MCLAREN BIKE PARK TEMPORARY CLOSURE

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

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

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

Sussex Stair Improvements

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

McLaren Park Vision Plan – Final Report

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

Celebrate Earth Month by Volunteering in our Parks!

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

Sussex Stair Replacement

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

South Park Traffic Calming Improvements – March 2018, follow up

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

Golden Gate Park Oak Woodlands Trail Improvements Coming Soon

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

Turk Hyde Final Concept

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

Panhandle Playground Team Moving into Schematic Design

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

SF Rec & Parks Moves Forward to Add Brand New 4.5 Acre Park to San Francisco

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (SF Rec & Parks) announced today the commission approval of conceptual design to convert 4.5 acres of former reservoir to a brand new park located atop of Russian Hill.  The Park, bounded by Bay, Hyde and Larkin Streets and is intersected … Continue reading

GGP Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project Out to Bid

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

SF Rec & Parks Transforms Historic Car Barn into Youth Performing Arts Center

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the groundbreaking of the $14 million Geneva Car Barn and Powerhouse renovation.  The Geneva Car Barn and Powerhouse (also known as the Car Barn) will become the latest addition of recreation space in Excelsior neighborhood.  A groundbreaking ceremony … Continue reading

South Park Traffic Calming Improvements – Update March 2018

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

SF Rec & Parks to Open New Edible Garden Near Balboa Park

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announces the opening of the Geneva Community Garden today. The 10,427-square-foot community garden, located at Geneva and Delano Ave, is the 40th addition to the Department’s citywide community garden program. Last spring, the Department opened In Chan Kaajal at 17th and Folsom … Continue reading

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

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

Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Updates

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

Panhandle Playground Concept Design Approved by Rec and Park Commission

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

SF Rec & Parks to Open Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds After $10 Million Renovation

SAN FRANCISCO — The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (SF Rec & Parks), The Trust for Public Land (TPL) and the Helen Diller Family Foundation, to officially open the newly renovated Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds, located in the heart of San Francisco’s Civic Center Historic District, on Valentines … Continue reading

Moscone East Playground and Dog Play Area Nearing Completion!

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

McLaren Roadway Improvements starting this week!

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

Panhandle Playground Final Concept Design and Commission Hearing

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

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

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

Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds Opening

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

South Park Traffic Calming Improvements – Update Jan 2018

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

SF Rec and Parks’ Randall Museum to Open After $9 Million Renovation

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and Randall Museum Friends (RMF) proudly announce the opening of the Randall Museum after its recent $9 million renovation. The Randall Museum, a one-of-a-kind art and science education center, reopens to the public on Sunday, February 11th, 2018. The renovation … Continue reading

Stair Replacement

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

January 5 Deadline for Folks Interested in Esprit Community Advisory Group

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

Alice Chalmers Playground, Online Design Options Survey #2

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

McLaren Community Garden Project Update

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

McLaren park Group Picnic and Playground Update

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

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

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

GGP Tennis Center – New Tennis Facility – Project Update

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

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

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

Francisco Park Project Update

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

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

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

Esprit Park Community Advisory Group Call for Interest

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

Geneva Community Garden Commission Item and Construction Photos

We are required to gain approval from the Recreation and Park Commission for construction contracts that exceed 10% base bid change orders or have considerable construction duration extensions. We will be presenting this situation to the Capital Committee of the Commission this coming Wednesday, December 7. Please see agenda item wording … Continue reading

Save the Date: December 9 Panhandle Playground Community Workshop

Save the Date!  Panhandle Playground Community Workshop 3 Saturday, December 9, 10:00 am- 11:30 am The Urban School of San Francisco 1563 Page Street Join us for our third community workshop and provide your input to help guide future improvements to Panhandle Playground, part of the Let’sPlaySF! Initiative – a … Continue reading

Temporary Closure & Detour

Replacement of the stairs at the intersection of Sussex and Elk Streets will begin on November 27, 2017. Please observe the trail detours and closures as shown on the map above. It is anticipated that construction of the new stair will be complete in February 2018. Thank you again to members of the … 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

Turk Hyde Playground Renovation Meeting

Please join us Thursday November 16th from 6-7:30pm at Boeddeker Clubhouse for the fourth public meeting for the Turk Hyde Mini Park Improvement  Project.  We will be showcasing two updated layouts based on community input park and will use community feedback to develop a final proposed layout.   We look forward to … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Sussex Stair Replacement Coming Soon!

The existing stair leading to the intersection of Sussex and Elk Streets is scheduled for replacement beginning this November. Funding for the stair was arranged via the Office of Supervisor Sheehy and the Mayor’s Budget Office. This is a long-anticipated improvement that will require a temporary trail detour behind the Glen … Continue reading

McLaren Group Picnic + Playground Concept Design Presentation – Nov. 1st

We had a productive third community meeting and appreciate those who were able to join us in person. If you couldn’t make it, please see our updated concept design here: Group Picnic + Playground Concept Design. Our next step will be to present the draft concept design to the Capital Committee … 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

Take Our Online Survey by Oct 31 for Panhandle Playground Design Options

Thanks to the 30+ adults and kids who attended our Community Workshop 2 for the Panhandle Playground Renovation project.  The project team presented 3 unique preliminary design schemes to the community and collected input via round robin review of the schemes. Click here to view the presentation given at Community … 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

Alice Chalmers Playground, Online Design Options Survey (open until November 3)

Survey Link:  http://bit.ly/alicesurvey The San Francisco Recreation & Park Department is pleased to announce the online design options survey for the Alice Chalmers Playground Renovation, a Let’sPlaySF! Project. Please take a moment to fill out the survey to select a preferred playground design, and help us prioritize the type of … 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

Reminder to RSVP for Oct 19 Panhandle Playground Community Workshop

Join us for our second community workshop and provide your input to help guide future improvements to Panhandle Playground, part of the Let’sPlaySF! Initiative – a partnership with the San Francisco Parks Alliance. The design team will be presenting 3 different playground designs for your review. * Food will be provided … Continue reading

New Tennis Facility – Update

The Golden Gate Tennis Center has completed Schematic Design and moving into Design Development. We are awaiting CEQA determination. The CEQA determination will provide the project team with a timeline in which to seek RPD Commission Approval. The desire is to start construction in Spring of 2019. We will present … Continue reading

Update – Alta Plaza Irrigation and Drainage Replacement – North Side

On September 21, 2017 Rec and Park Commission approved to award a construction contract for the Alta Plaza Park – North Side Irrigation and Drainage Project to Azul Works Inc. The scope includes: replacement of sod and automatic irrigation system, installation of perimeter drainage, installation Donor Recognition Circle, and installation … Continue reading

