Park Improvements

In 2005, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department created a Capital Division for the first time in its history. The Capital Division began the renewal and revitalization of our extensive and diverse parks and open space system with the 2000 Neighborhood Parks Bond. Then in 2005, the Mayor and Board of Supervisors adopted a Ten-Year Capital Plan (the Capital Plan), issued annually to assess the City’s future infrastructure needs, the investment required to meet the needs, and a plan of finance. The Capital Plan prioritizes basic, critical capital projects that impact public safety, places a strong emphasis on accountability and transparency, and most importantly, demonstrates the highest levels of fiscal restraint and responsibility.

The Capital Plan relies on a series of bonds to modernize the City’s parks and recreation facilities. With passage of the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond for $185 million, the department was able to renew and renovate 12 neighborhood parks, playgrounds, and recreation facilities and begin addressing the infrastructure needs in our urban forest, trail network, playfields, and restrooms. In November 2012, voters approved an additional $195 million in Bonds to improve 15 more neighborhood parks, including three pools, remediate failing playgrounds, bring long-awaited investment to our citywide parks, and continue the vital renewal projects in our urban forest, trails, and water conservation needs. Even with the significant infusion of funds received by the Bonds, more than $1 billion in deferred maintenance and modernization needs remain. Another Bond for Parks and Open Space is planned for 2020.

2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond

With 72% approval, voters enthusiastically supported the 2012 San Francisco Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond (2012 Bond) giving the department an additional $195 million to continue capital projects for the renewal … Continue reading

2008 Clean & Safe Parks Bond

Description With the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, the City and County of San Francisco began a new era of long term, strategic, and fiscally responsible capital investment in our … Continue reading

Active Capital Projects

Nearly 100 projects are currently in progress, including renovations to neighborhood and regional parks; click on a project link for details. Rec and Park Project (Website Link) 2012 Community Opportunity Fund Lake … Continue reading

Acquisitions – Future Park Sites

About In order to meet the growing need for open space in San Francisco, RPD continues to acquire new parks. With the help of the voter-approved Proposition C: the Open Space Fund, … Continue reading

Capital Publications

Find all Capital publications, like reports, master plans, policies, and presentations. Continue reading

Community Opportunity Fund

The 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond Community Opportunity Fund awarded projects are being implemented. The projects listed below were approved for the 5th round of COF funding by the Rec & Park … Continue reading

Parks: Open to Public

Find out about past bond-funded projects and some of our award-winning capital projects. Continue reading

Park Trails Improvement Program

Soon, hikers and recreational enthusiasts of all ages will enjoy new and improved hiking trails throughout our beautiful city.  Voters approved the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond which allocated $4 … Continue reading

Urban Agriculture Program

The citywide Urban Agriculture Program is an interagency program that supports and supplies the infrastructure for community members to steward our urban green spaces, on both public and private land. We believe … Continue reading

The Mothers Building at the San Francisco Zoo – Masonry Repair Project

Background The Mothers Building was constructed in 1925 by notable architect George W. Kelham, although the murals and mosaics were not added to the building until 1933-1938. The building is one of the few remaining structures … Continue reading