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

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

Community Garden Events this Spring!

Get your garden ready and join us for FREE community garden workshops this spring, including our a volunteer day with the Mission Continues at La Grande Community Garden on Saturday, April 20 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m! For additional Community Garden events this spring, click here: Garden Events For … 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

Randall Museum Science Fair Winners Head to State Championships

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

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

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

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 (1878 San Jose Avenue). The event will feature special … Continue reading

Stern Grove/Park Closures Due to Weather

Here’s a rundown of parks affected by the current storm (updated at 11:44 a.m. on 2/14/19): Stern Grove is currently closed due to stormy weather. Chain of Lakes Drive in Golden Gate Park is now open after crews removed a downed tree. All grass athletic fields and diamonds, including Silver … Continue reading

SF Residents: Parks Make City More Livable

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

Restroom Monitor Program Expands to Seven Additional Park Locations 

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

Recreation and Park Commission Approves Outside Lands Contract Extension

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

Public Budget Meetings on January 30 and February 4 

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

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

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

Winter Park Ice Rink Opens in Thriving Civic Center

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

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

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

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

Garfield Pool closing for capital renovations

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

117th San Francisco City Open

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

Visitacion Valley Community Facilities and Infrastructure Impact Fee Meeting

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

Golden Gate Park Golf Course Re-Opens Following Clubhouse Fire

San Francisco – The Golden Gate Park Golf Course has re-opened after a July 2 fire destroyed its clubhouse, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today. The clubhouse, built in 1951, was fully removed by July 11 and a temporary unit is now in its place. Food service … Continue reading

SF Rec & Parks to Host Free 2018 FIFA World Cup Viewing Parties at Sue Bierman Park & Civic Center Plaza

Note: The Semi-Final Matches will NOW be hosted at Sue Bierman Park (Washington and Drumm Street) with the Final Match still being held at Civic Center Plaza.  SAN FRANCISCO – As the 2018 FIFA World Cup kicked off with the host nation Russia, facing off against Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium … Continue reading

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

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!

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

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

Golden Gate Park’s Anglers Lodge and Casting Pond Celebrate 80th Anniversary

SAN FRANCISCO – In partnership with the Golden Gate Angling & Casting Club (GGACC), the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (SF Rec & Parks) announced the celebration of the 80th anniversary of Anglers Lodge and Casting Pond in Golden Gate Park.  A celebration is scheduled on Saturday, May 12th, … Continue reading

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

A Legacy of Service: Remembering the 1906 Earthquake and Fire

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

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

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

San Francisco to Celebrate 50th Anniversary of Japan Center and Japantown Peace Plaza

SAN FRANCISCO – The Japantown Merchants Association, the East and West Japan Center Malls, the Japantown community of residents, merchants and nonprofits and spiritual leaders, in partnership with SF Recreation and Park Department (SF Rec & Parks) will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Japanese Cultural and Trade Center (Japan Center) and … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds Opening

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

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

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

FREE Recreation Swim for MLK Day!

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

Stair Replacement

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

SF Rec and Parks Remembers Mayor Ed Lee

Mayor Ed Lee was a fierce proponent and advocate for our City’s parks. Under his leadership, San Francisco made parks and recreation programs more accessible than ever, acquiring more park land, renovating parks, playgrounds and ball fields and providing more than $1 million in scholarships to city families. Earlier this … Continue reading

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

HMCA Holiday Craft Fair Free Event – 12/10/17

Harvey Milk Center for the Arts, part of San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department is proud to host its Holiday Craft Fair on Sunday, December 10th 2017 11am-4pm. The event will include numerous local artists offering their unique handmade holiday gifts for sale to the public. Our destination art center will also host family friendly … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

San Francisco Deltas Win NASL Championship at Kezar Stadium!

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

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

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

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

Conservatory of Flowers to Extend Run of Popular Illuminated Artwork

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

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

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

Cool Off in City Pools!