Francisco Reservoir New Park Design Update

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

Parking Restrictions for Sidewalk Improvements – start Oct. 13, 2017

Sidewalk improvements on South Park southeast corner (near Second Street) will be starting this Friday 10/13/2017. The work will take approximately 10 calendar days and will include sidewalk demolition, and bulb out installation with concrete form work and concrete pours and curb cuts for a safe and accessible entrance into … Continue reading

October 19 Panhandle Playground Community Workshop 2

Save the Date!  Panhandle Playground Community Workshop 2 on October 19: Join us for our second community workshop and provide your input to help guide future improvements to Panhandle Playground, part of the Let’sPlaySF! Initiative – a partnership with the San Francisco Parks Alliance. The design team will be presenting 3 … Continue reading

South Park Traffic Calming Improvements – Fall 2017

  The Traffic Calming Improvements at South Park will be starting this October and include sidewalk bulb-outs, asphalt stamping and crosswalk striping for pedestrian safety and park access. Streets will remain open to vehicles; however, expect intermittent delays and partial sidewalk closures throughout construction. Target construction schedule is: October & … Continue reading

Mclaren Bike Park Construction Pictures

If you haven’t checked out the events page. Please do. Mclaren bike park will have its grand opening Saturday, Oct 21st. See flier here. McLaren Bike Park Opening on October 21 Photos: Mclarenbikepark.com

More Information for McLaren Park Project Trails + Paths Focus Area

The McLaren Park Project team has taken time to compile information related to the Trails + Paths Focus Area in response to community questions. Please click here for fact sheet. If you have follow-up questions, please contact Project Manager Melinda Stockmann at melinda.stockmann@sfgov.org.

You’re Invited to McLaren Park Project Workshop 3

Thank you so much to everyone who has attended a Workshop, submitted comments and filled out surveys for the project. Join us as we summarize all of the great feedback we have … Continue reading

The Crocker Amazon basketball & surrounding courts will be CLOSED between 10/10/17 – 12/5/17

Attention: Basketball  Courts CLOSED 10/10/17 – 12/5/17 The Crocker Amazon basketball & surrounding courts will be CLOSED between 10/10/17 – 12/5/17 for resurfacing and the installation of new courts. We apologize for the inconvenience. For more information or questions about this job, please contact the project manager, Laura Pate, at … Continue reading

Portsmouth Square – July 13 Workshop Summary

Thanks again to everyone who came out to our second community workshop on July 13th. Since then, the design team has compiled the feedback received and incorporating it into initial concepts for our third community workshop in mid-October (date/time and details will be announced later this week). The presentation from the … Continue reading

Come work on trails in McLaren Park Sept 23 and Sept 24

Join Rec & Park’s Natural Resources Division and Volunteers for Outdoor California (V-O-Cal) for a large scale trail building event in McLaren Park this coming Saturday and Sunday, September 23 and 24. Rec and Park has partnered with V-O-Cal every year for several years to complete significant trail improvements in … Continue reading

Over 300 Responses Received for Panhandle Playground Online Survey

Happy to report that we received over 300 responses to our Panhandle Playground Renovation online survey.  The survey was live for 2 weeks.  Respondents weighed in on their priorities for playground components and provided a wealth of other input. Over 50% of survey respondents live within a 2- to 5-minute … Continue reading

McLaren Bike Park is Nearing Completion!

Hi folks! We are headed into the home stretch of construction of the John McLaren Bike Park! The trail and pump track portions of the project have been completed and the wall rides are installed. The contractor is finalizing the irrigation and then, the concrete plaza area will be poured … Continue reading

Help Us Repair Koret Playground

On June 24, the beloved Koret Children’s Quarter playground was vandalized, severely damaging the structure and closing part of the playground. The SF Parks Alliance is leading the community effort to raise funds to restore the playground. To donate or for more information, click here: https://t.co/YjxCK2TqJn On behalf of San … Continue reading

Take Our Online Survey for Panhandle Playground Renovation Now through September 10

The design team for the Panhandle Playground Renovation, which is part of the Let’sPlaySF! Initiative, is collecting additional feedback via an online survey.  Please click here to take the brief online survey.  The design team will collect the input received from the survey and add it to the information that … Continue reading

New Landscape & Temporary Detour

The new landscape around the Glen Canyon Recreation Center is nearing completion. The front and rear plazas are open and feature new lighting, decorative stone inlays, and seat walls. As part of the building’s LEED Certified renovation, the wood seats atop the walls were salvaged from the gymnasium bleachers prior to construction. Two … Continue reading

IN CHAN KAAJAL PARK ADVISORY CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITY, AUGUST 26, 2017

Repair work for the swings pole and the net structure fire-pole will be done on Saturday, August 26, from 7 am to 3:30 pm. The children’s play area will remain open during construction. For your safety, please do not enter fenced areas. Community Playgrounds will perform the repairs. The construction … Continue reading

Moscone Playground and Dog Play Area are starting Construction!

We have great news to share! We have initiated the construction contract for the renovation of the east playground and the new dog play area. We just issued the notice to proceed and the contractor is expected to start mobilizing on site this week. It’s been a long road to … Continue reading

Balboa Pool Renovation – Construction Update

The Recreation and Park Department is undertaking a renovation project at Balboa Pool. The project commenced in November 2017, and is approximately 60% complete. The contractor is making good progress and the department currently anticipates re-opening the facility in early 2018. Work Occurring this Month: Preparing the pool for new … Continue reading

Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project Schedule

The target timeline that we posted late last year was to complete construction documents and advertise to contractors sometime this summer.  Please see updated anticipated project schedule below.  The largest reason for the updated timeline is that our landscape architect was unexpectedly out on leave for several months; however, there … Continue reading

Kimbell Restroom Gates to be installed Fall 2017!

