New Sports Field Celebrated at Silver Terrace Playground

SAN FRANCISCO – Bayview neighbors, kids, and city officials were celebrating the ground beneath their feet today with the completion of a major overhaul of Silver Terrace Playground’s athletic field. The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department replaced the 13-year-old synthetic turf on the 145,000 square foot field, which hosts … Continue reading

McLaren Park Trails and Paths Project – Site Walk

We are all set to have a site walk to discuss the trails and paths portion of the McLaren Park Project. The first site walk will be of the Visitacion Avenue trail. Meet Saturday 11/16/2019 at 9:30am at the McLaren Community Garden on Visitacion Ave. For more information contact: … Continue reading

Alice Chalmers Playground Construction Progress Update

Construction work continues at the Alice Chalmers Playground. Azul Works, Inc. has completed the installation of all site walls, retaining curbs, and the two sloped ADA walkways. Utilities, including drainage and irrigation lines have been installed below the sub-grade and will support irrigation of the new landscaping on the site.Two … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Promenade Updates

Here are a few updates regarding the Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign / Promenade Project: Rec and Park, in partnership with SFMTA, is supporting the SF Police Department to move the concrete barriers between the two peaks with the goal of reducing the incidence of auto break-in’s. The barriers were … Continue reading

NFL Players, Veterans Attend Day of Service at Alemany Farm

SAN FRANCISCO – Former and current NFL players teamed up with local veterans and their supporters to weed, mulch, plant and build today at the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s Alemany Farm. The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department hosted the day of volunteer service at the city’s largest … Continue reading

Public Horseback Riding Returns to Golden Gate Park

For reservations and pricing, please visit click here.  SAN FRANCISCO – Equestrian enthusiasts can now experience Golden Gate Park on horseback, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today. Chaparral Ranch will hold its grand opening Saturday in the park’s Bercut Equitation Field, offering trail rides, children’s pony rides, … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Commission to Consider Operator for Golden Gate Park Tennis Center

SAN FRANCISCO – In April, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department broke ground on its project to transform its 125-year-old Golden Gate Park Tennis Center into one of the best public tennis facilities in the nation. On Thursday, Recreation and Park Commissioners will vote on an operator to handle … Continue reading

Potrero Hill Rec Center Plaque Dedication on November 19

Join us on Tuesday, November 19 from 3 to 5 p.m. at the Potrero Hill Recreation Center outdoor courts (801 Arkansas Street at the outdoor sport courts) for a special plaque unveiling … Continue reading

McLaren Park Group Picnic Playground + Restroom

Hi everyone! We have exciting news to share. Earlier this month, the Rec Park Commission approved increasing the construction contract amount, which will allow us to add a new swing area to the playground design. This request was made by park neighbors and we are thrilled to be able to … Continue reading

Golden Gate Heights – Construction Documents On-Going

Hi everyone, The design team at Public Works is continuing to complete the construction documents for the playground and field renovation at Golden Gate Heights. We recently completed a cost estimate for the renovation and the project is in budget. We aim to wrap up the design drawings by the … Continue reading

Construction Beginning Soon at George Christopher Playground

After many years of community process and design, construction on the George Christopher Playground renovation will begin in early November 2019! Starting next week, the construction team will begin installing fencing to protect trees and temporary fencing to secure the site for construction mobilization. The tennis court will be closed … Continue reading

Herz Playground- Working on the Concept Design

Hi everyone, Thank you so much to those who have provided feedback on our different design options for the Herz Playground Renovation. The design team has incorporated the feedback into one overall design for the site. We will continue to do additional outreach to finalize the selection of the playground … Continue reading

West Portal Playground Tennis Court Lighting Temporarily Out of Service

Due to construction activities, including the need to get waterproofing work done as soon as possible, tennis court lighting is temporarily out of service. We are working to reinstate lighting as quickly as we can, anticipated sometime in November 2019. We will be posting hard copy advisories at both court … Continue reading

West Portal Playground Renovation Construction Update

Construction is moving along on West Portal Playground renovation. The contractor is finishing up with demolition work and preparing to pour the first concrete walls and complete waterproofing scope. The Rec and Park and Public Works team has been coordinating closely with the contractor and SFMTA staff to protect facilities … Continue reading

Turk & Hyde Mini Park – Construction Updates

Hello Community: Construction is in “full swing” at the park. Within the next month, much construction activity will be occurring, particularly concrete walls, paving, and the boulder terrace, so you’ll start to see the park really take shape! Here are some photos highlights of the construction process thus far:

Rec & Park Breaks Ground on Shoreview Park Overhaul

SAN FRANCISCO – Amid a community celebration,  the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department broke ground today on a project that will transform Shoreview Park in the Bayview into a well-lit, accessible oasis for children to play and families to gather. The $3 million renovation, funded mainly through federal and … Continue reading

