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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

SF Rec & Parks to Launch Free Holiday Fun at Embarcadero Plaza

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the launch of a series of free holiday sports at Embarcadero Plaza. The Plaza already features the Holiday Ice Rink, located at heart of the Embarcadero Plaza.  Now the Department is adding free, fun, drop-in, sports including Disc … Continue reading

SF Rec & Parks to Host Winter Lights in Golden Gate Park

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department announced today a free special event, “Winter Lights in Golden Gate Park” that will take place on Thursday, December 7th, 2017.  The “Winter Lights in Golden Gate Park” event will begin with the City’s 88th Holiday Tree lighting tradition, and is scheduled to … Continue reading

Holiday Events in SF Parks

Join us for “Winter Lights in Golden Gate Park” on Thursday, December 7, from 4 to 8 p.m., featuring the 88th annual lighting of the city’s official holiday tree at McLaren Lodge (501 Stanyan Street and Fell) at 6 p.m., followed by a stunning new light art installation at the … Continue reading

SF Rec and Parks Recycled Almost Half of Trash Generated at Dolores Park

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and Recology announced today that the Eco Pop-up at Dolores Park diverted over 42,840 gallons of recyclables and composts from landfill from May through October this year.  That is equivalent to 48.8% of the total waste collected from the entire … Continue reading

SF Rec and Parks Opens Newly Renovated Play Fields at West Sunset Playground

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department announced today the reopening of the playfields at West Sunset Playground after $13.6 million renovation funded by the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond.  West Sunset Playground, 18 acres in size, features a children’s playground, athletic courts, two baseball … Continue reading

San Francisco Deltas Win NASL Championship at Kezar Stadium!

Congratulations to the San Francisco Deltas for bringing home the City’s first Northern America Soccer League Championship! It was an amazing experience to watch this team coming together from their first game to the championship. Their greatest measure of growth can be seen in their performances against Miami FC, arguably the most … Continue reading

SF Rec and Parks Welcomes Rock & Roll Photographer Jay Blakesberg to Harvey Milk Photo Center

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today celebrity photographer Jay Blakesberg, who has photographed legendary musicians such Jerry Garcia, Tom Waits, Santana and more, will be showing his work for the first time in San Francisco. The longtime San Francisco resident has chosen SF Rec … Continue reading

Construction to Begin on New Restroom at GGP Boat Playground

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the construction of a new free-standing restroom at Golden Gate Park’s Boat Playground located at 45thAvenue and Lincoln Way.  The $ 2 million restroom construction is a community driven project, advocated for by an Outer Sunset community group … Continue reading

San Francisco to Open the City’s First Bike Park

SAN FRANCSICO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the opening of the McLaren Bike Park in McLaren Park, the first Bicycle Motocross (BMX) and Mountain Biking Park in San Francisco.  Designed by Alpine Bike Parks, the $1,131,921 project features a beginner bikes skills trail, youth BMX … Continue reading

Conservatory of Flowers to Extend Run of Popular Illuminated Artwork

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today that the popular illumination of the historic Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park will be extended through November 26th this year.  The beloved landmark became the canvas for Photosynthesis, an elegant public art installation to honor San … Continue reading

SF Rec and Parks Recieves Grant to Renovate Tennis Courts Citywide!

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department announced today that the Department has received a cash grant of $864,000 from San Franciscans for Sports and Recreation (SFFSR) to resurface tennis courts in the City’s park system.  Throughout 2016, the Department and SFFSR worked together to identify a … Continue reading

San Francisco Model for Coalition of 134 Cities to Launch 10-Minute Walk to a Park Campaign

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and Mayor Edwin M. Lee announced today that the City of San Francisco is the model city for cities across the nation as The Trust for Public Land (TPL), National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), and Urban Land Institute are launching … Continue reading

SF Rec and Parks’ Youth Leaders to Celebrate National Public Lands Day

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today that its youth leadership program known as Greenagers, will be leading park stewardship project and community engagement efforts to celebrate National Public Lands Day at Michelangelo Playground located at Greenwich and Jones Streets on Saturday, September 30th.  This … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park to Celebrates 5 Years of Healthy Parks, Healthy People Initiative

