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Posted on: December 19, 2023

Report: SF Parks Hit High Marks, Earn Gains in Equity

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SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco’s parks and plazas continued to earn top marks for maintenance over the past fiscal year, while two public spaces—Muriel Leff Mini Park in the Richmond District and Sunnyside Conservatory in the Sunnyside neighborhood—received perfect scores, according to a Controller’s Office report released today.

Key highlights of the 2023 Park Maintenance Standards Annual Report include: 

Overall Park Maintenance Score: The citywide park maintenance score for the fiscal year 2022-2023 (FY23) stands at an impressive 91 percent, maintaining the high standards achieved in the previous fiscal year (FY22). Parks that score at or above 85 percent are considered to be generally well-maintained.

Perfect Scoring Parks: Two parks achieved perfect scores: Muriel Leff Mini Park improved by two points from FY22 to earn 100 percent, while Sunnyside Conservatory maintained its perfect score for the second consecutive year. 

Equitable Distribution: Over the years, there has been a shift in the distribution of high- and low-scoring parks. While FY15 to FY19 saw a concentration of higher scoring parks in the northern part of the city, FY20 to FY23 witnessed a more equitable distribution. Among the neighborhoods represented in the top 10 percent well-maintained parks: the Tenderloin, Chinatown, Richmond District, Sunset District, Sunnyside, Hayes Valley, Eureka Valley, Russian Hill, Western Addition, Silver Terrace, Nob Hill, Merced Heights and Ingleside Heights. 

Equity Zone Performance: Parks in equity zones, neighborhoods that have faced past environmental injustices, maintained an average score of 89 percent in FY23, remaining unchanged from FY22. Over 60 percent of Rec and Parks’ capital dollars are invested in equity zones, which comprise 20 percent of the city’s park acreage.  

“Parks are essential to our mental and physical health and the wellbeing of our communities, so we’re happy to receive another great report card,” said San Francisco Recreation and Park Department General Manager Phil Ginsburg. “The success of our green spaces is due to our dedicated staff as well as city residents who proudly steward their open spaces.” 

The Bayview’s Hilltop Park and the Visitacion Valley Greenway tied for most improved park maintenance scores, both rising 15 points to 93 percent. 

The park maintenance report, now in its 16th year, serves as a valuable resource for decision-making and transparency, aligning with Rec and Park’s strategic goals and the city's commitment to maintaining vibrant public spaces. Each park is evaluated on its individual set of features, including athletic fields, buildings and general amenities, children’s play areas, dog play areas, greenspace, hardscape, lawns, ornamental beds, outdoor courts, restrooms, table seating areas, and trees.  

An interactive dashboard including individual parks and features can be found here.

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