Fillmore Turk Mini Park – October 2019

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

Pedestrian and Bike Advocates, City Officials Celebrate Golden Gate Park Safety Improvements

SAN FRANCISCO – Bicycle and pedestrian advocates joined city officials today to celebrate the last of 13 raised crosswalks installed recently in Golden Gate Park, capping three years of traffic calming measures in the park as part of the city’s Vision Zero initiative. District 5 Supervisor Vallie Brown helped stripe … Continue reading

Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project Team Wins Partnering Award

Last week, the Golden Gate Park Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project team, comprised of staff from Rec and Park and Public Works as well as the contractor, Yerba Buena Engineering & Construction, Inc, was honored with an award for partnering. Partnering is a requirement for City teams and contractor staff … Continue reading

Buena Vista Park – Community Meeting

The first community meeting for the Buena Vista Park Needs Assessment and Cost Analysis project will be held on October 7, 2019 at 7pm in the Randall Museum Theater Room, located at 199 Museum Way. Please join us to discuss the scope and schedule of the project, meet the team, … Continue reading

Margaret Hayward Playground Renovation Update – September 26, 2019

It’s been a busy summer….with lots of subsurface work (irrigation, sewer and electrical lines); however, now building is taking shape! The basement concrete walls and ceiling were installed and now, the building’s steel structure at plaza level is being framed. Compare the construction photos with previous renderings presented at our … Continue reading

West Portal Playground Construction to Start Week of Sept 30

After a successful “Play Day” on Saturday, September 21, we are excited to report that construction will start on the playground renovation this coming week of September 30.  Rec and Park and Public Works project team members met with contractor staff on site this week to complete a pre-construction survey. … Continue reading

Lafayette Park Lighting Improvements October 3 Open House

Join us for an informal open house at Lafayette Park on Thursday, October 3 to discuss plans to add lighting for the park. Staff and members of the Friends of Lafayette Park board will be available between 4:30 and 6:30 pm to review the history and scope of these planned … Continue reading

Two Hiroshima Survivor Trees Planted in Japanese Tea Garden

SAN FRANCISCO – Two second generation saplings—descendants of ginkgo trees that survived the nuclear blast on Hiroshima—were planted at the Japanese Tea Garden today in a ceremony that also honored former U.S. Secretary of State George Shultz and Dame Charlotte Malliard Shultz for their advocacy around nuclear disarmament. United Religions … Continue reading

Herz Playground – Outreach Continues!

Hi all- We are continuing to seek input on three draft designs for the Herz Playground renovation. The designs can be seen in Document Materials sidebar of the project page. The project team met with children from the local Boys & Girls Club and with residents from the Sunnydale Neighborhood. … Continue reading

McLaren Park Group Picnic Playground + Restroom News

Hi folks! The contractor is continuing to work at the Group Picnic Area in McLaren Park. The grading is complete and the concrete work is on-going. Rec Park staff will be presenting at October’s Rec Park Capital Committee Commission meeting for approval to increase the construction contract amount to include … Continue reading

Golden Gate Heights- Design Update

Hi folks! We are half way complete with the construction documents for the playground and field renovation. We will be performing a review with our maintenance yard and a cost estimate for the project at this milestone. We are still on track to complete this phase of the project by … Continue reading

Presidio Wall Playground Replaces Julius Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission voted unanimously today to rename Julius Kahn Playground to “Presidio Wall Playground.” The organizations Chinese for Affirmative Action and the Chinese Historical Society drove the renaming efforts. Public comment at today’s meeting included individuals personally affected by the Chinese Exclusion … Continue reading

Lake Merced Tree Work

Tree work, consisting of selective removals and pruning, is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2019 and occur through the winter of 2020. Trees scheduled for removal were posted with notices in the past week. Tree pruning and removals are intended to address required maintenance around the 4.5-mile perimeter … Continue reading

Peace Hoops Winners!

Congratulations to our Peace Hoops Champs!!! The game was nothing short of competitive and intense. These kids played their heart out and had the whole gym filled with chants! Great job to these winners and all the other teams that participated! Can’t wait to see you all next year!