The sliding gate featured above, one for each restroom, is being fabricated for installation September/October 2017.  The restrooms will remain open during the month long installation, although at times, access to the restrooms may be temporarily delayed or interrupted for public safety. Please stay tuned! For questions, please contact Marien … Continue reading

Golden Gate Tennis Center Update

The Golden Gate Tennis Center has just completed Schematic Design.  We are awaiting a CEQA determination which is due in August 17.  The CEQA determination will provide the project team with a timeline for their review.  Once this has been determined the schedule will be adjusted accordingly.  We are planning … Continue reading

Garfield Pool Center Concept Design Heading to Commission

Regarding the renovation of Garfield Pool Center, the Capital Division is requesting that the Concept Design being presented to the Commission on August 20, 2017 be approved. The design thoughtfully integrates the Clubhouse and the Pool – adding a gathering space and redesigning the Clubhouse so community groups can use … 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

Leland Avenue Entrance Improvements to start August 2017

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (SFRPD) and San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC) are partnering to improve McLaren Park Leland Avenue entrance with two projects: SFPUC will build a new Rain Garden to capture, retain, filter, and absorb rain water in a series of terraced planters between the Visitacion … Continue reading

Public Workshop: South Downtown Design and Activation Plan

Please join us on August 2, 2017 for the kickoff workshop of the South Downtown Design Activation Plan!  Representatives from City of San Francisco agencies including SFMTA, Public Works, Recreation and Parks, and Planning, will be on hand to discuss current and upcoming projects in the South Downtown area, including … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Rec Center Now Available for Open Gym

Glen Park Recreation Center’s Gym is now officially open to the public! Feel to drop by the facility from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily (except Sundays) for open gym on the newly renovated basketball courts! In addition, take a sneak peak at some of the building’s new features, which … Continue reading

West Sunset Renovation Project Update

Hello West Sunset Park Neighbors- We are still pushing hard to keep this project moving forward at an aggressive pace.   We have recently completed most of the new irrigation improvements for the athletic fields and will be starting to plant new shrubs and trees. See the attached photos which show … Continue reading

Guy Place Mini Park News!

The long-anticipated Guy Place Mini Park project is on the move again! The park design, which was approved in 2014, has been adjusted to replace eight of the park’s proposed vine columns with eight multi-trunk birch trees. These trees will provide canopy coverage with dappled shade over the park. The trees feature … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Pilot Promenade Online Survey Closing July 26

A year ago, on July 13, 2016, the eastern half of the “Figure 8” roadway loop of Twin Peaks Boulevard was transformed to a car-free area for people gazing, hiking and biking on top of San Francisco’s famous Twin Peaks.  This pilot project was legislated by the SFMTA and is part of a … Continue reading

Sgt Macaulay Community Meeting #4

Thank you to everyone who attended our Community Meeting for the Let’sPlaySF!  Initiative park renovation of Sgt. John Macaulay playground. We really enjoyed hearing your feedback about the park design. If you weren’t able to make the meeting, please take a look at the attached presentation. SJM Community Meeting 4 … Continue reading

Landscape work continues at Glen Canyon

Construction progress continues on the new rear landscape area at the Glen Canyon Rec Center.  A concrete patio has been built and wood decking is now under construction. These pathways and seating areas will be surrounded by new planting areas featuring rain gardens, pathway lighting, and a new irrigation system. As this … Continue reading

McLaren Bike Park Update!

Hi all! We have been working hard on construction of the John McLaren Bike Park! Everything has been moving along smoothly and most of the site has been graded. Our next steps will be to install swales, and drainage & irrigation lines. We anticipating wrapping up construction in the fall, … Continue reading

Moscone Rec Center Project Update

Hello Park Advocates.   Exciting news.    The Recreation and Park Commission approved the construction contract for the playground renovation project.   As part of this project, the Department will also be installing a new dog play area on the west edge of the park property and with the generous grant donation from … Continue reading

Let’s Play SF! – Sgt Macaulay Renovation Project Community Meeting

Please join us for the upcoming community meeting for the Sgt. Macaulay Renovation Project on Thursday, July 29th, from 6-7:30pm at Boeddeker Clubhouse.  We will be presenting the final proposed concept and look forward to hearing your feedback! Community Meeting Flyer For any questions or concerns, please email: Philip Vitale … Continue reading

New Furnishings Coming to Alamo Square, Planting Continues

New park benches, picnic tables, and dual-stream garbage/recycling cans will be coming to Alamo Square later this summer. Gardeners from the Recreation and Park Department have also continued to beautify the park with new drought-tolerant and pollinator-friendly plants.

Presentation from Final McLaren Trails and Paths Focus Group Workshop

We had a great turnout for our final McLaren Park Trails + Paths Focus Group Workshop this Tuesday, June 13. About 35 community members attended.  After staff gave a presentation on updates (click here for presentation), participants circulated to 5 stations that outlined priority project area proposals (click here for … Continue reading

Hilltop (Sundial) Park – Playground repairs June 5-9, 2017

Construction Advisory: June 5-9, 2017 Hilltop Playground will remain open during the repair to the see-saw bumper. The scope of work consists of removing and replacing the bumper and patching the safety surface. Robert A. Bothman (Construction),  Community Playgrounds and Robertson Industries (wearing branded safety vests) will perform the repairs throughout … Continue reading

Alamo Square Park is Now Open

Dear Friends of Alamo Square Park, Thank you for your interest in Alamo Square Park. We are very pleased to have re-opened the park after investing $5.3 million in this twelve acre, iconic property. Much of the work we completed, you cannot see.  Most significantly, we replaced the park’s 70 year … Continue reading

Construction Progress and Timeline for Geneva Community Garden

The contractor is making progress at Geneva Community Garden.  Due to rainier weather than usual and unforeseen property line coordination issues, we are now anticipating project completion and garden opening in late summer.  Thanks to our many adjacent neighbors for your cooperation and partnership and thanks to those waiting to … Continue reading

Alice Chalmers Playground Kick-off

The Recreation and Park Department (RPD), in partnership with the San Francisco Parks Alliance (SFPA), has officially initiated the Alice Chalmers Playground Renovation Project. This project is part of the Let’sPlaySF Initiative, funded by the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond. We are thrilled to be working with landscape … Continue reading

Alamo Square Reopens on May 24

Join us for a celebration event marking the completion of signficiant improvements to this iconic neighborhood park. Funded by the 2008 and 2012 Clean and Safe Neighbhorhood Park bonds as well as … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Trails Opened This Afternoon

The newly aligned, more sustainable trail adjacent to Mission Blue Butterfly habitat opened to the public this afternoon!  Improvements include the replacement of deteriorated steps, new wayfinding signs, erosion control and habitat protection. This work was funded by the 2008 Clean & Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond and by a Habitat … Continue reading

Site Visit and Survey of Green Waste Transfer Area for Oak Woodlands Trails Project

You may wonder- what does the green waste transfer area along Conservatory Drive have to do with the Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project?  Because we are planning a trail that runs along the north edge of this zone, we want to make sure to separate the utility area with the … Continue reading

George Christopher Final Concept Renderings

Hi Everyone! As an update to my last post, we have updated our renderings for the George Christopher project and I wanted to share them with you today. See the link below: George Christopher Final Concept We will be presenting this concept to the Recreation and Parks Commission in June for … Continue reading

