantings, an improved play space for children, grass for dogs, & an adult exercise area with fitness equipment. Read on...
  9. Great Highway

    City Reveals Next Phase for Great Highway to Start August 16

    Stretch from Lincoln Way to Sloat Blvd will continue to be closed to car traffic on weekends and holidays, but will open up to car traffic during the week. Read on...
  10. GGHspiraltower

    Golden Gate Heights Playground Re-Opens Following Renovation

    With a design inspired by its wooded surroundings, a nature play area to spark creativity, and a dramatic spiral tower soaring above it all, the newly-renovated playground at Golden Gate Heights Park has opened to the public. Read on...
  11. Leaf Blower

    Rec and Park to Phase Out Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers with Two-Stroke Engines

    Gardeners maintaining the City’s parks, open spaces and public plazas will soon turn over a new leaf—trading gas-powered blowers with two-stroke engines for electric battery pack models instead. Read on...
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    Rec and Park and SFPA Launch Program to Turn Kids into Golden Gate Park Experts

    Field trip program helps kids from across the city experience the joys of “Everybody’s Park” Read on...
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    New Photo Library to be Named for Legendary SF Photographer David Johnson

    A new photo library at the Harvey Milk Photo Center will be named for legendary photographer David Johnson, who chronicled Black life in San Francisco in the mid-twentieth century, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today. Read on...
  14. Monumental Reckoning 1

    Art installation Honoring Black Lives Arrives for Juneteenth

    In commemoration of San Francisco’s Juneteenth holiday, Mayor London N. Breed today unveiled Monumental Reckoning, a two-year art installation in Golden Gate Park honoring Black history and lives. Read on...
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    City Breaks Ground on India Basin Shoreline Park

    Mayor London N. Breed today joined with community members, environmental advocates, and public officials to kick off the restoration of India Basin shoreline. Read on...
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    Coit Tower to Welcome Visitors Again on June 17

    Coit Tower, the iconic white column defining the San Francisco skyline, will welcome visitors Thursday, June 17 for the first time in 15 months, Mayor London N. Breed announced. Read on...
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    Shoreview Park Re-Opens Following $3.3M Renovation

    A once-overlooked park in Bayview Hunters Point reopened with a community celebration after a $3.3 million renovation transformed it into a family-friendly oasis with an adventure playground. Read on...
  18. Stern Grove Stage

    Stern Grove Festival Returns with 2021 Dates

    84th annual outdoor music festival kicks off summer concert season on June 20. Read on...
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    Esprit Park Poised for Robust Renovation

    Esprit Park is one step closer to a $7.7 million renovation designed to balance the needs of its growing Dogpatch community—from families to fitness enthusiasts to dogs and their people, the SF Rec & Park Department and UC San Francisco announced today. Read on...
  20. Monumental Reckoning 5-15

    San Francisco Proposes Art Installation to Honor Black Lives, History of African Americans

    Opening of ‘Monumental Reckoning’ sculpture in Golden Gate Park would coincide with Juneteenth Read on...
  21. TPC Harding

    TPC Harding Park, SF Rec & Park Unveil High-Tech Practice Facility

    TPC Harding Park, the only city-owned public course managed by the PGA TOUR, announces the renovation completion of its practice facility which began in November 2020, along with the new addition of Toptracer Range technology. Read on...
  22. Ribbon Cutting 2

    Mayor London Breed Announces Reopening of Remodeled George Christopher Playground

    Kids welcome new play equipment and nature exploration area in the Diamond Heights park following renovation. Read on...
  23. Kezar Closeup

    City of San Francisco and School District to Host Outdoor Commencements for High Schools

    ‘Graduations for All’ to be held at Kezar Stadium and the McAteer High School campus for all graduating seniors Read on...
  24. MLK Pool 444

    First Indoor Pools to Reopen in Bayview, Sunset

    Two of San Francisco’s indoor pools are poised to welcome back lap swimmers with reservations and all pools will reopen by mid-June, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today. SF Rec and Park to open pools citywide by summer. Read on...
  25. Herz Project

