150-Foot Observation Wheel to Offer ‘Bay to Breakers’ Views for Riders During Golden Gate Park’s 150th Anniversary

San Francisco, CA — Mayor London N. Breed today announced an illuminated 150-foot observation wheel is among the attractions being planned for Golden Gate Park’s 150th anniversary in 2020. The wheel will provide riders with sweeping views from the ocean to downtown San Francisco. The observation wheel will launch on … Continue reading

Last chance to convert paper passes to memberships!

Paper Swim Passes (scrip tickets) will expire on 12/31/19. You may visit McLaren Lodge up until December 31st to exchange your paper passes for the swim membership passes. We will not be able to accept paper passes for pool entry after December 31st. Thank you for swimming at our pools! … Continue reading

Uncle John’s Tree Lights Up for the Holidays

SAN FRANCISCO – Following a countdown led by Mayor London Breed, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department turned on the holiday cheer this evening, along with 550 dancing lights illuminating the city’s official holiday tree. The 90th annual Holiday Tree Lighting, a celebration with free activities and live entertainment … Continue reading

Ice Skating Rinks in our Parks!

You know it’s the holiday season in San Francisco when the ice rinks are up in our parks! Be sure to check out ice rinks at – Union Square (http://bit.ly/2qxjBvl) – Embarcadero Plaza(http://bit.ly/2Q00Iin) – Civic Center Plaza (http://bit.ly/2QSjxVc) With a variety of special events in addition to regular skating times, … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Commission Greenlights Operator of Golden Gate Park Tennis Center

SAN FRANCISCO – Lifetime Activities, a company that runs municipal tennis centers in five Bay Area cities, has been chosen to operate the Golden Gate Park Tennis Center when it opens next year. San Francisco Recreation and Park commissioners voted unanimously today to authorize the 26-year-old company to enter into … Continue reading

Community Celebrates Sport Court Makeover at Potrero Rec Center

SAN FRANCISCO – Getting onto the courts at Potrero Recreation Center is now a whole new game,  thanks to major improvements that will delight both basketball and tennis players. About 50 neighborhood kids joined Mayor London N.  Breed, former Mayor Art Agnos, and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department General … Continue reading

Sloane Stephens Celebrates Upcoming Tennis Center with SF Kids

SAN FRANCISCO – A few miles from the whir of construction at the new Golden Gate Park Tennis Center, about 100 elementary school kids were being coached by one of the top tennis players in the world at Hamilton Recreation Center today. Sloane Stephens, a 2017 U.S. Open champion and … Continue reading

Panhandle Playground Celebrates Renovation

SAN FRANCISCO – With new equipment to spark imagination, fresh surfaces for jumping and running, and innovative features to explore music and sound, the renovated Panhandle Playground opened amid a community celebration today. Children from Stepping Stones Preschool whooshed down one of the playground’s two new slides alongside District 5 … Continue reading

Public Horseback Riding Returns to Golden Gate Park

For reservations and pricing, please visit click here.  SAN FRANCISCO – Equestrian enthusiasts can now experience Golden Gate Park on horseback, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today. Chaparral Ranch will hold its grand opening Saturday in the park’s Bercut Equitation Field, offering trail rides, children’s pony rides, … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Commission to Consider Operator for Golden Gate Park Tennis Center

SAN FRANCISCO – In April, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department broke ground on its project to transform its 125-year-old Golden Gate Park Tennis Center into one of the best public tennis facilities in the nation. On Thursday, Recreation and Park Commissioners will vote on an operator to handle … Continue reading

Rec & Park Breaks Ground on Shoreview Park Overhaul

SAN FRANCISCO – Amid a community celebration,  the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department broke ground today on a project that will transform Shoreview Park in the Bayview into a well-lit, accessible oasis for children to play and families to gather. The $3 million renovation, funded mainly through federal and … Continue reading

Pedestrian and Bike Advocates, City Officials Celebrate Golden Gate Park Safety Improvements

SAN FRANCISCO – Bicycle and pedestrian advocates joined city officials today to celebrate the last of 13 raised crosswalks installed recently in Golden Gate Park, capping three years of traffic calming measures in the park as part of the city’s Vision Zero initiative. District 5 Supervisor Vallie Brown helped stripe … Continue reading

Two Hiroshima Survivor Trees Planted in Japanese Tea Garden

SAN FRANCISCO – Two second generation saplings—descendants of ginkgo trees that survived the nuclear blast on Hiroshima—were planted at the Japanese Tea Garden today in a ceremony that also honored former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and Dame Charlotte Malliard Shultz for their advocacy around nuclear disarmament. United Religions … Continue reading

Presidio Wall Playground Replaces Julius Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission voted unanimously today to rename Julius Kahn Playground to “Presidio Wall Playground.” The organizations Chinese for Affirmative Action and the Chinese Historical Society drove the renaming efforts. Public comment at today’s meeting included individuals personally affected by the Chinese Exclusion … Continue reading

Kaiser Permanente Contributes $1.6 Million to Provide Safe and Imaginative Playgrounds for San Francisco Kids and Families