Kaiser Permanente Contributes $1.6 Million to Provide Safe and Imaginative Playgrounds for San Francisco Kids and Families

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco’s playgrounds are getting a major boost thanks to a $1.6 million contribution by Kaiser Permanente to the LetsPlaySF! campaign, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today. The LetsPlaySF! campaign, a partnership between SF Rec and Parks and the San Francisco Parks Alliance, promises … Continue reading

Tennis Court Online Reservation System Meeting September 18

We invite you to join us for a public meeting to discuss the free online reservation system implemented in April 2019 for tennis and pickleball play at 11 complexes across the city. … Continue reading

Mountain Lion Spotted at West End of Golden Gate Park, Lake Merced

SAN FRANCISCO – Officials have confirmed two mountain lion sightings in San Francisco since Aug. 21, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today. SF Rec and Parks, working with Animal Care & Control and the state Department of Fish and Wildlife, posted signs at Golden Gate Park, where a mountain … Continue reading

‘Presidio Wall Playground’ Moves Forward to Replace Julius Kahn

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission’s Operations Committee today voted to recommend “Presidio Wall Playground” replace the name of the current Julius Kahn Playground. Presidio Wall was the top vote-getter during the public outreach process. It awaits final approval by the full commission during its Sept. … Continue reading

Section of Trail Closed during September

Restoration and construction work will occur in segments throughout Bernal Heights Park from September 2019 through early 2020. Individual trail segments will be closed during work.  However, the overall trail network will remain mostly open and will continue to accommodate many recreation activities. The first segment of trail to be … Continue reading

Community Celebrates Renovation of Potrero Hill Rec Center Grounds

SAN FRANCISCO – Revamped athletic fields, new sports equipment, improved lighting and accessible pathways were among the major improvements unveiled by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department today at the Potrero Hill Recreation Center. The $5.5 million renovation also included a new irrigation system, new landscaping, concrete retaining walls, … Continue reading

Construction is about to begin on West Portal Playground!

The construction contract is being awarded and should be final this week.Contractor mobilization is expected to begin the last week of September, with the playground and clubhouse closure expected on Monday September 30th. We are thrilled to begin construction on this long awaited renovation!

Gene Friend Rec Center Concept Design at Commission September 4

Thanks to all of our community members who have provided valuable input since early 2015 on the feasibility study and concept design for the Gene Friend Recreation Center. I am happy to report that we will be presenting conceptual design for approval to the Recreation and Park Commission Capital Committee … Continue reading

Fall Registration

Hello Everyone, Now that summer is coming to an end and fall is just right around the corner don’t forget to register your little ones in one of our amazing programs! Please feel free to come into any one of our recreation centers or online at

State Conservation Grants to Benefit Kids, Seniors, Snakes

SAN FRANCISCO – Local children, seniors and—yes—snakes will be among the beneficiaries of state conservation grants totaling more than $400,000, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today. SF Rec and Park’s McLaren Park Visitacion Avenue Corridor Trail and Sharp Park Garter Snake Habitat Restoration were among the 26 park projects … Continue reading

Youth Stewardship Program Kick Off Series!

Our Youth Stewardship Program (YSP) engages youth 2nd-12th grade in environmental education and service learning field trips in parks and open spaces city wide. We are hosting three YSP Kick-Off events for teachers to learn more about our free programming, meet our environmental educators, and register for classes for the … Continue reading

Due South Concert Series to be Held at McLaren Park

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, San Francisco Parks Alliance, District 11 Supervisor Ahsha Safai, and Noise Pop are excited to announce the inaugural season of the Due South Concert Series.  Due South is a new series of free concerts made possible by the City of … Continue reading

Alice Chalmers Playground Receives $30,000 for Makeover

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department has been selected to receive a $30,000 play space grant from the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) and The Walt Disney Company. Rec and Parks will use the funding toward the current renovation of Alice Chalmers Playground in the … Continue reading

SF Rec and Parks Head Phil Ginsburg Appointed to State Parks Commission

SAN FRANCISCO – Phil Ginsburg, general manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department for the past decade, will bring his expertise to the state park system as well. Governor Gavin Newsom appointed Ginsburg, 52, to the California State Park and Recreation Commission, the governor’s office announced Tuesday afternoon. … Continue reading

Cannabis Gets Green Light for Outside Lands

SAN FRANCISCO—This weekend’s Outside Lands festival will be the first event in San Francisco where adults can legally buy and consume recreational cannabis, the San Francisco Office of Cannabis (OOC) and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today. The announcement kicks off a new era of legal—and highly … Continue reading

Outside Lands From August 9 to 11

As we close out July, we look ahead to August with Outside Lands right around the corner! The three-day music and arts festival, featuring more than 100 of the music industry’s best acts, has become a destination event and is considered one of the top festivals in the nation. It will take place on the … Continue reading

New Sport Courts Open at Hayes Valley Playground

SAN FRANCISCO—Renovated sport courts, including a unique basketball court that doubles as colorful street art, opened amid a community celebration today at the Hayes Valley Playground. Improvements to the basketball court, including a colorful court mural by San Francisco street artist Apexer, resurfacing, and new hoops and backboards, was funded … Continue reading

Community Garden Events This Summer!

