McLaren Park Trails Improvement Project

McLaren ParkScope of Work

The improvements proposed by the McLaren Park Vision Plan (PDF) build on the existing trail network, including Philosopher’s Way. The framework includes multi-use loops in both the north and south half of the park and a thoughtful system of trails interior to the park that invite more adventurous visitors, on both foot and bicycle, into the wild core. The Recreation and Parks Department has identified four priority project areas with improvements to be completed with 2012 Bond funding due to the combination of their potential impact and the need to have a licensed contractor complete the more technical aspects in these areas. The Vision Plan outlines other improvements to be made as part of a future phase when other funding is identified.

The creation or restoration of natural features, such as lakes, meadows and landscapes and the creation or restoration of habitat for the park’s many species of plants and animals are included in this project scope. This work will be planned, designed and constructed in conjunction with the trail improvements. Trail and restoration work is completed together because many trails pass through or are nearby significant natural resource areas. When visitors are walking, running or biking on trails they can enjoy being near the healthy natural landscapes and habitats. This also helps guide the understanding of where sensitive habitats are in the park and provides the opportunity for education and stewardship.

Completed Improvements to McLaren Trails

The McLaren Trail Connector Project, which was funded by a federal Land and Water Conservation Fund grant, was completed in 2014. This project included improvements to 3 trail entryways in McLaren Park: Campbell Avenue, Visitacion Avenue Fire Road, and Persia just east of the picnic area.


  • $2 million from 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond Citywide Trails Program
  • $1.5 million from 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond for John McLaren Park: for natural features work
  • $250,000 from an Outdoor Environmental Education Grant through the California Natural Resources Agency Department of Parks and Recreation
  • $207,000 from a Habitat Conservation Fund Grant through the California Department of Parks and Recreation

Project Schedule

PlanningWinter 2019
DesignWinter 2022
ConstructionSpring 2023
Open to the publicWinter 2024

Project updates

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  1. What's New
  2. Documents and Materials
  1. 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...
  2. Capital Project Update

    Louis Sutter Playground update | February 2023

    Construction is underway south of Louis Sutter Playground! We are removing a failing pathway... Read on...
  3. Capital Project Update

    McLaren Park Trails Project Presentation to Commission on 12/7!

    The final draft conceptual design for the McLaren Trails Priority Improvements project will be presented to the Recreation and Parks Capital Committee . . . Read on...
  4. Capital Project Update

    Presentation of the McLaren Trails final draft plans, Monday 10/17/2022 at 6:30pm

    Thanks to everyone who attended trail walks or otherwise shared dialogue with staff this summer . . . Read on...
  5. Capital Project Update

    Trail walks in McLaren Park 6/29 and 7/14

    Recreation & Parks is hosting two trail walks to share proposed priority trail improvements . . . Read on...
  6. Capital Project Update

    McLaren Trails Project Walk POSTPONED for the June 14th event

    June 14th at 8:30 am site walk postponed . . . Read on...
  7. Capital Project Update

    Trail Walks in McLaren Park, June 14th (Postponed) and June 29th!

    Kickoff summer with some time out in nature and join us for one or two upcoming walks through McLaren Park! Read on...
  8. Capital Project Update

    Volunteers on Saturdays at the McLaren Native Plant Garden

    Volunteer at the McLaren Park Native Plant Garden in Visitacion Valley on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Read on...
  9. Capital Project Update

    Trails update and Visitacion Ave Streetscape Meeting 2/10

    The McLaren Trails Priority Improvements project team has been working with the Planning Department on environmental compliance Read on...
  10. Capital Project Update

    Construction at the McLaren Park Native Plant Garden will begin this week!

    The McLaren Park Native Plant Garden will showcase the benefits of California Native Plants, beautify the Visitacion Avenue corridor, . . . Read on...
  11. Capital Project Update

    McLaren Park Native Plant Garden Project Plans

    The McLaren Park Native Plant Garden transforms a blighted and hazardous corner of McLaren Park into a functional open space, providing a safe resource for recreation and environmental education about the . . . Read on...
  12. Capital Project Update

    McLaren Trails - Native Plant Garden meeting this evening and pathway work upcoming

    Parks Alliance is hosting a virtual meeting this evening at 6pm to . . . Read on...
  13. Capital Project Update

    Follow Up from 5/20/20 Virtual Community Meeting

    Thank you to the 40 community members who stepped into the unknown with the Project Team for Rec and Parks first virtual community meeting! Read on...
  14. Capital Project Update

    McLaren Trails Virtual Community Meeting TODAY 4pm

    The next community meeting for the McLaren Trails Priority Improvements Project will be online TODAY at 4pm. Read on...
  15. Capital Project Update

    Conceptual Design Process Continues for McLaren Trails Priority Projects

    I hope you are well and finding opportunities to connect with nature and virtually connect with community during this time of sheltering in place. Read on...
  16. Capital Project Update

    McLaren Park 3/7 Trails Walk Recap

    Notes from the 3/7 trails walk through three priority areas. Read on...
  17. Capital Project Update


    We will have our second trails walk in the concept design process on Saturday, March 7th Read on...
  18. Capital Project Update


    Thanks to everyone who came out on Saturday 11/16/19 for our 1st Trail Walk in the concept design process! Read on...
  19. Capital Project Update


    We are all set to have a site walk to discuss the trails and paths portion of the McLaren Park Project. Read on...
  20. Capital Project Update


    The McLaren Park Trails Improvement Project team has applied for another grant in an effort to leverage already committed 2012 Bond funding. Read on...
  1. Lauren Dietrich Chavez

    Project Manager
    Phone: 1-628-652-6643