McLaren Playground and Group Picnic Area Renovation- bids due!

McLaren Park Playground and Group Picnic Area Renovation was advertised to potential contractors, and the project bids are due today! There will be a public bid opening, followed by a certification of the results by City staff. The project is anticipated to go before the Rec & Park Department Commission … Continue reading

Mission Pool Closed

Dear Mission Pool users, The health and wellbeing of our swimmers and pool staff is our top priority. As you know, there are major wildfires burning in Northern California. Current wind patterns are causing the smoke from those fires to spread across the Bay Area, including San Francisco. As of the … Continue reading

Final Concept Design for Golden Gate Park Dog Area

Thank you to everyone who attended last night’s Community Workshop #3 and discussion concerning the final concept plan for the renovation of the Golden Gate Park Dog Training Area. The presentation from last night’s meeting may be downloaded via this link: https://sfrecpark.org/wp-content/uploads/GGP-DPA-Community-Meeting-3.pdf The next steps for the project include the presentation … Continue reading

Gene Friend Rec Center Design Clears Arts Commission Civic Design Review Phase 1

The Gene Friend Rec Center design team presented project design and drawings to the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Civic Design Review Committee on Monday, October 15. The Commissioners were enthusiastic and supportive of the design. The design received Phase 1 approval, with the condition that the design team share lighting … Continue reading

Panhandle Playground Updates: Construction Document Finalization

The design team is finalizing construction documents for a renovated Panhandle Playground, based on tremendous input received from the community for the concept design. A few updates: No substantive changes have been made to the design since concept design was approved by the Rec and Park Commission in February 2018; … Continue reading

First Portion of Improved Oak Woodlands Trail Open for Use in Golden Gate Park

Happy to report that the first section of new trail (of many sections!) is open for use in the Oak Woodlands of Golden Gate Park.  If you would like to try it out, please click here with that area called out in white bubble, with note.  Trailside restoration / erosion … Continue reading

Weed-Munching Mystery Machine to Take Up Residence in Golden Gate Park lake

SAN FRANCISCO – Starting Monday, an unusual visitor will descend upon Golden Gate Park’s Chain of Lakes, chomping its way through the marshy waters and spitting out any invasive weed that dare stand in its path, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today. The Aquamog, an aquatic vehicle … Continue reading

Habitat Conservation Fund Grant Sought for McLaren Park Trail Improvements at Visitacion Ave

The McLaren Park Trails Improvement Project team has applied for another grant in an effort to leverage already committed 2012 Bond funding. Staff will present this grant opportunity to the Recreation and Park Commission Capital Committee on Wednesday, November 7. Click here for hearing agenda and time and location details. The … Continue reading

McLaren Playground and Group Picnic Area Renovation out to Bid!

We have great news to share! We have completed our design phase for the McLaren Park Playground and Group Picnic Area Renovation Project! The project will be advertised to contractors next week. The bid and award phase of the project is anticipated to take 5 months, and construction is planned … Continue reading

McLaren Community Garden Construction Progress

Hi everyone! Construction at the McLaren Community Garden is going well! The contractor has been busy grading, and installing irrigation lines. They are starting to pour the concrete at the upper terrace and build the raised planted beds. The low curbs and retaining walls are complete. We are looking forward … Continue reading

Willie “Woo Woo” Wong – Demolition Underway!

If you have walked by the park lately, you will have noticed big changes! Site demolition is well underway, and work inside the building will begin within two weeks. Concrete demolition will continue into November, after which things should quiet down a bit. The next step will be foundation work … Continue reading

Sgt Macaulay Project Update – Going to Bid

Hello, Good news! The Let’sPlaySF! Sgt. Macaulay Renovation project has completed the design phase and we are now preparing to advertise the project to bid. The bid process will begin in November 2018 with construction beginning in Spring 2019 and finishing by the end of 2019. Once we begin construction, … Continue reading

India Basin Open Space Plan Moves Forward

SAN FRANCISCO – A plan to revitalize a network of waterfront open space in the city’s southeast by rehabilitating and uniting several poorly conditioned existing open spaces into a single, seamless design received approval by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors today. Supervisors voted to certify the environmental impact report … Continue reading

Garfield Pool Closure on October 22 & Updated Pool Hours

Thank you for using San Francisco Recreation & Parks Pools. Garfield Pool will be closing for renovation on Monday, October 22, 2018. During the Garfield Pool closure, staff and resources from Garfield Pool will be reallocated to other city pools. We have expanded lap swimming hours at Coffman, North Beach, … Continue reading

Fleet Week in our Parks!

Fleet Week officially begins on Tuesday, October 2 and runs until Monday, October 8. There will be events throughout the city that honor the contributions of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces while advancing cooperation and knowledge among civilian- and military-based Humanitarian Assistance personnel, including in … Continue reading

Hilltop Park Renovation Receives Civil Engineering Award

The recent $6.7 million renovation that transformed an underused park in the Bayview into a sought-after, multi-purpose public space for people of all ages has been selected by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) San Francisco chapter as its Outstanding Parks and Recreation Project, the San Francisco Recreation and … Continue reading

Gene Friend Rec Center Workshop Materials and Call for Feedback

Thanks to all those who attended our community workshop last night to discuss concept design progress for a new Gene Friend Rec Center – and for providing some thoughtful feedback. For those unable to make it, you can view the workshop presentation (22 pages) (which was focused on project background, … Continue reading

Garfield Pool closing for capital renovations

Dear Swimmers, COMING SOON, Garfield Pool will be closed for renovation starting Monday, October 22. The final day to swim at Garfield Pool is Sunday, October 21.  The SF Recreation & Park Department is undertaking a renovation of the Garfield Pool and Clubhouse, funded by the 2012 Clean & Safe … Continue reading

Balboa Pool Construction Update!

The Balboa Pool renovation project has experienced delays related to the new electrical service connection to the facility. We are continuing to work with the contractor and utility providers including PG&E & PUC to complete construction as soon as possible. Installation of the new electrical service has begun, this week … Continue reading

Youth Stewardship Program Kick-off Series in October

Join us for a series of kick-off events in October for our Youth Stewardship Program (YSP), which engages youth from 2nd to 12th grade in environmental education and service-learning field trips in parks and open spaces citywide. At these events, teachers can learn more about our free programming, meet our … Continue reading

Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Construction Has Begun!

