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Posted on: May 13, 2022

Mayor London Breed Announces $3.9 Million in Federal Funding for Buchanan Street Mall Renovations

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San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed today announced the allocation of $3.9 million in federal funding to renovate Buchanan Street Mall, which stretches five consecutive blocks between Eddy and Grove streets in San Francisco’s Wes...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 3, 2022

Stern Grove Concert Meadow to Re-open in Time for Summer Concerts

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SAN FRANCISCO—The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department along with the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) announced today that repairs at Sigmund Stern Grove’s Concert Meadow are nearing completion and will be rea...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 27, 2022

Mayor London Breed Celebrates Opening of Francisco Park in Russian Hill

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Today, Mayor London N. Breed, Supervisor Catherine Stefani, Recreation and Parks General Manager Phil Ginsburg, and the Francisco Park Conservatory celebrated the opening of Francisco Park. Located in Russian Hill, the 4.5-acre park consists of panoramic ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 26, 2022

Board of Supervisors Approves Mayor Breed's Legislation to Make Car-Free JFK Permanent

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San Francisco, CA —Today the San Francisco Board of Supervisors approved Mayor Breed’s legislation to ensure John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park remain vehicle-free permanently. The legislation, co-sponsored by Supervisors Matt H...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 22, 2022

Neighborhood Field Trips Spark Golden Gate Park Love

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA  A new program aims to make San Franciscans from all over the city fall in love with Golden Gate Park. Like any good love story, it starts with a charming introduction and continues with a follow-up date to get to kno...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 18, 2022

Annual 420 Celebration Returns to Hippie Hill

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA  San Francisco’s legendary 420 celebration will return to Hippie Hill/Robin Williams Meadow in Golden Gate Park on Wednesday following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, City officials and event organize...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 6, 2022

Ambitious Bayview Swimming Program Makes Debut Splash

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Contact:

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department: RPDcommunications@sfgov.org 

YMCA of San Francisco: Danielle T Jones, DTJones@ymcasf.org 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA — A free program to ensure every Bayview-Hunters Point child is co...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 23, 2022

SF’s First Tai Chi Court Opens in McLaren Park

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA — San Francisco’s first public space designed and dedicated specifically for the practice of tai chi opened today amid a community celebration in McLaren Park, the San Francisco Recreation and Park announced....

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 15, 2022

Mayor London Breed Introduces Legislation to Implement Car-Free JFK

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San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed today introduced legislation to authorize permanent changes to make 1.5 miles of JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park car-free. It would also authorize making certain street segments one-way, creating new bicyc...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 15, 2022

Wanted: Locals to Build San Francisco’s Next Great Park

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA —Making good on its promise to create jobs in the Bayview, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is seeking local building professionals who will create the City’s next great waterfront park, a onc...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 9, 2022

Free Resident Admission to Conservatory of Flowers & Japanese Tea Garden Approved by Supervisors

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San Francisco, CA — The Board of Supervisors today passed legislation introduced by Mayor London N. Breed to make admission to the Conservatory of Flowers and Japanese Tea Garden free for San Francisco residents and all veterans. The ordinance r...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 7, 2022

SFMTA, RPD Recommend JFK Remain Car-free with Community Requested Access & Signage Improvements

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA — The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency today announced their recommendation that John F. Kennedy Drive in Golden Gate Park remain vehicle-free. The prop...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 8, 2022

Humanitarian Relief Concert For Ukraine set for Saturday Afternoon in Golden Gate Park

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SAN FRANCISCO–A coalition of organizations led by Sunset Piano, Illuminate, the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and the Ukrainian American Coordinating Council will host an extraordinary event called “Slava Ukraini!&r...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 1, 2022

Golden Gate Bandshell Welcomes Back More Live Performances in 2022

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Live music will soon return to the Golden Gate Bandshell’s iconic stage with another season of free outdoor performanc...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 25, 2022

Major Access Improvements Launched in Golden Gate Park

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA—Starting Saturday, February 26, 2022, riders of Golden Gate Park’s free shuttle will enjoy major improvements, including new weekday service, an expanded route with connection to public transit, more stops, and less w...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 14, 2022

Valentine’s Day Comeback for Café in Civic Center Plaza

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA— Food lovers looking to embrace new offerings in the heart of Civic Center Plaza are in luck—Assembly Café and Beer Garden opened today—Valentine’s Day, the San Francisco Recreation and ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 9, 2022

Rossi Pool Reopens After $15M Renovation

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA—The newly remodeled Angelo J. Rossi Pool will welcome back community members Saturday with a celebratory free swim in its modern facility, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today. 

