India Basin 900 Innes Boatyard Design Survey

Survey Link:  http://bit.ly/ibsurvey01 The San Francisco Recreation & Park Department, the Trust for Public Land and San Francisco Parks Alliance are pleased to kick-off the Schematic Design phase for the future park at the 900 Innes Boatyard at India Basin. We are looking for your input and feedback to inform … Continue reading

Construction Begins on Alice Chalmers Playground

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

Construction & restroom design Update

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

Panhandle Playground Construction Progress

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

Construction begins at Sgt Macaulay Playground

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

Washington Square is Closing for Renovation!

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

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

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

Community Garden Events This Summer!

Get your garden ready and join us for FREE community garden workshops this summer, including our next Garden Resource Day  on Saturday, June 29 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden that will feature FREE compost, plant starts and more! For additional Community Garden … Continue reading

Construction has started on the McLaren Playground!

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

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

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

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

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

Margaret Hayward Playground Renovation Update – April 26, 2019

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

SF Recreation and Park Department Breaks Ground on Five Playgrounds

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Let’sPlaySF! Groundbreaking

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

Jerry Garcia Amphitheater Project Kickoff!

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

Alice Chalmers Playground Construction Starting Soon

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

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

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

Construction Starting At Panhandle Playground

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

Garfield Pool – Construction Update

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

Golden Gate Park Tennis Center Groundbreaking Ceremony on April 17

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

McLaren Park Welcomes Improved Community Garden, New Rain Garden

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

Golden Gate Heights Playground Renovation

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

Franklin Square Construction Update

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

McLaren Community Garden Reopening Celebration

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

Alice Chalmers Playground Construction Contract Award

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

India Basin Project Receives $5 Million in Funding

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

Improved Balboa Pool Reopens Amid Community Celebration

SAN FRANCISCO – City officials on Saturday unveiled a sweeping transformation of the beloved Balboa Park Pool, a renovation designed to buoy aquatic programming for swimmers of all ages. Highlights of the makeover include a new community room for events, new mechanical and plumbing systems to improve the comfort of … Continue reading

New Trail Through Oak Woodlands Dedicated to Phil Arnold

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

Balboa Pool Reopening on February 23

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

Margaret Hayward Playground Renovation Update – Feb, 15 2019

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

Bernal Heights Park Trails Improvement Project Closer to Construction

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

Twin Peaks Figure 8 Redesign Next Steps

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

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

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

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

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

Margaret Hayward Playground Renovation Update – Feb 2019

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

Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project Updates

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

Panhandle Playground Closure Updates and General Project Updates

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

Alice Chalmers Playground Gets Closer to Construction

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

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

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

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

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

MLK Day of Service Opportunities with Rec and Park!

Looking to give back to the community in honor of the Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday coming up? Join us and Habitat for Humanity at Bayview Playground/MLK Pool on Saturday, January 19 from 9 a.m. to noon. Honor Dr. King’s work with a day of community service alongside other community partners. … Continue reading

Margaret Hayward Playground Renovation-December 2018

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

Concept Approved for Golden Gate Park Dog Training Area

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

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

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

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

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

McLaren Community Garden Construction Progress Update

We are headed to the end of construction on the renovation of the McLaren Community Garden! The contractor has completed all the site work, and installed the shipping container tool shed. They are currently installing the fencing, and the last part will be the installation of the site furnishings, including … Continue reading

Progress for Panhandle Playground Renovation Contracts

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

City Leaders Break Ground on Margaret Hayward Playground Renovation

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

Guy Place Construction Progress Update

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

Panhandle Playground Renovation Project Advertised to Contractors

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

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

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

McLaren Playground and Group Picnic Area Renovation- bids due!

McLaren Park Playground and Group Picnic Area Renovation was advertised to potential contractors, and the project bids are due today! There will be a public bid opening, followed by a certification of the results by City staff. The project is anticipated to go before the Rec & Park Department Commission … Continue reading

McLaren Community Garden Construction Update

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

Margaret Hayward Playground Renovation Begins November 2018!

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

Final Concept Design for Golden Gate Park Dog Area

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

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

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

Panhandle Playground Updates: Construction Document Finalization

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

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

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

Weed-Munching Mystery Machine to Take Up Residence in Golden Gate Park lake

SAN FRANCISCO – Starting Monday, an unusual visitor will descend upon Golden Gate Park’s Chain of Lakes, chomping its way through the marshy waters and spitting out any invasive weed that dare stand in its path, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today. The Aquamog, an aquatic vehicle … Continue reading

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

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

Margaret Hayward Playground Renovation-Award-October 2018

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

Civic Center Plaza Welcomes New Bi-Rite Cafe

SAN FRANCISCO – Offering fresh food amid the flourishing Civic Center Plaza, Bi-Rite Cafe opened its doors today, serving the neighborhood’s appetite for nourishing options and a welcoming gathering space. The opening of the cafe is the latest attraction transforming the area into a destination for neighborhood families, visitors from across … Continue reading

McLaren Playground and Group Picnic Area Renovation out to Bid!