As you may have seen, construction has just gotten underway at the park. The Construction fence is up and play equipment has been salvaged for reuse in other parks (including Portsmouth Square). Passersby may not see much outdoor activity since work in September will be mostly site assessment, preparation, and … Continue reading

RPD Commission Approves Concept Design for India Basin

Greetings park advocates!  My name is Charlene and I am the Project Manager providing support on the India Basin Project. On August 16, 2018, the Recreation and Park Commission approved the conceptual designs for 900 Innes Avenue and India Basin Shoreline Park, and adopted CEQA Findings, including the Mitigation Monitoring and … Continue reading

New Restroom Makes a Splash at Boat Playground

SAN FRANCISCO –  Starting Saturday, nothing will stand between families and all-day outdoor fun at Boat Playground—not even the call of nature itself. The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department will hold a celebration and opening of a free-standing, all-gender restroom at Boat Playground from 3-4 p.m. Saturday. State Senator … Continue reading

First Golden Gate Park Oak Woodlands Trail Section to Open Soon!

Our contractor is making steady progress with the Golden Gate Park Oak Woodlands Trail Improvement Project. A previous update here covered the fact that restoration and construction work would occur in stages throughout the Oak Woodlands, that individual trail segments would be closed during work, and that the overall trail … Continue reading

Road Closures East End of Golden Gate Park for Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project

Please be advised of the following road closures in Golden Gate Park this week and next week: Wednesday, August 15 and Thursday, August 16, 8 am through 4 pm:  Arguello between Fulton and Conservatory Drive and Conservatory Drive West entrance closed: Parking will still be available along Conservatory Drive (accessed from Conservatory … Continue reading

Potrero Hill Rec Center Improvement Project Notice of Construction

Construction activity at Potrero Hill Recreation Center playfields and lower level dog play area is scheduled to begin in mid-August 2018.  Construction Notification Banners were posted on site in June 2018 providing information as shown below.  Progress updates will be provided throughout the construction duration.  Thank for your collaboration and … Continue reading

Potrero Hill Rec Center Improvement Project Update

Potrero Hill Recreation Center Project includes the renovation of the natural turf playfields, improvements to the lower level dog play area, and pedestrian lighting at the on-site pathway for the Walking School Bus Route.   The 5.4 Million project budget is funded by the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond … Continue reading

McLaren Community Garden construction will begin soon!

We have great news to share! We are ready to move forward with construction of the McLaren Community Garden renovation! Renovation will include replacing the existing raised planter beds and compost bins, and providing new site amenities such as picnic tables, benches and potting table. We will also be installing … Continue reading

Merced Heights Project Update and More Funding!

Hi Everyone, An update on Merced Heights, thanks to Supervisor Safai, we received an additional $900,000 in funding for the Let’s Play SF! – Merced Heights Playground Project! This funding will be used for upgrading the courts, fencing and lighting at the site. We have also wrapped up our design … Continue reading

Visitacion Valley Community Facilities and Infrastructure Impact Fee Meeting

Visitacion Valley neighbors are invited to participate in the next community workshop on Saturday, July 28, 2018, 10am – 12:30pmat the Visitacion Valley Library. The workshop agenda will be organized in two parts. Rec and Park and city staff have begun preliminary planning and design work on projects identified by the … Continue reading

Golden Gate Park Golf Course Re-Opens Following Clubhouse Fire

San Francisco – The Golden Gate Park Golf Course has re-opened after a July 2 fire destroyed its clubhouse, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today. The clubhouse, built in 1951, was fully removed by July 11 and a temporary unit is now in its place. Food service … Continue reading

Golden Gate Park Dog Play Area – Design Workshop Online Survey

An online survey has been created to gather feedback on two design concepts for the renovation of the Dog Training Area. A copy of the July 16, 2018 Community Design Workshop presentation may be downloaded under the Documents & Materials section of this project page. Please use the following link … Continue reading

Progress with Oak Woodlands Trails Improvements

Our contractor is making good progress with improvements to the trails in the special Oak Woodlands area of Golden Gate Park. Trail realignment work and hazardous tree removal work has started at the western edge of the Oak Woodlands. Trail surfacing work will begin the week of July 23. The … Continue reading

Washington Square Construction Update

Please pardon our dust while we build the new children’s playground at Washington Square. We are making good progress, the old playground was recently demolished, and new drain infrastructure is being installed. Over the last week we have been working on a new sewer line connection for the drainage beneath … Continue reading

SF Rec & Parks to Host Free 2018 FIFA World Cup Viewing Parties at Sue Bierman Park & Civic Center Plaza

Note: The Semi-Final Matches will NOW be hosted at Sue Bierman Park (Washington and Drumm Street) with the Final Match still being held at Civic Center Plaza.  SAN FRANCISCO – As the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off with the host nation Russia, facing off against Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium … Continue reading

State Outdoor Environmental Education Grant Awarded to Rec and Park for McLaren Park Trail Improvements

We are happy to report that Rec and Park has been awarded an Outdoor Environmental Education Grant for $250,000 from the California Natural Resources Agency Department of Parks and Recreation to help fund trail improvements in McLaren Park.  This funding will supplement the 2012 Bond funding that we have committed for … Continue reading

McLaren Park Trail Improvements Project Next Steps

Thank you to all who participated in the McLaren Park vision planning process.  You can find the final Vision Plan report by clicking here. 4 priority project areas and best management practices were developed as part of the Vision Plan, which was approved by the Rec and Park Commission in … Continue reading

Bernal Heights Park Trails Improvement Project Progress

We are happy to report that the Rec and Park and Public Works team working on the Bernal Heights Park Trails Improvement Project is picking back up with the project this summer. Work remaining includes completing the close to final construction documents, advertising the project to contractors, awarding contract and … Continue reading

GGP Dog Training Area – Community Meeting #2

The second community meeting for the Golden Gate Park Dog Training Area renovation project has been set for Monday, July 16 at 6pm in the Senior Center. (This is the same location as our last meeting.) The project team is looking forward to sharing two design concepts for community input. … Continue reading

Site Work Starting June 25 on Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project

Just a heads up that on-site work will be beginning in the Golden Gate Park Oak Woodlands on Monday, June 25. Restoration and construction work will occur in stages throughout the Oak Woodlands. Individual trail segments will be closed during work. However, the overall trail network will remain mostly open … Continue reading

McLaren Park Playground design updates!

Hi folks, The McLaren Playground Project is moving along an d is currently in the Design Phase. Some renderings of the current design can be seen below. The project should be put out to bid in the Winter of 2018. Construction is planned for Summer 2019. Email alexis.ward@sfgov.org with questions.

McLaren Community Garden out to Bid

After making some modifications to the design, the McLaren Community Garden Project is back out to bid. Potential contractors are encouraged to review the bid solicitation here: http://mission.sfgov.org/OCABidPublication/BidDetail.aspx?K=13212 Construction is planned to begin in Fall of 2018!