Get your garden ready and join us for FREE community garden workshops this summer, including our our third Garden Resource Day of the year at Alemany Farm (700 Alemany Boulevard) from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Saturday, August 3 that will feature FREE compost, plant starts and more! For additional … Continue reading

McLaren Park Group Picnic Playground Construction News

Hi everyone! Construction is going smoothly on the playground renovation at the Group Picnic Area. Demolition is complete and the contractor continues to work on grading and underground utilities. The design team on the restroom project is working on construction documents for site work and utility connections for the new … Continue reading

In Chan Kaajal Community Garden Wins Livability Award

SAN FRANCISCO – These days, In Chan Kaajal Community Garden is cultivating more than carrots and corn for the Mission District. On Sunday, the community garden located on 17th and Folsom received the Livability Award for its role in creating a cohesive neighborhood hub for one of the most diverse … Continue reading

Coit Tower Café to Open at Iconic Landmark 

SAN FRANCISCO – Sightseers will soon be able to take in a panini or cannoli alongside Coit Tower’s breathtaking views. Coit Tower Café, located in a kiosk steps away from the San Francisco skyline’s 210-foot welcoming beacon, will open today, Friday, July 12. Operated by Acquolina Restaurant in North Beach, … Continue reading

Street Soccer to Kick Off Sunday at Civic Center

SAN FRANCISCO – Get ready to kick off a summer of street soccer in the heart of San Francisco. The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is preparing to transform Fulton Street between the Asian Art Museum and Main Library into a temporary street soccer installation that will serve the … Continue reading

TPC Harding Park Hosts Inaugural SF Pride Golf Tournament

SAN FRANCISCO—LGBTQ golfers and allies gathered on the green Wednesday for the first-ever San Francisco Pride Pro-Am Golf Tournament, a historic fundraiser at TPC Harding Park. The inaugural event was hosted by TPC Harding Park in partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, the Northern California Professional Golfers … Continue reading

World Cup Fever! SF Rec and Park Adds Additional Watch Party Friday for USA v. France

SAN FRANCISCO—As the competition heats up, the San Francisco Recreation and Park department today announced an additional free, live FIFA Women’s World Cup viewing party to be held this Friday, June 28. This bonus screening, held in partnership with the San Francisco Parks Alliance, will be held at noon at … Continue reading

India Basin 900 Innes Boatyard Design Survey

Survey Link: The San Francisco Recreation & Park Department, the Trust for Public Land and San Francisco Parks Alliance are pleased to kick-off the Schematic Design phase for the future park at the 900 Innes Boatyard at India Basin. We are looking for your input and feedback to inform … Continue reading

Construction Begins on Alice Chalmers Playground

Just a quick update. On Tuesday, June 18, 2019, the Azul Works Inc. (Contractor) began construction at the Alice Chalmers Playground, a LetsPlaySF! project!  Due to multiple expected construction activities on site, the entire park will be closed for construction. The work to be performed includes the installation of new … Continue reading

Construction & restroom design Update

Hi folks, We are excited to share that the restroom design has been approved by the Recreation and Park Department Commission. The project team is now finalizing the construction documents for the project. Meanwhile, the Playground & Picnic Area Renovation is underway. The contractor is focused on demolition, grading and … Continue reading

Panhandle Playground Construction Progress

Hello! I’d like to introduce myself as the new point of contact and project manager for the Panhandle Playground renovation. Since the playground closed in April, the project’s contractor has been busy with demolition and starting work on the new playground. They are currently working on installing concrete paths, curbs, … Continue reading

Stonewall Riots 50th Anniversary and Pride Events in our Parks!

The Harvey Milk Photo Center (50 Scott Street) presents the Stonewall 50 Years Anniversary Art and Pride Exhibit. This exhibit will feature local artists showcasing their best contemporary works celebrating the LGBTQ community and its history. It will open this Saturday, June 22 with a reception from 5 to 8:30 … Continue reading

Construction begins at Sgt Macaulay Playground

Hello Community – We are in the exciting times as work on the ground has officially begun. Demolition will begin with removing the old play equipment, play surfacing and underlying concrete, as well as interior curbs, then will move to tree removal. As construction progresses, please contact the project manager … Continue reading

Washington Square is Closing for Renovation!

Washington Square Water Conservation Project set to begin this week. Construction fencing will be installed around the lawn and pathways for the Washington Square project on June 20.  During construction, the playground and restrooms will remain open. We are excited to start saving water in Washington Square!  Please feel free … Continue reading

New Mural on Historic Shipwright’s Cottage Celebrates India Basin Community

SAN FRANCISCO – Amid a neighborhood celebration, city officials today unveiled a new mural celebrating the Bayview-Hunters Point community on a historic building that will become an integral part of its future. The block party featured free food and music, followed by a screening of the Golden State Warriors game … Continue reading

Women’s World Cup to Play Live on the Big Screen at SF Parks

SAN FRANCISCO—Looking for a way to kick off summer? The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is hosting free, live FIFA Women’s World Cup viewing parties in this June and July. The events, held in partnership with the San Francisco Parks Alliance, will feature matches on the big screen, food trucks, … Continue reading

Construction has started on the McLaren Playground!

Hi all- It is official, construction on the Playground at the Group Picnic Area has begun with demolition of planters, old paths, and a portion of the retaining wall. Work is off to a good start and we are looking forward to sharing regular updates with photographs of the work. … Continue reading

2019 Conservatory Lighting and Summer Solstice Concert Announced

Psychedelic Photosynthesis and Surrealistic Summer Solstice Jam 3 June 19, 6-10pm Conservatory lighting at approximately 9:15pm SAN FRANCISCO– Join us for the 3rd annual outtasight, flower-powered night under the stars as we … Continue reading

Plans Brewing for Flywheel Coffee Kiosk in Golden Gate Park’s East End

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park officials this week are expected to approve plans for a food and beverage kiosk at the eastern entrance of Golden Gate Park, the latest in a series of planned improvements in the area. The San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission on Thursday will authorize … Continue reading

Haight / Stanyan Work – Public Works and RecPark Coordination – Community Requests

A quick update:    The Department recently bid the construction contract for this renovation project and we will be awarding the contract this month.    The goal is to move into the construction phase of the project which is tentatively scheduled to start in  July 2019.   The overall construction duration is anticipated … Continue reading

Margaret Hayward Playground Renovation Update – April 26, 2019

Demolition is 99% complete – and the park is taking shape: See photos of the new community building form work and the location of the new playground nestled against Turk Street. Thank you for your patience during construction. Due to unforeseen weather impacts on construction, we will be extending the … Continue reading

SF Recreation and Park Department Breaks Ground on Five Playgrounds

SAN FRANCISCO – Under the watchful eyes of 45 preschoolers, city officials and community members broke ground today on five playground renovations—a major milestone in a project that promises to transform 13 timeworn play areas used by 20,000 children in neighborhoods across the City. Today’s groundbreaking ceremony, held at the … Continue reading

McLaren Park Jerry Garcia Amphitheater Renovation Project – Community Meeting #2

Please join us for a community meeting to discuss improvements to the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park. Date/Time: Tuesday, May 14th 6:30-7:30 pm Location: Crocker Amazon Clubhouse Moscow Street and Italy … Continue reading

Sergeant John Macaulay Park Groundbreaking – 4/23 @ 10:30am

The Let’sPlaySF! Initiative, the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, the Trust for Public Land and, San Francisco Parks Alliance and Tenderloin partners, are pleased to invite you to the Community Groundbreaking of Sgt. John Macaulay Park! On Tuesday, April 23 at 10:30am, everyone is invited to celebrate the start … Continue reading

SF Rec and Parks Breaks Ground on $27M Tennis Center

SAN FRANCISCO – Tennis enthusiasts of all ages gathered today with City officials, the Tennis Coalition of San Francisco, and the San Francisco Parks Alliance to celebrate a new era for public tennis in San Francisco with the groundbreaking of the Golden Gate Park Tennis Center renovation. The San Francisco … Continue reading

We Have Extended the Greenager Application Deadline to April 20th, 2019

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and Port of San Francisco 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, … Continue reading

Let’sPlaySF! Groundbreaking

Join us and the San Francisco Parks Alliance for a groundbreaking event marking the beginning of the next five playground renovation projects under the Let’sPlaySF! initiative. The event will take place on … Continue reading

Jerry Garcia Amphitheater Project Kickoff!

We are excited to be continuing the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater Improvement Project! The scope of the project is based on the extensive McLaren Park Vision Planning Process that has been in progress. We are planning on holding the 2nd Community Meeting in early May 2019. Stay tuned for more info.