Merced Heights Final Concept Update

Hi Everyone! I wanted to give an update on the Let’sPlaySF!: Merced Heights Playground Improvement Project.   After the last community meeting, we took a vote on the Treehouse versus Two Towers option via the Google Survey, emails and a clubhouse visit surveying the children. The votes are in and the … Continue reading

Panhandle Playground Site Visit with Rec and Park Staff and Landscape Architect

Happy to report that thanks to the San Francisco Parks Alliance, we now have RHAA Landscape Architecture + Planning on board as lead Design Consultant for the Panhandle Playground Project. Earlier this week, Rec and Park staff from various divisions met with the landscape architect on site to do some … Continue reading

McLaren Park Trails + Paths Planning: Invitation for Additional Input

The second of 3 McLaren Park Project Trails + Paths Focus Group workshops was held on Saturday, April 8 at the Visitacion Valley Branch Library.  Over 50 community members attended.  The design team gave a presentation (click here to view) and then participants reviewed a preliminary diagrammatic representation of trails and … Continue reading

George Christopher Playground Improvement Project – Final Concept

Hi everyone, I wanted to give an update on George Christopher Playground Improvement Project.   After the last community meeting, we heard overwhelming from the community in support of Concept 1a: Village.  We also received many requests for including a belt swing set in addition to the tot swing set … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Road Paving and Figure 8 Project Updates

San Francisco Public Works is moving forward as planned with the second phase of Twin Peaks Boulevard repaving.  The paving work includes the portion of the “Figure 8” that is currently closed to motorists as part of SFMTA’s pilot road closure.  This work—and road closures and rerouting—is proceeding more quickly … Continue reading

Mountain Lake Park Playground is Nearing Completion!

I am happy to inform all our constituents that we are entering the final phase of the project. With the rain subsiding, great progress have been made in the past few weeks. Concrete installation of the pathways is substantially complete; Irrigation and planting is underway this week; Safety surfacing installation … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Trail Opening and Closure Updates

The northern half of trail on the north (Eureka) peak at Twin Peaks (Twin Peaks Boulevard and Christmas Tree Point Road) re-opened to the public this afternoon!   See before and after photos below. Thank you for your patience as we take the next two weeks to wrap up trail improvements … Continue reading

The Bike Park is Going Into Construction!

Hi everyone! We are getting started on construction of the John McLaren Bike Park in April! Construction will last approximately 6 months. We are excited to be creating San Francisco’s first BMX/mountain bike park. The project will include an interior dirt pump track, and a perimeter trail with bicycle platform … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Rec Center Schedule Update

As you may have noted from recent SF Chronicle reporting, the Glen Canyon Rec Center opening has experienced delays due to winter weather.  We thank you for your patience as we work to complete the project.  In the coming months we will be working on the interior finishes and building landscape. An anticipated opening date … Continue reading

Alamo Square Schedule Update

As you may have noted from recent SF Chronicle reporting, the Alamo Square Park opening has been delayed due to winter weather. We thank you for your patience and anticipate making an announcement about the park opening by mid-April. In the coming weeks construction will focus on pathway replacement, new planting, and putting … Continue reading

Women’s History: Margaret S. Hayward

Margaret S. Hayward is the only woman commissioner (including park, recreation, or playground) to have a park or other recreational facility named for her in San Francisco. And Hayward Playground is one of the few Recreation and Park properties named after a woman. The others include: Alice Chalmers (school principal), … Continue reading

Francisco Reservoir Project Update

Francesco Reservoir has completed three community meetings.  We will host Community Meeting # 4 in late April 2017.  Currently we are in the Concept Design phase which we will share at Community Meeting #4.  We have received excellent comments regarding the design and the programming for the site. Construction timeline is dependent … Continue reading

Alta Plaza Update

The Alta Plaza scope of work has been identified and will include Irrigation, Drainage and Sod replacement. The FOAPP prioritized the Additive Alternates (this means if the budget allows and may not be added if the budget is higher than anticipated) as follows: 1) Scott and Washington Street entrance pathway … Continue reading

Balboa Pool Construction Update!

The project is approximately 22% complete. In terms of progress, the months of January and February has been a very wet one, thus slowing down considerable the progress of work in the past few weeks. This has impacted the contractor’s ability to perform some of its planned activities. Fortunately this … Continue reading

Mountain Lake Park Playground Project Update

We continue to make progress at the playground, and are nearing completion. Due to the heavy rains we have experienced over the last 2 months, our anticipated completion is set for late spring 2017. Remaining work includes, concrete & Flatwork, installation of rubber safety surfacing, landscaping, and installation of playground finishes. … Continue reading

What’s new at the Glen Rec Center?

Despite recent rain, the Glen Canyon Recreation Center is still on track for a spring opening. Both the interior and exterior are beginning to take on their finished appearances. The final coat of stucco (a sandy brown color) is currently being applied over a darker base coat on the building exterior. Inside, … Continue reading

Signs of Spring at Alamo Square

Construction at Alamo Square is currently on track for a spring opening as the contractor will soon be installing the remaining turf, repaving pathways, and putting finishes in the new restroom. The Recreation and Park Commission recently approved additional funding for drainage upgrades and repairs in the park, which will be made concurrent … Continue reading

Progress on Twin Peaks Trails Improvement Project

Despite rain and winds since construction start, our contractor is making progress on trails improvement at Twin Peaks.  Old steps on the north peak have been removed and construction on new steps has begun. Thank you for your patience and for keeping off the north peak until it is reopened. … 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

McLaren Park Project: Focus Area Workshop: Trails + Paths: Part 1

Guided Walk + Discussion Saturday, February 25, 2017, 9:30 am- 12:00 pm Walk leaves promptly at 9:45 and returns to starting location. WHAT: A guided walk on some of McLaren Park’s trails … Continue reading

Bernal Heights Park Trails Improvement Project On Hold

This project is currently on hold. Our team applied for three grants over the last year and a half to supplement 2008 Park Bond funding because of rising construction costs.  Unfortunately, we were not awarded any of the grants; however, there is a chance that we will be chosen from … Continue reading

McLaren Community Garden Clears First step to Concept Design Approval!

Hi everyone! I am happy to share that yesterday, the Recreation and Park Department Capital Committee approved the concept design for the McLaren Community Garden renovation. The item will go on the Consent Calendar for full Commission on February 23. The construction documents are moving along smoothly and we are … Continue reading

Merced Heights Community Meeting Presentation

Thank you for your attendance at the Merced Heights Community Meeting #3.   We have included the presentation for your reference.  Merced Heights Meeting 3 Please email reem.assaf@sfgov.org with any comments, questions or concerns. Thank you!

