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

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

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

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

2019 Conservatory Lighting and Summer Solstice Concert Announced

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Helen Diller Civic Center Playgrounds Opening

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

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

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

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

SF Rec and Parks Remembers Mayor Ed Lee

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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SF Chronicle: SF’s Urban Coyotes

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