GGP Tennis Center – Project Update

The Golden Gate Park Tennis Center remains on track to reimagine the public tennis facilities at Golden Gate Park. We received our Commission and Board of Supervisors Approval of the Conceptual Design and Grant Acceptance in Spring of 2018. Currently we are working our way through engineering design and the … Continue reading

Let’s Play SF! – Sgt Macaulay Project Update

Hi Everyone, Just wanted to provide an update on the Let’sPlaySF! Sgt Macaulay Renovation project. We received our CEQA and approval of concept design by the Recreation and Park Commission in late 2017. We are currently in the middle of engineering design for the project and hope to complete the … Continue reading

Oak Woodlands Trail Improvement Project Construction Starting Soon in Golden Gate Park

Rec and Park has issued NTP (Notice to Proceed) to Yerba Buena Engineering & Construction, Inc. for this coming Tuesday, June 5, which starts the clock on the construction contract, which will include work until early 2019. Restoration and construction work will occur in stages throughout the Oak Woodlands. Individual … Continue reading

Attention! McLaren Bike Park Temporary Closure for New Restroom Installation!

Construction of a permanent restroom will include installing a single user restroom will be installed at the Bike Park along with a Muni bus driver restroom. SFMTA is installing the restrooms, as well as adding a sidewalk in front of the bike park and curb ramps on both sides of … Continue reading

Temporary Closure of Panhandle Playground June 5 through June 6

Please be advised that Panhandle Playground will be temporarily closed for 2 days Tuesday, June 5 through Wednesday, June 6. Thank you for your patience as we work to complete some standard testing to help confirm specific playground renovation design parameters. The playground will reopen by Thursday, June 7. Click … Continue reading

Swimming Pools closed in observance of Memorial Day

Dear Patrons. Please note that our Aquatic Centers will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day. Have a great holiday.

George Christopher Playground Project is Going Out to Bid Soon!

George Christopher Playground renovation includes: site work/playground renovation, paving, restroom upgrades, maintenance road work and irrigation work. We plan to go out to bid in mid July 2018 and are aiming for a construction start date December 2018. Construction duration – approximately 10 months (depending on the elements and unforeseen … Continue reading

Sussex Stair Update

The new stairway has been built! The contractor is now working on rebuilding the top landing and barrier rail where the sidewalk meets the stair. Fabrication of the stair handrail is ahead of schedule, so we will forego the temporary one and proceed with installing the permanent handrail the week of May … Continue reading

Call for Input: Twin Peaks Promenade Concept Design

Thanks to the 30+ community members who made it out to Midtown Terrace Clubhouse for our open house this Tuesday evening to review concept design progress for a new promenade along the eastern half of the Twin Peaks “Figure 8.” For those of you who couldn’t make it out, we … Continue reading

Golden Gate Park’s Anglers Lodge and Casting Pond Celebrate 80th Anniversary

SAN FRANCISCO – In partnership with the Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club (GGACC), the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (SF Rec & Parks) announced the celebration of the 80th anniversary of Anglers Lodge and Casting Pond in Golden Gate Park.  A celebration is scheduled on Saturday, May 12th, … Continue reading

Reminder: May 8 Open House for Twin Peaks Figure 8 Promenade Design

A reminder that this Tuesday we are hosting an Open House to review and collect input on proposed designs for the eastern half of the Twin Peaks Boulevard “Figure 8 Promenade:” Tuesday, May 8, 2018 6:30 – 8:00 pm Midtown Terrace Clubhouse Clarendon Ave + Olympia Way The purpose of … Continue reading

Temporary Closure of Panhandle Playground Starting May 2

Please be advised that Panhandle Playground will be temporarily closed for 2-3 days beginning morning of Wednesday, May 2. Thank you for your patience as we work to complete some standard testing to help confirm specific playground renovation design parameters. The playground will reopen by Saturday, May 5. Click here … Continue reading

Sussex Street Stair Nearing Completion

Construction of the new Sussex Street stair is nearing completion. The new stair treads are being filled and the hillside will receive fine grading before it is covered in erosion control netting. It is expected that the stair will open in mid-May with a temporary handrail. The permanent handrail is … Continue reading

MCLAREN BIKE PARK TEMPORARY CLOSURE

The McLaren Bike Park will be closed from April 23 – May 4 for improvements to the drainage on-site. Public access to the Bike Park will be closed during construction activity. Thank you for your patience. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For further information, please contact Alexis … Continue reading

A Legacy of Service: Remembering the 1906 Earthquake and Fire

Today marks the 112th anniversary of the devastating 1906 earthquake and fire, which destroyed 28,000 buildings and instantly displaced 250,000 city residents from their homes. San Francisco parks and park employees were key in sheltering the victims of the disaster and starting the city on its long road to recovery, … Continue reading

Save the Date: May 8 Open House for Twin Peaks Figure 8 Concept Design

Save the date and join us for an Open House to review and collect input on proposed designs for the eastern half of the Twin Peaks Boulevard “Figure 8”: Tuesday, May 8, 2018 6:30 – 8:00 pm Midtown Terrace Clubhouse Clarendon Ave + Olympia Way Rec and Park staff, together … Continue reading

Sussex Stair Improvements

Work has resumed on the replacement of the Sussex stair. Thank you for your patience during the delay. Completion of the stair should take approximately 4 weeks. Fabrication and installation of the permanent metal handrail may take a few weeks longer, in which case a temporary wooden handrail will be … Continue reading

McLaren Park Vision Plan – Final Report

We are excited to share with you the final Vision Planning Process Report. Click here to view the report and click here for the Appendix. Watch this space for upcoming continued planning meetings for the Trails + Paths, Courts, and Amphitheater portion of the project. We look forward to speaking … Continue reading

Celebrate Earth Month by Volunteering in our Parks!

Join our Earth Month Madness this April by volunteering in our parks! We have numerous volunteer workdays across the city that are perfect for celebrating our planet! For more information or to RSVP for any of these events please email recparkvolunteer@sfgov.org or call (415) 831-6330 Where: Alamo Square (Hayes & … Continue reading

Sussex Stair Replacement

Dear Glen Park Neighbor, Thank you for your patience throughout the Sussex stair replacement at the Glen Canyon Recreation Center. As you are aware, demolition of the stair occurred in late November of 2017. When construction began, we made an unexpected discovery regarding the existing soil conditions, which required minor adjustments … Continue reading

Golden Gate Park Oak Woodlands Trail Improvements Coming Soon

Rec and Park received 2 bids from contractors for the Golden Gate Park Oak Woodlands Trail Improvement Project. The apparent low bidder is Yerba Buena Engineering & Construction, Inc. Pending final review of bid and confirmation that it is responsive, construction contract award will be presented to the Recreation and … Continue reading

Turk Hyde Final Concept

Hello Everyone, Thank you for your ongoing support for the Turk Hyde project, I am proud to share the final concept, Boulder Garden here:Turk Hyde Final Concept We will be presenting this concept at the RPD Capital Committee on Wednesday April 6th, 2018 at 2pm in City Hall, Room 416 … Continue reading

Panhandle Playground Team Moving into Schematic Design

Now that the concept design has been approved, the Panhandle Playground design team is moving into schematic design.  An important part of this phase is gathering technical information.  The team completed a site visit this week, on a rainy morning, to look at and discuss important project factors such as … Continue reading

