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RPD Park Improvements: McLaren Park - McLaren Park Trails

Posted on: May 4, 2020

Conceptual Design Process Continues for McLaren Trails Priority Projects

Capital Project Update

McLaren Park photo of Sidalcea plants, trees, and San Francisco City Skyline

I hope you are well and finding opportunities to connect with nature and virtually connect with community during this time of sheltering in place.

I’m posting this blog with immense gratitude for our urban parks: the home these lands provide for myriad species, and the opportunities they afford us humans for recreation, reflection, connection, and learning. It’s an honor to work on this McLaren Trails Project. THANK YOU for participating!

After our 3/7 trail-walk and through this shelter in place, the project team has been refining the conceptual design and the project cost estimate while also working on a couple additional grant applications. We realized a few months ago that the project may not have enough money to do all the work proposed in all four areas. The Visitacion Avenue trail is well defined and has specific grant support. Staff is compiling recommendations for current priorities within the other three areas (Upper Reservoir, Shelley Interior Loop, University Hill/ Louis Sutter to Mansell Courts) and will solicit feedback from the community at the next meeting. The project team is also preparing to share the revised conceptual design, identify trails proposed for decommissioning, and note an initial plan for wayfinding and interpretive signage, fencing, and any other placed items.

The next Community Meeting for McLaren Park Trails Priority Projects will be

Wednesday 5/20/2020 4pm

With the currently advised social distancing due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Recreation and Parks Department is continuing community engagement virtually. Please join us online for a presentation and question and answer forum on the proposed trails and natural features improvements in four priority areas of McLaren Park.

Virtual Community Meeting Link:

Detailed directions below. Please read thoroughly, and try logging on in advance of the meeting to avoid missing any content.

Some changes and refinements are in the works based on feedback already received, still the conceptual design shared at the 3/7/20 trail walk describes the current direction fairly accurately. If you haven’t yet shared your comments, please review the 3/7/20 Conceptual Design and share your feedback via this survey. This survey will be live until Wednesday 5/13.

For additional project information, please read the main project page and past blog posts.

Thanks for helping to shape the trails and natural features in McLaren Park!


As we navigate the current state of the world together, we appreciate your patience and participation.

With the currently advised social distancing due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Recreation and Parks Department is continuing community engagement virtually. Note that no account is required to participate in Virtual Meetings.

Due to online security issues, and in order for everyone to hear the presenters, meeting attendees will not be able to speak. The public will be able to ask questions and interact with the presenters via the Live Event Question & Answer chat. Please write your name when submitting questions and know that the meeting and your comments will be recorded.

To join a Virtual Meeting:

Safari does not support Microsoft Teams. Please open in Chrome, Firefox, or Internet Explorer.

Please follow the meeting link:

When prompted to Open Microsoft Teams in the popup window, click “Cancel.”

Click “Watch on the web instead” in your browser window.

On the next screen, you may “Sign in” if you have a Microsoft account, or choose to “Join anonymously.”

Instructions for non-English speakers:

Click on the settings gear symbol at the top of the right of the presentation screen.

Click “Open language settings.”

Select your preferred language and click “Save and restart.”

You will be returned to the sign in page and prompted to re-join the meeting.

The interface will re-load in your selected language.

The Closed Captioning feature is available in Spanish, Samoan, Traditional Chinese, Filipino, and Vietnamese.

Once the meeting has started, click on the settings gear symbol in the bottom right corner of the presentation screen and select “Captions / Subtitles.”

Choose your preferred language to turn on Captions.

You may then use the CC box to toggle captions on and off.

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