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco’s playgrounds are getting a major boost thanks to a $1.6 million contribution by Kaiser Permanente to the LetsPlaySF! campaign, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today. The LetsPlaySF! campaign, a partnership between SF Rec and Parks and the San Francisco Parks Alliance, promises … Continue reading

‘Presidio Wall Playground’ Moves Forward to Replace Julius Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission’s Operations Committee today voted to recommend “Presidio Wall Playground” replace the name of the current Julius Kahn Playground. Presidio Wall was the top vote-getter during the public outreach process. It awaits final approval by the full commission during its Sept. … Continue reading

Community Celebrates Renovation of Potrero Hill Rec Center Grounds

SAN FRANCISCO – Revamped athletic fields, new sports equipment, improved lighting and accessible pathways were among the major improvements unveiled by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department today at the Potrero Hill Recreation Center. The $5.5 million renovation also included a new irrigation system, new landscaping, concrete retaining walls, … Continue reading

Youth Stewardship Program Kick Off Series!

Our Youth Stewardship Program (YSP) engages youth 2nd-12th grade in environmental education and service learning field trips in parks and open spaces city wide. We are hosting three YSP Kick-Off events for teachers to learn more about our free programming, meet our environmental educators, and register for classes for the … Continue reading

Due South Concert Series to be Held at McLaren Park

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, San Francisco Parks Alliance, District 11 Supervisor Ahsha Safai, and Noise Pop are excited to announce the inaugural season of the Due South Concert Series.  Due South is a new series of free concerts made possible by the City of … Continue reading

Alice Chalmers Playground Receives $30,000 for Makeover

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department has been selected to receive a $30,000 play space grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Walt Disney Company. Rec and Parks will use the funding toward the current renovation of Alice Chalmers Playground in the … Continue reading

SF Rec and Parks Head Phil Ginsburg Appointed to State Parks Commission

SAN FRANCISCO – Phil Ginsburg, general manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department for the past decade, will bring his expertise to the state park system as well. Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Ginsburg, 52, to the California State Park and Recreation Commission, the governor’s office announced Tuesday afternoon. … Continue reading

Cannabis Gets Green Light for Outside Lands

SAN FRANCISCO—This weekend’s Outside Lands festival will be the first event in San Francisco where adults can legally buy and consume recreational cannabis, the San Francisco Office of Cannabis (OOC) and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today. The announcement kicks off a new era of legal—and highly … Continue reading

Outside Lands From August 9 to 11

As we close out July, we look ahead to August with Outside Lands right around the corner! The three-day music and arts festival, featuring more than 100 of the music industry’s best acts, has become a destination event and is considered one of the top festivals in the nation. It will take place on the … Continue reading

New Sport Courts Open at Hayes Valley Playground

SAN FRANCISCO—Renovated sport courts, including a unique basketball court that doubles as colorful street art, opened amid a community celebration today at the Hayes Valley Playground. Improvements to the basketball court, including a colorful court mural by San Francisco street artist Apexer, resurfacing, and new hoops and backboards, was funded … Continue reading

Community Garden Events This Summer!

Get your garden ready and join us for FREE community garden workshops this summer, including our our third Garden Resource Day of the year at Alemany Farm (700 Alemany Boulevard) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, August 3 that will feature FREE compost, plant starts and more! For additional … Continue reading

In Chan Kaajal Community Garden Wins Livability Award

SAN FRANCISCO – These days, In Chan Kaajal Community Garden is cultivating more than carrots and corn for the Mission District. On Sunday, the community garden located on 17th and Folsom received the Livability Award for its role in creating a cohesive neighborhood hub for one of the most diverse … Continue reading

Coit Tower Café to Open at Iconic Landmark 

SAN FRANCISCO – Sightseers will soon be able to take in a panini or cannoli alongside Coit Tower’s breathtaking views. Coit Tower Café, located in a kiosk steps away from the San Francisco skyline’s 210-foot welcoming beacon, will open today, Friday, July 12. Operated by Acquolina Restaurant in North Beach, … Continue reading

TPC Harding Park Hosts Inaugural SF Pride Golf Tournament

SAN FRANCISCO—LGBTQ golfers and allies gathered on the green Wednesday for the first-ever San Francisco Pride Pro-Am Golf Tournament, a historic fundraiser at TPC Harding Park. The inaugural event was hosted by TPC Harding Park in partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, the Northern California Professional Golfers … Continue reading

World Cup Fever! SF Rec and Park Adds Additional Watch Party Friday for USA v. France

SAN FRANCISCO—As the competition heats up, the San Francisco Recreation and Park department today announced an additional free, live FIFA Women’s World Cup viewing party to be held this Friday, June 28. This bonus screening, held in partnership with the San Francisco Parks Alliance, will be held at noon at … Continue reading

Stonewall Riots 50th Anniversary and Pride Events in our Parks!

