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 Commission:
- Golden Gate Heights Park $289,534: New improved landscaping, pathways, seating and natural play area.
- Juri Commons $324,488: New improved pathways, landscaping, irrigation and entry.
- Fillmore Turk Mini Park $330,000: will revitalize the park with new landscaping, drainage, and seating within the park.
- Waller Street/Golden Gate Park Skate Park $65,331: Addition of a few skatepark elements near Waller and Stanyan Streets.
- Camp Mather $103,903: Court improvements to make a multi-purpose basketball and sports court.
- Youngblood Coleman Park (Completed) $70,000: New park elements including benches, grills, picnic tables, activity boards, bollards, and drinking fountain.
- Corona Heights States Street Community Garden Improvements (Completed) $15,000: Improvements to the existing community garden working with the community gardeners.
- Bayview Playground (MLK Pool) Improvements
- Hilltop Park Skate Park Renovation (Completed)
- Lake Merced Boat Ramp Improvements
- Tank Hill Trail Improvements (Completed)
- West Portal Playground Renovation
Park users know how to make their parks better and we want to help you make change happen. Our goal is to build community, foster stewardship, and leverage resources to improve San Francisco’s vital public spaces. The funding rounds for the 2008 and 2012 Park Bond are complete, but we are hoping to continue the program when the next Bond passes.
As a citywide program of the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, the Community Opportunity Fund (COF) Program is a six million dollar capital program that encouraged residents, neighborhood groups, and park advocates to improve their parks. Proposed projects competed for the Bond funding matched with private gifts, volunteer time, and additional public funding.
The COF program goals are:
– Improve San Francisco’s Parks – Create well-designed and efficiently-constructed park features to enable the city to continue providing a diverse set of safe, clean, sustainable, and high-quality park experience.
– Leverage Resources – Leverage contributions – volunteer hours, monetary and in-kind donations – to expand park funding beyond the $6 million provided by the 2012 Parks Bond.
– Build Community and Foster Stewardship – By listening to the park needs of San Francisco residents and enhancing park experience based on those needs, the program will increase the number of park users of all ages committed to civic investment and a sense of community.
– Improve RPD/Community Partnership – The program will improve partnerships between RPD and community organizations by streamlining the park capital improvements process and clearly outlining the roles and responsibilities for City staff and community partners.
- What's New
- Getting Started
- Round 5 Application Instructions and Materials
- Workshop Materials
- Examples of Past Projects
- Staff Reports
Exciting News! Late September, Recreation and Park Commission approved design for Fillmore Turk Mini Park. Now, the design team can proceed with construction documents to realize the improvements initiated by Community Opportunity Fund (COF) award in 2016. Over the past year, the project team gathered the existing conditions documentation, conducted … Continue reading
The Ralph D House Community Park reopened on Wednesday May 29th! .
The drinking fountain has been installed and the grill replaced with a double wide version. The final component of this project is to install a community bulletin board and our staff is waiting for the rains to end for that to happen. We hope everyone is enjoying the improved amenities … Continue reading
The Ralph D House Renovation Project construction continues following the rainy season. Remaining work includes box steps, paving, railing installation, and soil preparation. The project should be completed by early Spring.
The gates have all been installed and the benches at the Children’s Play Area have been refurbished. The drinking fountain and replacement grill aspect of the project was awarded to Cazadoro Construction and they will be installing in February 2019.
Rec Park’s structural maintenance team has fabricated and installed two of the three new gates, and the third gate will be installed shortly. The benches are scheduled to be refurbished by the end of the year and we are currently getting bids for the drinking fountain and grill installation.
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!
WHO AND WHAT IS ELIGIBLE?
Any group or individual with an idea for how to improve their park can apply. To be considered, projects must fit these basic requirements:
- Proposed project must be located on land owned by the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.
- Proposed project must be a Capital Project. This means that the proposed work must be permanently affixed to the park property and be an investment in the future of the park. Events, classes, programs, and maintenance work cannot be funded by the COF. Installation or replacement of playgrounds, paths, benches, drinking fountains, and sports courts are all examples of Capital Projects.
- Proposed project must meet the required three evaluation criteria
- Enhance park aesthetic or reduce maintenance
- Have broad community support
- Have a complete design, budget and schedule
For a complete list of parks that are not eligible please see page three of the “COF Round 4 Overview and Instructions” document in the Round 5 Application Instructions and Materials tab.
HOW DO I APPLY?
Attend a mandatory Applicant Workshop to find out how to get started. Click on the Workshop Materials tab for workshop dates (please note the next round will begin in late 2015). Application forms and instructions, from the previous round, are available in the Round 5 Application Instructions and Materials tab.
Please note if your project has been selected for the Failing Playgrounds Program, the project may not be eligible for funding from the 2012 Bond cycle. Click here for guidelines regarding Failing Playgrounds selection exclusions.
Round 5 - APPLICATION FORMS
Round 5 is now concluded; the below is for your information.
Please read through the Overview and Instructions document which contains information about the background, process and eligibility requirements for Community Opportunity Fund projects. The Round 5 Application is available both in Excel and PDF format and can be downloaded by clicking the links below. Other forms for your project application are also available here.
ROUND 5 - APPLICATION REFERENCE MATERIALS
The General Plan Recreation and Open Space Element High Needs Map and a City Wide Map with Park Service Areas and Supervisor’s Districts are available below for your reference.
Round 5 - Sample Meeting Materials
Round 4 - APPLICATION FORMS(funding cycle complete)
Please read through the Overview and Instructions document which contains information about the background, process and eligibility requirements for Community Opportunity Fund projects. The Round 4 Application is available both in Excel and PDF format and can be downloaded by clicking the links below. Other forms for your project application are also available here.
All scheduled workshops for Round 5 have passed. Past workshop dates: