Golden Gate Heights Park: Playground Renovation Planning Community Meeting 1!

Hi everyone! We are thrilled to announce that we are holding our first community meeting to discuss the renovation of the Golden Gate Heights children’s playground. We are looking for community input to help us develop the playground’s new design. It will stay in the same location, but it will … 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 Community Garden Construction Update

We are more than half way through our renovation of the McLaren Community Garden! The contractor has completed all the concrete work and built all the raised planter beds. The next steps will be installing the fencing, followed by the site furnishings, including benches, tables, gazebo, greenhouse, and tool shed. … Continue reading

Rec & Park Closures for 11/16-11/18

Due to unhealthy air quality, all of our outdoor activities and afterschool programs are cancelled for Friday, 11/16. Mission Pool will also be closed. All of our recreation centers will be open as usual. Coit Tower, McLaren Bike Park, Mission Pool and all outdoor Zumba classes have been closed/cancelled for … Continue reading

Rec Centers Open on Monday, November 19

This Monday, November 19, we will open many of our recreation sites to accommodate students who are off for Thanksgiving week to give kids a safe and fun place to play! These sites will be open for their normal hours on Tuesday and Wednesday. See the full list and hours below: Hamilton; … 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

Mission Pool Closed

Dear Mission Pool users, The health and wellbeing of our swimmers and pool staff is our top priority. As you know, there are major wildfires burning in Northern California. Current wind patterns are causing the smoke from those fires to spread across the Bay Area, including San Francisco. As of the … Continue reading

Margaret Hayward Playground Renovation Begins November 2018!

M Hayward Const Advisory Notice (2018 1109) There is a buzz around the park because construction is starting late November 2018! The attached flyer was posted around the park initiating the preparations for construction. In the next few weeks, the construction team will be surveying the area to install construction … Continue reading

Final Concept Design for Golden Gate Park Dog Area

Thank you to everyone who attended last night’s Community Workshop #3 and discussion concerning the final concept plan for the renovation of the Golden Gate Park Dog Training Area. The presentation from last night’s meeting may be downloaded via this link: https://sfrecpark.org/wp-content/uploads/GGP-DPA-Community-Meeting-3.pdf The next steps for the project include the presentation … Continue reading

Gene Friend Rec Center Design Clears Arts Commission Civic Design Review Phase 1

The Gene Friend Rec Center design team presented project design and drawings to the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Civic Design Review Committee on Monday, October 15. The Commissioners were enthusiastic and supportive of the design. The design received Phase 1 approval, with the condition that the design team share lighting … Continue reading

Panhandle Playground Updates: Construction Document Finalization

The design team is finalizing construction documents for a renovated Panhandle Playground, based on tremendous input received from the community for the concept design. A few updates: No substantive changes have been made to the design since concept design was approved by the Rec and Park Commission in February 2018; … Continue reading

First Portion of Improved Oak Woodlands Trail Open for Use in Golden Gate Park

Happy to report that the first section of new trail (of many sections!) is open for use in the Oak Woodlands of Golden Gate Park.  If you would like to try it out, please click here with that area called out in white bubble, with note.  Trailside restoration / erosion … 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

Habitat Conservation Fund Grant Sought for McLaren Park Trail Improvements at Visitacion Ave

The McLaren Park Trails Improvement Project team has applied for another grant in an effort to leverage already committed 2012 Bond funding. Staff will present this grant opportunity to the Recreation and Park Commission Capital Committee on Wednesday, November 7. Click here for hearing agenda and time and location details. The … Continue reading

Margaret Hayward Playground Renovation-Award-October 2018

Last month, Commission approved the award of construction contract to Robert A. Bothman Construction who is currently submitting their documents to certify the award, so they can mobilize onsite this fall. Construction will start this fall, mid to late November 2018. Stay tuned for specific details and dates to be … 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

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

McLaren Community Garden Construction Progress

Hi everyone! Construction at the McLaren Community Garden is going well! The contractor has been busy grading, and installing irrigation lines. They are starting to pour the concrete at the upper terrace and build the raised planted beds. The low curbs and retaining walls are complete. We are looking forward … Continue reading

Willie “Woo Woo” Wong – Demolition Underway!