    RPD and Community Partners Fund New Recreation Center for Sunnydale/Vis Valley

    The SF Recreation & Park Commission Thursday approved the concept design for the new Herz Recreation Center Project, which includes a new 11,500 square foot recreation center with an indoor basketball court, a multi-purpose room, restrooms, and an office. Read on...
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    Mayor London Breed Announces Completion of Garfield Square Recreation Area in the Mission District

    Newly renovated Garfield Center includes an indoor pool and modern clubhouse that will serve as a Community Hub for San Francisco students. Read on...
  27. Wheel

    SkyStar Wheel to Spin Until 2025 Following Unanimous Approval

    The SkyStar Wheel in Golden Gate Park will be permitted to spin until 2025, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today. Discounts for San Francisco residents begin Monday Read on...
  28. Skystar Wheel

    Skystar Wheel to Open Thursday, March 4

    Special to today’s announcement will be SkyStar and SF Rec and Park’s offer to all San Francisco public school graduating seniors to take a free ride on the Wheel this summer beginning June 2 through Sept. 6; students will need to show their SFUSD ID. Read on...
  29. SFYBL Baseball

    Outdoor Youth Sports to Return to San Francisco with Safety Precautions

    Rec and Park to offer field space for “mini” spring season for soccer, baseball, softball, lacrosse, flag football and more. Read on...
  30. GGPTC Fascade

    State-of-the-Art Tennis Center to Open in Golden Gate Park

    Online court reservations open today for the philanthropy-funded Lisa & Douglas Goldman Tennis Center, which will open its doors March 3. Read on...
  31. WWWW Press Release

    Newly Renovated Willie "Woo Woo' Wong Playground & Clubhouse Opens in Time for Lunar New Year

    New open space in Chinatown will provide safe, clean place for kids and their families to play, and newly renovated clubhouse will operate as a Community Hub in March Read on...
  32. GGP Dog Training Area_9

    Renovated Golden Gate Park Dog Training Area Opens Saturday

    San Francisco’s largest fenced dog park will re-open Saturday, February 6 following a $2.4 million renovation that includes separate areas where big and small dogs can safely frolic, natural elements to climb and jump, and a new surface to run and play. Read on...
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    Golden Gate Park Observation Wheel Seeks Extension to 2025

    The San Francisco Recreation Department will seek to extend the 150-foot SkyStar Observation Wheel’s stay in Golden Gate Park to March 1, 2025 due to the impacts of COVID-19, Rec and Park announced today. Read on...
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    Camp Mather to Remain Closed in 2021

    Camp Mather, the City-owned family summer camp in the High Sierra wilderness, will remain closed in 2021 due to Covid-19 risks, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today. Read on...
  35. IB Rendering

    Local Contractor Approved for Cleanup of India Basin Shoreline

    SF Recreation and Park Commission awarded construction contract to local firm Rubecon Builders for remediation work. Read on...
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    French Sculpture La Rose des Vents by Jean-Michel Othoniel Takes Up Permanent Residence in GGP

    Nine months after it was originally scheduled to be permanently installed to coincide with Golden Gate Park's 150th anniversary celebrations in April 2020, the glistening gold sculpture returns to its place in front of the Conservatory of Flowers. Read on...
  37. McLaren Ropes Course

    Ropes Challenge Course Opens in McLaren Park

    Community members sharpen leadership skills, experience treetop thrills. Read on...
  38. Japanese Tea Garden

    Mayor London Breed Announces Free Year-Round Admission to Gardens of GGP for Low-Income Families

    Visitors to gardens enrolled in government food assistance programs can visit the Botanical Garden, Conservatory of Flowers, and Japanese Tea Garden year-round at no cost. Read on...
  39. Flywheel Kiosk