We have great news to share! We have completed our design phase for the McLaren Park Playground and Group Picnic Area Renovation Project! The project will be advertised to contractors next week. The bid and award phase of the project is anticipated to take 5 months, and construction is planned … Continue reading

McLaren Community Garden Construction Progress

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

Willie “Woo Woo” Wong – Demolition Underway!

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

Sgt Macaulay Project Update – Going to Bid

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

India Basin Open Space Plan Moves Forward

SAN FRANCISCO – A plan to revitalize a network of waterfront open space in the city’s southeast by rehabilitating and uniting several poorly conditioned existing open spaces into a single, seamless design received approval by the San Francisco Board of Supervisors today. Supervisors voted to certify the environmental impact report … Continue reading

Garfield Pool Closure on October 22 & Updated Pool Hours

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

Fleet Week in our Parks!

Fleet Week officially begins on Tuesday, October 2 and runs until Monday, October 8. There will be events throughout the city that honor the contributions of the men and women of the United States Armed Forces while advancing cooperation and knowledge among civilian- and military-based Humanitarian Assistance personnel, including in … Continue reading

Gene Friend Rec Center Workshop Materials and Call for Feedback

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

Alice Chalmers Playground, 90% Design Update

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

EPA Awards Two Additional Grants

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

McLaren Community Garden under Construction!

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

Balboa Pool Construction Update!

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

ANNOUNCEMENT: GARFIELD POOL CLOSING OCTOBER 15TH!

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

Washington Square Construction Update

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

Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Construction Has Begun!

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

RPD Commission Approves Concept Design for India Basin

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

ALICE CHALMERS PLAYGROUND, AUGUST 2018 DESIGN UPDATE

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

Margaret Hayward Playground Renovation-Bid/Award-August 2018

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

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

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

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

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

Potrero Hill Rec Center Improvement Project Notice of Construction

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

Potrero Hill Rec Center Improvement Project Update

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

McLaren Community Garden construction will begin soon!

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

Merced Heights Project Update and More Funding!

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

117th San Francisco City Open

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

Visitacion Valley Community Facilities and Infrastructure Impact Fee Meeting

Visitacion Valley neighbors are invited to participate in the next community workshop on Saturday, July 28, 2018, 10am – 12:30pmat the Visitacion Valley Library. The workshop agenda will be organized in two parts. Rec and Park and city staff have begun preliminary planning and design work on projects identified by the … Continue reading

Golden Gate Park Dog Play Area – Design Workshop Online Survey

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

Progress with Oak Woodlands Trails Improvements

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

Washington Square Construction Update

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

Alice Chalmers Playground, June 2018 Design Update

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

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

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

Bernal Heights Park Trails Improvement Project Progress

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

McLaren Park Trail Improvements Project Next Steps

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

GGP Dog Training Area – Community Meeting #2

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

Site Work Starting June 25 on Oak Woodlands Trails Improvement Project

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

McLaren Park Playground design updates!

Hi folks, The McLaren Playground Project is moving along an d is currently in the Design Phase. Some renderings of the current design can be seen below. The project should be put out to bid in the Winter of 2018. Construction is planned for Summer 2019. Email alexis.ward@sfgov.org with questions.

McLaren Community Garden out to Bid

After making some modifications to the design, the McLaren Community Garden Project is back out to bid. Potential contractors are encouraged to review the bid solicitation here: http://mission.sfgov.org/OCABidPublication/BidDetail.aspx?K=13212 Construction is planned to begin in Fall of 2018!

GGP Tennis Center – Project Update

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

Let’s Play SF! – Sgt Macaulay Project Update

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

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

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

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

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

Temporary Closure of Panhandle Playground June 5 through June 6

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

George Christopher Playground Project is Going Out to Bid Soon!

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

Sussex Stair Update

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

Call for Input: Twin Peaks Promenade Concept Design

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

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

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

Temporary Closure of Panhandle Playground Starting May 2

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

Sussex Street Stair Nearing Completion

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

MCLAREN BIKE PARK TEMPORARY CLOSURE

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

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

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