If you have walked by the park lately, you will have noticed big changes! Site demolition is well underway, and work inside the building will begin within two weeks. Concrete demolition will continue into November, after which things should quiet down a bit. The next step will be foundation work … Continue reading

Sgt Macaulay Project Update – Going to Bid

Hello, Good news! The Let’sPlaySF! Sgt. Macaulay Renovation project has completed the design phase and we are now preparing to advertise the project to bid. The bid process will begin in November 2018 with construction beginning in Spring 2019 and finishing by the end of 2019. Once we begin construction, … 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

Accessibility Information for Scaregrove on October 26

Scaregrove returns to Stern Grove (19th Avenue and Sloat Boulevard), on Friday, October 26 from 3 to 9 p.m. This year’s event will feature zombie face painting, haunted houses for all ages, a spooky trail, carnival rides, food trucks, live entertainment and more! $10 per person; children under 2 years … 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

Garfield Pool Closure on October 22 & Updated Pool Hours

Thank you for using San Francisco Recreation & Parks Pools. Garfield Pool will be closing for renovation on Monday, October 22, 2018. During the Garfield Pool closure, staff and resources from Garfield Pool will be reallocated to other city pools. We have expanded lap swimming hours at Coffman, North Beach, … 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

Community Garden Workshops this Fall

Get your garden ready and join us for FREE community garden workshops this fall, including our next Garden Resource Day on Saturday, October 20 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden! For additional Community Garden events this fall, click here: Garden Events For Fall  To RSVP … Continue reading

Gene Friend Rec Center Workshop Materials and Call for Feedback

Thanks to all those who attended our community workshop last night to discuss concept design progress for a new Gene Friend Rec Center – and for providing some thoughtful feedback. For those unable to make it, you can view the workshop presentation (22 pages) (which was focused on project background, … Continue reading

Alice Chalmers Playground, 90% Design Update

Dear Interested Stakeholders, we are wrapping up the construction documents (plans and specifications) for the Alice Chalmers Playground Renovation, a Let’sPlaySF Initiative. We expect to have the 90% at the end of the month. We are working closely with SF Public Works to advertise and bid the project later this … Continue reading

EPA Awards Two Additional Grants

The Recreation and Park Department applied for two Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) grant opportunities in 2017 to support the 900 Innes site remediation. The Department was awarded grant funding from the Brownfields and Water Division Programs for $348,204 and $1.2 million, respectively, to help fund the clean-up of upland and subtidal areas.  The … Continue reading

Garfield Pool closing for capital renovations

Dear Swimmers, COMING SOON, Garfield Pool will be closed for renovation starting Monday, October 22. The final day to swim at Garfield Pool is Sunday, October 21.  The SF Recreation & Park Department is undertaking a renovation of the Garfield Pool and Clubhouse, funded by the 2012 Clean & Safe … Continue reading

McLaren Community Garden under Construction!

We are under construction at the McLaren Community Garden! The renovation has begun with grading and utility work happening first. Construction is progressing smoothly, and is anticipated to last through early 2019. We are planning to re-open the Community Garden in the Spring of 2019. In the photograph of the … Continue reading

Balboa Pool Construction Update!

The Balboa Pool renovation project has experienced delays related to the new electrical service connection to the facility. We are continuing to work with the contractor and utility providers including PG&E & PUC to complete construction as soon as possible. Installation of the new electrical service has begun, this week … Continue reading

ANNOUNCEMENT: GARFIELD POOL CLOSING OCTOBER 15TH!

The Recreation & Park Department is excited to announce the upcoming renovation of the Garfield Pool and Clubhouse. The final day to swim at Garfield Pool is Sunday October 14th, 2018. Garfield Pool will be closed for renovation starting Monday October 15th. The SF Recreation & Park Department is undertaking … Continue reading

Youth Stewardship Program Kick-off Series in October

Join us for a series of kick-off events in October for our Youth Stewardship Program (YSP), which engages youth from 2nd to 12th grade in environmental education and service-learning field trips in parks and open spaces citywide. At these events, teachers can learn more about our free programming, meet our … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Dives in for Coastal Cleanup Day 2018

SAN FRANCISCO –  The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will spearhead the City’s effort to celebrate Coastal Cleanup Day Saturday, collecting trash and inspiring stewardship along San Francisco’s eastern shoreline in partnership with hundreds of volunteers, fellow government agencies, and community groups.   Partners in the massive cleanup include the California … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Dives in for Coastal Cleanup Day 2018

SAN FRANCISCO –  The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will spearhead the City’s effort to celebrate Coastal Cleanup Day Saturday, collecting trash and inspiring stewardship along San Francisco’s eastern shoreline in partnership with hundreds of volunteers, fellow government agencies, and community groups. Partners in the massive cleanup include the … Continue reading

Washington Square Construction Update

During construction of the children’s playground at Washington Square Park nine (9) pine trees and one (1) olive tree sustained damage by the contractor. After consultation with Department of Public Works and with multiple tree experts, due to the extent of the root damage the trees must be removed. The contractor will be responsible … Continue reading

Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Construction Has Begun!