SF Rec & Parks Moves Forward to Add Brand New 4.5 Acre Park to San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (SF Rec & Parks) announced today the commission approval of conceptual design to convert 4.5 acres of former reservoir to a brand new park located atop of Russian Hill.  The Park, bounded by Bay, Hyde and Larkin Streets and is intersected … Continue reading

GGP Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project Out to Bid

The Golden Gate Park Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project has been advertised to contractors. Pre-bid conference and site walk was held on March 6.  Bids are due on March 22.  We are hoping to present construction contract award to the Rec and Park Commission in April and start construction in … Continue reading

SF Rec & Parks Transforms Historic Car Barn into Youth Performing Arts Center

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the groundbreaking of the $14 million Geneva Car Barn and Powerhouse renovation.  The Geneva Car Barn and Powerhouse (also known as the Car Barn) will become the latest addition of recreation space in Excelsior neighborhood.  A groundbreaking ceremony … Continue reading

SF Rec & Parks to Open New Edible Garden Near Balboa Park

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announces the opening of the Geneva Community Garden today. The 10,427-square-foot community garden, located at Geneva and Delano Ave, is the 40th addition to the Department’s citywide community garden program. Last spring, the Department opened In Chan Kaajal at 17th and Folsom … Continue reading

On Creating an Official Off Leash Dog Play Area Within the Park

The Public Realm Plan process illuminated community interest in an official off-leash dog play area (DPA) within Esprit Park. For the SFRPD Dog Play Area Proposal Outline, please click here: SFRPD Dog Play Area (DPA) Proposal Outline This document highlights the general process for all proposed DPAs. Since with Esprit there … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Updates

Rec and Park staff, together with SFMTA staff, recommend extending the Twin Peaks Figure 8 Pilot, which uses paint and concrete barriers to designate the eastern half of the Figure 8 roadway for people walking and biking. The Pilot has been in place since July 2016, during which time the … Continue reading

Panhandle Playground Concept Design Approved by Rec and Park Commission

The Recreation and Park Commission approved the concept design for a renovated Panhandle Playground on February 15, 2018. Thank you for your patience and support as we have worked over the past nine months to collect your ideas and move through several iterations with our design team.  We are happy … Continue reading

SF Rec & Parks to Open Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds After $10 Million Renovation

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (SF Rec & Parks), The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and the Helen Diller Family Foundation, to officially open the newly renovated Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds, located in the heart of San Francisco’s Civic Center Historic District, on Valentines … Continue reading

Moscone East Playground and Dog Play Area Nearing Completion!

Moscone East Playground and Dog Play Area are getting closer to completion. The contractor is working to tie up loose ends throughout the project areas. Once we have a definitive completion date, the Department will start a public outreach process inviting neighbors to a park opening event. In the interim, … Continue reading

McLaren Roadway Improvements starting this week!

Rec & Park is pleased to announce the beginning of construction of safety measures, principally speed humps, along the entire length of John F. Shelley Drive in McLaren Park. The project, funded and constructed by SFMTA, begins February 7, 2018 and will take several weeks to complete. The project includes … Continue reading

Panhandle Playground Final Concept Design and Commission Hearing

Based on community input, the Panhandle Playground design team has made the following updates to the design for the new playground (for those of you who participated in Workshop 3 and / or completed our online survey, we have combined Alternatives 2 and 3): Includes swings for tots and older … Continue reading

Join Us for the Hyde + Turk Park & Sgt. Macaulay Park Concept Design Open House 

Join San Francisco Recreation and Parks and the Trust for Public Land for Hyde + Turk Park and Sgt. Macaulay Park for a Concept Design Open House. Details: January 31st, 2018 6:00pm … Continue reading

Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds Opening

<3 your parks? Well Cupid is coming to the Civic Center! Everyone is invited to celebrate the opening of these creative play spaces with interactive lighting in the heart of the city … Continue reading

SF Rec and Parks’ Randall Museum to Open After $9 Million Renovation

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and Randall Museum Friends (RMF) proudly announce the opening of the Randall Museum after its recent $9 million renovation. The Randall Museum, a one-of-a-kind art and science education center, reopens to the public on Sunday, February 11th, 2018. The renovation … Continue reading

FREE Recreation Swim for MLK Day!

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, the following pools will be open for FREE recreational swimming from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, January 15:   Coffman Swimming Pool (1700 Visitacion Avenue) Hamilton Swimming Pool (1900 Geary Boulevard) MLK Jr. Swimming Pool (5701 3rd Street) Mission Swimming Pool … Continue reading

January 5 Deadline for Folks Interested in Esprit Community Advisory Group

We are supporting the Dogpatch & Northwest Potrero Hill Green Benefit District (GBD) in setting up an Esprit Community Advisory Group of community members to support the renovation of Esprit Park. The Esprit Community Advisory Group has two functions: To provide community-based feedback as the plan develops and to carry information about the … Continue reading

Alice Chalmers Playground, Online Design Options Survey #2

Survey Link:  http://bit.ly/alicesurvey2 Thank you to the community members who attended Meeting #3 on Saturday, Dec. 16 and provided feedback on the revised Alice Chalmers Playground designs. For those who were not able to attend, please take 5 minutes to fill out the online survey. We will use this information … Continue reading

Holiday Schedule

Dear Swimmers Most of our Aquatic Centers will have extended Lap and Recreation Swimming hours during winter break of Dec 26- Jan 5. Please contact the centers directly for the most up to date schedules. Happy Holidays to all.

McLaren Community Garden Project Update

We are excited to announce that the Recreation and Park Department Commission has approved allocating an additional $250,000 to the Community Garden’s Project budget. With these funds, we hope to fund a greenhouse, additional site furnishings including benches and tables, and additional raised planter beds. We are planning to be … Continue reading

McLaren park Group Picnic and Playground Update

Hi everyone! We have wasted no time beginning our schematic design phase, and we are eager to show you the latest graphics of the playground design. Since the playground is geared to school-aged children, the design team has refined how the various elements are being used within the playground. The … Continue reading

SF Rec and Parks Remembers Mayor Ed Lee

Mayor Ed Lee was a fierce proponent and advocate for our City’s parks. Under his leadership, San Francisco made parks and recreation programs more accessible than ever, acquiring more park land, renovating parks, playgrounds and ball fields and providing more than $1 million in scholarships to city families. Earlier this … Continue reading

Take Our Online Survey by December 19 for Panhandle Playground Concept Design

Thanks to the 30+ adults and kids who attended our Community Workshop 3 for the Panhandle Playground Renovation project on Saturday, December 9. The design team shared 3 variations on a final concept design. Each of these 3 alternatives has the same overall playground footprint and many common elements and represents an … Continue reading

GGP Tennis Center – New Tennis Facility – Project Update

Project Goals: A world class public tennis facility. A vibrant, inclusive hub of San Francisco tennis that is open to all ages and abilities. A place that builds community and supports youth development through the game of tennis. A flexible center that supports expanded tennis programming and a variety of … Continue reading

Alta Plaza Construction Update and On-Site Walk with Project Manager 1/13/2018

The Notice to Proceed was issued (November 29, 2017) by DPW to Azul’s Works, Inc, the General Contractor. The Notice to Proceed, allows the General Contractor to start mobilizing the week of December 4th and install fencing and a job site trailer. Printed banners about the project’s scope of work … Continue reading

Francisco Park Project Update

The Francisco Conservancy, Rec & Park, and the Design team continues to refine concept plan incorporating feedback from the community. The team presented to the Civic Design Review Committee and the Committee/Community is pleased with the design. The team is establishing community focus groups on specific major park elements. The … Continue reading

The Concept Design for the John McLaren Park Playground has Been Approved!