The Harvey Milk Photo Center (50 Scott Street) presents the Stonewall 50 Years Anniversary Art and Pride Exhibit. This exhibit will feature local artists showcasing their best contemporary works celebrating the LGBTQ community and its history. It will open this Saturday, June 22 with a reception from 5 to 8:30 … Continue reading

New Mural on Historic Shipwright’s Cottage Celebrates India Basin Community

SAN FRANCISCO – Amid a neighborhood celebration, city officials today unveiled a new mural celebrating the Bayview-Hunters Point community on a historic building that will become an integral part of its future. The block party featured free food and music, followed by a screening of the Golden State Warriors game … Continue reading

SF Recreation and Park Department Breaks Ground on Five Playgrounds

SAN FRANCISCO – Under the watchful eyes of 45 preschoolers, city officials and community members broke ground today on five playground renovations—a major milestone in a project that promises to transform 13 timeworn play areas used by 20,000 children in neighborhoods across the City. Today’s groundbreaking ceremony, held at the … Continue reading

SF Rec and Parks Breaks Ground on $27M Tennis Center

SAN FRANCISCO – Tennis enthusiasts of all ages gathered today with City officials, the Tennis Coalition of San Francisco, and the San Francisco Parks Alliance to celebrate a new era for public tennis in San Francisco with the groundbreaking of the Golden Gate Park Tennis Center renovation. The San Francisco … Continue reading

Randall Museum Science Fair Winners Head to State Championships

SAN FRANCISCO – Budding scientists from middle schools across San Francisco will compete in a Bay Area-wide science fair later this month after distinguishing themselves at a citywide competition held at the Randall Museum. More than 160 students from San Francisco’s public and private schools competed in this year’s San … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Rolls Out 10 New Sport Wheelchairs for Public Use

SAN FRANCISCO – City officials, wheelchair basketball athletes, and South of Market community members on Wednesday celebrated the addition of 10 new custom sport wheelchairs at Gene Friend Recreation Center—part of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s focus on adaptive sports. The $40,000 purchase of the 10 wheelchairs were … Continue reading

India Basin Project Receives $5 Million in Funding

SAN FRANCISCO – A plan to rehabilitate a long-vacant bayside lot in San Francisco’s India Basin and turn it into a waterfront park took a step forward with the allocation of a $5 million grant toward tidal restoration and site cleanup. The San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority on Friday approved … Continue reading

New Trail Through Oak Woodlands Dedicated to Phil Arnold

SAN FRANCISCO –San Francisco Recreation and Park Department today unveiled its new main trail through the Oak Woodlands of Golden Gate Park, dedicating the scenic path to Phil Arnold, a longtime advocate for local parks, open space, and recreational trail opportunities. The Phil Arnold trail provides a primary, continuous nature … Continue reading

SF Residents: Parks Make City More Livable

SAN FRANCISCO –– Seventy eight percent of San Franciscans think the condition of the city’s parks are improving, a bright spot in poll results measuring the public’s satisfaction with city services and issues. The 2019 Dignity Health CityBeat Poll, released Tuesday by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, revealed that … Continue reading

Summer Resource Fair Pop-Up Schedule

Did you miss the Summer Resource Fair on February 9 with us, the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth & Their Families and the San Francisco Public Library? Don’t worry, we have free pop-up summer resource fairs coming up in the next month in your neighborhood! Connect with representatives for camps, … Continue reading

Restroom Monitor Program Expands to Seven Additional Park Locations 

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco will dramatically boost the number of park restrooms staffed by trained monitors, part of the City’s commitment to improving quality of life in neighborhoods most in need. The San Francisco Human Services Commission today green-lit the expansion of San Francisco Recreation and Park’s Department’s Park … Continue reading

Recreation and Park Commission Approves Outside Lands Contract Extension

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park commissioners today unanimously approved a contract extending San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s contract with Another Planet Entertainment for the production of the annual Outside Lands Music Festival.   The agreement, which will now go before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors … Continue reading

Public Budget Meetings on January 30 and February 4 

Join us for one of two budget meetings to discuss preliminary plans for Fiscal Years 2019-20 and 2020-21. Learn about our department’s budget instructions for the next two years, and let us know what your priorities are in your neighborhood parks. The first meeting will be on Wednesday, January 30 at … Continue reading

Ropes Course to Raise Profile of McLaren Park, Expand Local Access to Leadership Programming

SAN FRANCISCO –  The San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission today approved a plan to transform an under-used part of John McLaren Park into a high ropes challenge focusing on leadership and character development for local youth and others. A project of SF Rec and Parks and Outward Bound California … Continue reading

City Leaders Break Ground on Margaret Hayward Playground Renovation

SAN FRANCISCO – A project to improve park access, update play equipment and enhance programs for seniors and youth at a beloved Western Addition gathering space broke ground today.   The redesign of Margaret Hayward Playground, which will be complete in 2020, will unify the sprawling 6-acre property, welcoming visitors … Continue reading

Winter Park Ice Rink Opens in Thriving Civic Center

SAN FRANCISCO – An ice rink steps away from San Francisco City Hall and modeled after the famed Wiener Eistraum of Vienna opened today, the latest attraction in a Civic Center area now rich with art, entertainment and family-friendly fun. The Winter Park at Civic Center, operated by Willy Bietak … Continue reading

Park Report: Standards Raised, Disparities Narrowed

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco’s parks became more consistently well maintained across the city last year, with less disparity between neighborhoods and significant improvements to formerly lower scoring properties, according to a Controller’s Office report released Wednesday afternoon. Overall, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department met 89 percent of … Continue reading