As you may have seen, construction has just gotten underway at the park. The Construction fence is up and play equipment has been salvaged for reuse in other parks (including Portsmouth Square). Passersby may not see much outdoor activity since work in September will be mostly site assessment, preparation, and … Continue reading

RPD Commission Approves Concept Design for India Basin

Greetings park advocates!  My name is Charlene and I am the Project Manager providing support on the India Basin Project. On August 16, 2018, the Recreation and Park Commission approved the conceptual designs for 900 Innes Avenue and India Basin Shoreline Park, and adopted CEQA Findings, including the Mitigation Monitoring 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

ALICE CHALMERS PLAYGROUND, AUGUST 2018 DESIGN UPDATE

Hi everyone! We continue to make progress on the Alice Chalmers Playground Renovation. We just completed our 60% design package and we’re excited to move onto 90% designs. We’re incorporating the feedback received from our community meetings, as well as the continued feedback we received from Rec and Park operations and maintenance … Continue reading

Margaret Hayward Playground Renovation-Bid/Award-August 2018

Exciting News- the project received several bids and SF Public Works- Contract Administration team is in the process of confirming that city requirements are met before identifying the winning bidder. Once the information is verified, the contractor can be announced and construction contract awarded. For additional details on the bid/award … Continue reading

First Golden Gate Park Oak Woodlands Trail Section to Open Soon!

Our contractor is making steady progress with the Golden Gate Park Oak Woodlands Trail Improvement Project. A previous update here covered the fact that restoration and construction work would occur in stages throughout the Oak Woodlands, that individual trail segments would be closed during work, and that the overall trail … Continue reading

Road Closures East End of Golden Gate Park for Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project

Please be advised of the following road closures in Golden Gate Park this week and next week: Wednesday, August 15 and Thursday, August 16, 8 am through 4 pm:  Arguello between Fulton and Conservatory Drive and Conservatory Drive West entrance closed: Parking will still be available along Conservatory Drive (accessed from Conservatory … Continue reading

The Youth Stewardship Program is Hiring!

We’re gearing up to start the new 2018-2019 year and are hiring Environmental Educator Interns! If you’re interested in becoming an Environmental Educator intern and gaining work experience in a government agency, visit our page to learn more about our program, or apply now by clicking here. We’re seeking three motivated … Continue reading

Potrero Hill Rec Center Improvement Project Notice of Construction

Construction activity at Potrero Hill Recreation Center playfields and lower level dog play area is scheduled to begin in mid-August 2018.  Construction Notification Banners were posted on site in June 2018 providing information as shown below.  Progress updates will be provided throughout the construction duration.  Thank for your collaboration and … Continue reading

Potrero Hill Rec Center Improvement Project Update

Potrero Hill Recreation Center Project includes the renovation of the natural turf playfields, improvements to the lower level dog play area, and pedestrian lighting at the on-site pathway for the Walking School Bus Route.   The 5.4 Million project budget is funded by the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond … Continue reading

McLaren Community Garden construction will begin soon!

We have great news to share! We are ready to move forward with construction of the McLaren Community Garden renovation! Renovation will include replacing the existing raised planter beds and compost bins, and providing new site amenities such as picnic tables, benches and potting table. We will also be installing … Continue reading

Merced Heights Project Update and More Funding!

Hi Everyone, An update on Merced Heights, thanks to Supervisor Safai, we received an additional $900,000 in funding for the Let’s Play SF! – Merced Heights Playground Project! This funding will be used for upgrading the courts, fencing and lighting at the site. We have also wrapped up our design … Continue reading

117th San Francisco City Open

  117th San Francisco City Open Tennis Tournament September 1 – 3, 2018 Golden Gate Park Tennis Center Register on the USTA website Long weekends are made for tennis! What better way to spend Labor Day than to compete against some of the Bay Area’s greatest players in in the … 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

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

Golden Gate Park Dog Play Area – Design Workshop Online Survey

An online survey has been created to gather feedback on two design concepts for the renovation of the Dog Training Area. A copy of the July 16, 2018 Community Design Workshop presentation may be downloaded under the Documents & Materials section of this project page. Please use the following link … Continue reading

Progress with Oak Woodlands Trails Improvements

Our contractor is making good progress with improvements to the trails in the special Oak Woodlands area of Golden Gate Park. Trail realignment work and hazardous tree removal work has started at the western edge of the Oak Woodlands. Trail surfacing work will begin the week of July 23. The … Continue reading

Washington Square Construction Update

Please pardon our dust while we build the new children’s playground at Washington Square. We are making good progress, the old playground was recently demolished, and new drain infrastructure is being installed. Over the last week we have been working on a new sewer line connection for the drainage beneath … 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

