Better Recreation and Parks Make San Francisco a More Desirable City

According to the 2014 Dignity Health CityBeat Poll presented by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, 38 percent of San Francisco voters believe that the condition of the City’s parks is getting better. Each year, the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce releases a poll to determine the public’s confidence in city services and issues, and this year park scores are one factor that may have contributed to San Franciscans general content with their City.  Fifty percent of respondents said the City is headed in the right direction.

“We are very proud of our park system,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager.  “This poll validates the hard work of our talented staff, dedicated volunteers and voter wisdom in approving parks bonds in 2008 and 2012.  SF Rec and Park’s success in bettering our park system is due to the thoughtful planning of our park space and the efficient management of our scarce resources.  As the CityBeat Poll reflects, good parks significantly contribute to the quality of life of San Franciscans.”

Since 2010, San Francisco Recreation and Parks’ park evaluation score has maintained a more than over 90% average under the City Controller’s oversight.  In 2012, San Francisco’s park system ranked 1st among the 40 largest U.S. cities rated by The Trust for Public Land, the nation’s leading organization in creating parks and playgrounds in urban areas.  In addition, in 2008 and again in 2012, more than 71% of San Francisco voters supported an estimate total of $380 millions of Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bonds. 

“San Francisco needs to retain more families and ensure a diverse workforce if we are to sustain a vibrant economy for years to come,” said Bob Linscheid, President & CEO, San Francisco Chamber of Commerce. “Clean and safe parks are one factor helping to attract families and improve the quality of life for all those who live in our city. The Chamber congratulates the City’s Recreation and Park Department for their work keeping our parks healthy.”

The Dignity Health CityBeat Poll was conducted among 500 San Francisco voters in January 2014 by David Binder Research for the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce.  The poll results and the Chamber’s 2014 Agenda for Sustained Prosperity are available at


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