William Hammond Hall Awards Celebrates Decade of Excellence

SAN FRANCISCO – The men and women whose gardening skills have made San Francisco’s parks among the nation’s best were honored recently at the 10th Annual William Hammond Hall Awards. In partnership with the Laborer’s International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 261, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission … 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

Civic Center Plaza Welcomes New Bi-Rite Cafe

SAN FRANCISCO – Offering fresh food amid the flourishing Civic Center Plaza, Bi-Rite Cafe opened its doors today, serving the neighborhood’s appetite for nourishing options and a welcoming gathering space. The opening of the cafe is the latest attraction transforming the area into a destination for neighborhood families, visitors from across … 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

Coit Tower Celebrates its 85th Year with National Recognition

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco’s iconic Coit Tower will turn 85 on Monday with extra reason to celebrate: it has been named a “nationally significant” historic place on the National Register of Historic Places. The National Register is the official list of buildings, districts and objects worthy of preservation. Established as … 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

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

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

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

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

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

San Francisco to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Japan Center and Japantown Peace Plaza

SAN FRANCISCO – The Japantown Merchants Association, the East and West Japan Center Malls, the Japantown community of residents, merchants and nonprofits and spiritual leaders, in partnership with SF Recreation and Park Department (SF Rec & Parks) will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Japanese Cultural and Trade Center (Japan Center) and … Continue reading

The Greenager Program is now hiring for Class of 2018-2019!

The Greenager Program is an outdoor youth leadership program created and designed to offer early high school teens a chance to play an important role in the community by improving the city’s green spaces through stewardship, engagement, raising awareness, creating place-based projects focused on topics participants value and are interested in, and to simply connect youth … 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

San Francisco Deltas Win NASL Championship at Kezar Stadium!

Congratulations to the San Francisco Deltas for bringing home the City’s first Northern America Soccer League Championship! It was an amazing experience to watch this team coming together from their first game to the championship. Their greatest measure of growth can be seen in their performances against Miami FC, arguably the most … 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Helen Diller Family Foundation Expands Gift to SF’s Civic Center Plaza

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department in partnership with The Trust for Public Land and Civic Center Community Benefit District (CCCBD) announced today that Helen Diller Family Foundation will be expanding its $10 million playground renovation gift to Civic Center Plaza.  Through The Trust for Public … 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

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

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

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

Summer of Love Light Art Installation at the Conservatory of Flowers through October

Missed 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love and the lighting of the Conservatory of Flowers for the Summer Solstice? We have you covered! The lighting at the Conservatory of Flowers (100 John F Kennedy Drive) will continue to be on view through October 21, from 9 to 11:30 p.m., … Continue reading

Lawrence Halprin Exhibit at the Palace of Fine Arts

In partnership with The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF), SF Rec and Park announces the opening of The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin, a traveling photo exhibition about the life and work of landscape architect Lawrence Halprin (1916-2009). The exhibit opens May 25, 2017 and will remain on view through September 4, … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park and Laborers International – Local 261 Celebrate Park Gardeners with Ninth Annual William Hammond Hall Awards

SAN FRANCISCO – In partnership with the Laborer’s International Union of North America (LIUNA) Local 261, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission and Department hosted the ninth Annual William Hammond Hall Awards on May 24 at the Lake Merced Clubhouse. The awards honor the top professionals in gardening and … Continue reading

PRESS RELEASE: SF Rec and Park’s Partnership With Bonnie Ora Sherk and A Living Library Receive International

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is proud to announce that its long-time partner, Bonnie Ora Sherk, Founder and Director of A Living Library (A.L.L.) and creator of the prototype, Living Library Nature Walk which links parks, schools, public housing, streets, and other open spaces leading … Continue reading

San Francisco’s landmark Conservatory of Flowers to be illuminated in a special Summer of Love tribute

June 21 through October 21, 2017 SAN FRANCISCO—Flowers power the night this summer as the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park becomes the canvas for an elegant light art installation to honor San Francisco’s city-wide celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Summer of Love. Developed in partnership with … Continue reading

Junior Acting Troupe’s 5th Anniversary Gala and “A Midsummer Night’s Dream” Show

The Junior Acting Troupe presents Shakespeare’s classic “A Midsummer Night’s Dream.” Come experience the language, poetry, and wit of Shakespeare in this fast-paced, fun version of his timeless classic. This free event will take place at Moscone Rec Center (1800 Chestnut Street) on Friday, May 12 and Saturday, May 13 starting at … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Partners to Host A Day of Service Celebrating Huckleberry Youth Programs’ 50th Anniversary

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is proud to partner with Huckleberry Youth Programs (HYP) and San Francisco Travel to celebrate the 50 years of the HYP’s success in San Francisco. In honor of their commitment to San Francisco youth, the Department will be co-coordinating a … Continue reading

Design Museum San Francisco, Playworld, And The City Of San Francisco Bring New Public Play Sculpture To Civic Center Plaza

The PlayCubes installation is a Part of Design Museum San Francisco’s Extraordinary Playscapes Exhibition Opening at the San Francisco Public Library on April 6 SAN FRANCISCO — Design Museum San Francisco, Playworld, San Francisco Recreation and Parks, and the San Francisco Parks Alliance are pleased to announce the opening of … Continue reading