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today its 5th year of partnership with Healthy Parks, Healthy People Bay Area (HPHP Bay Area), a collaborative initiative of over 30 parks, public health, and community based agencies working to improve the health and well-being of all Bay … Continue reading

San Francisco Chinatown to Gain New Park Space

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today a newly constructed park space in Chinatown is now scheduled to open early in October, 2017.  The 6,000 square-foot Rooftop Park, which is connected to St. Mary’s Square, contains planted areas, seating and an open plaza.  It was built as … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park to Host Citywide Coastal Cleanup Day 2017

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today that the Department will take the lead to coordinate citywide efforts to celebrate Coastal Cleanup Day in partnership with hundreds of volunteers and fellow government agencies and community groups including California Coastal Commission, California Department of Parks and … Continue reading

San Francisco to Name Golden Gate Park Meadow in Honor of Robin Williams

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the naming of the Robin Williams Meadow, the meadow located adjacent to Golden Gate Park’s Sharon Building in honor of the late Robin Williams, the legendary comedian and longtime Bay Area resident.  Throughout his life, Mr. Williams made great … Continue reading

India Basin Shoreline Park – Youth Day on the Bay

Hamilton Pool Wins Multiple Awards Over the Summer 

Congratulations to the Hamilton Pool staff for winning both the “Best Pool” Award from San Francisco Magazine and the Bay Area Parent “Best of the Best Swim Center” Award this past summer. Located in the Fillmore/Western Addition neighborhood, Hamilton Pool (1900 Geary Boulevard) is an indoor facility that boasts a large heated pool as … Continue reading

Day on the Bay on October 29

Are you a 13 to 15 year old who is interested in sailing for free? Come register for “Day on the Bay” on Sunday, October 29. Two time slots are available: 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. or 1 to 5 p.m. For more information, call (415) 831-6800 and enroll online here for … Continue reading

SF Rec and Park to Begin Construction on a New Park in District 6

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the construction of Guy Place Mini Park, a new park at 4-8 Guy Place, one of the very few undeveloped properties in the Rincon Hill District.  The park parcel, located on Guy Place near the approach to the … Continue reading

Helen Diller Family Foundation Expands Gift to SF’s Civic Center Plaza

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department in partnership with The Trust for Public Land and Civic Center Community Benefit District (CCCBD) announced today that Helen Diller Family Foundation will be expanding its $10 million playground renovation gift to Civic Center Plaza.  Through The Trust for Public … Continue reading

Lawrence Halprin Exhibit at the Palace of Fine Arts

In partnership with The Cultural Landscape Foundation (TCLF), SF Rec and Park announces the opening of The Landscape Architecture of Lawrence Halprin, a traveling photo exhibition about the life and work of landscape architect Lawrence Halprin (1916-2009). The exhibit opens May 25, 2017 and will remain on view through September 4, … Continue reading

SF Rec & Park Breaks Ground on $10 Million Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Recreation & Park Department, in partnership with the Trust for Public Land (TPL) and the Helen Diller Family Foundation, is proud to celebrate the groundbreaking of the Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds, located in the heart of San Francisco’s Civic Center Historic District. The … Continue reading

Please join us in selecting a final design for the Merced Heights Playground!

We are holding our third community meeting for the Merced Heights Playground on Tuesday January 31st from 6-7:30pm at the Merced Heights Clubhouse. We will be presenting the final proposed concepts of the playground and getting community input and will finalize the design using this feedback. Looking forward to seeing … Continue reading

John McLaren Bike Park out to Bid

Rec Park is thrilled to announce that the John McLaren Bike Park Project is out to bid! Information on the bid solicitation can be found here: Key Information: Pre-Bid Conference Date – September 7 at 11:00am Bids Due – September 22 at 2:30 pm at McLaren Lodge, 501 Stanyan … Continue reading