We have exciting news to share! The concept design for the John McLaren Park Playground has been approved by the Recreation and Park Department Commission. This means that the project can continue to move forward. The design team has been working hard to incorporate feedback, which included a desire to … Continue reading

Esprit Park Community Advisory Group Call for Interest

We are supporting the Dogpatch & Northwest Potrero Hill Green Benefit District (GBD) in setting up an Esprit Community Advisory Group of community members to support the renovation of Esprit Park. The Esprit Community Advisory Group has two functions: To provide community-based feedback as the plan develops and to carry information … Continue reading

Geneva Community Garden Commission Item and Construction Photos

We are required to gain approval from the Recreation and Park Commission for construction contracts that exceed 10% base bid change orders or have considerable construction duration extensions. We will be presenting this situation to the Capital Committee of the Commission this coming Wednesday, December 7. Please see agenda item wording … Continue reading

SF Rec & Parks to Launch Free Holiday Fun at Embarcadero Plaza

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the launch of a series of free holiday sports at Embarcadero Plaza. The Plaza already features the Holiday Ice Rink, located at heart of the Embarcadero Plaza.  Now the Department is adding free, fun, drop-in, sports including Disc … Continue reading

SF Rec & Parks to Host Winter Lights in Golden Gate Park

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department announced today a free special event, “Winter Lights in Golden Gate Park” that will take place on Thursday, December 7th, 2017.  The “Winter Lights in Golden Gate Park” event will begin with the City’s 88th Holiday Tree lighting tradition, and is scheduled to … Continue reading

Holiday Events in SF Parks

Join us for “Winter Lights in Golden Gate Park” on Thursday, December 7, from 4 to 8 p.m., featuring the 88th annual lighting of the city’s official holiday tree at McLaren Lodge (501 Stanyan Street and Fell) at 6 p.m., followed by a stunning new light art installation at the … Continue reading

SF Rec and Parks Recycled Almost Half of Trash Generated at Dolores Park

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and Recology announced today that the Eco Pop-up at Dolores Park diverted over 42,840 gallons of recyclables and composts from landfill from May through October this year.  That is equivalent to 48.8% of the total waste collected from the entire … Continue reading

Save the Date: December 9 Panhandle Playground Community Workshop

Save the Date!  Panhandle Playground Community Workshop 3 Saturday, December 9, 10:00 am- 11:30 am The Urban School of San Francisco 1563 Page Street Join us for our third community workshop and provide your input to help guide future improvements to Panhandle Playground, part of the Let’sPlaySF! Initiative – a … Continue reading

SF Rec and Parks Opens Newly Renovated Play Fields at West Sunset Playground

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department announced today the reopening of the playfields at West Sunset Playground after $13.6 million renovation funded by the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond.  West Sunset Playground, 18 acres in size, features a children’s playground, athletic courts, two baseball … Continue reading

Turk Hyde Playground Renovation Meeting

Please join us Thursday November 16th from 6-7:30pm at Boeddeker Clubhouse for the fourth public meeting for the Turk Hyde Mini Park Improvement  Project.  We will be showcasing two updated layouts based on community input park and will use community feedback to develop a final proposed layout.   We look forward to … Continue reading

SF Rec and Parks Welcomes Rock & Roll Photographer Jay Blakesberg to Harvey Milk Photo Center

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today celebrity photographer Jay Blakesberg, who has photographed legendary musicians such Jerry Garcia, Tom Waits, Santana and more, will be showing his work for the first time in San Francisco. The longtime San Francisco resident has chosen SF Rec … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Sussex Stair Replacement Coming Soon!

The existing stair leading to the intersection of Sussex and Elk Streets is scheduled for replacement beginning this November. Funding for the stair was arranged via the Office of Supervisor Sheehy and the Mayor’s Budget Office. This is a long-anticipated improvement that will require a temporary trail detour behind the Glen … Continue reading

McLaren Group Picnic + Playground Concept Design Presentation – Nov. 1st

We had a productive third community meeting and appreciate those who were able to join us in person. If you couldn’t make it, please see our updated concept design here: Group Picnic + Playground Concept Design. Our next step will be to present the draft concept design to the Capital Committee … Continue reading

Construction to Begin on New Restroom at GGP Boat Playground

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the construction of a new free-standing restroom at Golden Gate Park’s Boat Playground located at 45thAvenue and Lincoln Way.  The $ 2 million restroom construction is a community driven project, advocated for by an Outer Sunset community group … Continue reading

Take Our Online Survey by Oct 31 for Panhandle Playground Design Options

Thanks to the 30+ adults and kids who attended our Community Workshop 2 for the Panhandle Playground Renovation project.  The project team presented 3 unique preliminary design schemes to the community and collected input via round robin review of the schemes. Click here to view the presentation given at Community … Continue reading

San Francisco to Open the City’s First Bike Park

SAN FRANCSICO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the opening of the McLaren Bike Park in McLaren Park, the first Bicycle Motocross (BMX) and Mountain Biking Park in San Francisco.  Designed by Alpine Bike Parks, the $1,131,921 project features a beginner bikes skills trail, youth BMX … Continue reading

Conservatory of Flowers to Extend Run of Popular Illuminated Artwork

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today that the popular illumination of the historic Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park will be extended through November 26th this year.  The beloved landmark became the canvas for Photosynthesis, an elegant public art installation to honor San … Continue reading

Upcoming Pool closures for Veterans day and Thanksgiving

Upcoming pool closures for the upcoming Holidays. All Pools will be closed for Veterans day. Saturday, Nov. 11th. All Pools will be closed for 2 days on the Thanksgiving Holiday. Thursday Nov. 23rd and Friday Nov. 24th.

SF Rec and Parks Recieves Grant to Renovate Tennis Courts Citywide!