Contractor Working on Final Completion Items at Noe Valley Town Square

We are working with the contractor on final completion items at Noe Valley Town Square, and are happy to report that some progress was made this past week: 8 benches installed along the perimeter of the plaza Final signs installed on community bulletin board Damaged plants replaced and protective fencing installed … Continue reading

Exterior Waterproofing, Finishes, and Playfield Work

If you walked past the Glen Canyon Recreation Center this week, you may have been surprised to see the building being painted blue, but do not worry! This is a layer of waterproof material being applied prior to the application of the stucco finish. Inside, elements such as cabinets and lighting … Continue reading

Schedule Update

Rain over the past several weeks has slowed irrigation trenching and other earthwork, pushing the anticipated park reopening into the early spring. Fortunately, this winter’s ample rainfall has not only ended the drought in the Bay Area, but has also been tremendously beneficial to the establishment of the park’s new lawn and trees. Pathway … Continue reading

Groundbreaking Celebration Feb 9 for Geneva Community Garden

Join us from 4-5 pm on Thursday, February 9 for a Groundbreaking Celebration for Geneva Community Garden (at 545 Geneva Ave, at the intersection of Geneva and Delano).  See invitation below. Our contractor is on board and ready to go.  Clock on construction duration starts officially on Monday, January 30. … Continue reading

Lake Merced Improvement Project Community Meeting #2 on 1/12/17

We had great turn-out for the second Lake Merced Improvement Project community meeting on 1/12/17. Thank you to everyone for your constructive feedback and support for the project. Among the potential scope elements we discussed were improvements to the perimeter path and fitness equipment, environmental and erosion control issues, and … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Trails North (Eureka) Peak Closed for Construction, January 23

The Twin Peaks trails improvement contractor team mobilized Monday morning, January 23rd.  After installing temporary fencing for erosion control and protection of sensitive habitat area, the north (Eureka) peak will be closed to the public so contractor team can remove and replace steps.  Trail closure signage and protective fencing has … Continue reading

Mountain Lake Park Playground Construction Update 1/23/2017

The Mountain Lake Playground Renovation is now approximately 85% complete. The final concrete walls at the summit area were poured earlier this week, leaving just the sidewalk up to the slide and the concrete overlook platform as our remaining concrete work. We have also started installation of the decking surface … Continue reading

South Park Renovation Update 1/20/17

  Photo credit: Fletcher Studios Wow! The playground structure looks complete, but …..this incredible state of the art playground is carefully inspected to make sure each connection and opening comply to safety standards. The testing and inspection started last week and adjustments will continue into next week when the weather … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Trails Improvement Construction Starting Week of January 17

We are excited to announce that Rec and Park will be working with Campbell Grading Inc on trails improvements at Twin Peaks. Improvements build on work completed by volunteers in summer 2016 and include the following: Replacement of steps on the north peak, as well as along the newly aligned … Continue reading

Building Interior Progress Update & Trenching

Over the past six weeks the Rec Center interior has transformed as equipment, tile, drywall, and other materials have been installed. This is a very exciting time in the construction process when the finished building begins to appear! A new water line is also being installed between the Rec Center and Elk Street. … Continue reading

Moscone Dog Play Area and Playground Renovation Update!

Hello Park Advocates- I would like to give you a brief update on the status of the children’s playground and the dog play area project. We successfully completed the construction documents and sent the project out for our formal bidding process. We anticipate the bids will be submitted on February … Continue reading

Introduction, Tree Removal & Construction Update

Hello! I’d like to introduce myself as the interim project manager for the Balboa Pool renovation while Levi Conover is on leave. As many neighborhood residents have likely noticed, there was significant damage to the grove of trees at the corner of Havelock Street and San Jose Avenue caused by Tuesday’s storm. As … 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

Painted Ladies Viewing Area Relocation

Today the Painted Ladies viewing area along Steiner Street was relocated to Hayes Street as described here in an earlier blog post. This new viewing area is further uphill than the previous one and offers even better views of the iconic Victorian homes with the San Francisco skyline in the background. Installation of … Continue reading

Sgt. Macaulay Playground Online Survey

We know that community meetings can be difficult to attend for people with long commutes and childcare needs, so we wanted to provide additional opportunity for people to comment on the playground concept.  We have created the below Google Survey which describes the project and the concepts we presented at … Continue reading

Sgt. Macaulay Meeting Presentation

Thank you to those of you who were able to attend the Sgt. Macaulay Community Meeting #3.   Please see the attached presentation for the layout concepts we presented. SJM Mtg. 3 Presentation We are also gathering interest for starting/being a part of a “friends of” group for Sgt. Macaulay and/or … Continue reading

Construction Contract Award for Geneva Community Garden Approved by Rec and Park Commission

On December 15, 2016, the Rec and Park Commission approved award of construction contract to GECMS / Giron Construction for the Geneva Community Garden Project.  We are excited to have passed this benchmark and anticipate that the contractor will start work in January 2017.  Thank you for your patience and … Continue reading

Update on South Park Renovation 12/9/2016

We’re beginning sewer work on Monday, December 12, 2016! This is a necessary step because the remaining tasks can follow. We could not start earlier digging due to permit officials thorough review of the traffic impacts to the neighborhood during the holiday moratorium on excavation in this district. We received the permits … Continue reading

Hilltop Opening 12/3/2016

After almost a year of construction, Hilltop (Sundial) Park is completed! The park showcases new accessible paths that lead to the new playground, new skateboard park, restored great lawn, and to infamous sundial. Please join us to celebrate on Saturday, 12/3/2016 at 10AM-1PM, for music, food and fun!  