Alice Chalmers Playground, June 2018 Design Update

Hello everyone! I wanted to provide a quick project update on the Alice Chalmers Playground Renovation. The Alice Chalmers Playground design efforts are well underway, thanks to the Recreation and Park Commission’s approval of the Concept Design on March 15, 2018. Please follow the links to view the staff report and concept design images. … Continue reading

State Outdoor Environmental Education Grant Awarded to Rec and Park for McLaren Park Trail Improvements

We are happy to report that Rec and Park has been awarded an Outdoor Environmental Education Grant for $250,000 from the California Natural Resources Agency Department of Parks and Recreation to help fund trail improvements in McLaren Park.  This funding will supplement the 2012 Bond funding that we have committed for … Continue reading

Bernal Heights Park Trails Improvement Project Progress

We are happy to report that the Rec and Park and Public Works team working on the Bernal Heights Park Trails Improvement Project is picking back up with the project this summer. Work remaining includes completing the close to final construction documents, advertising the project to contractors, awarding contract and … Continue reading

McLaren Park Trail Improvements Project Next Steps

Thank you to all who participated in the McLaren Park vision planning process.  You can find the final Vision Plan report by clicking here. 4 priority project areas and best management practices were developed as part of the Vision Plan, which was approved by the Rec and Park Commission in … Continue reading

GGP Dog Training Area – Community Meeting #2

The second community meeting for the Golden Gate Park Dog Training Area renovation project has been set for Monday, July 16 at 6pm in the Senior Center. (This is the same location as our last meeting.) The project team is looking forward to sharing two design concepts for community input. … Continue reading

Site Work Starting June 25 on Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project

Just a heads up that on-site work will be beginning in the Golden Gate Park Oak Woodlands on Monday, June 25. Restoration and construction work will occur in stages throughout the Oak Woodlands. Individual trail segments will be closed during work. However, the overall trail network will remain mostly open … 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 alexis.ward@sfgov.org with questions.

McLaren Community Garden out to Bid

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!

GGP Tennis Center – Project Update

The Golden Gate Park Tennis Center remains on track to reimagine the public tennis facilities at Golden Gate Park. We received our Commission and Board of Supervisors Approval of the Conceptual Design and Grant Acceptance in Spring of 2018. Currently we are working our way through engineering design and the … Continue reading

Let’s Play SF! – Sgt Macaulay Project Update

Hi Everyone, Just wanted to provide an update on the Let’sPlaySF! Sgt Macaulay Renovation project. We received our CEQA and approval of concept design by the Recreation and Park Commission in late 2017. We are currently in the middle of engineering design for the project and hope to complete the … Continue reading

Oak Woodlands Trail Improvement Project Construction Starting Soon in Golden Gate Park

Rec and Park has issued NTP (Notice to Proceed) to Yerba Buena Engineering & Construction, Inc. for this coming Tuesday, June 5, which starts the clock on the construction contract, which will include work until early 2019. Restoration and construction work will occur in stages throughout the Oak Woodlands. Individual … Continue reading

Attention! McLaren Bike Park Temporary Closure for New Restroom Installation!

Construction of a permanent restroom will include installing a single user restroom will be installed at the Bike Park along with a Muni bus driver restroom. SFMTA is installing the restrooms, as well as adding a sidewalk in front of the bike park and curb ramps on both sides of … Continue reading

Temporary Closure of Panhandle Playground June 5 through June 6

Please be advised that Panhandle Playground will be temporarily closed for 2 days Tuesday, June 5 through Wednesday, June 6. Thank you for your patience as we work to complete some standard testing to help confirm specific playground renovation design parameters. The playground will reopen by Thursday, June 7. Click … Continue reading

Swimming Pools closed in observance of Memorial Day

Dear Patrons. Please note that our Aquatic Centers will be closed on Monday, May 28 in observance of Memorial Day. Have a great holiday.

George Christopher Playground Project is Going Out to Bid Soon!

George Christopher Playground renovation includes: site work/playground renovation, paving, restroom upgrades, maintenance road work and irrigation work. We plan to go out to bid in mid July 2018 and are aiming for a construction start date December 2018. Construction duration – approximately 10 months (depending on the elements and unforeseen … Continue reading

Sussex Stair Update

The new stairway has been built! The contractor is now working on rebuilding the top landing and barrier rail where the sidewalk meets the stair. Fabrication of the stair handrail is ahead of schedule, so we will forego the temporary one and proceed with installing the permanent handrail the week of May … Continue reading

Call for Input: Twin Peaks Promenade Concept Design

Thanks to the 30+ community members who made it out to Midtown Terrace Clubhouse for our open house this Tuesday evening to review concept design progress for a new promenade along the eastern half of the Twin Peaks “Figure 8.” For those of you who couldn’t make it out, we … 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