REMINDER: Alamo Square Park

Alamo Square Park is closed for renovation until fall/winter 2016. Chain link fence panels are installed around the entire park perimeter. Please do not enter the construction for your own safety. If you observe someone trespassing or an opening along the perimeter, please contact 311. Thank you for your patience … Continue reading


Alamo Square will close on May 10 (Tue) to undergo a park-wide irrigation system replacement, construction of a new wheelchair-accessible restroom, and installation of new landscaping. Alamo Square will remain close for seven months, and is expected to reopen in fall/winter 2016. This $4.3M project is made possible by the Restroom … Continue reading

Garfield Pool Closure (Nov 16 to Dec 12)

*UPDATE (12/11/15) – Garfield will re-open on time Saturday December 12th, 2015. Please make note Garfield Pool will be closed for maintenance from November 16th to December 12, 2015.

Urban Ag Academy

Grow it, Preserve it, Love it! SF County Fair Building, 9th and Irving, Saturday, September 12, 2015, 11:30a-5pm Join the Urban Agriculture Program and partners for Urban Ag Academy: Grow It, Preserve It, Love It! This one-day event will feature demonstration classes on gardening and garden-infrastructure, workshops on fermenting and … Continue reading

The Architect’s Newspaper: San Francisco’s Boeddeker Park is a green refuge

By Michael Webb A few blocks from San Francisco’s Financial District and the tech wealth of SOMA is the Tenderloin, the city’s densest neighborhood, where the homeless line up for free meals, and many low-income tenants live in windowless rooms. Boeddeker Park, redesigned by WRNS Studio, serves as a desperately … Continue reading

Bay Nature: After Decades Away, Western Pond Turtles Come Home to Mountain Lake

By Lauren McNulty It had been a long time since Mountain Lake was the kind of place where a western pond turtle could live happily. For decades, the Presidio’s natural freshwater lake suffered environmental insults: runoff from Highway 1, sediment pollution, invasive species, voracious released goldfish. Mountain Lake had been “a … Continue reading

Abc 7 News: SF Botanical Garden Sets Garden to Music for 75th Anniversary

By Carolyn Tyler San Francisco’s Botanical Garden is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year. Part of the fun is something they call Flower Piano that began Thursday and runs through July 20. Within the 55 acres of San Francisco’s Botanical Garden, something magical has appeared. Project organizers Dean Mermell and Mauro Ffortissimo … Continue reading

Hoodline: ‘Flower Piano’ Exhibit Brings 12 Playable Pianos To Golden Gate Park Botanical Garden

Stroll through Golden Gate Park’s Botanical Garden today, and you might happen upon something a little out of the ordinary: 12 pianos have been placed throughout the garden. They’re intended for anyone to play, and over the next 12 days, both scheduled and impromptu concerts will fill the garden. The … Continue reading

SF Chronicle: After long battle, Beach Chalet soccer fields get their turf

By CW Nevius Just for the record, the Beach Chalet soccer field renovation looks spectacular. If you thought the years of appeals, protests and court orders had squashed the project, you should take a drive past the site in Golden Gate Park. See full article here:

KQED: Lincoln Park Steps Reopen Grandly with Artist-Designed Tiles

By Sarah Hotchkiss At the western end of San Francisco’s California Street, a splendidly refurbished staircase designed by tile artist Aileen Barr now marks the entryway to 100 acres of public park. On May 28, neighbors, city representatives and more than a few plaid-clad girls from next-door’s Katherine Delmar Burke School celebrated … Continue reading

SF Chronicle: Stairway to Lincoln Park perfectly in step with neighborhood

By John King As much as for its topography, San Francisco’s ongoing allure can be traced to creative ingenuity and old-fashioned wealth. Both now leave their mark on the broad stairway that leads up to Lincoln Park from California Street in the Outer Richmond. See full article here:

SF Examiner: SFPUC requires outdoor irrigation accounts to reduce water use to 25 percent of 2013 levels

The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission passed a measure today that aims to aggressively conserve water in the city by increasing the mandatory outdoor irrigation reduction from 10 percent to 25 percent of 2013 usage, a utility spokesman said Tuesday. “For outdoor irrigation accounts, any water use in excess of … Continue reading

SF Gate: S.F. spends $1.5 million renovating two public restrooms

By Amy Graff Last week, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department unveiled two newly refurbished freestanding public restrooms near Ocean Beach. With fresh paint, new roofs and landscaping, the sparkling Classical Revival buildings dating back to the 1930s were a welcome sight to park- and beach-goers. The price tag on … Continue reading

SF Gate: Fixing the culture problem at Dolores Park

By Elizabeth Creely Roughly 30 concerned neighbors gathered at the event space 18 Reasons Tuesday for an event hosted by San Francisco’s Department of Recreation and Parks. Among the collection of local employees, neighbors and merchants, was an air of seriousness in the room, which suited the matter under discussion: … Continue reading

SFist: Rec & Parks Produces Goofy PSAs To Encourage Proper Trash Disposal, Bathroom Use

By Jay Barmann The Rec & Park Department hosted a pair of meetings Tuesday to engage concerned neighbors about their new “action plan” for dealing with the park’s ongoing popularity, and its trash problem. And as Mission Local reports, Sarah Ballard, the department’s director of policy and public affairs, admitted, … Continue reading

CBS: SF Bay Area- San Francisco Combats Drought With ‘Brown Is The New Green’ Water Conservation Campaign

By Mark Seelig San Francisco city officials are reaching out to the public, asking residents to do even more to help conserve water during the extended drought. The “Brown is the new Green” campaign was launched on Monday by the city’sPublic Utilities Commission. “In order to stay with the times … Continue reading

National Parks Traveler: Mountain Lake At Presidio Growing In Diversity With Recovery Of Stickleback Fish And Other Species

With a multi-year cleanup completed, efforts are now under way to return native species that once called Mountain Lake home to the lake that’s on the grounds of the Presidio in San Francisco. With help from the Presidio Trust, along with area volunteers, hundreds of three-spine stickleback fish were released … Continue reading

Portsmouth Square Restroom – OPEN!

The Portsmouth Square restrooms are now open! Through the 2008 Park Bond, a Restroom Task Force evaluated free-standing restrooms on park property. Due to the high-user count of the Portsmouth Square restroom, the Task Force recommended that its user capacity be increased. At the conclusion of the first community meeting, the … Continue reading

SF Gate: Newly renovated Kezar Stadium track is up and running

By Hamed Aleaziz A favorite destination for San Francisco runners has been restored to glory after many months out of commission, with the storied Kezar Stadium in Golden Gate Park reopening with a brand-new track after a massive overhaul. It’s the latest rebirth at 90-year-old Kezar, the 49ers’ birthplace and … Continue reading

ABD 7 News: Officials Say Elderly Chimps Will Stay at San Francisco Zoo

By Dan Noyes On Thursday, the San Francisco Zoo announced they have had a change of heart and decided not to move the chimps. Following an ABC7 News I-Team investigation, we spoke to Zoo director Tanya Peterson, who cancelled plans to move them to another facility. See full article here:

SF Chronicle: S.F. supervisor proposes ban of tobacco at all baseball fields

By John Wildermuth A huge wad of chewing tobacco stuffed into a player’s cheek has long been an unofficial symbol of baseball, but a proposed city measure would ban its use at every playing field in San Francisco, including AT&T Park. See full article here:

SFist: Cool Historic Side-By-Sides Of The 1915 Panama Pacific International Expo And The Modern-Day Marina

“For the centennial of the 1915 Panama Pacific International Exposition, has restored a selection of postcards from the festival and placed them side-by-side with some workaday scenes of 2015 San Francisco taken from the same spot.” See full article here:

SF Gate: Private collector’s historic San Francisco photos now available online

By Katie Dowd “San Francisco history aficionados are in for a spectacular treat: A private collector has donated thousands of incredible historic San Francisco photos to the Western Neighborhoods Project. WNP is, in turn, digitizing all the images and posting them online.” See full article here:

Sf Examiner: North Beach residents go to bat to raise funds for DiMaggio Playground renovation

By Jessica Kwong “It was a night when three generations of North Beach residents who may otherwise pass each other on the street instead gathered at an old neighborhood Italian spot to support a cause many of them hold close.” See full article here:

SF Bay: City parks brighten budget forecast

By Thomas K. Pendergast “San Francisco’s budget forecasting season kicked off Thursday with some relatively good news: Although The City is expecting a $16 million deficit this coming fiscal year, that’s the lowest budget shortfall in a long time.” See full article here:

The San Francisco Appeal: Lawn Bowling Club Celebrates Reopening of Historic Green

By: Bay City News “The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department and the city’s lawn bowling club reopened its lawn bowling green Tuesday [November 18th] at 10 a.m. at the oldest municipal lawn bowling club in the United States. In 1901, Superintendent of San Francisco parks John McLaren laid out … Continue reading

SF Gate: Best Hikes in San Francisco

By: Peter Hockaday “Our city’s famous hills make for some good hiking, both of the urban and natural variety. We’re focusing on the latter, so check out our picks for some of the best outdoor spaces, hikes, and walks the city has to offer.” See full article here:

SF Examiner: Chinatown Playground Clubhouse Reopens

By Jessica Kwong With the help of a Chinatown neighborhood nonprofit, the Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground clubhouse is bouncing back from its underutilized state to the busier days of its elevated past. The clubhouse on Sacramento Street, beneath a basketball court and partially tucked below ground level, until its … Continue reading

SF Chronicle: SF’s Urban Coyotes

By Jill Tucker Camilla Fox is fighting an uphill battle against fairy tales and Saturday morning cartoons. Children’s stories often feature wild canines in unflattering roles – the wolf that eats Grandma and the dim-witted and Acme-loving coyote that can’t seem to hit the beep-beeping roadrunner with an anvil. As one of … Continue reading

Curbed SF: 5 Amazing Parks to Visit While Dolores is Under Construction

The weather is currently stunning, which usually would mean heading to Dolores Park for some picnicking and people-watching. But with big swathes of the park out of commission for construction and renovation, you may be in need of some other park options. Luckily, there are lots of other parks not … Continue reading

Huffington Post: Ginsburg Brings His Green Heart to SF

By Adrian Benepe, Senior Vice President and Director of City Park Development for The Trust for Public Land A recent issue of New York Magazine includes a long story comparing New York City and San Francisco, asking “Is San Francisco New York?” While the piece focused on high tech business … Continue reading

SF Chronicle: Dolores Park Renovation

By John Wildermuth (Photo via The thousands of visitors who cover just about every inch of lawn at Dolores Park on sunny weekends will have to squeeze a little closer for the next 14 months. The Mission District park, one of the city’s busiest and most popular recreation sites, is … Continue reading

Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden Opens

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, YP, Levi Strauss & Co., CBS EcoMedia and community members celebrated the grand opening of the new Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden. The garden, located at the east end of the park near Kezar Stadium, was created to meet … Continue reading

SF Weekly: True Tales from the Weirdest, Hardest-to-Find Golf Course in the Bay

By Joe Rosenheim Wednesday, Sep 18 2013 Nestled among the tall eucalypti that populate Visitation Valley’s McLaren Park is one of the weirdest and trickiest municipal golf courses you’re ever likely to see. It’s abutted by housing projects, patronized religiously by a group of local diehards across the socioeconomic strata, and unknown … Continue reading

Dolores Park Works & GM Phil Ginsburg share a successful Dolores Park cleanup day

SECOND BREAKFAST AND A PARK CLEAN-UP GETS IT DONE by Lauren Hartman Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager made a surprise appearance at the Dolores Park Works/Bi-Rite Breakfast and a Park Clean-Up on Monday morning. Phil thanked everyone for turning out and told us that volunteers are essential to Rec and … Continue reading

SF Chronicle: Cayuga Playground reopens

By Neal J. Riley, SF Chronicle It was almost impossible to hear a Recreation and Park Department official call Cayuga Playground a “hidden treasure” because he had to shout over the roar of a train passing overhead. Many of the city’s open spaces have claimed that cliche, but there’s no doubt … Continue reading