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department announced today that the Department has received a cash grant of $864,000 from San Franciscans for Sports and Recreation (SFFSR) to resurface tennis courts in the City’s park system.  Throughout 2016, the Department and SFFSR worked together to identify a … Continue reading

Reminder to RSVP for Oct 19 Panhandle Playground Community Workshop

Join us for our second community workshop and provide your input to help guide future improvements to Panhandle Playground, part of the Let’sPlaySF! Initiative – a partnership with the San Francisco Parks Alliance. The design team will be presenting 3 different playground designs for your review. * Food will be provided … Continue reading

New Tennis Facility – Update

The Golden Gate Tennis Center has completed Schematic Design and moving into Design Development. We are awaiting CEQA determination. The CEQA determination will provide the project team with a timeline in which to seek RPD Commission Approval. The desire is to start construction in Spring of 2019. We will present … Continue reading

Update – Alta Plaza Irrigation and Drainage Replacement – North Side

On September 21, 2017 Rec and Park Commission approved to award a construction contract for the Alta Plaza Park – North Side Irrigation and Drainage Project to Azul Works Inc. The scope includes: replacement of sod and automatic irrigation system, installation of perimeter drainage, installation Donor Recognition Circle, and installation … Continue reading

Francisco Reservoir New Park Design Update

The Francisco Conservancy, Rec & Park, and Design team continues to refine concept plan incorporating feedback from the community.  The team presented to the Civic Design Review Committee and the Committee is pleased with the design. The team is establishing community focus groups on specific major park elements. The groups … Continue reading

San Francisco Model for Coalition of 134 Cities to Launch 10-Minute Walk to a Park Campaign

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced today that the City of San Francisco is the model city for cities across the nation as The Trust for Public Land (TPL), National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), and Urban Land Institute are launching … Continue reading

October 19 Panhandle Playground Community Workshop 2

Save the Date!  Panhandle Playground Community Workshop 2 on October 19: Join us for our second community workshop and provide your input to help guide future improvements to Panhandle Playground, part of the Let’sPlaySF! Initiative – a partnership with the San Francisco Parks Alliance. The design team will be presenting 3 … Continue reading

SF Rec and Parks’ Youth Leaders to Celebrate National Public Lands Day

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today that its youth leadership program known as Greenagers, will be leading park stewardship project and community engagement efforts to celebrate National Public Lands Day at Michelangelo Playground located at Greenwich and Jones Streets on Saturday, September 30th.  This … Continue reading

Mclaren Bike Park Construction Pictures

If you haven’t checked out the events page. Please do. Mclaren bike park will have its grand opening Saturday, Oct 21st. See flier here. McLaren Bike Park Opening on October 21 Photos: Mclarenbikepark.com

Cool Off in City Pools!

During the week of September 25th, all pools with the exception of Balboa and Sava Pools are open during our normal operation hours. Cooling lanes for free swim will be available for those who arrive at the Pool for cooling needs. For specific operation hours for each neighborhood pool, please check our aquatics and … Continue reading

More Information for McLaren Park Project Trails + Paths Focus Area

The McLaren Park Project team has taken time to compile information related to the Trails + Paths Focus Area in response to community questions. Please click here for fact sheet. If you have follow-up questions, please contact Project Manager Melinda Stockmann at melinda.stockmann@sfgov.org.

SF Rec and Park to Celebrates 5 Years of Healthy Parks, Healthy People Initiative

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today its 5th year of partnership with Healthy Parks, Healthy People Bay Area (HPHP Bay Area), a collaborative initiative of over 30 parks, public health, and community based agencies working to improve the health and well-being of all Bay … Continue reading

You’re Invited to McLaren Park Project Workshop 3

Thank you so much to everyone who has attended a Workshop, submitted comments and filled out surveys for the project. Join us as we summarize all of the great feedback we have … Continue reading

The Crocker Amazon basketball & surrounding courts will be CLOSED between 10/10/17 – 12/5/17

Attention: Basketball  Courts CLOSED 10/10/17 – 12/5/17 The Crocker Amazon basketball & surrounding courts will be CLOSED between 10/10/17 – 12/5/17 for resurfacing and the installation of new courts. We apologize for the inconvenience. For more information or questions about this job, please contact the project manager, Laura Pate, at … Continue reading

Portsmouth Square – July 13 Workshop Summary

Thanks again to everyone who came out to our second community workshop on July 13th. Since then, the design team has compiled the feedback received and incorporating it into initial concepts for our third community workshop in mid-October (date/time and details will be announced later this week). The presentation from the … Continue reading

Come work on trails in McLaren Park Sept 23 and Sept 24

Join Rec & Park’s Natural Resources Division and Volunteers for Outdoor California (V-O-Cal) for a large scale trail building event in McLaren Park this coming Saturday and Sunday, September 23 and 24. Rec and Park has partnered with V-O-Cal every year for several years to complete significant trail improvements in … Continue reading

Over 300 Responses Received for Panhandle Playground Online Survey

Happy to report that we received over 300 responses to our Panhandle Playground Renovation online survey.  The survey was live for 2 weeks.  Respondents weighed in on their priorities for playground components and provided a wealth of other input. Over 50% of survey respondents live within a 2- to 5-minute … Continue reading

San Francisco Chinatown to Gain New Park Space

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today a newly constructed park space in Chinatown is now scheduled to open early in October, 2017.  The 6,000 square-foot Rooftop Park, which is connected to St. Mary’s Square, contains planted areas, seating and an open plaza.  It was built as … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park to Host Citywide Coastal Cleanup Day 2017

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today that the Department will take the lead to coordinate citywide efforts to celebrate Coastal Cleanup Day in partnership with hundreds of volunteers and fellow government agencies and community groups including California Coastal Commission, California Department of Parks and … Continue reading

McLaren Bike Park is Nearing Completion!

Hi folks! We are headed into the home stretch of construction of the John McLaren Bike Park! The trail and pump track portions of the project have been completed and the wall rides are installed. The contractor is finalizing the irrigation and then, the concrete plaza area will be poured … Continue reading

San Francisco to Name Golden Gate Park Meadow in Honor of Robin Williams

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the naming of the Robin Williams Meadow, the meadow located adjacent to Golden Gate Park’s Sharon Building in honor of the late Robin Williams, the legendary comedian and longtime Bay Area resident.  Throughout his life, Mr. Williams made great … Continue reading

The Minnie & Lovie Ward basketball & tennis courts will be CLOSED between 9/25/17 – 11/20/17 for resurfacing and repairs.