Reminder: May 8 Open House for Twin Peaks Figure 8 Promenade Design

A reminder that this Tuesday we are hosting an Open House to review and collect input on proposed designs for the eastern half of the Twin Peaks Boulevard “Figure 8 Promenade:” Tuesday, May 8, 2018 6:30 – 8:00 pm Midtown Terrace Clubhouse Clarendon Ave + Olympia Way The purpose of … Continue reading

Temporary Closure of Panhandle Playground Starting May 2

Please be advised that Panhandle Playground will be temporarily closed for 2-3 days beginning morning of Wednesday, May 2. Thank you for your patience as we work to complete some standard testing to help confirm specific playground renovation design parameters. The playground will reopen by Saturday, May 5. Click here … Continue reading

Sussex Street Stair Nearing Completion

Construction of the new Sussex Street stair is nearing completion. The new stair treads are being filled and the hillside will receive fine grading before it is covered in erosion control netting. It is expected that the stair will open in mid-May with a temporary handrail. The permanent handrail is … Continue reading

MCLAREN BIKE PARK TEMPORARY CLOSURE

The McLaren Bike Park will be closed from April 23 – May 4 for improvements to the drainage on-site. Public access to the Bike Park will be closed during construction activity. Thank you for your patience. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause. For further information, please contact Alexis … Continue reading

A Legacy of Service: Remembering the 1906 Earthquake and Fire

Today marks the 112th anniversary of the devastating 1906 earthquake and fire, which destroyed 28,000 buildings and instantly displaced 250,000 city residents from their homes. San Francisco parks and park employees were key in sheltering the victims of the disaster and starting the city on its long road to recovery, … Continue reading

Save the Date: May 8 Open House for Twin Peaks Figure 8 Concept Design

Save the date and join us for an Open House to review and collect input on proposed designs for the eastern half of the Twin Peaks Boulevard “Figure 8”: Tuesday, May 8, 2018 6:30 – 8:00 pm Midtown Terrace Clubhouse Clarendon Ave + Olympia Way Rec and Park staff, together … Continue reading

Sussex Stair Improvements

Work has resumed on the replacement of the Sussex stair. Thank you for your patience during the delay. Completion of the stair should take approximately 4 weeks. Fabrication and installation of the permanent metal handrail may take a few weeks longer, in which case a temporary wooden handrail will be … Continue reading

McLaren Park Vision Plan – Final Report

We are excited to share with you the final Vision Planning Process Report. Click here to view the report and click here for the Appendix. Watch this space for upcoming continued planning meetings for the Trails + Paths, Courts, and Amphitheater portion of the project. We look forward to speaking … Continue reading

Celebrate Earth Month by Volunteering in our Parks!

Join our Earth Month Madness this April by volunteering in our parks! We have numerous volunteer workdays across the city that are perfect for celebrating our planet! For more information or to RSVP for any of these events please email recparkvolunteer@sfgov.org or call (415) 831-6330 Where: Alamo Square (Hayes & … Continue reading

Sussex Stair Replacement

Dear Glen Park Neighbor, Thank you for your patience throughout the Sussex stair replacement at the Glen Canyon Recreation Center. As you are aware, demolition of the stair occurred in late November of 2017. When construction began, we made an unexpected discovery regarding the existing soil conditions, which required minor adjustments … Continue reading

South Park Traffic Calming Improvements – March 2018, follow up

Warmer weather has arrived for us to complete the traffic calming features! Please be mindful the next several weeks of parking restrictions at both ends of South Park (indicated in red on the attached map).South Park Update & Parking Restrictions 2018 0327 Expected activities: The crew will first remove and patch … Continue reading

Golden Gate Park Oak Woodlands Trail Improvements Coming Soon

Rec and Park received 2 bids from contractors for the Golden Gate Park Oak Woodlands Trail Improvement Project. The apparent low bidder is Yerba Buena Engineering & Construction, Inc. Pending final review of bid and confirmation that it is responsive, construction contract award will be presented to the Recreation and … 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 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

Turk Hyde Final Concept

Hello Everyone, Thank you for your ongoing support for the Turk Hyde project, I am proud to share the final concept, Boulder Garden here:Turk Hyde Final Concept We will be presenting this concept at the RPD Capital Committee on Wednesday April 6th, 2018 at 2pm in City Hall, Room 416 … Continue reading

Panhandle Playground Team Moving into Schematic Design

Now that the concept design has been approved, the Panhandle Playground design team is moving into schematic design.  An important part of this phase is gathering technical information.  The team completed a site visit this week, on a rainy morning, to look at and discuss important project factors such as … 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