Alice Chalmers Playground Construction Starting Soon

Hi everyone — We are still on track to break ground on the Alice Chalmers Playground Project, a Let’sPlaySF! Initiative in May 2019. At that time construction fences will be going up, and the entire park (including the courts and fields) will be closed to the general public. Please visit … Continue reading

900 Innes Ave (India Basin) Remediation Update & Notice of Public Meeting

Dear Interested Stakeholders, The San Francisco Bay Regional Water Quality Control Board (Water Board) is the lead agency overseeing the environmental clean-up of the 900 Innes Avenue site at India Basin. The Water Board is holding a 30‑day public comment period on the Draft Clean-up Plan, also known as a … Continue reading

Construction Starting At Panhandle Playground

Dear Panhandle Playground Friends, I’m very excited to announce that we will begin construction on Monday, April 8! The entire playground and surrounding areas will close for the construction duration. The basketball courts, rain garden, and bathrooms will remain open. The south pathway will remain open for the majority of … Continue reading

Garfield Pool – Construction Update

We are making great progress on the construction at Garfield Pool. The old clubhouse building has been demolished, and the pool building has been cleared. The site has been a bit muddy due to the rain, but the foundation for the new clubhouse is well underway, and the new steel … Continue reading

Golden Gate Park Tennis Center Groundbreaking Ceremony on April 17

Join us for the historic groundbreaking of the Golden Gate Park Tennis Center on Wednesday, April 17 beginning at 11 a.m! The facility is poised to undergo a $27 million renovation, which … Continue reading

McLaren Park Welcomes Improved Community Garden, New Rain Garden

SAN FRANCISCO – City leaders and community members today celebrated the opening of side-by-side environmental features at McLaren Park: A renovated oasis for community gardeners and a new rain garden system to manage stormwater. The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s McLaren Community Garden re-opened with additional plots to accommodate four times … Continue reading

Golden Gate Heights Playground Renovation

Hi all, We are honing in on our final concept design with feedback from the community meetings, and our online surveys (we had +175 responses on our second survey!). Additionally, the two draft concept designs were presented to the Rec Park After-school Program held at JP Murphy Clubhouse. The children … Continue reading

Randall Museum Science Fair Winners Head to State Championships

SAN FRANCISCO – Budding scientists from middle schools across San Francisco will compete in a Bay Area-wide science fair later this month after distinguishing themselves at a citywide competition held at the Randall Museum. More than 160 students from San Francisco’s public and private schools competed in this year’s San … Continue reading

Franklin Square Construction Update

The Franklin Square Improvement Project is continuing construction following the rainy weather.  During construction, the project was awarded additional funding that allowed for expanded/improved lighting and replacement of the park’s west asphalt pathway.  The remaining work includes west side asphalt paving, light pole installation, and par course equipment installation.  The … Continue reading

McLaren Community Garden Reopening Celebration

Join us from 10 a.m. to noon for a ribbon cutting ceremony on Saturday, March 23 as we open the McLaren Community Garden! We will have brief remarks, family-friendly gardening activities and … Continue reading

Alice Chalmers Playground Construction Contract Award

Hi everyone! I am happy to announce that the Recreation and Park Commission approved the award of a construction contract for the renovation of the Alice Chalmers Playground to Azul Works, Inc. on February 21, 2019. We are anticipating to mobilize for construction in May 2019. In the next few … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park Rolls Out 10 New Sport Wheelchairs for Public Use

SAN FRANCISCO – City officials, wheelchair basketball athletes, and South of Market community members on Wednesday celebrated the addition of 10 new custom sport wheelchairs at Gene Friend Recreation Center—part of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s focus on adaptive sports. The $40,000 purchase of the 10 wheelchairs were … Continue reading

India Basin Project Receives $5 Million in Funding

SAN FRANCISCO – A plan to rehabilitate a long-vacant bayside lot in San Francisco’s India Basin and turn it into a waterfront park took a step forward with the allocation of a $5 million grant toward tidal restoration and site cleanup. The San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority on Friday approved … Continue reading

New Trail Through Oak Woodlands Dedicated to Phil Arnold

SAN FRANCISCO –San Francisco Recreation and Park Department today unveiled its new main trail through the Oak Woodlands of Golden Gate Park, dedicating the scenic path to Phil Arnold, a longtime advocate for local parks, open space, and recreational trail opportunities. The Phil Arnold trail provides a primary, continuous nature … Continue reading

Free Shuttle to Randall Museum!

On Saturdays, from February 8th to March 16th, a free shuttle will travel from the Mission Arts Center to the Randall Museum. The shuttle will make several trips between the facilities during the day, starting at 9:45 at the Mission Arts Center, with the final pick up at the Randall … Continue reading

Balboa Pool Reopening on February 23

Join us on Saturday, February 23 beginning at 12:30 p.m. as we hold a reopening celebration for the community at the Balboa Pool (51 Havelock).  The event will feature special performances, speakers, … Continue reading

Margaret Hayward Playground Renovation Update – Feb, 15 2019

Demolition is 85% complete – Only 1.5 buildings remain to be removed…and the first concrete footings will be poured next week. Check out the formwork awaiting concrete trucks next week: Margaret S. Hayward Playground Renovation or cut and paste into your browser: UPDATE ON TENNIS COURTS: Extending the tennis … Continue reading