Attention: Basketball & Tennis Courts CLOSED 9/25/17 – 11/20/17 The Minnie & Lovie Ward basketball & tennis courts will be CLOSED between 9/25/17 – 11/20/17 for resurfacing and repairs. We apologize for the inconvenience. For more information or questions about this job, please contact the project manager, Laura Pate, at … Continue reading

India Basin Shoreline Park – Youth Day on the Bay

Hamilton Pool Wins Multiple Awards Over the Summer 

Congratulations to the Hamilton Pool staff for winning both the “Best Pool” Award from San Francisco Magazine and the Bay Area Parent “Best of the Best Swim Center” Award this past summer. Located in the Fillmore/Western Addition neighborhood, Hamilton Pool (1900 Geary Boulevard) is an indoor facility that boasts a large heated pool as … Continue reading

City and County of San Francisco Cooling Centers for Saturday September 2, 2017

San Francisco, CA – The National Weather Service has issued a Heat Advisory for San Francisco until 9:00 pm Saturday September 2.  Temperatures are expected to be as high as 90 degrees over the next several days.  Hot temperatures will create a situation in which heat illnesses are possible especially for older adults, children, people … Continue reading

Help Us Repair Koret Playground

On June 24, the beloved Koret Children’s Quarter playground was vandalized, severely damaging the structure and closing part of the playground. The SF Parks Alliance is leading the community effort to raise funds to restore the playground. To donate or for more information, click here: https://t.co/YjxCK2TqJn On behalf of San … Continue reading

Take Our Online Survey for Panhandle Playground Renovation Now through September 10

The design team for the Panhandle Playground Renovation, which is part of the Let’sPlaySF! Initiative, is collecting additional feedback via an online survey.  Please click here to take the brief online survey.  The design team will collect the input received from the survey and add it to the information that … Continue reading

New Landscape & Temporary Detour

The new landscape around the Glen Canyon Recreation Center is nearing completion. The front and rear plazas are open and feature new lighting, decorative stone inlays, and seat walls. As part of the building’s LEED Certified renovation, the wood seats atop the walls were salvaged from the gymnasium bleachers prior to construction. Two … Continue reading

IN CHAN KAAJAL PARK ADVISORY CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY, AUGUST 26, 2017

Repair work for the swings pole and the net structure fire-pole will be done on Saturday, August 26, from 7 am to 3:30 pm. The children’s play area will remain open during construction. For your safety, please do not enter fenced areas. Community Playgrounds will perform the repairs. The construction … Continue reading

Moscone Playground and Dog Play Area are starting Construction!

We have great news to share! We have initiated the construction contract for the renovation of the east playground and the new dog play area. We just issued the notice to proceed and the contractor is expected to start mobilizing on site this week. It’s been a long road to … Continue reading

Day on the Bay on October 29

Are you a 13 to 15 year old who is interested in sailing for free? Come register for “Day on the Bay” on Sunday, October 29. Two time slots are available: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call (415) 831-6800 and enroll online here for … Continue reading

Balboa Pool Renovation – Construction Update

The Recreation and Park Department is undertaking a renovation project at Balboa Pool. The project commenced in November 2017, and is approximately 60% complete. The contractor is making good progress and the department currently anticipates re-opening the facility in early 2018. Work Occurring this Month: Preparing the pool for new … Continue reading

Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project Schedule

The target timeline that we posted late last year was to complete construction documents and advertise to contractors sometime this summer.  Please see updated anticipated project schedule below.  The largest reason for the updated timeline is that our landscape architect was unexpectedly out on leave for several months; however, there … Continue reading

Kimbell Restroom Gates to be installed Fall 2017!

The sliding gate featured above, one for each restroom, is being fabricated for installation September/October 2017.  The restrooms will remain open during the month long installation, although at times, access to the restrooms may be temporarily delayed or interrupted for public safety. Please stay tuned! For questions, please contact Marien … Continue reading

Golden Gate Tennis Center Update

The Golden Gate Tennis Center has just completed Schematic Design.  We are awaiting a CEQA determination which is due in August 17.  The CEQA determination will provide the project team with a timeline for their review.  Once this has been determined the schedule will be adjusted accordingly.  We are planning … Continue reading

Garfield Pool Center Concept Design Heading to Commission

Regarding the renovation of Garfield Pool Center, the Capital Division is requesting that the Concept Design being presented to the Commission on August 20, 2017 be approved. The design thoughtfully integrates the Clubhouse and the Pool – adding a gathering space and redesigning the Clubhouse so community groups can use … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park to Begin Construction on a New Park in District 6

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the construction of Guy Place Mini Park, a new park at 4-8 Guy Place, one of the very few undeveloped properties in the Rincon Hill District.  The park parcel, located on Guy Place near the approach to the … Continue reading

Leland Avenue Entrance Improvements to start August 2017

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (SFRPD) and San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) are partnering to improve McLaren Park Leland Avenue entrance with two projects: SFPUC will build a new Rain Garden to capture, retain, filter, and absorb rain water in a series of terraced planters between the Visitacion … Continue reading

Aquatics Admission Fees Increase Notice

Municipal Code Authorized Fees for FY 17-18 Increases will begin on 8/1/17 Children – (5-17) Children Drop-in Admission – Rec swim and Lap swim:  $1.00 Monthly Swim Pass – not including lessons:  $20.00 Yearly Swim Pass – not including lessons:  $210.00 Adult – (18-64) Adult Admission – Recreation Swim and … Continue reading

MLK Pool Boiler failure – Out of Service M-F 07/24-07/28

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Swimming Pool is currently experiencing pool heater issues for the main pool. The temperature will not be at our normal 82 degrees until further notice. Our calculated pool temperature could fall as low as 77 degrees during this time period. Thank you for your understanding … Continue reading

National Night Out on August 1

Tuesday, August 1 is National Night Out, an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. Rec centers and parks across the city will be participating in this event with a variety of live entertainment, arts and recreational … Continue reading

Public Workshop: South Downtown Design and Activation Plan

Please join us on August 2, 2017 for the kickoff workshop of the South Downtown Design Activation Plan!  Representatives from City of San Francisco agencies including SFMTA, Public Works, Recreation and Parks, and Planning, will be on hand to discuss current and upcoming projects in the South Downtown area, including … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Rec Center Now Available for Open Gym

Glen Park Recreation Center’s Gym is now officially open to the public! Feel to drop by the facility from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (except Sundays) for open gym on the newly renovated basketball courts! In addition, take a sneak peak at some of the building’s new features, which … Continue reading

Flower Piano Returns to the SF Botanical Garden this Summer

This summer, music, community, and nature join forces once again in the heart of the city during the 12-day, outdoor extravaganza known as Flower Piano. Now in its third year, Flower Piano once again transforms San Francisco Botanical Garden (SFBG) into the city’s own alfresco concert hall, and everyone is … Continue reading

West Sunset Renovation Project Update

Hello West Sunset Park Neighbors- We are still pushing hard to keep this project moving forward at an aggressive pace.   We have recently completed most of the new irrigation improvements for the athletic fields and will be starting to plant new shrubs and trees. See the attached photos which show … Continue reading

Guy Place Mini Park News!