Extraordinary Playscapes Comes to the SF Main Library Starting  April 6

Free & Open to the Public April 6 – July 8, 2017 San Francisco Main Library, Fisher Children’s Center, 2nd Floor (100 Larkin Street) This national exhibition and education program from Design Museum San Francisco explores the latest thinking in playground design while presenting how vital free play is to childhood development, thriving … Continue reading

A New Exhibition Exploring The Best Examples Of Worldwide And Local Playground Design Premieres In San Francisco On April 6

The Extraordinary Playscapes Exhibition Will Run Through July 8, 2017 SAN FRANCISCO— Design Museum San Francisco, Playworld, San Francisco Recreation & Parks, and the San Francisco Public Library are pleased to announce the opening of Extraordinary Playscapes, an exhibition featuring over 40 pioneering play spaces from around the world, at … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park and Golden Gate Audubon Society Get Nests Ready for White-Crowned Sparrows

SAN FRANCISCO – For the fifth consecutive year, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department partnered up with the Golden Gate Audubon Society and volunteers to restore White-Crowned Sparrow habitats and other coastal scrub species at the edge of the Bison Paddock in Golden Gate Park. Today, volunteers removed invasive weeds … Continue reading

SF Recreation and Park Policies and Initiatives to Be Highlighted at Statewide Conference

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the Department’s recreation initiatives and park policies will be highlighted at the annual conference held by California Park and Recreation Society (CPRS), a statewide nonprofit organization founded in 1946 to strengthen California’s public parks, and recreation industry and its … Continue reading

The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin Exhibition to Open at the San Francisco Palace of Fine Arts May 24, 2017

Washington, D.C. (February 15, 2017) – The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF) today announced that The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin, a traveling photographic exhibition about the life and work of landscape architect Lawrence Halprin (1916-2009), will open May 24, 2017, at the Innovation Hangar at the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco and … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Breaks Ground on $10 Million Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Recreation & Park Department, in partnership with the Trust for Public Land (TPL) and the Helen Diller Family Foundation, is proud to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds, located in the heart of San Francisco’s Civic Center Historic District. The … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Begins Construction for $1.4 Million Edible Garden on Geneva Ave

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department began construction of the Geneva Community Garden today. The 10,427-square-foot community garden, located at Geneva and Delano Ave, will be the 38th addition to the Department’s citywide community garden program. This spring, the Department will open the community garden located … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Celebrates 5th Anniversary of Greenager Program with Graduation and Program Expansion

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation & Park Department celebrated the fifth anniversary of the Greenager program with a graduation ceremony at the EcoCenter in Heron’s Head Park this morning. The Department’s Greenager internship program offers teens a chance to play an important role in improving San Francisco communities … Continue reading

Greater & Greener International Conference for Urban Parks

City Parks Alliance, Minneapolis Parks and Recreation Board, Saint Paul Parks and Recreation and more than 1,000 global park leaders will explore the power of parks in supporting healthy, resilient and sustainable cities. Conference tracks cover the latest in Youth Development, Creative Culture of Parks, Planning Healthy Systems, and City Park Essentials. Attendees … Continue reading

Public Budget Meeting on February 8

Join us for the second of two budget meetings to discuss our department’s Strategic Plan, our budget instructions for the next two fiscal years, and share with us your priorities for your neighborhood parks. Wednesday, February 8 at Joseph Lee Recreation Center (1395 Mendell St.) 6:30 to 8 p.m.

It’s Not Too Early to Think About Summer: 2017 Camp Mather Lottery

Registration for the 2017 Camp Mather Lottery ends at 5 p.m. on Friday, February 3. New Registration System! In August, we launched our new registration system for classes, swim passes and memberships, and Camp Mather lottery registrations. If you haven’t already, please set up a new account today at sfrecpark.org/register. For … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Celebrates 100th Anniversary of Dahlia Society of California with Annual Digout in Golden Gate Park

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department in partnership with the Dahlia Society of California (DSC) will be hosting a volunteer event, the annual Dahlia Dell Digout in Golden Gate Park on Saturday, January 7 starting at 9:30a.m. The event will take place at the Dahlia Dell located … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Celebrates the Holidays and Announces Opening of Winter Class Registration

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is pleased to announce this weekend’s holiday celebrations and events, and the opening of winter class registration. Friday, December 16: Holly Jolly Holiday Party, Tenderloin Recreation Center, 3-6 p.m. Kids ages 5-17 featuring food, games and a toy giveaway San … Continue reading

Butterflies & Blooms at the Conservatory of Flowers Now Open

Get eye to eye with a butterfly in the exhibit Butterflies & Blooms, coming to the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park this fall. The popular exhibit returns by overwhelming demand to San Francisco’s beloved Victorian greenhouse, transforming its Special Exhibit gallery into a beautiful and intimate cottage garden … Continue reading

Women’s Pickup Basketball Every Tuesday Evening at Eureka Valley Rec

If you’ve been meaning to break out the high-tops, here’s your chance! Eureka Valley Recreation Center (19th and Collingwood streets) hosts women’s pickup basketball every Tuesday evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. All skill levels welcome. Bring your friends or make new ones. Click here for more info.