The Feb. 12 f...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 1, 2022

India Basin Project to Be Guided by Historic Plan

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Contact:

Tamara Barak Aparton, SF Recreation and Parks, tamara.aparton@sfgov.org

Rebecca Bullis, The Trust for Public Land, rebecca.bullis@tpl.org 

Sonia Gonzalez Banks, media@sfparksalliance.org

 

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 27, 2022

Entwined Illuminated Art Installation Extends Residency in Golden Gate Park

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA ­–­ San Francisco Parks Alliance and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, in partnership with San Francisco artist Charles Gadeken, are pleased to announce the extension of Entwined, the illuminated...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 22, 2022

Bayview/K.C. Jones Playground Reopens After Renovation

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA –City officials and community members held a celebration today for the reopening of Bayview/K.C. Jones Playground following a $6 million renovation that includes a bigger and better play area for kids, an improved new ballfield,...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 21, 2022

Portsmouth Square Renovation Gains Major Approval

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA –Plans for a new and improved Portsmouth Square cleared a major hurdle after being unanimously approved by the Recreation and Park Commission Thursday, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today. 

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 12, 2022

Mayor Breed Proposes Free Resident Admission to Golden Gate Park Gardens

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Contact: Mayor’s Office of Communications, mayorspressoffice@sfgov.org

San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed today proposed legislation to make admission to the Conservatory of Flowers and Japanese Tea Garden free for San Francisco residents. ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 16, 2021

Psychedelic Roller Skate Mural Approved by Rec and Park Commission

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA  A ground mural featuring a golden roller skate surrounded by a psychedelic pattern may add new color to a legendary skating spot in Golden Gate Park after the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission voted unanim...

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Press Releases
Posted on: December 13, 2021

SF Park Projects Receive $11.6 Million

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA –Two ambitious San Francisco park projects focused on environmental justice for residents of the Bayview and Western Addition have been awarded a combined $11.6 million in grants from the State of California, the San Francisco ...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 18, 2021

Winter Lights to Brighten Holiday Season in Golden Gate Park

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA– Starting in  December, visitors to Golden Gate Park will journey through an immersive wonderland of light, nature and art as illuminated paths, interactive exhibits, and live performances brighten nearly a mile of car...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 23, 2021

Pilot Program Welcomes Food Trucks to Great Highway

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA– The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department today announced the launch of a three-month pilot program for food trucks on the Upper Great Highway during days the roadway is closed to vehicle traffic, the San Francisco Recr...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 19, 2021

Mayor Breed & Senator Wiener Announce Funding for Buchanan Mall

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San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed and State Senator Scott Wiener today announced the allocation of $4.8 million in state funding secured by Senator Wiener to renovate the Buchanan Street Mall, which stretches five blocks across San Franc...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 15, 2021

RPD and SFBGS Propose Unified Management of Golden Gate Park Gardens

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA– In a move to improve visitor services and position the “Gardens of Golden Gate Park” as a one of the top cultural and environmental institutions in the country, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Departm...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 13, 2021

New Boat Dock Makes Waves at Lake Merced

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA– City officials gathered with community members and dragon boat racers at Lake Merced today to say ahoy to a new boat dock and gangway that allows safer recreation for seniors and people with disabilities and ensures future acc...

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Press Releases
Posted on: November 2, 2021

Imagination Runs Wild at San Francisco’s New Nature Exploration Area

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Downloadable photos:

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 14, 2021

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

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – 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 c...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 7, 2021

McLaren Park Ropes Course Officially Opens With Treetop Thrills

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Contact: SF Recreation and Parks – Tamara Aparton, RPDCommunications@sfgov.org

              Outward Bound California – Emma Rapp, (540) 270-5839 erapp@obca.org

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 22, 2021

City Launches Next Phase to Determine Post-Pandemic Future of JFK Drive

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Contact: San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency: 

Erica.Kato@sfmta.com

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department: 

RPDcommunications@sfgov.org

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–An extensive public outreach process launched today...