SF Residents: Parks Make City More Livable

SAN FRANCISCO –– Seventy eight percent of San Franciscans think the condition of the city’s parks are improving, a bright spot in poll results measuring the public’s satisfaction with city services and issues. The 2019 Dignity Health CityBeat Poll, released Tuesday by the San Francisco Chamber of Commerce, revealed that … Continue reading

Summer Resource Fair Pop-Up Schedule

Did you miss the Summer Resource Fair on February 9 with us, the San Francisco Department of Children, Youth & Their Families and the San Francisco Public Library? Don’t worry, we have free pop-up summer resource fairs coming up in the next month in your neighborhood! Connect with representatives for camps, … Continue reading

Bernal Heights Park Trails Improvement Project Closer to Construction

Thank you so much for your patience! We are finalizing a bid package for contractors for phase 1 improvements at the park, which include improvements to the east and west entrances from the road to the hill (at Bernal Heights Boulevard and Folsom and at top of Esmeralda stairs) as … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Next Steps

Thanks again to all who came to our community open house this Spring and to those who provided input via email. We have integrated much of this feedback and have a preliminary conceptual design for a linear park or “promenade” in the location of the closed roadway. Project Manager Melinda … Continue reading

Sgt. Macaulay Rec & Park Commission Approves Contract for Construction!

Good news: On January 17th, 2019, The Recreation and Park Commission unanimously approved the construction contract for the renovation project! Contract preparations are currently being made and we are still on track to begin construction in Spring 2019. As we approach construction, we will be sure to alert the community … Continue reading

Hyde & Turk Mini Park Rec & Park Commission Approves Construction Contract!

Good news: On January 17th, 2019, The Recreation and Park Commission unanimously approved the construction contract for the renovation project! Contract preparations are currently being made and we are still on track to begin construction in Spring 2019. As we approach construction, we will be sure to alert the community … Continue reading

Margaret Hayward Playground Renovation Update – Feb 2019

Demolition is 80% complete – most of the existing buildings have been removed! See the photo of the HUGE excavation made for new community building foundation. New development: We will be extending the tennis court closure until February 15th * During demolition, the engineers uncovered an unforeseen structural condition on … Continue reading

Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project Updates

Here are a few updates on the Golden Gate Park Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project: We are getting very close to construction completion! Many of the trail segments are completed and open for use Way finding signage will be installed in the coming days Look for habitat restoration planting in … Continue reading

Panhandle Playground Closure Updates and General Project Updates

Per previous update, tree work began at and around Panhandle Playground on Tuesday, January 22. We had anticipated that it would be completed by end of day today Friday, January 25; however, the contractor needs 1-2 more days to wrap up the work. To meet neighborhood demand, we have re-opened … Continue reading

Alice Chalmers Playground Gets Closer to Construction

Hi Folks – I just wanted to provide the latest update on the Alice Chalmers Playground Project. The work was advertised for public bid in conformance with the Public Contract Code in December 2018. Five bids were received on January 9, 2019, which the City is reviewing.  We hope to … Continue reading

Restroom Monitor Program Expands to Seven Additional Park Locations 

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco will dramatically boost the number of park restrooms staffed by trained monitors, part of the City’s commitment to improving quality of life in neighborhoods most in need. The San Francisco Human Services Commission today green-lit the expansion of San Francisco Recreation and Park’s Department’s Park … Continue reading

Serve it up!

Come and discover our fun and exciting volleyball program at our facility! There’s a mixture of instructional volleyball including the fundamentals of passing, blocking, setting and serving! There will be various warm-up drills to get the body going and to end it all participants will put their skill to use in … Continue reading

Workreation Update

Applicants who passed the minimum requirements can expect to be interviewed in early February.  Interview Prep Workshops are available for students who would like to practice for their interview.  Click on  the “Workshop” tab for more information.  If you have any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to contact our Workreation Team … Continue reading

Rec Park Commission approves construction contract award for McLaren Park Playground and Group Picnic Area Renovation!

On Thursday, January 17, 2019, the Recreation and Park Commission unanimously approved awarding the construction contract for the McLaren Park Playground and Group Picnic Area Renovation to Cazadoro Construction. Work on-site is still anticipated to begin this Spring. All tree removals related to this project have been completed. The felled … Continue reading

Recreation and Park Commission Approves Outside Lands Contract Extension

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park commissioners today unanimously approved a contract extending San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s contract with Another Planet Entertainment for the production of the annual Outside Lands Music Festival.   The agreement, which will now go before the San Francisco Board of Supervisors … Continue reading

Public Budget Meetings on January 30 and February 4 

Join us for one of two budget meetings to discuss preliminary plans for Fiscal Years 2019-20 and 2020-21. Learn about our department’s budget instructions for the next two years, and let us know what your priorities are in your neighborhood parks. The first meeting will be on Wednesday, January 30 at … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park’s Cultural Arts Division joins Inclusive Arts to offer Theater for All!