SF Rec & Park and Supervisor Scott Wiener Join Community to Open the Noe Valley Town Square, San Francisco’s Newest Park

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and Supervisor Scott Wiener are proud to celebrate the opening of Noe Valley Town Square, San Francisco’s newest park. In conjunction with the Residents for Noe Valley Town Square, and other State and City officials, SF Rec & Park cut … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Celebrates 16th Annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park

SAN FRANCISCO — This weekend, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will celebrate the 16th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival, an admission-free music festival in the heart of Golden Gate Park. The festival features more than 100 musical artists on seven stages. Opening acts begin at 12p.m. Friday. The … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Honors National Public Lands Day with Volunteer Cleanup at Gilman Playground

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will be leading volunteers to celebrate National Public Lands Day (NPLD) by cleaning up and beautifying Gilman Playground located in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood on Saturday, September 24th. The Department’s Volunteer Services Program, in partnership with the Candlestick Point Neighborhood Committee, are celebrating the … Continue reading

National AIDS Memorial Commemorates 25 Years of Remembrance, Healing and Hope With Ceremony Honoring Long-Time Supporters

Volunteers gather for Community Volunteer Workday; Pay tribute to friends and loved ones lost to HIV/AIDS SAN FRANCISCO — Twenty-five years ago a small group of San Francisco residents representing a community devastated by the AIDS epidemic gathered in a dilapidated grove in Golden Gate Park to restore it and … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Opens Nate Thurmond Panhandle Basketball Courts after Resurfacing

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation & Park Department, in partnership with the Warriors Community Foundation and Good Tidings Foundation, reopened the Nate Thurmond Panhandle Basketball Courts this morning after court resurfacing generously funded by the Warriors and Good Tidings. The courts were originally renovated in 2000, also in … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Volunteer Group to Upgrade Glen Canyon Park Trail System

V-O-Cal commits to their 9th annual trail building project SAN FRANCISCO – Volunteers for Outdoor California (V-O-Cal), in conjunction with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, will lead a weekend volunteer project in which 100 volunteers will upgrade about half a mile of trail in Glen Canyon Park. The event also includes camping overnight, … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Celebrates Opening of Beacon Trail The trail connects Walter Haas Park to Billy Goat Hill

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation & Park Department officially opened the Beacon Trail which connects Walter Haas Park to Billy Goat Hill. A ribbon was cut this afternoon to celebrate the opening. The $147,000 project made possible by the Open Space Fund Undesignated Contingency Reserve, connects the two … Continue reading

San Francisco Botanical Garden, Japanese Tea Garden, Conservatory of Flowers Free on Friday in Celebration of Pride Weekend

SAN FRANCISCO – To kick off Pride weekend, the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department will open the San Francisco Botanical Garden, Japanese Tea Garden, and the Conservatory of Flowers to the public free of charge on Friday, June 24. For the past week, the Conservatory of Flowers has been … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Celebrates Earth Day with the EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department honored Earth Day today in partnership with the EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park in southeast San Francisco, a long-neglected corner of the city. The Earth Day Coastal Cleanup started at 10a.m. with the cleaning of Heron’s Head and Islais Creek Parks, both operated by … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Observes World Water Day and Celebrates Reduction in Water Usage

SAN FRANCISCO – On World Water Day, the United Nations’ international observance of water-related issues, the San Francisco Recreation & Park Department is proud to announce its continued reduction of water use over the last three years. In response to the Governor’s declaration of drought and the Public Utilities Commission’s … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Receives Award of Excellence for Two Parks

SAN FRANCISCO – The California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS) has awarded its Excellence in Park Planning for two recent capital renovation projects — Boeddeker Park and Cayuga Playground. The CPRS awards program recognizes outstanding achievement in the areas of facility design, park planning, marketing and communication, and community improvement … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park’s Randall Museum Hosts 34th Annual Middle School Science Fair at The California Academy of Sciences

The San Francisco Recreation & Park Department, in partnership with the California Academy of Sciences, is proud to announce the 34th Annual SF Middle School Science Fair, an event that for the last 33 years has been held at the Randall Museum. While the Randall Museum undergoes an $8 million … Continue reading

UPDATE: Timeline and Scope of Work

Alamo Square Park will undergo a $4.3 million renovation to update the irrigation system, build an ADA-accessible restroom, and landscape the entirety of the park. The outcome of the project will result in water savings through improved irrigation design, the installation of “smart” controllers, and the planting of lawn alternatives, … Continue reading

Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco, the Bayview YMCA and SF Rec & Park team up for a Healthy Community Day and Park Beautification at MLK Pool/Bayview Playground in honor of MLK Day of Service

SAN FRANCISCO – Habitat for Humanity Greater San Francisco, the Bayview YMCA and SF Rec and Park hosted a Healthy Community Day and Park Beautification event in honor of MLK Day of Service on January 16. This annual event mobilized 100 volunteers to spend the morning making critical improvements to the park. … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Begins Construction on Noe Valley Town Square: The $2.8 million project is expected to take 10 months

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department broke ground today on Noe Valley Town Square, a recently acquired former parking lot on the 24th Street commercial corridor. The proposal to establish a public open space at the site has evolved through more than five years of collaboration between SF Rec & … Continue reading