Mountain Lake Park Playground Construction Update 12/1/2016

We continue to make good progress on the Mountain Lake Playground Renovation, which is now approximately 75% complete. Completed work includes sloped concrete slabs in play areas, approximately half of the concrete flat work, stairs, installation of the steel “trees” at the overlook, the majority of low landscaped walls, irrigation … Continue reading

Sgt. Macaulay Park Renovation Community Meeting #3

Please join us for the third public meeting for the Let’sPlaySF! Sgt. Macaulay Park Renovation Project on Wednesday, December 7th  at Boeddeker Clubhouse from 6-7:30pm. We have four proposed layout options for the park and will use community feedback to develop a final proposed layout.   We look forward to seeing you … Continue reading

Turk & Hyde Park Renovation Community Meeting #3

Please join us for the third public meeting for the Hyde Turk Mini Park Improvement  Project on Tuesday, December 13th  at Boeddeker Clubhouse from 6-7:30pm. We will be showcasing three layout options for the park and will use community feedback to develop a final proposed layout.   We look forward … Continue reading

Washington Square Playground meeting on 11/9/2016

Thank you to all the community members who attended the last Washington Square Playground meeting on 11/9/2016. Feedback for the proposed concept design was overwhelmingly positive, and we received many thoughtful comments on the treatment of the play surface, the overall materials/color palette, seating, and the play structures. Please see … Continue reading

Golden Gate Park Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project Progress

The originally scoped budget for the Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project, as part of the 2008 Bond, was $300,000, with additional support from a Coca‐Cola Bottling Company grant for $94,859.  We’ve learned a great deal about construction methods and cost from previously completed trails projects.  Our trails team has revisited … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Trails Improvement Updates

Happy to report some progress with improving our trail network at Twin Peaks: On August 20 and 21, 2016, Rec and Park partnered with Volunteers for Outdoor California (“V-O-Cal”) to get an impressive amount of improvements made to the trails. Volunteers removed deteriorated timber steps, decommissioned a section of trail … Continue reading

Geneva Community Garden Contract Award Approval Scheduled for December Commission

Bids from 5 interested contractors were received on November 8, 2016 for the Geneva Community Garden project. Today, on November 23, tentative award of contract was sent to GECMS, Incorporated. Please join us for the Rec and Park Commission Capital Committee hearing on Wednesday, December 7 to support the award … Continue reading

Schedule Update and Phased Reopening

Completion of the lawn installation is a major project milestone that now offers a more definitive picture of the project schedule. As of mid-November we are anticipating that the new viewing area will open shortly after the New Year at the same time that the original viewing area closes. Irrigation and grading … Continue reading

Lake Merced Improvement Project Meeting-11/3/2016

Thank you to the approximately 20 community members who attended the first Lake Merced Improvement Project meeting on 11/3/2016. We received lots of good/productive feedback on a variety of programs at the lake, including trail improvements, boating, pedestrian/bike safety, water recreation, and more. Lake Merced is clearly well loved! As … Continue reading

What Would Make You Want to Swim at Garfield Pool?

The survey has ended; the next meeting will take place in January or February. In the meantime you can email your comments to Toks.Ajike@sfgov.org and plan on attending the upcoming community meeting. Garfield Pool is about to undergo renovations, as part of the 2012 Bond. Rec and Park has partnered … Continue reading

Balboa Pool Construction has Begun!

Once the renovation at Balboa Pool is completed in Fall 2017, the $11 million Garfield Pool renovation and $8.2 million Rossi Pool renovation will follow. The three renovations will not overlap in an effort to serve the public with as much aquatic recreation as possible.

A New Lawn for Alamo Square!

Following last week’s tree planting, new sod is now being installed at Alamo Square. The hillside along Scott Street is the first area to receive a “no mow” fescue grass, which will be used on steeper slopes throughout the park to create a naturalized landscape. When established, this grass will … Continue reading

McLaren Park Project Workshop 1 – Game & Presentation Boards

Here are the Presentation Boards used to inform the decision making process behind the Game Board. The Game Board was used to illustrate indivdual needs and wants for the Park. Imagine My McLaren – Game Board A. What We Heard B. Site Analysis C. Activation/Safety D. Identity Station E. Programming … Continue reading

Trees are being planted at Alamo Square!

The Alamo Square Neighborhood Association (ASNA) has provided a generous gift of 45 new trees that are being planted at Alamo Square this week.  ASNA is also funding the planting of approximately 30 additional trees that will be installed in 2017 alongside the Recreation and Park Department’s new drought-tolerant tree, shrub, … Continue reading

Planning Update for Margaret Hayward Project!

Since the last Community Workshop, we have been refining the overall plan proposal for the improvements to Margaret Hayward Playground. Rec and Park staff have met with the San Francisco Arts Commission twice to review the design. We’ve also been working with our neighbors at the Department of Emergency Management … Continue reading

Merced Heights Community Meeting Summary and Survey!

Thank you for all who attended the Merced Heights Playground Renovation meeting.  We really enjoyed hearing your input on the new playground and are very excited to move forward with this project. We know that community meetings can be difficult to attend for people with long commutes and childcare needs, … Continue reading

Geneva Community Garden Rebid to Contractors

The Geneva Community Garden project has been simplified and re-advertised to contractors. Interested A and C-27 contractors can view the solicitation here. The contractor that withdrew his bid from the first round back in May will be prohibited from submitting a bid for this second round.  A pre-bid conference was held on site … Continue reading

What are those mini mounds at South Park?

It is the extra soil generated by the underground installation of plumbing and electrical utilities, trees wells, concrete foundations, etc. The extra soil will be off-hauled starting early morning on Oct 10. For safety and maneuverability, there will be no parking on both sides of the south side of South … Continue reading

Alamo Square Construction Update!

Hello! I’d like to introduce myself as the new Project Manager for the Alamo Square Restroom and Irrigation Upgrade Project. As of mid-September we are approximately 50% of the way through the $4.3 million renovation project. The contractor has nearly completed the installation of the modern, water-efficient, irrigation system that will save … Continue reading

Turk Hyde Renovation Project Community Meeting #2 Presentation and Recap

Thank you to all who were able to attend our second meeting for the Hyde Turk Mini Park Playground Renovation project!  We hope you enjoyed helping us prioritize your most important park elements and showing us your favorite and not so favorite park elements! Turk Hyde Community Meeting #2 Presentation We … Continue reading

SAVE THE DATE! McLaren Park Project Planning Workshop!

Help us prioritize $10 Million Dollars! Come and share your ideas. Bring your friends and family. Workshop Location Group Picnic Area – McLaren Park 116 John F. Shelley Drive Saturday, October 1, … Continue reading

Mountain Lake Park Playground Construction Update!

Construction commenced on the Project in September  2015, the project is approximately 65% complete. We continue to make good progress on the Mountain Lake Playground Renovation. Completed work includes the majority of low landscaped walls, irrigation and drainage infrastructure, rough installation of toddler playground equipment, and foundation work related to … Continue reading

Balboa Pool Nearing Construction!

Within the next few weeks contractors will be moving onsite and will be staging at the basketball  courts, which will remain closed for the duration of construction due to safety concerns as the building gets seismically retrofitted, and the renovated. Thank you for your patience!

Mansell Project Update: Construction moving along!

Hi everyone, The construction along Mansell Street is moving along. The road work is mostly complete, and the contractor is currently working on the pedestrian and bicycle path on the north side of the road. We are anticipating that the work will finish up early November. The construction is requiring … Continue reading

New Ramp and Tree Removal at Noe Courts!