GGP Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project Out to Bid

The Golden Gate Park Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project has been advertised to contractors. Pre-bid conference and site walk was held on March 6.  Bids are due on March 22.  We are hoping to present construction contract award to the Rec and Park Commission in April and start construction in … 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

South Park Traffic Calming Improvements – Update March 2018

All the bulb-outs and curb cuts in the surrounding sidewalk into South Park are completed! The asphalt stamping will be installed over a two week period in March, pending weather conditions. The process is similar to street paving. The stamping equipment slowly heats the asphalt and impresses a cobblestone pattern, … 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

On Creating an Official Off Leash Dog Play Area Within the Park

The Public Realm Plan process illuminated community interest in an official off-leash dog play area (DPA) within Esprit Park. For the SFRPD Dog Play Area Proposal Outline, please click here: SFRPD Dog Play Area (DPA) Proposal Outline This document highlights the general process for all proposed DPAs. Since with Esprit there … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Updates

Rec and Park staff, together with SFMTA staff, recommend extending the Twin Peaks Figure 8 Pilot, which uses paint and concrete barriers to designate the eastern half of the Figure 8 roadway for people walking and biking. The Pilot has been in place since July 2016, during which time the … Continue reading

Panhandle Playground Concept Design Approved by Rec and Park Commission

The Recreation and Park Commission approved the concept design for a renovated Panhandle Playground on February 15, 2018. Thank you for your patience and support as we have worked over the past nine months to collect your ideas and move through several iterations with our design team.  We are happy … 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

Moscone East Playground and Dog Play Area Nearing Completion!

Moscone East Playground and Dog Play Area are getting closer to completion. The contractor is working to tie up loose ends throughout the project areas. Once we have a definitive completion date, the Department will start a public outreach process inviting neighbors to a park opening event. In the interim, … Continue reading

McLaren Roadway Improvements starting this week!

Rec & Park is pleased to announce the beginning of construction of safety measures, principally speed humps, along the entire length of John F. Shelley Drive in McLaren Park. The project, funded and constructed by SFMTA, begins February 7, 2018 and will take several weeks to complete. The project includes … Continue reading

Panhandle Playground Final Concept Design and Commission Hearing

Based on community input, the Panhandle Playground design team has made the following updates to the design for the new playground (for those of you who participated in Workshop 3 and / or completed our online survey, we have combined Alternatives 2 and 3): Includes swings for tots and older … Continue reading

Join Us for the Hyde + Turk Park & Sgt. Macaulay Park Concept Design Open House 

Join San Francisco Recreation and Parks and the Trust for Public Land for Hyde + Turk Park and Sgt. Macaulay Park for a Concept Design Open House. Details: January 31st, 2018 6:00pm … Continue reading

Swim Coaches Needed for the SF Merionettes 

  The SF Merionettes Synchronized Swim Club is seeking part-time coaches to support our novice, intermediate and age group teams. The team has expanded over the last few years now has over 40 swimmers! There is an experienced coaching staff in place that take a collaborative approach to coaching with … Continue reading

Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds Opening

<3 your parks? Well Cupid is coming to the Civic Center! Everyone is invited to celebrate the opening of these creative play spaces with interactive lighting in the heart of the city … Continue reading

South Park Traffic Calming Improvements – Update Jan 2018

Two of the three South Park bulb-outs are done! The third bulb out (on the northwest corner) will be completed late January/early February, pending adverse weather. You’ll notice the engineers confirming the structural substrate for accessible crosswalk are compliant prior to the concrete pour this month. The remaining tasks are: Street … 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

FREE Recreation Swim for MLK Day!

In honor of Martin Luther King Day, the following pools will be open for FREE recreational swimming from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Monday, January 15:   Coffman Swimming Pool (1700 Visitacion Avenue) Hamilton Swimming Pool (1900 Geary Boulevard) MLK Jr. Swimming Pool (5701 3rd Street) Mission Swimming Pool … Continue reading

Stair Replacement

The stair replacement at Sussex and Elk Streets has been delayed for several weeks. Upon demolition of the existing stair, it was determined that field conditions varied from anticipated conditions, requiring adjustments to the design and additional coordination with the contractor. Progress should resume shortly. Thank you for your patience.

Holiday Indoor Soccer Camp

Marcus Steinback (Program Coordinator) would like to thank the Palega Staff for hosting a Great Holiday Indoor Soccer Camp for the past 2 weeks 12/26-29/2017, and 1/2-5/2018. Mr.Steinback would like to highlight four of Recreation and Park’s outstanding Recreation Leaders Tabia Ye, Ruby Duran, Alan Kwong and Issac Straznickas.

Exploring ASL is Back!