San Francisco Begins Construction Converting Half of Busy City Street to Pedestrian and Bicycle Only Use

SAN FRANCISCO – In partnership with San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA), San Francisco Public Works, and the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will begin construction on the Mansell Street Corridor Improvement Project this November. The $6.8 million project is a first in … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park’s Joe DiMaggio Playground Opens After $7.3 Million Renovation

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the opening of Joe DiMaggio Playground after its recent $7.3 million renovation. Joe DiMaggio Playground is approximately a 110,000 square foot park with a children’s play area, tennis courts, bocce courts, pool building and sport courts. It is located … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Kicks Off Holiday Season with Ice Skating in Union Square and Embarcadero Plaza

SAN FRANCISCO — Two of San Francisco’s favorite outdoor ice skating rinks are opening for the holiday season this week. The Holiday Ice Rink in Union Square opened Wednesday while the Holiday Ice Rink at Embarcadero Center opens today in Embarcadero Plaza. “We’re thrilled to again have such great partners promote the … Continue reading

San Francisco Selected for National League of Cities’ Connecting Children to Nature Leadership Academy

SAN FRANCISCO – The National League of Cities (NLC) and Children & Nature Network have selected San Francisco to participate in the Connecting Children to Nature Leadership Academy in St. Paul, Minn., this week. The leadership academy will provide city officials with the skills and knowledge to take up new or expanded … Continue reading

India Basin Waterfront Parks One Step Closer to Reality: 1.5 Miles of Bayfront Property to become Network of Parks

Contact:          Sarah Madland, SF Recreation and Parks SAN FRANCISCO — A spectacular and seamless 1.5-mile-long network of public parks on the city’s southeast waterfront is one step closer to reality as the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission approved yesterday a partnership agreement to develop parks and open spaces along the … Continue reading

Slacklining Policy

The following guidelines must be adhered to by slackliners. Failure to do so may result in citation. Slacklining is allowed in City parks except for: Conservatory Valley, the Botanical Garden, the Music Concourse, the Japanese Tea Garden, and the National AIDS Memorial Grove: Tree trunks must have protection between the … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park’s Mountain Lake Park Playground to Begin $3.15 Million Construction

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will begin renovating Mountain Lake Park Playground starting late August 2015.  The $3.15 million playground renovation is funded by the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, the city’s general fund, and a generous donation by the Friends of Mountain … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Receives Jewish Vocational Service 2015 Business Leadership Award

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today that it is the recipient of the Jewish Vocational Service (JVS) 2015 Business Leadership Award.  The Department is being recognized for its commitment to providing at-risk youth a safe and fun outdoor learning environment.  The Award ceremony, Strictly … Continue reading

Dolores Park Eco Pop-up Diverts 6,000 Gallons of Recycling and Compostable Material from Landfill in Two Weekends

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and Recology announced today that the Eco Pop-up at Dolores Park has successfully diverted a total of nearly 6,000 gallons of recycling and compostable material from landfill in just the first two weekends after its initial launch.    For the past … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Announces Request for Proposal for the Historic Palace of Fine Arts

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced the Request for Concept Proposals (RFCP) for the long-term lease of the iconic Palace of Fine Arts building (the “Palace”).  Designed by renowned architect Bernard Maybeck for the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) and World Fair, the beloved … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Demonstrates Eco-Friendly Pest Management: Predatory Birds Eat Rodents

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is hosting a two-day training demonstrating eco-friendly pest management training for parks staff starting April 7th.  The training includes a demonstration of predatory birds that can be helpful in controlling pests through the natural set-up of ecosystem in an urban … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Hosts Annual Spring Family Event: Eggstravaganza!

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department hosted the City’s largest egg hunt event: Eggstravaganza at Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park on Saturday, April 4th.  There were egg hunts, carnival rides, giant inflatable, arts and crafts, entertainment, and food.  Valet bicycle parking was provided by the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition.  … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Welcomes Golden State Warriors on the Day of Volunteer Service

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department in partnership with the Golden State Warriors and Esurance hosted another WE G.I.V.E. volunteer service event, and this year the event took place at Gilman Playground.  SF Rec and Park’s Volunteer Services team welcomed the Warriors guard Shaun Livingston, Warriors … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Receives Integrated Pest Management Innovator Award

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today that the Department is the recipient of the California Department of Pesticide Regulation’s (DPR) 2014 Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Innovator Award.  A selection committee evaluated candidates for strength in right specific categories including, innovation, value, effectiveness, research support, … Continue reading

Thousands of Bay Area Residents Take a Trip Back in Time to the Palace of Fine Arts to Celebrate Centennial of 1915 World’s Fair

San Francisco, Calif. (February 21, 2015) – Thousands of people — families, history buffs and admirers of the Panama Pacific International Exposition (PPIE) – celebrated the 100th anniversary of the 1915 World’s Fair at the iconic Palace of Fine Arts during a weekend filled with events honoring a seminal event … Continue reading

Palace of Fine Arts Readies to Re-Open its Doors as Innovation Hub for Young and Old to Imagine the Possibilities of “Then, Now and Tomorrow”