Cayuga Playground Reopens after $9.4 Million Renovation

2008 Clean and Safe Parks Bond Project Finishes Under Budget For Immediate Release August 17, 2013 Contact: Elton Pon Mobile: (415) 297-7174 E-Mail: SAN FRANCISCO— The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department proudly celebrated today the reopening of Cayuga Playground, which recently underwent a $9.4 million renovation under the … Continue reading

SF Examiner: Playground reopens under bond project

By: Andrea Koskey The return of the Outer Richmond’s Cabrillo Playground over the weekend is just the beginning of a wave of upgraded parks reopening in neighborhoods citywide. After eight months and $4.5 million, the Cabrillo project has brought renovations to the playground and upgrades to the clubhouse; donations brought … Continue reading

SF Chronicle: Google will pay for free wireless in SF parks

By Marisa Lagos, SF Chronicle San Francisco is finally getting free Wi-Fi – at least in 31 city parks. Six years after a deal to blanket the city fell apart, Supervisor Mark Farrell and Google will announce a plan Wednesday to bring public wireless Internet access, on the technology company’s dime, to parks, recreation … Continue reading

SF Examiner: Mountain Lake Park

A deteriorating playground in the Richmond district is poised for a major rehab effort as part of a $3.15 million project spearheaded by neighborhood leaders and city officials.   The Mountain Lake Park playground is more than 30 years old and has many outdated and dilapidated amenities, despite being visited … Continue reading

Golden Gate Park Named One of U.S.’s Top Public Parks

The Weather Channel has just released its list of America’s Best Public Parks and our very own Golden Gate Park makes the list!  “An oasis in the city, Golden Gate Park offers trails to walk or hike, playgrounds, picnic areas, lakes, dog-friendly areas, museums, a carousel, and even Segway tours … Continue reading

SF Chronicle: McLaren Park Trail Loop Offers Great Views

The new Philosopher’s Way trail, dedicated Saturday in San Francisco, meanders through McLaren Park, weaving onto vistas of the city and the Bay Area and into groves of redwoods and cypress… The 2.7-mile trail loop holds expansive views of the region, including Mount Diablo, Mount Tamalpais, Angel Island and the … Continue reading

SF Chronicle: Betty Ann Ong Chinese Rec Center Reopens

The Chinese Recreation Center, known for years as Chinatown’s unofficial backyard, will reopen Saturday with a new name and a sparkling $21 million building, but the same commitment to providing a spot for sport, play and relaxation in one of the nation’s most densely populated communities. The center “is at … Continue reading

SF Chronicle: Dolores Park Neighbors Agree on Renovation Plan

By John Wildermuth After years of wrangling, the various groups that call Dolores Park home have agreed on a plan to remake a city green space that has been a victim of its own popularity. “Is everyone happy? It’s San Francisco and there are always a lot of different opinions,” … Continue reading

Complete Mission Dolores Park Rehabilitation Plans Enthusiastically Received at Open House

At a Wednesday night Open House, the Dolores Park community gave the complete Mission Dolores Park Rehabilitation Plans two thumbs up–for accurately representing all the community’s decisionmaking and for bringing together everyone’s ideas into a beautiful design.   Community members also provided dozens of comments confiming their support and suggesting further refinements. … Continue reading

Mission Dolores Park Rehabilitation Plan Open House: Opportunity to Review Complete Plan and Construction Calendar

On Wednesday, February 29th everyone in the Dolores Park community will have an opportunity to review the complete park rehabilitation plan and the proposed construction calendar.   Please join us at the Mission High School Cafeteria at the corner of 18th St. and Dolores St. anytime between 5:30 and 8:30PM on the evening on of the 29th.  The location is … Continue reading

Huffington Post: Tony Hawk Foundation Gifts $10K to Build Skate Park

By Robin Wilkey Last week, famed skateboarder Tony Hawk kept skating in San Francisco alive with a $10,000 donation to the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department to support the construction of the new SOMA West Skate Plaza at Mission Street and Duboce. The park is part of the SOMA … Continue reading