During the week of September 25th, all pools with the exception of Balboa and Sava Pools are open during our normal operation hours. Cooling lanes for free swim will be available for those who arrive at the Pool for cooling needs. For specific operation hours for each neighborhood pool, please check our aquatics and … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

National Night Out on August 1

Tuesday, August 1 is National Night Out, an annual community-building campaign that promotes police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live. Rec centers and parks across the city will be participating in this event with a variety of live entertainment, arts and recreational … Continue reading

Flower Piano Returns to the SF Botanical Garden this Summer

This summer, music, community, and nature join forces once again in the heart of the city during the 12-day, outdoor extravaganza known as Flower Piano. Now in its third year, Flower Piano once again transforms San Francisco Botanical Garden (SFBG) into the city’s own alfresco concert hall, and everyone is … Continue reading

80th Season of the Stern Grove Festival

The 80th season of the the Stern Grove Festival is in full swing! The Festival features free Sunday concerts throughout the summer. Every year since 1938, the Stern Grove Festival Association, in partnership with SF Rec and Park, presents an admission-free performing arts series in Sigmund Stern Grove’s beautiful outdoor amphitheater … 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

San Francisco Bay Area Pro-Am Hoops Season Underway

Looking to fill that basketball void now that the NBA season is over? The 38th San Francisco Bay Area Pro-Am season is underway, featuring free, high-quality hoops all summer long at Kezar Pavilion in Golden Gate Park. From the seasoned pro and college veterans looking to enhance their skills, to … Continue reading

Summer of Love Light Art Installation at the Conservatory of Flowers through October

Missed 50th anniversary of the Summer of Love and the lighting of the Conservatory of Flowers for the Summer Solstice? We have you covered! The lighting at the Conservatory of Flowers (100 John F Kennedy Drive) will continue to be on view through October 21, from 9 to 11:30 p.m., … 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.

Celebrate Community – Gay Pride event at Harvey Milk

Celebrate Community is a LGBTQ Pride Photo Exhibit and event open to the public at Harvey Milk Center for the Arts. The event features a photo gallery opening followed by live entertainment provided by Peaches Christ Productions. The event is Free to the public. WHEN: Photo Opening and Pride Event is Saturday, … 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

Lawrence Halprin Exhibit at the Palace of Fine Arts

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

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

ShutterSpeed

ShutterSpeed is an international exhibition and event that invites you to open your mind and discover the intersection of photography, art, and the athleticism of skateboarding. Discover and observe the raw fusion where the artist meets the landscape, creating a culture of street skating within the beautiful, picturesque city of San Francisco. San Francisco boasts unparalleled geography, with its crooked streets and hills, creating a dream destination for skateboarders. Continue reading

Extraordinary Playscapes Comes to the SF Main Library Starting  April 6

Free & Open to the Public April 6 – July 8, 2017 San Francisco Main Library, Fisher Children’s Center, 2nd Floor (100 Larkin Street) This national exhibition and education program from Design Museum San Francisco explores the latest thinking in playground design while presenting how vital free play is to childhood development, thriving … 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Butterflies & Blooms at the Conservatory of Flowers Now Open

Get eye to eye with a butterfly in the exhibit Butterflies & Blooms, coming to the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park this fall. The popular exhibit returns by overwhelming demand to San Francisco’s beloved Victorian greenhouse, transforming its Special Exhibit gallery into a beautiful and intimate cottage garden … Continue reading

Urban Agriculture/Community Garden Resource Day on December 11

We’re excited to announce the relaunch of Urban Agriculture Resource Centers! Please join us on Sunday, December 11, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Golden Gate Park CommUNITY Garden (780 Frederick Street). Materials will … Continue reading

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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!

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

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

ASL Cafe Summer Fiesta

The ASL Cafe will be hosting an exciting Summer Fiesta on Sunday, July 31st from 12pm-4pm at the Mission Clubhouse Inclusion Center (3555 19th Street at Linda between Guerrero & Valencia St.)   There will be food, beverages, games & prizes! Please bring your favorite themed dish to share.   … 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

ASL Cafe is going on summer vacation!