    Flywheel Puts Finishing Touch on Golden Gate Park’s East End Improvements

    Haight Ashbury neighbors & Golden Gate Park lovers are celebrating the completion of a $5.5 million project transforming the eastern edge of Golden Gate Park into a vibrant, pedestrian friendly area, the SF Recreation & Park Department announced. Read on...
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    Margaret Hayward Playground Reopens

    Margaret Hayward Playground has reopened following a $28 million renovation that transformed the beloved 6-acre park in the heart of the Western Addition into a modern hub for recreation Read on...
  41. Entwined light display in Golden Gate Park

    Whimsical Wonderland of Lights Coming to Golden Gate Park

    An art installation coming to Golden Gate Park will transform Peacock Meadow into an enchanted forest of otherworldly shapes and ever-changing light Read on...
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    City Playgrounds Reopen

    Mayor London N. Breed, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg, and Director of Health Dr. Grant Colfax today announced the City’s outdoor playgrounds are now open Read on...
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    Turk-Hyde Mini Park Re-Opens Following Renovation

    Turk-Hyde Mini Park, an oasis for preschoolers and their parents in the heart of the Tenderloin, re-opened with updated play equipment and landscaping Read on...
  44. Golden Gate Park Bison New 2020

    Golden Gate Park to Welcome Five New Bison

    The 1-year-old females will be ready for visitors during the parkwide 150th Birthday Celebration on April 4 Read on...
  45. Looking down a dock out at the water

    State Awards $8.5 Million for Waterfront Park in India Basin

    Project will transform a vacant industrial lot in the Southeastern neighborhood into the City’s newest park Read on...
  46. Camp Mather Birch Lake

    Focus on Equity Will Increase Access to Camp Mather for Low-Income Residents

    Recent Recreation and Park Department initiatives, with support from First 5 San Francisco, enable 132 low-income families to attend Camp Mather for free or at a discounted rate this summer. Read on...
  47. Boedekker Tree Lighting

    Community Brings Light to Tenderloin with Holiday Tree Tradition

    Joy and neighborhood pride flowed in Boeddeker Park this evening as city leaders joined residents and community groups at the 2nd Annual Tenderloin People’s Holiday Tree Lighting. Read on...
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    SF Parks Score High, Continue to Improve in Maintenance, Report Finds

    San Francisco’s parks were better maintained across the city over the past fiscal year, with less disparity between neighborhoods and continued improvements to formerly lower scoring properties, according to a Controller’s Office report Read on...
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    150-Foot Observation Wheel to Offer ‘Bay to Breakers’ Views for Riders During Golden Gate Park’s 150

    San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and San Francisco Parks Alliance to lead yearlong celebration to honor “Everybody’s Park” Read on...
  50. Ribbon cutting ceremony at Washington Square

    North Beach Celebrates Re-Opening of Washington Square

    Improvements will Conserve 2 Million Gallons of Water Annually Read on...
  51. Potrero Mayors

    Community Celebrates Sport Court Makeover at Potrero Rec Center

    Project made possible by San Franciscans for Sports and Recreation Read on...
  52. Sloane Stephens addressing kids

    Sloane Stephens Celebrates Upcoming Tennis Center with SF Kids

    Tennis pro coaches elementary school kids from Tennis & Learning Center program Read on...
  53. City staff with kids&#39 team at Silver Terrace Play Fields

    New Sports Field Celebrated at Silver Terrace Playground

    Bayview neighbors, kids, and city officials were celebrating the ground beneath their feet today with the completion of a major overhaul of Silver Terrace Playground’s athletic field Read on...
  54. NFL player providing community service

    NFL Players, Veterans Attend Day of Service at Alemany Farm

    Former and current NFL players teamed up with local veterans and their supporters to weed, mulch, plant and build today at the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s Alemany Farm. Read on...
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  56. People planting Hiroshima survivor trees in tea garden

    Two Hiroshima Survivor Trees Planted in Japanese Tea Garden

    George and Charlotte Shultz Honored for Disarmament Work Read on...
  57. little girl on playground