The contractor has completed construction of the new ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) compliant ramp, which leads from the playground up to the restroom. This ramp provides a very gently sloping path of travel across the lawn to the upper level of the site. New retaining walls, including the curved … Continue reading

Panhandle Phase II Construction Begins in October

Construction will begin on Monday, October 3, 2016. It is scheduled for two months, but weather dependent, may be extended to December 2016. The project scope includes installing benches, trash can and surface mounted bike racks on the north side of the Panhandle. New trash cans will be installed on the south side … Continue reading

Planning Meeting #2 Hyde Turk Mini Park

Please join us for the second public meeting for the Hyde Turk Mini Park Improvement Project on Wednesday September 21st at Boeddeker Clubhouse from 6-7:30pm. We will be prioritizing park amenities desired for the park and will use input and feedback from this meeting to produce layout options.  We look … 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: http://mission.sfgov.org/OCABidPublication/BidDetail.aspx?K=11233 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

Geneva Community Garden Still in Progress

Thank you for your patience as the creation of a community garden at Geneva Ave and Delano has taken longer than anticipated. Environmental remediation was lengthier and more expensive than expected but has been completed. To supplement original funding, Rec and Park pursued and secured additional grant funding of $900,000 from two state Housing Related Parks … Continue reading

Construction Update and Temporary Playground Closure

Hello! I’d like to introduce myself as the new project manager for the Noe Courts Park Improvement Project. Construction is approaching the halfway point and the contractor is currently completing the wall terraces before starting the construction of the new accessible ramp leading to the restroom. An advisory was posted … Continue reading

You’re Invited to the Merced Heights Playground 2nd Planning Meeting!

At the second meeting we will be discussing proposals created from community input. The renovation of Merced Heights Playground is part of Let’sPlaySF, a partnership between the Recreation and Park Department and the … Continue reading

Balboa Pool, Nearing Construction!

We are excited to announce that we received a responsive bid for the Balboa Pool Renovation which will allow us to move forward with the implementation of the project as envisioned. The name of the contractor is CLW Builders. They have worked with on numerous Rec Park Projects that include the … Continue reading

South Park Renovation – Parking Advisory (M-7/18/16 to W-7/20/16)

Tree pruning is taking a little longer that two days and will run into next week. The contractors are only posting NO PARKING signs immediately adjacent the area of daily work and only on the ‘park side’ of South Park Street. Additional signs will be posted throughout next week. Parking will be allowed across … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Pilot “Promenade” In Effect Starting July 13

On Wednesday, July 13, a portion of the “figure 8” roadway loop will become a car-free area for people gazing, hiking and biking on top of San Francisco’s famous Twin Peaks. The pilot is one step in the larger Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Project, which includes a two-year pilot for which we’ve partnered with … Continue reading

Conservatory of Flowers Roof Improvements

With 16,800 panes of glass, the Roof Improvements project is an important component of the ongoing maintenance this unique building requires. Currently, we are replacing deteriorating roof putty with new silicone caps and sealant while preserving the historic integrity of the building. Additionally, we are replacing or securing panes of glass as necessary. … Continue reading

South Park Renovation – Parking Advisory (W-7/13/16 to Th-7/14/16)

Great news! More construction activity at South Park! Tree pruning within the park will start on Wednesday, July 13 and continue through Thursday, July 14, 2016  from 8AM to 5PM. Please note that NO PARKING will be allowed on the ‘park side’ of South Park Street.The signs were just posted today. Parking will be … Continue reading

Community Meeting #1 Presentation

Tenderloin Parks Community Meeting #1 6-23-16 Thank you to all who were able to attend the first Community Meeting for the Tenderloin Parks Improvement Project, which featured a joint presentation of Sgt. Macaulay and Hyde Turk Mini Park Playground Renovation projects.   We appreciated hearing your feedback and insight into each … Continue reading

Washington Square Playground Community Meeting #2

Thank you to those who attended community meeting #2 on June 22nd for the Washington Square Playground Renovation. The project is a work in progress, and your participation has been invaluable. We know there are many community members who would like to attend these meetings but are unable. In an … Continue reading

Mid-July Implementation Set for Twin Peaks Figure 8 Pilot Project

Thank you for your continued interest in the Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Project. This project, a joint effort of the SFMTA and Rec and Park Departments, seeks to create better connectivity within the Twin Peaks trail system, improve pedestrian and bicycle access, and provide a defined connection to the … Continue reading

Public Art for Noe Valley Town Square Receives Final Arts Commission Approval

On June 6, the Arts Commission confirmed the Visual Art Committee’s approval of two small bronze owl sculptures for the children’s garden in the new Noe Valley Town Square. Thanks to community members who took advantage of the multiple public comment periods to weigh in on the artist proposals, and thanks … Continue reading

You’re Invited to the McLaren Park Treasure Hunt and Fun Day!

Powered by Eventbrite The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department invites you to attend the upcoming McLaren Park Treasure Hunt and Fun Day on July 23rd at 10am. Join us at the … 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

Gilman Playground – JUNE 3rd GRAND OPENING

Gilman Playground is nearing completion! Tot panels and play equipment are installed, including a pyramidal net climbing structure. Colorful rubber surfacing is being poured in sections. You are invited to the GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION on June 3rd, 3 PM. This event will include a climbing wall, sports and games and youth activities. … Continue reading

Gilman Playground’s WPA Past

By Ryan Kelly May 6th marked the 81st anniversary of the enactment of the Works Progress Administration (WPA), one of the most successful public works programs in our nation’s history. Its main purpose was to put Americans back to work by boosting infrastructure while also promoting scientific and artistic projects. … Continue reading

Visual Arts Committee Review of Public Art Proposal for Noe Valley Town Square Postponed

The Public Art Proposal for Noe Valley Town Square was set to be reviewed by the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Visual Arts Committee Review this Wednesday, May 18; however, this hearing has been cancelled due to lack of Commissioner quorum. Please stay tuned as we will post updated hearing date and … Continue reading

Construction starting soon

The contractor (Alta Engineering) is scheduled to begin the site surveys this month. Step demolition and construction of the new steps will follow the survey task. Currently the contractor is projecting that trail construction work will occur June through August. During construction, access to the top of Tank Hill will … Continue reading

Mansell Project Update: Going Well, Traffic to shift to other side of Mansell Soon!