New Year, New Skills! Have you already made your 2018 resolutions? Considering adding “Learning ASL” to that list. “Exploring ASL,” our hands on recreational approach is back in session for Winter 2018! Upcoming dates for Winter 2018: Tuesday, January 9, Course #12205 Tuesday, February 13, Course #12206 The program is … Continue reading

Camp Mather Lottery Registration Opens January 5, 2018

The lottery for weekly Camp Mather 2018 begins on Friday, January 5 at 10 a.m. and closes on Sunday, February 4, 2018. Plan your summer family getaway with SF Recreation and Parks! To upload your proof of San Francisco Residency, please use this link. For more information or to register, click HERE. Continue reading

January 5 Deadline for Folks Interested in Esprit Community Advisory Group

We are supporting the Dogpatch & Northwest Potrero Hill Green Benefit District (GBD) in setting up an Esprit Community Advisory Group of community members to support the renovation of Esprit Park. The Esprit Community Advisory Group has two functions: To provide community-based feedback as the plan develops and to carry information about the … Continue reading

Alice Chalmers Playground, Online Design Options Survey #2

Survey Link:  http://bit.ly/alicesurvey2 Thank you to the community members who attended Meeting #3 on Saturday, Dec. 16 and provided feedback on the revised Alice Chalmers Playground designs. For those who were not able to attend, please take 5 minutes to fill out the online survey. We will use this information … Continue reading

Holiday Schedule

Dear Swimmers Most of our Aquatic Centers will have extended Lap and Recreation Swimming hours during winter break of Dec 26- Jan 5. Please contact the centers directly for the most up to date schedules. Happy Holidays to all.

McLaren Community Garden Project Update

We are excited to announce that the Recreation and Park Department Commission has approved allocating an additional $250,000 to the Community Garden’s Project budget. With these funds, we hope to fund a greenhouse, additional site furnishings including benches and tables, and additional raised planter beds. We are planning to be … Continue reading

McLaren park Group Picnic and Playground Update

Hi everyone! We have wasted no time beginning our schematic design phase, and we are eager to show you the latest graphics of the playground design. Since the playground is geared to school-aged children, the design team has refined how the various elements are being used within the playground. The … Continue reading

Sports and Athletics Girls intermediate/ advanced Volleyball Program at Palega Rec Center

The Program is Designed to enhance the skill level for intermediate volleyball players. If your interested in registering for the winter session, girls between the ages of 13-17 registration is Saturday December 16th. Program begins January 11th 2018 5:30pm-7:00pm. the lead instructor is Cynthia Yim. For more information please contact  MarcusSteinback … Continue reading

Gym Update for Dec. 20th, 2017

On Wednesday, December 20th, 2017 Betty Ann Ong Chinese Recreation Center 2nd fl. gym will be closed from 4:00pm -6:30pm for an extended Basketball Fundamentals class. The gym will be open for basketball from 9:00am – 4:00pm and 6:30pm-8:30pm for volleyball.  If you should need additional information, please contact 415-359-9103.

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

Take Our Online Survey by December 19 for Panhandle Playground Concept Design

Thanks to the 30+ adults and kids who attended our Community Workshop 3 for the Panhandle Playground Renovation project on Saturday, December 9. The design team shared 3 variations on a final concept design. Each of these 3 alternatives has the same overall playground footprint and many common elements and represents an … Continue reading

GGP Tennis Center – New Tennis Facility – Project Update

Project Goals: A world class public tennis facility. A vibrant, inclusive hub of San Francisco tennis that is open to all ages and abilities. A place that builds community and supports youth development through the game of tennis. A flexible center that supports expanded tennis programming and a variety of … Continue reading

Alta Plaza Construction Update and On-Site Walk with Project Manager 1/13/2018

The Notice to Proceed was issued (November 29, 2017) by DPW to Azul’s Works, Inc, the General Contractor. The Notice to Proceed, allows the General Contractor to start mobilizing the week of December 4th and install fencing and a job site trailer. Printed banners about the project’s scope of work … Continue reading

Francisco Park Project Update

The Francisco Conservancy, Rec & Park, and the Design team continues to refine concept plan incorporating feedback from the community. The team presented to the Civic Design Review Committee and the Committee/Community is pleased with the design. The team is establishing community focus groups on specific major park elements. The … Continue reading

The Concept Design for the John McLaren Park Playground has Been Approved!