Though improv, movement and role-play, this class will enable members to develop their theatrical skills, while celebrating their individual identities and building a supportive ensemble. Sessions are scaffolded to support actors in getting to know each other and developing a comfort with and understanding of theatrical improvisational skills, with the … Continue reading

Panhandle Playground Construction Contract Award at Rec and Park Commission January 17

The award of construction contract for the Panhandle Playground Renovation Project will be presented to the Rec and Park Commission for approval on Thursday, January 17. The hearing is at 10 am in City Hall Room 416. Please click here for the full meeting agenda. Pending Commission approval and other contract … Continue reading

Margaret Hayward Playground Renovation-December 2018

Demolition to begin in January! Throughout the next few months, the park will be transformed by the removal of all existing park buildings and site features. This month’s tasks were: RPD salvaged a parts of playground equipment, restroom accessories and building furnishings which will be re-purposed in city park sites … Continue reading


ATTENTION ALL BASEBALL PLAYERS!!! SFYBL is starting soon and we have limited spots left at our facility. We still have space available in our T-Ball, Pinto, and Mustang divisions if you or anyone you know is interested. Please visit us in person or online at for more information or … Continue reading

Concept Approved for Golden Gate Park Dog Training Area

The concept plan for the renovation of the Golden Gate Park Dog Training Area was approved by the Recreation and Park Commission today. Thank you to everyone who attended the design workshops, participated in the community surveys, and offered many thoughtful ideas! The design team will begin producing the construction … Continue reading

Ropes Course to Raise Profile of McLaren Park, Expand Local Access to Leadership Programming

SAN FRANCISCO –  The San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission today approved a plan to transform an under-used part of John McLaren Park into a high ropes challenge focusing on leadership and character development for local youth and others. A project of SF Rec and Parks and Outward Bound California … Continue reading

Progress for Panhandle Playground Renovation Contracts

Rec and Park received quotes for tree work around the playground on December 5.  Pending contract finalization, we are planning to complete the tree work in January 2019. Pre-bid conference was held on site today, December 6, for contractors interested in bidding on the playground renovation project. Bids are due … Continue reading

City Leaders Break Ground on Margaret Hayward Playground Renovation

SAN FRANCISCO – A project to improve park access, update play equipment and enhance programs for seniors and youth at a beloved Western Addition gathering space broke ground today.   The redesign of Margaret Hayward Playground, which will be complete in 2020, will unify the sprawling 6-acre property, welcoming visitors … Continue reading

Camp Mather Inclusion Week 2019 Registration begins December 10!

Camp Mather Inclusion Week 2019 Registration begins December 10! Inclusion Week is week 2 of camp, June 9-June 15 2019 Registration opens December 10 at 10am Registration closes January 13 at 11:59pm Go to for details and registration info For registration questions, contact the Camp Mather Desk at or 415-831-2715 For … Continue reading

Mobile Rec!

Sf Rec and Park Mobile Rec staff brought exciting activities to Palega on Sat, 11/24/18. Palega’s neighbors and visitors enjoyed climbing the portable rock wall, skateboarding, BMX biking and much more. Please make sure to visit our website at for exciting activities throughout our San Francisco every weekend!

Winter Park Ice Rink Opens in Thriving Civic Center

SAN FRANCISCO – An ice rink steps away from San Francisco City Hall and modeled after the famed Wiener Eistraum of Vienna opened today, the latest attraction in a Civic Center area now rich with art, entertainment and family-friendly fun. The Winter Park at Civic Center, operated by Willy Bietak … Continue reading

Park Report: Standards Raised, Disparities Narrowed

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco’s parks became more consistently well maintained across the city last year, with less disparity between neighborhoods and significant improvements to formerly lower scoring properties, according to a Controller’s Office report released Wednesday afternoon. Overall, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department met 89 percent of … Continue reading

Guy Place Construction Progress Update

Construction activities at the project site resumed last week with the continuation of earthwork and the underpinning of the adjacent residential building. Thank you for your patience and understanding as the project team ensured that the structural engineering revisions were thoroughly reviewed and the permits updated as required with the … Continue reading

Panhandle Playground Renovation Project Advertised to Contractors

The Panhandle Playground Renovation Project advertisement to contractors is live as of today. Click here for solicitation. Bids are due on December 19. In addition to the general contract solicitation (above), request for quotes for tree work, to be completed prior to the rest of the project, also went out today. Click … Continue reading

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

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

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: 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

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

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

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


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

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