NBC Bay Area: New Bison Arrive at Golden Gate Park

By Joe Rosato, Jr. Far longer than there’s been a Golden Gate Bridge, Treasure Island or Coit Tower, there were bison roaming Golden Gate Park. The first herd moved into a  pen in the park’s Music Concourse in 1891, and to its current west-end digs in 1899. But following the … Continue reading

NBC Bay Area: SF to Name Rec Center After Betty Ong

(via Bay City News) The San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission approved Thursday to name a Chinatown recreation center after a local Chinese-American flight attendant who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. According to department officials the commission unanimously approved to name the center at 1199 Mason St. as … Continue reading

BAY CITIZEN: SF’s Potrero Hill Playground Reborn

SF’s Potrero Hill Playground Reborn     Nita Winter / Trust for Public Land Playing in Potrero Hill City and county officials gathered last week to celebrate the grand re-opening of the Potrero Hill Playground, the newly renovated play area found in a corner of the Potrero Hill neighborhood park.  “We are … Continue reading

SF’s Largest Urban Farm To Celebrate 20 Year Anniversary

SF’s Largest Urban Farm To Celebrate 20 Year Anniversary Today by Bay City News October 8, 2011 9:58 AM   In the shadow of Interstate Highway 280, for the past 20 years people have been tilling the land on a steep hillside below St. Mary’s Playground in San Francisco. Alemany … Continue reading

The Western Edition: City Fields Foundation helps renovate Kimbell Park playfields

Located on the corner of Steiner and O’Farrell Streets, Raymond Kimbell Park is one of the most highly used play areas on the north side of San Francisco, and until recently it was one of the most dilapidated, due to constant overuse of the fields combined with the abusive weather … Continue reading

SF Examiner: Japanese Tea Garden’s tea house named after Jack Hirose

Back in 1959, Jack Hirose partnered with the Recreation and Park Department to become the Japanese Tea Garden concessionaire. While his official business concluded in 1992, he remained active in supporting the garden. On Aug. 18, the Rec and Park Commission unanimously approved of renaming the tea house the Jack … Continue reading

SF EXAMINER: Children with autism learn valuable life skills at Camp Azure in San Francisco

August 10, 2011 By Margaret Baum Like other parents of autistic children, classical musician Stephen Prutsman faced the challenging task of finding summer activities for his son to participate in. So he came up with the idea of a camp suited to such children. Prutsman, who approached the San Francisco … Continue reading

MISSION LOCAL: Pulling Weeds, Pretending to Be Bats — Immigrant Kids Experience a Year of Firsts

MISSION LOCAL Pulling Weeds, Pretending to Be Bats — Immigrant Kids Experience a Year of Firsts On Billy Goat Hill, it’s radish pulling time. By: Heather Smith | August 1, 2011 – 7:25 am | Filed Under: Education, Front Page When teaching elementary school, Ricardo Cortés is careful around these … Continue reading

EXAMINER: Baseball star Henley playing out her dream with San Francisco Fillies

EXAMINER Baseball star Henley playing out her dream with San Francisco Fillies By: David Liepman | 06/26/11 5:00 AM Rachelle Henley, who played professional women’s baseball with the Colorado Silver Bullets in 1994, is currently with the San Francisco Fillies.Rachelle “Rocky” McCann just wanted to play baseball. This was back … Continue reading

Bay Area Reporter: SF rec and park adds rainbow flag to logo in honor of Pride weekend

BAY AREA REPORTER SF rec and park adds rainbow flag to logo in honor of Pride weekend Thursday, June 23, 2011 San Francisco’s Recreation and Parks Department is showing its Pride this week in honor of the annual LGBT celebration. It has changed the background of its logo – which … Continue reading

SF CHRONICLE: Hayes Valley Playground revamp caters to children

SF CHRONICLEHayes Valley Playground revamp caters to children John King Wednesday, June 22, 2011 The best public buildings, no matter how modest their size, accomplish two things at once. They do the job that people expect and then they go beyond expectations. The new 2,500-square-foot clubhouse at Hayes Valley Playground … Continue reading

