McLaren Park Playground and Group Picnic Area Renovation Project

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The proposed project includes restoring a children’s playground at the Group Picnic site, and removing the old sand areas. The new playground will be situated between the two picnic areas to capitalize on park’s hilly topography. A slide will descend from the top of the playground towards the central lawn. Natural elements such as boulders, timbers and native plantings will be incorporated. A large net structure will climb the playground and allow children amazing views of the City. There will be additional improvements to the overall site including upgrades to the picnic areas, pathways, and lawn as well as the addition of a loading zone.

We are excited to announce that Rec and Park will be adding a permanent restroom to the location with the porta-potty.

See the newest iteration of the concept design by clicking on the images below:

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The project is funded by the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond and has a total budget of $3.6 Million.


Construction is anticipated to start in summer of 2019.


The San Francisco Recreation & Park Department is pleased to announce the McLaren Park Playground and Group Picnic Renovation Project, funded by the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond. This project is part of the overall McLaren Park Planning Process. Additionally, the renovation of the children’s playground is part of Let’sPlaySF! Initiative, a partnership between the Recreation and Park Department and the San Francisco Parks Alliance, that seeks to inspire creativity and play throughout the City. In the coming years, 13 playgrounds prioritized for improvement by a citizen task force will be re-imagined and redesigned for this and future generations of San Francisco’s children.


The Group Picnic Area is located off of John F. Shelley Drive within John McLaren Park. The closest cross street is Cambridge Street. The site features two reservable picnic areas with tables, counters & BBQs. There are two former playground areas (currently only sand pits remain) on either side of Shelley Dr.

McLaren Park Playground and Group Picnic Area Renovation in Bid/Award Phase

Eight bids were received by potential contractors on the McLaren Park Playground and Group Picnic Area Renovation, and the bids were within the project budget! The project will be presented by to staff to the Rec & Park Department Commission for contract award in January 2019. Construction is anticipated start … Continue reading

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

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

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

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 with questions.

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Project FAQs

Why are trees being removed?
Trees are being removed for a combination of reasons. Four trees are being removed because they were assessed as hazardous as part of an arborist’s assessment. Three trees are being removed due to construction impact: one is located where the new playground will be constructed and two are being removed due to their proximity to the existing paths that will be re-paved to become ADA accessible.

How many trees are being removed?
7 trees and 6 multi-stemmed shrubs are being removed. 18 Trees will be planted as part of the new project in addition to shrubs, ground covers and vines.

How will the community be notified?
All of the trees will be posted on-site 30 days prior to removal. Photographs will be posted on our project webpage, and announcements were made at the October meeting of the McLaren Park Collaborative.

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