Important announcement: The ASL Cafe will be going on summer vacation. There will be no Thursday night ASL Cafe during the summer.   We will be offering some exciting summer time events, and we’ll be getting ready for some new and exciting programs for the fall. Stay tuned for more … Continue reading

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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

NOTIFICATION: SoMa West Skatepark to open at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2016

SoMa West Skatepark will remain closed until 2 p.m. on Friday, April 1st for park/course maintenance, which will include graffiti abatement, cleaning, drain clearing and other miscellaneous site repairs. For your convenience, here is a list of other skateparks in the city: Balboa Skatepark Ocean & San Jose, SF, CA … 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

Mothers Building Structural Assessment Update

Architectural Resources Group (ARG) finalized the Structural Assessment for the Mothers Building in February 2016.  Input was received from Rec and Park, the Arts Commission, Office of Workforce and Economic Development, the Planning Department and other interested stakeholders. The Structural Assessment was funded by a grant awarded by the Historical … 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: Golden Gate Panhandle Pedestrian Safety Improvements

In September 2015, the Recreation and Park Commission approved a community-supported, concept plan to improve pedestrian safety along the multi-use pathway on the north side of the Golden Gate Park Panhandle. Planned pedestrian (and bicycle!) safety improvements to the multi-use path shall include: Restriping the centerline of the multi-use pathway; … Continue reading

Rec Center Construction Update: Tennis Court Stair Temporary Closure

Hi Everyone, As you can tell if you have visited the southern end of Glen Park recently, the recreation center renovation is well underway. As anticipated, due to aspects of the work on the building renovation, the stair which leads from the northern end of the northern tennis court to … Continue reading

UPDATE: Alamo Square Renovation

In preparation for the Alamo Square restroom and irrigation upgrade project, the Recreation and Park Department is performing the removal of up to 14 trees which have been evaluated as hazards or declining in health. This work will occur after March 8 when Alamo Square is fenced for construction. To minimize … Continue reading

CPRS Awards of Excellence for Two Recent Park Projects

Great news! The California Parks and Recreation Society (CPRS) has awarded its Excellence in Park Planning award for two recent capital renovation projects– Boeddeker Park and Cayuga Playground. The CPRS awards program recognizes outstanding achievement in the areas of facility design, park planning, marketing and communication, and community improvement and … Continue reading

UPDATE: Timeline and Scope of Work

Alamo Square Park will undergo a $4.3 million renovation to update the irrigation system, build an ADA-accessible restroom, and landscape the entirety of the park. The outcome of the project will result in water savings through improved irrigation design, the installation of “smart” controllers, and the planting of lawn alternatives, … Continue reading

Joe DiMaggio – Fence Improvements

Hello Neighbors! We hope that you are enjoying the new and improved Joe DiMaggio Playground!  As you may have noticed, the contractor has been on site making improvements to the perimeter fence. Portions of the original installed fence were not accepted by the Recreation and Parks Department and the contractor is replacing … Continue reading

MANSELL STREET CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENTS UPDATE – Roadwork improvements underway, vehicular access to be maintained – traffic routing info below REVISED

Hi folks, The work is going well. We are currently adding additional speed limit signs to post a revised speed limit (25 MPH) and school speed limit signs (15MPH) in  those areas and other measures. Additionally, staff is reviewing the Brazil intersection to determine what we can do on a … Continue reading

Community Budget Meetings

Join us for two budget meetings to discuss preliminary plans for Fiscal Years 2016-17 and 2017-18, Wednesday, February 3, at Palega Rec Center (500 Felton St.), and Tuesday, February 9, at Gene Friend Rec Center (270 6th Street), 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  Learn about our department’s budget instructions for … Continue reading

GLEN CANYON Recreation Center Update: Construction Underway

Hi Everyone, Just wanted to provide you with a brief update on the Glen Canyon Recreation Center Project. As you may know, we are well underway with the renovation of the Recreation Center, which was overwhelmingly approved by San Francisco voters in the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond … Continue reading

UPDATE: Alamo Square Restroom and Irrigation Project

The Recreation and Park Dept. received 5 bids in mid-December for the Alamo Square Restroom and Irrigation Project. The lowest 2 bids are within the City’s construction budget. Currently the City is reviewing the bids for qualifications and anticipates making a recommendation for contract award in February. Construction is anticipated to … Continue reading

MANSELL STREET CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENTS UPDATE – Roadwork improvements to begin, vehicular access to be maintained – traffic routing info below

Hi folks, I am so glad so many of you were able to come to the ground breaking and to the update I provided at the December 8th, at the Crocker Amazon Park Monthly meeting. As you may have seen, the construction has started – some early elements have started … Continue reading

Beach Chalet Athletic Fields Reopen!

Hundreds of city kids came out and got their kicks in at the opening of the new Beach Chalet Athletic Fields in Golden Gate Park on December 12. The new fields at the west end of the park will dramatically increase public access to the fields, tripling the amount of playtime there … Continue reading

Glen Canyon Construction and Lighting Update

Hi folks, The work is coming along on the Rec Center construction.  A lot of what we are doing right now is inside, so you won’t see a lot right now on the outside of the building. The pathway and tennis court lighting has been acting up, for example, off at … Continue reading

MANSELL STREET CORRIDOR IMPROVEMENTS UPDATE to be provided on the blog and Tuesday at 6:30 at Crocker Amazon Clubhouse

Hi folks, I am so glad so many of you were able to come to the ground breaking, and now we are busy preparing for construction to start! I do what to keep people advised of the process and steps as the project proceeds. I will be posting updates on … Continue reading

Mansell Improvement Project Construction Kick Off Event November 23rd, at 10:30am

We are excited to announce Mansell Improvement Project will be starting soon!  A ground breaking celebration is planned for November 23rd, at 10:30am at the parking lot at the corner of Mansell and Visitation Avenue. We expect work to start after the 30th of November and to be done by … Continue reading

Great News! The Buena Vista Capital Improvement Community Consultation Document is Here.

Thank you so much for all of your input and for participating in such an exciting process. We value your suggestions and greatly appreciate all of the information you shared with use, throughout this process. We would now like to share with you the document we produced from all your … Continue reading

You’re Participation is Needed for the Upcoming Garfield Pool Improvements

Thanks to those who voted in favor of the 2012 Park Bond, Garfield Pool was allocated $11 million dollars for improvements. We would like the community’s feedback on what you would like. The meeting will take place in the Clubhouse next to the pool building, which is located at 26th … Continue reading

THIRD SCHLAGE LOCK PARKS MEETING SATURDAY OCT 24, 10-12

The third meeting of the Schlage Lock Parks Design Review Advisory Panel will be held Saturday, October 24, 2015, 10:00am-12:00pm, in the Visitacion Valley Library Community Room (201 Leland Ave).  At this meeting the panel and community will discuss revised designs of the two proposed parks based on input from the … Continue reading

Joe DiMaggio Playground – Almost There!

Dear Neighbors, It’s been awhile since my last post, but things are moving along quickly out at the park.  I am pleased to announce that the Rec & Park Department is throwing a grand opening event on Saturday, November 14th!  Save the Date! I will post the event details later this month. In the … Continue reading

GLEN CANYON Update: Recreation Center Renovation to Start Mid October

Hi Everyone, Just wanted to provide you with a brief update on the Glen Canyon Recreation Center Project.   This is a project to renovate the Recreation Center, which was overwhelmingly approved by San Francisco voters in the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond. Here is the project webpage if … Continue reading

Mansell Street Corridor Improvements Update: Good News! Work to start later this year!

Hi Everyone, The final project was bid and the bids are now back and we hope to start construction in  November, depending on the speed of contract certification. As a review, this project will make major improvements to the Mansell Corridor through the park. It will provide protected pedestrian paths and bikelanes … Continue reading

See ‘Stranded’ at the Conservatory of Flowers Thru Oct 18

Don’t miss the boat on “Stranded,” a fantastic exhibit at the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park, now through October 18. Visitors “wash up” on an uncharted tropical shore to learn the ins and outs of island survival. Stroll through a living jungle of life-saving plants and discover the best sources … Continue reading

Slacklining Policy

The following guidelines must be adhered to by slackliners. Failure to do so may result in citation. Slacklining is allowed in City parks except for: Conservatory Valley, the Botanical Garden, the Music Concourse, the Japanese Tea Garden, and the National AIDS Memorial Grove: Tree trunks must have protection between the … Continue reading

Joe DiMaggio – construction photos

Hello Everyone – progress at the construction site is going very well. Here are a few recent photos from within the construction zone to show the progress. A view of the western side of the site, showing the newly finished tennis courts: The new bocce courts and picnic area (the wood … Continue reading

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

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