Mansell Improvements Construction Traffic Routing Flyer 3.14.2016 Hi folks, just wanted to provide a quick update: Overall the project proceeding well. We are still planning for the project to be completed end of Summer/early Fall, depending on weather or other unforeseen conditions. As you may have noticed, we are working … Continue reading

Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds-PROJECT UPDATE OPEN HOUSE – Tuesday

Hi all We want to remind you/let you know about this open house/ project update on Tuesday, May 3rd. It is an open house so feel free to stop by at any time between 5:30 and 7:30pm to see the designs and ask questions. We will have refreshments. Looking forward … Continue reading

UPDATE: Gilman Playground Renovation

The chartreuse-colored posts of the new children’s play structure are now going up. The play equipment will get fully installed by mid-week of next week, then followed by the rubber surfacing in colors that reference the site’s historic location along the original bay shoreline. For more information, please contact Marvin Yee, … Continue reading

Share Your Feedback by May 11 on Updated Public Art Proposal for Noe Valley Town Square

The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) is working with the Recreation and Park Department and residents of Noe Valley to commission an artwork for the new Noe Valley Town Square that will inspire and engage residents and visitors and enhance their connection to recreation and to the neighborhood. The artist … Continue reading

Geneva Community Garden Construction Contract Advertised to Contractors

The Geneva Community Garden project was advertised to contractors earlier this month. A pre-bid conference was held on site and bids are due on May 10. Interested contractors can find the advertisement here: http://mission.sfgov.org/OCABidPublication/BidDetail.aspx?K=10781 Following bid due date, we will work to review bids and award contract as soon as possible … Continue reading

Vote for Interpretive Signs at Bernal Heights Park trails Every Day Through April 30

Bernal Heights Park has been nominated to receive funding for the Parks Build Community initiative which kicked off on April 1st. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company to help revitalize parks across the country including parks here in San Francisco. Every day in April … Continue reading

Vote for Improvements at Potrero del Sol Community Garden Every Day Through April 30

Potrero del Sol Community Garden has been nominated to receive funding for the Parks Build Community initiative which kicked off on April 1st. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company to help revitalize parks across the country including parks here in San Francisco. Every day … Continue reading

UPDATE: Gilman Playground Renovation

Since the winter rains have subsided, great progress has been made on the Gilman Playground renovation project. The ground dried sufficiently to proceed with soil compaction and installation of the gravel sub-base for the new playground rubber fall surface. The new trellis over the group picnic area is assembled and installed. … Continue reading

George Christopher: Community Meeting #3 Summary

Thank you to all who were able to attend the meeting for the George Christopher Playground Renovation Project on Wednesday, April 20th, 2016.  We had a productive meeting where we presented the final proposed concepts for the George Christopher Playground and gathered feedback on the design from community members. We … Continue reading

TEMPORARY CLOSURE ADVISORY: Alamo Square

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

Share Your Feedback on Updated Public Art Proposal for Noe Valley Town Square

The San Francisco Arts Commission (SFAC) is working with the Recreation and Park Department and residents of Noe Valley to commission an artwork for the new Noe Valley Town Square that will inspire and engage residents and visitors and enhance their connection to recreation and to the neighborhood. The artist … Continue reading

Guy Place Mini Park Development – FAQ

In an effort to address concerns about the Guy Place Mini Park development, the Recreation and Park Department is pleased to share this FAQ on the process and planning of the design concept. For more information, please contact Marvin Yee, Project Manager, at (415) 581-2541, or at Marvin.Yee@sfgov.org. Please check … Continue reading

Balboa Pool Construction Update

Unfortunately, the Balboa Pool project bids all came in over our budget. This continues to be a challenging bidding environment on all fronts, including  material cost increases, competition for labor and a very hot market for builders. We are re bidding the project now and bids will be received in … Continue reading

FAQs and Upcoming Public Hearing on SFMTA Twin Peaks Pilot Project

The Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Project, a joint effort of the SFMTA and Rec and Park Departments, with support from Public Works, seeks to create better connectivity within the Twin Peaks trail system, improve pedestrian and bicycle access, and provide a defined connection to the Bay Area Ridge Trail.  … Continue reading

You’re Invited to the George Christopher Playground Improvement Project Planning Meeting

You’re invited to the third of several meetings to discuss the design of the playground. We will be discussing the renovation of the playground including the following improvements: new play structures, new playground protective surfacing, new … Continue reading

Final Bid Package Prep Underway for Geneva Community Garden Project

We are in the final stages of preparing to advertise the Geneva Community Garden construction project to contractors. Thank you for your patience as we were recently dealing with extended leave of a couple of our project team members. We are also in the process of coordinating with other City agencies … Continue reading

MANSELL STREET CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENTS UPDATE – WORK CONTINUES

Hi folks, As you may know, the Mansell/Persia corridor through McLaren Park is under renovation. We appreciate your patience during the work. Over the next several months, there will be temporary alterations to crosswalks, portions of the roadway and other access routes at times necessary for construction activities. The work … Continue reading

Community Opportunity Fund Round 5 Projects Recommended for Funding

Dear Community Opportunity Fund Applicants, I know many of you have been waiting to hear back about your Community Opportunity Fund (“COF”) Applications. The COF committee members repeatedly stressed how impressed they were with all of your work, your commitment to your park and your community. This is a very … Continue reading

UPDATE: Gilman Playground Renovation

Although intermittent wet weather continues to slow down the renovation work, tree work is completed and new concrete paving was poured last week. Planned activities for the next few weeks include installation of light poles, modification of the clubhouse restrooms for wheelchair access, and base preparation for the new playground’s rubber … Continue reading

Twin Peaks Figure 8 Pilot Redesign

The Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Team is excited to announce a proposed pilot project that will open a portion of the Twin Peaks Figure 8 to people walking and riding bikes!  The pilot project is an opportunity to evaluate a configuration change at the Twin Peaks Figure 8 while … Continue reading

SOTA Trail Improvements Underway

Construction is underway on the section of Creeks to Peaks trail on School District property.  This trail connecting Glen Canyon to Twin Peaks was started in 2015 by Rec and Park staff and through a major volunteer effort with Volunteers for Outdoor California (V-O-Cal). Improvements to be made by contractor … Continue reading

MANSELL STREET CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENTS UPDATE – Roadwork improvements underway, some temporary crosswalk closures

Hi folks, As you may know, the Mansell/Persia corridor through McLaren Park is under renovation. We appreciate your patience during the work. Over the next several months, there will be temporary alterations to crosswalks and other access routes at times necessary for construction activities. Starting next week, the crosswalk at … Continue reading

UPDATE: Guy Place Mini Park Development

In February 2015, the Recreation and Park Commission approved a community-supported conceptual plan for the development of a new park at 4-8 Guy Place. Bid documents with plans and specifications were developed for competitive bidding. In February 2016, the City received 5 bids for construction. 2 bids are within the … Continue reading