We have exciting news to share! The concept design for the John McLaren Park Playground has been approved by the Recreation and Park Department Commission. This means that the project can continue to move forward. The design team has been working hard to incorporate feedback, which included a desire to … Continue reading

Workreation Summer Job Application Assistance

For students who need support and assistance with completing and submitting a job application for the 9910 Workreation Summer 2018 position, help is available at these sites: Contact the sites directly to … Continue reading

Workreation Summer Job Application Assistance

For students who need support and assistance with completing and submitting a job application for the 9910 Workreation Summer 2018 position, help is available at these sites: Contact the sites directly to … Continue reading

Workreation Summer Job Application Assistance

For students who need support and assistance with completing and submitting a job application for the 9910 Workreation Summer 2018 position, help is available at these sites: Contact the sites directly to … Continue reading

Workreation Summer Job Application Assistance

For students who need support and assistance with completing and submitting a job application for the 9910 Workreation Summer 2018 position, help is available at these sites: Contact the sites directly to … Continue reading

Workreation Summer Job Application Assistance

For students who need support and assistance with completing and submitting a job application for the 9910 Workreation Summer 2018 position, help is available at these sites: Contact the sites directly to … Continue reading

Workreation Summer Job Application Assistance

For students who need support and assistance with completing and submitting a job application for the 9910 Workreation Summer 2018 position, help is available at these sites: Contact the sites directly to … Continue reading

Workreation Summer Job Application Assistance

For students who need support and assistance with completing and submitting a job application for the 9910 Workreation Summer 2018 position, help is available at these sites: Contact the sites directly to … Continue reading

Workreation Summer Job Application Assistance

For students who need support and assistance with completing and submitting a job application for the 9910 Workreation Summer 2018 position, help is available at these sites: Contact the sites directly to … Continue reading

Workreation Summer Job Application Assistance

For students who need support and assistance with completing and submitting a job application for the 9910 Workreation Summer 2018 position, help is available at these sites: Contact the sites directly to … Continue reading

Workreation Summer Job Application Assistance

For students who need support and assistance with completing and submitting a job application for the 9910 Workreation Summer 2018 position, help is available at these sites: Contact the sites directly to … Continue reading

Workreation Summer Job Application Assistance

For students who need support and assistance with completing and submitting a job application for the 9910 Workreation Summer 2018 position, help is available at these sites: Contact the sites directly to … Continue reading

Workreation Summer Job Application Assistance

For students who need support and assistance with completing and submitting a job application for the 9910 Workreation Summer 2018 position, help is available at these sites: Contact the sites directly to … Continue reading

Workreation Summer Job Application Assistance

For students who need support and assistance with completing and submitting a job application for the 9910 Workreation Summer 2018 position, help is available at these sites: Contact the sites directly to … Continue reading

Workreation Summer Job Application Assistance

For students who need support and assistance with completing and submitting a job application for the 9910 Workreation Summer 2018 position, help is available at these sites: Contact the sites directly to … Continue reading

Workreation Summer Job Application Assistance

For students who need support and assistance with completing and submitting a job application for the 9910 Workreation Summer 2018 position, help is available at these sites: Contact the sites directly to … Continue reading

Workreation Summer Job Application Assistance

For students who need support and assistance with completing and submitting a job application for the 9910 Workreation Summer 2018 position, help is available at these sites: Contact the sites directly to … Continue reading

Workreation Summer Job Application Assistance

For students who need support and assistance with completing and submitting a job application for the 9910 Workreation Summer 2018 position, help is available at these sites: Contact the sites directly to … Continue reading

Workreation Summer Job Application Assistance

For students who need support and assistance with completing and submitting a job application for the 9910 Workreation Summer 2018 position, help is available at these sites: Contact the sites directly to … Continue reading

Workreation Summer Job Application Assistance

For students who need support and assistance with completing and submitting a job application for the 9910 Workreation Summer 2018 position, help is available at these sites: Contact the sites directly to … Continue reading

Workreation Summer Job Application Assistance

For students who need support and assistance with completing and submitting a job application for the 9910 Workreation Summer 2018 position, help is available at these sites: Contact the sites directly to … Continue reading

Workreation Summer Job Application Assistance

For students who need support and assistance with completing and submitting a job application for the 9910 Workreation Summer 2018 position, help is available at these sites: Contact the sites directly to … Continue reading

Workreation Summer Job Application Assistance

For students who need support and assistance with completing and submitting a job application for the 9910 Workreation Summer 2018 position, help is available at these sites: Contact the sites directly to … Continue reading

Workreation Summer Job Application Assistance

For students who need support and assistance with completing and submitting a job application for the 9910 Workreation Summer 2018 position, help is available at these sites: Contact the sites directly to … Continue reading

Workreation Summer Job Application Assistance

For students who need support and assistance with completing and submitting a job application for the 9910 Workreation Summer 2018 position, help is available at these sites: Contact the sites directly to … Continue reading

Workreation Summer Job Application Assistance

For students who need support and assistance with completing and submitting a job application for the 9910 Workreation Summer 2018 position, help is available at these sites: Contact the sites directly to … Continue reading