SF CHRONICLE: Interior Greenbelt Park at top of Mt. Sutro open

SF Chronicle Interior Greenbelt Park at top of Mt. Sutro open Kelly Zito, Chronicle Staff Writer Sunday, June 12, 2011 For generations, a flight of rickety steps squeezed between two Cole Valley homes seemed to belong to no one and lead to nowhere. This month, however, San Francisco unlocked the … Continue reading

ABC 7: San Francisco street artist creates mural

ABC 7 San Francisco street artist creates mural Wednesday, June 08, 2011 SAN FRANCISCO (KGO) — If you can’t beat them, join them. That’s what San Francisco officials figured when they hired a street artist to combat a persistent graffiti problem. An enormous mural now graces a giant wall at … Continue reading

SAN JOSE MERCURY: My Turn: Golf community, Pacifica residents, public officials rally over Sharp Park Golf Course’s future

SAN JOSE MERCURY: My Turn: Golf community, Pacifica residents, public officials rally over Sharp Park Golf Course’s future By Richard Harris Pacifica tribune guest columnist Posted: 05/10/2011 05:02:01 PM PDT Updated: 05/10/2011 05:02:01 PM PDT An overflow crowd of Bay Area public golfers, golf dignitaries, local residents, and political and … Continue reading

Kindergarten Shop Class

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 IN honor of President’s Day last month, Deb Winsor, a carpenter with a workshop in Brooklyn, led a crew in the construction of an 8-foot-wide model of the White House, complete with north and south porticos and two dozen hand-painted windows. News Source: The New York Times … Continue reading

The City needs good parks to help keep families with kids Read more at the San Francisco Examiner:…

Monday, March 28, 2011 The San Francisco Examiner’s March 23 article noting the decline in our city’s youth population is certainly troubling. Despite well-intended policy initiatives to improve the quality of life for San Francisco families, it hasn’t been enough to keep thousands from leaving The City in the last … Continue reading

Friends Indeed

Monday, January 31, 2011 Read the January edition of Parks & Recreation Magazine, highlighting the need for ongoing partnerships with community organizations, allowing our parks to not only survive, but thrive." More info:…

Golden Gate Park Volunteer Fair

Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park Wednesday, January 26, 2011, 10am – 2pm Discover the volunteer opportunities available in Golden Gate Park, everything from park guides and jungle docents, to gardening and park stewardship opportunities. Hosted by SF Rec and Park, the de Young Museum, the SF Botanical Garden, the SF … Continue reading

City One Step Away From Revitalizing, Protecting StowLake Boathouse

Wednesday, January 26, 2011 SAN FRANCISCO– The San Francisco Board of Supervisors’ Budget and Finance Committee voted today to recommend to the full Board the approval of a lease agreement with award-winning concessionaire Ortega Family Enterprises to rejuvenate and operate the historic Stow Lake Boathouse in Golden GatePark. More info:…

This Streak just goes on

Monday, September 27, 2010 On a typical Saturday afternoon at James P. Lang Field, you can see players tying up their cleats, slapping their gloves and jogging out to the grassy diamonds. But you’ll notice something different about softball league regulars, the Silver Streak. In addition to well-worn caps and … Continue reading

Field Sharing Program Extended

Friday, May 21, 2010 A successful pilot program that allows San Francisco kids increased access to public school athletic fields was extended yesterday when the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission approved an additional three months of a field sharing program between the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) and … Continue reading

Mission Pool Open Through Summer

Wednesday, May 5, 2010 Mission Swimming Pool, the City’s only outdoor public swimming pool, will continue to be open through the summer, announced District 8 Supervisor Bevan Dufty and San Francisco Recreation and Park Department general manager Phil Ginsburg today. More info:…

SF Chronicle article on park improvements:

Wednesday, July 8, 2009 “The mating dance of the hummingbird goes something like this: Start from a height equivalent to a downtown skyscraper, drop as if shot from the sky, then, at the last minute, swoop back upward in a graceful J before your beloved.” More info:…