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Press Releases
Posted on: October 2, 2021

Beloved Sue Bierman Playground Burns

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA–A fire consumed a beloved playground late Thursday night near the Ferry Building, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today. 

Park rangers were alerted at 11:30 p.m. that firefighters had extingui...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 30, 2021

Conservatory Drive West to Re-Open Oct. 1

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA–Conservatory Drive West, which runs behind the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, will partially re-open Friday, Oct. 1 to provide closer access for  delivery vehicles, drop-offs and drivers, the San Francisc...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 18, 2021

Jerry Garcia Amphitheater Opens Following Major Renovation

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Jerry Garcia Amphitheater, an outdoor concert venue nestled in McLaren Park, re-opened today following a $1.45 million facelift that made it more comfortable and accessible for both performers and audience members, the San Francisco Re...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 16, 2021

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Sept.16, 2021

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department: Tamara Barak Aparton | 415-568-0551|  RPDcommunications@sfgov.org

Kaiser Permanente: Matt Skryja  | 415-696-0120 | matt.skryja@kp.org  

SF Port: Rand...

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Press Releases
Posted on: September 13, 2021

Juri Commons Park Reopens Following Renovation

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA –Juri Commons reopened today following a $1.9 million renovation honoring the Mission District park’s railroad history while featuring a seamless redesign with new plantings, an improved play space for children, grass...

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Press Releases
Posted on: August 5, 2021

City Reveals Next Phase for Great Highway to Start August 16

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San Francisco, CA — Today Mayor London N. Breed and Supervisor Gordon Mar with support from Supervisors Connie Chan and Myrna Melgar, announced that starting Monday, August 16th, the Great Highway will have an adjusted operational plan tied to t...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 20, 2021

Golden Gate Heights Playground Re-Opens Following Renovation

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA 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 newl...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 16, 2021

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

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA 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, th...

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Press Releases
Posted on: July 14, 2021

Rec and Park and SFPA Launch Program to Turn Kids into Golden Gate Park Experts

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA A field trip program launched this week acquaints kids from underserved neighborhoods with the joys of Golden Gate Park—then empowers them to return with their families, the San Francisco Recreation and Park...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 25, 2021

New Photo Library to be Named for Legendary SF Photographer David Johnson

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA 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 Par...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 19, 2021

Art installation Honoring Black Lives Arrives for Juneteenth

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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.

The piece, by Bay Area artist Dana King, consists...

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Monumental Reckoning Press Releases
Posted on: June 17, 2021

City Breaks Ground on India Basin Shoreline Park

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Contact: Mayor’s Office of Communications, mayorspressoffice@sfgov.org

 

San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed today joined with community members, environmental advocates, and public officials to kick off the resto...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 16, 2021

Coit Tower to Welcome Visitors Again on June 17

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San Francisco, CA — 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 today.

The 210-foot welcoming beacon, wh...

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Press Releases
Posted on: June 7, 2021

Shoreview Park Re-Opens Following $3.3M Renovation

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA A once-overlooked park in Bayview Hunters Point reopened today with a community celebration after a $3.3 million renovation transformed it into a family-friendly oasis with an adventure playground, the San Francisco R...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 26, 2021

Stern Grove Festival Returns with 2021 Dates

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San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed today announced Stern Grove Festival, the longest-running free outdoor music festival in the Bay Area, will return to Sigmund Stern Grove for its 84th season this summer beginning June 20, 2021....

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 18, 2021

Esprit Park Poised for Robust Renovation

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMay 18, 2021

Contact:San Francisco Recreation and Park Department

RPDcommunications@sfgov.org

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Esprit Park is one step closer to a $7.7 million renovation designed to balance the needs of it...

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Press Releases
Posted on: May 7, 2021

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

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Friday, May 7, 2021

Contact: Mayor’s Office of Communications, mayorspressoffice@sfgov.org

 

Video of the proposed installation is available here.

San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed today anno...

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Posted on: May 6, 2021

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

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Posted on: April 28, 2021

Mayor London Breed Announces Reopening of Remodeled George Christopher Playground

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

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Contact: Mayor’s Office of Communications, mayorspressoffice@sfgov.org

 

Media: Photos can be found here.

San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed today announced the reopening of the...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 27, 2021

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

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San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed and Supervisor Ahsha Safaí today announced the City of San Francisco will partner with the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) to host socially-distanced, outdoor commenceme...

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Press Releases
Posted on: April 12, 2021

First Indoor Pools to Reopen in Bayview, Sunset

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA 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. &nbs...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 19, 2021

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

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Contact: 

Tamara Aparton, SF Rec and Parks 

415-568-0551; tamara.aparton@sfgov.org

 

Shashi Jivan, Mercy Housing 

510-542-4064; sjivan@mercyhousing.org

San Francisco, CA-- Visitacion Valley and Sunnydale res...

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Herz Recreation Center Project Press Releases
Posted on: March 15, 2021

Mayor London Breed Announces Completion of Garfield Square Recreation Area in the Mission District

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San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed today announced the completion of the newly transformed Garfield Square Park in the Mission District. The facility has a renovated indoor pool, clubhouse, courtyard, and public art installation....

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 3, 2021

SkyStar Wheel to Spin Until 2025 Following Unanimous Approval

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SAN FRANCISCO –  The SkyStar Wheel in Golden Gate Park will be permitted to spin until 2025, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today.  

The Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) voted unanimously this afternoon t...

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Posted on: March 2, 2021

Skystar Wheel to Open Thursday, March 4

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SAN FRANCISCO  — SkyStar Wheel, the 150-ft. tall Observation Wheel located in the Music Concourse of Golden Gate Park, will reopen Thursday, March 4 at noon, SkyStar and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today. ...

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Posted on: February 26, 2021

Outdoor Youth Sports to Return to San Francisco with Safety Precautions

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA – The San Francisco Department of Public Health and Recreation and Park Department today announced the expansion of youth sports in San Francisco. The City’s anticipated reassignment to the red tier next week...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 26, 2021

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

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San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed today announced the new Lisa & Douglas Goldman Tennis Center in Golden Gate Park will open on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. The $27 million renovation has transformed the legendary Golden Gate P...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 12, 2021

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

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San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed today announced the opening of the Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground—a center for community engagement and recreation for all ages in the heart of Chinatown. The pla...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 5, 2021

Renovated Golden Gate Park Dog Training Area Opens Saturday

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEFeb. 5, 2021

Contact:San Francisco Recreation and Park Department

RPDcommunications@sfgov.org

Renovated Golden Gate Park Dog Training Area Opens Saturday

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Posted on: October 30, 2020

Margaret Hayward Playground Reopens

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Note: Photos of the renovation can be found here.

 

SAN FRANCISCO, CA  Margaret Hayward Playground reopened today following a $28 million renovation that transformed the beloved 6-acre park in the heart of the Western Addition in...

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Posted on: October 26, 2020

Whimsical Wonderland of Lights Coming to Golden Gate Park

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEOct. 26, 2020 

 

Whimsical Wonderland of Lights Coming to Golden Gate Park

‘Entwined’ Art Installation to Close Out 150th Anniversary

 

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Posted on: October 14, 2020

City Playgrounds Reopen

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San Francisco, CA — 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 ...

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Posted on: March 3, 2020

Turk-Hyde Mini Park Re-Opens Following Renovation

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SAN FRANCISCO, CA  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, as well as a redesign to make the space more accessible and cond...

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Press Releases
Posted on: March 2, 2020

Golden Gate Park to Welcome Five New Bison

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San Francisco, CA – Golden Gate Park’s Bison Paddock is doubling in size, with the addition of five young female bison that will be introduced to the public during a special welcome ceremony on Saturday, April 4, 2020 as part of a park...

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Press Releases
Posted on: February 27, 2020

State Awards $8.5 Million for Waterfront Park in India Basin

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San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed today announced that funding from a voter-approved bond measure to create new parks and recreation opportunities in underserved communities will contribute to the creation of a new park in San F...

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Press Releases
Posted on: January 22, 2020

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

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San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed today announced recent initiatives have resulted in expanded access for visitors at Camp Mather, San Francisco’s family camp in the High Sierras. The San Francisco Recreation and Park ...

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