Innovation Hangar bringing together visionaries, hands-on educational activities and amazing exhibitions from major institutions such as Bay Area Discovery Museum, Kaboom, Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation, Maker Media and Wearable World Technologies, among others     San Francisco, Calif. (February 17, 2015) – On February … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Presents Legendary Photographer Imogen Cunningham’s Work

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will host a photo exhibit titled, “Paris in the Sixties” celebrating the legendary photographer, Imogen Cunningham.  Cunningham’s Parisian photographs were taken at a seminal time in Paris, just before the student uprisings of 1968 and they have not been seen … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Announces Best Last Minute Holiday Gift: Winter Recreation Registration

SAN FRANCISCO – For San Franciscans who are procrastinating on their holiday shopping and cannot decide on what to get their loved ones this holiday season, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced 2015 winter recreation registration that has fun and healthy activities for everyone in the family.  The … Continue reading

San Francisco’s Boeddeker Park Re-Opens After $9.3 Million Renovation

San Francisco – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, in partnership with The Trust for Public Land, hosted a grand re-opening of Boeddeker Park after its recent $9.3 million renovation.  The celebration included activities and live entertainment followed by a ribbon cutting ceremony.   “A new and revitalized Boeddeker … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park, School Board, YMCA, National Park Service and Presidio Trust join San Francisco Youth Sign San Francisco Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager, and representatives of the National Park Service; Presidio Trust, the office of Supervisor Ferrell, and the San Francisco Unified School District Board met at Mountain Lake to sign the San Francisco Children’s Outdoor Bill of Rights (SFCOBR), a new charter promoting outdoor experiences for all kids growing up in the city. … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Celebrates 14th Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Free Concerts in Golden Gate Park

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will be celebrating the 14th Hardly Strictly Bluegrass, a festival of free concerts in Golden Gate Park featuring more than 100 musical artists on seven stages throughout the upcoming weekend starting on Friday, October 3, 2014.  Every year, more than … Continue reading

Marina Yacht Harbor Renovation Wins American Society of Civil Engineers’ Project of the Year Award

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today Marina Yacht Harbor Renovation is the recipient of 2014 Project of the Year Award from the American Society of Civil Engineer.  The Project’s contractor, Dutra Construction will be accepting the Award on behalf of SF Rec and Park … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park to Adapt Park Land Management Strategy Combating Climate Change

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (SF Rec and Park), along with San Francisco Environment (SFE) and San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), are taking steps to implement park operation policies and strategies to combat the challenges of climate change.  The agencies have partnered with the … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Presents Fall Activities 2014

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) presents fall activities which include martial arts, ceramics, swimming, photography, dancing, zumba, soccer, kayaking and more.  The registration for fall recreation has begun.  And more information can be found on the Department website atwww.sfreconline.org.   “Kids will be going back to school soon … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park and SF Unified School District to Launch Pilot “Let’s Move!” Program

SAN FRANCISCO –San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (SF Rec and Park) General Manager Phil Ginsburg and San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) Superintendant Richard Carranza will be running the San Francisco Marathon on Sunday, July 27th as a way to kick off the “Let’s Move!” pilot program, an inventive … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Turns Street Median Into New Urban Trail Park Presidio Trail

SF Rec and Park Turns Street Median Into New Urban Trail Park Presidio Trail opens in celebration of National Trails Day SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the opening of a new urban trail alongside Park Presidio Boulevard in celebration of National Trails Day.  … Continue reading

Junior Giants Baseball

Junior Giants free baseball league is right around the corner!  If you are interested in volunteering as a head or assistant coach please contact Cortez Espinoza at cortez.espinoza@sfgov.org. Registration for individual players is available now at  www.sportssignup.com.

Major Compost Giveaway Draws Thousands of Residents to Four Locations throughout S.F.

Major Compost Giveaway Draws Thousands of Residents to Four Locations throughout S.F. In celebration of Earth Day, Recology hands out 12 truckloads of nutrient-rich planting mix made from food scraps and plant cuttings collected in San Francisco’s green bin program  San Francisco, Calif., (April 12, 2014) – Today, Recology hosted the … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park’s Creeks to Peaks Trail Wins California Merit Award

SF Rec and Park’s Creeks to Peaks Trail Wins California Merit Award The Creeks to Peaks trail corridor connects Glen Canyon and Twin Peaks   SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the Department is the recipient of the California Trails Conference Foundation’s Merit Award … Continue reading

Summer Camps

This summer we are offering a variety of fun camps for ages 6 to 12! Outdoor Discovery Camp, Baseball Camp and Golf Camp were all very popular last summer so be sure to sign up on Saturday March 15,2014 at 10:00 am . You can register here at Moscone or by visiting www.sfreconline.org.

SF Rec and Park Breaks Ground on Mission Dolores Park Improvement

  SF Rec and Park Breaks Ground on Mission Dolores Park Improvement   SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department hosted a groundbreaking ceremony which marked the beginning of the Mission Dolores Park Improvement construction on Saturday, March 1st.  Among the attendees were District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener, … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Commission Approves Geneva Community Garden Conceptual Design

  SF Rec and Park Commission Approves Geneva Community Garden Conceptual Design   SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today that the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission’s approval of the Geneva Community Garden renovation.  This is a project funded by the Department’s Community Opportunity Fund, … Continue reading