    Kaiser Permanente Contributes $1.6 Million to Provide Safe and Imaginative Playgrounds for San Franc

    LetsPlaySF! to transform 13 timeworn playgrounds used by 20,000 kids, with focus on equity Read on...
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  59. Potrero Mayors

    Community Celebrates Renovation of Potrero Hill Rec Center Grounds

    Improvements include upgraded ball fields, lighting, pathways, sports equipment. Read on...
  60. light in the Trees

    State Conservation Grants to Benefit Kids, Seniors, Snakes

    Projects at McLaren Park, Sharp Park receive funding Read on...
  61. Due South

    Due South Concert Series to be Held at McLaren Park

    Mexican Institute of Sound, Helado Negro, Giraffage, and Astronautica among acts at Jerry Garcia Amphitheater Read on...
  62. Alice Chalmers Playground Receives $30,000 for Makeover

    Grant awarded by the National Recreation and Park Association and The Walt Disney Company Read on...
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  64. People with basketballs on Hayes Valley Court

    New Sport Courts Open at Hayes Valley Playground

    Improvements include innovative street art basketball court Read on...
  65. Flowers at In Chan Kaajal community garden
  66. Coit Tower

    Coit Tower Café to Open at Iconic Landmark

    SAN FRANCISCO – Sightseers will soon be able to take in a panini or cannoli alongside Coit Tower’s breathtaking views. Read on...
  67. Youth playing soccer

    Street Soccer to Kick Off Sunday at Civic Center

    SAN FRANCISCO – Get ready to kick off a summer of street soccer in the heart of San Francisco. Read on...
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  70. India Basin Mural
  71. People watching the World Cup on an outdoor screen
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  74. City staff interacting with group of children

    SF Recreation and Park Department Breaks Ground on Five Playgrounds

    Work begins on project that will transform play for 20,000 children Read on...
  75. City staff and kids at GGP Tennis Center Groundbreaking
  76. People gathered around a table looking at produce

    McLaren Park Welcomes Improved Community Garden, New Rain Garden

    SAN FRANCISCO – City leaders and community members today celebrated the opening of side-by-side environmental features at McLaren Park: A renovated oasis for community gardeners and a new rain garden system to manage stormwater. Read on...
  77. Science Fair

    Randall Museum Science Fair Winners Head to State Championships

    SAN FRANCISCO – Budding scientists from middle schools across San Francisco will compete in a Bay Area-wide science fair later this month after distinguishing themselves at a citywide competition held at the Randall Museum. Read on...
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  79. Looking down a dock out at the water

    India Basin Project Receives $5 Million in Funding

    SAN FRANCISCO – A plan to rehabilitate a long-vacant bayside lot in San Francisco’s India Basin and turn it into a waterfront park took a step forward with the allocation of a $5 million grant toward tidal restoration and site cleanup. Read on...
  80. Phil Arnold Trail Opening

    New Trail Through Oak Woodlands Dedicated to Phil Arnold

    Multi-use trail in Golden Gate Park opened today Read on...
  81. Paved trail winding through the trees

    Stern Grove Tops List of 2018 Nuptial Spots

    Stern Grove Tops List of 2018 Nuptial Spots in SF Parks Rec and Parks’ podcast explores love in the parks Read on...
  82. People walking on a paved walkway flanked by foliage

    SF Residents: Parks Make City More Livable

    Poll reveals 78 percent favorability Read on...
  83. Restroom Monitor Program Expands to Seven Additional Park Locations

    Park Stop promises clean, safe park bathrooms in neighborhoods that need them most Read on...
  84. Large crowd and stage at Outside Lands festival

    Recreation and Park Commission Approves Outside Lands Contract Extension

    San Francisco Recreation and Park commissioners today unanimously approved a contract extending San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s contract with Another Planet Entertainment for the production of the annual Outside Lands Music Festival. Read on...