Community Opportunity Fund (COF)

Hilltop Skatepark OpeningThank you, neighborhood park advocates, for your continued support of the Community Opportunity Fund Program, which is in its third Bond cycle. We are updating the process for the next application cycle, Round 6, and will have more information mid-year 2021. Please check back then for updates. 

What is the COF?

A citywide program of the 2020 Health and Recovery General Obligation Bond, the Community Opportunity Fund (COF) provides an opportunity for neighborhoods, community groups, park advocates and partners to nominate capital projects for funding. The COF promotes community stewardship, enhances park identity and experience, and leverages resources from the community. Given the success of this program over the last decade, $6 million is allocated to continue the COF program, which empowers residents to foster change in their neighborhood parks.

 

The COF has three main policy goals:

1.       Foster community stewardship and improve park partnerships

  • By listening to the park needs of San Francisco residents and enhancing park experience based on those needs, the program increases the number of park users of all ages committed to civic investment and a sense of community.
  • The program improves partnerships between Recreation and Park Department and community organizations by streamlining the park capital improvements process and clearly outlining the roles and responsibilities for City staff and community partners.

 

2.       Enhance park identity and experience

  • The program creates well-designed and efficiently constructed park features to enable the city to continue providing a diverse set of safe, clean, sustainable, and high-quality park experience.

 

3.       Leverage additional resources from the community

  • All contributions, such as volunteer hours, monetary and in-kind donations, expand park funding beyond the $6 million provided by the 2020 Bond.

 

Projects Completed:

 

Projects in Construction:

 

Projects in Design:

  • Fillmore Turk Mini Park $330,000: new landscaping, drainage, and seating
  • Waller Street Skate Park $65,331: Addition of skatepark elements


Background:

Established in 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, the COF has improved 35 city parks and leveraged an additional $13.7 million in donations, in kind resources, sweat equity, and philanthropic investment against initial Bond funding which was $5 million from the 2008 Clean and Safe Parks Bond  (Rounds 1,2,3) and  was $12 million from 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, of which $6 million continued funding smaller projects (Rounds 4 and 5) under the original COF selection process. 


For list of project awards approved by Rec and Park Commission, please visit:

  1. Marien Coss

    Project Manager
    Phone: 1-628-652-6647