The long-anticipated Guy Place Mini Park project is on the move again! The park design, which was approved in 2014, has been adjusted to replace eight of the park’s proposed vine columns with eight multi-trunk birch trees. These trees will provide canopy coverage with dappled shade over the park. The trees feature … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Pilot Promenade Online Survey Closing July 26

A year ago, on July 13, 2016, the eastern half of the “Figure 8” roadway loop of Twin Peaks Boulevard was transformed to a car-free area for people gazing, hiking and biking on top of San Francisco’s famous Twin Peaks.  This pilot project was legislated by the SFMTA and is part of a … Continue reading

80th Season of the Stern Grove Festival

The 80th season of the the Stern Grove Festival is in full swing! The Festival features free Sunday concerts throughout the summer. Every year since 1938, the Stern Grove Festival Association, in partnership with SF Rec and Park, presents an admission-free performing arts series in Sigmund Stern Grove’s beautiful outdoor amphitheater … Continue reading

Sgt Macaulay Community Meeting #4

Thank you to everyone who attended our Community Meeting for the Let’sPlaySF!  Initiative park renovation of Sgt. John Macaulay playground. We really enjoyed hearing your feedback about the park design. If you weren’t able to make the meeting, please take a look at the attached presentation. SJM Community Meeting 4 … Continue reading

Landscape work continues at Glen Canyon

Construction progress continues on the new rear landscape area at the Glen Canyon Rec Center.  A concrete patio has been built and wood decking is now under construction. These pathways and seating areas will be surrounded by new planting areas featuring rain gardens, pathway lighting, and a new irrigation system. As this … Continue reading

San Francisco Bay Area Pro-Am Hoops Season Underway

Looking to fill that basketball void now that the NBA season is over? The 38th San Francisco Bay Area Pro-Am season is underway, featuring free, high-quality hoops all summer long at Kezar Pavilion in Golden Gate Park. From the seasoned pro and college veterans looking to enhance their skills, to … Continue reading

McLaren Bike Park Update!

Hi all! We have been working hard on construction of the John McLaren Bike Park! Everything has been moving along smoothly and most of the site has been graded. Our next steps will be to install swales, and drainage & irrigation lines. We anticipating wrapping up construction in the fall, … Continue reading

Moscone Rec Center Project Update

Hello Park Advocates.   Exciting news.    The Recreation and Park Commission approved the construction contract for the playground renovation project.   As part of this project, the Department will also be installing a new dog play area on the west edge of the park property and with the generous grant donation from … Continue reading

Let’s Play SF! – Sgt Macaulay Renovation Project Community Meeting

Please join us for the upcoming community meeting for the Sgt. Macaulay Renovation Project on Thursday, July 29th, from 6-7:30pm at Boeddeker Clubhouse.  We will be presenting the final proposed concept and look forward to hearing your feedback! Community Meeting Flyer For any questions or concerns, please email: Philip Vitale … Continue reading

New Furnishings Coming to Alamo Square, Planting Continues

New park benches, picnic tables, and dual-stream garbage/recycling cans will be coming to Alamo Square later this summer. Gardeners from the Recreation and Park Department have also continued to beautify the park with new drought-tolerant and pollinator-friendly plants.

Presentation from Final McLaren Trails and Paths Focus Group Workshop

We had a great turnout for our final McLaren Park Trails + Paths Focus Group Workshop this Tuesday, June 13. About 35 community members attended.  After staff gave a presentation on updates (click here for presentation), participants circulated to 5 stations that outlined priority project area proposals (click here for … Continue reading

Hilltop (Sundial) Park – Playground repairs June 5-9, 2017

Construction Advisory: June 5-9, 2017 Hilltop Playground will remain open during the repair to the see-saw bumper. The scope of work consists of removing and replacing the bumper and patching the safety surface. Robert A. Bothman (Construction),  Community Playgrounds and Robertson Industries (wearing branded safety vests) will perform the repairs throughout … Continue reading

Alamo Square Park is Now Open

Dear Friends of Alamo Square Park, Thank you for your interest in Alamo Square Park. We are very pleased to have re-opened the park after investing $5.3 million in this twelve acre, iconic property. Much of the work we completed, you cannot see.  Most significantly, we replaced the park’s 70 year … Continue reading

Construction Progress and Timeline for Geneva Community Garden

The contractor is making progress at Geneva Community Garden.  Due to rainier weather than usual and unforeseen property line coordination issues, we are now anticipating project completion and garden opening in late summer.  Thanks to our many adjacent neighbors for your cooperation and partnership and thanks to those waiting to … Continue reading

Alice Chalmers Playground Kick-off

The Recreation and Park Department (RPD), in partnership with the San Francisco Parks Alliance (SFPA), has officially initiated the Alice Chalmers Playground Renovation Project. This project is part of the Let’sPlaySF Initiative, funded by the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond. We are thrilled to be working with landscape … Continue reading

Alamo Square Reopens on May 24

Join us for a celebration event marking the completion of signficiant improvements to this iconic neighborhood park. Funded by the 2008 and 2012 Clean and Safe Neighbhorhood Park bonds as well as … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Trails Opened This Afternoon

The newly aligned, more sustainable trail adjacent to Mission Blue Butterfly habitat opened to the public this afternoon!  Improvements include the replacement of deteriorated steps, new wayfinding signs, erosion control and habitat protection. This work was funded by the 2008 Clean & Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond and by a Habitat … Continue reading

Site Visit and Survey of Green Waste Transfer Area for Oak Woodlands Trails Project

You may wonder- what does the green waste transfer area along Conservatory Drive have to do with the Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project?  Because we are planning a trail that runs along the north edge of this zone, we want to make sure to separate the utility area with the … Continue reading

George Christopher Final Concept Renderings

Hi Everyone! As an update to my last post, we have updated our renderings for the George Christopher project and I wanted to share them with you today. See the link below: George Christopher Final Concept We will be presenting this concept to the Recreation and Parks Commission in June for … Continue reading

Merced Heights Final Concept Update

Hi Everyone! I wanted to give an update on the Let’sPlaySF!: Merced Heights Playground Improvement Project.   After the last community meeting, we took a vote on the Treehouse versus Two Towers option via the Google Survey, emails and a clubhouse visit surveying the children. The votes are in and the … Continue reading

Panhandle Playground Site Visit with Rec and Park Staff and Landscape Architect

Happy to report that thanks to the San Francisco Parks Alliance, we now have RHAA Landscape Architecture + Planning on board as lead Design Consultant for the Panhandle Playground Project. Earlier this week, Rec and Park staff from various divisions met with the landscape architect on site to do some … Continue reading

McLaren Park Trails + Paths Planning: Invitation for Additional Input

The second of 3 McLaren Park Project Trails + Paths Focus Group workshops was held on Saturday, April 8 at the Visitacion Valley Branch Library.  Over 50 community members attended.  The design team gave a presentation (click here to view) and then participants reviewed a preliminary diagrammatic representation of trails and … Continue reading