San Francisco Parks Trust and SF Rec and Parks to Host Annual Party for the Parks


Peter Tucker, Parks Trust

San Francisco Parks Trust and SF Rec and Parks to Host Annual Party for the Parks
SF Philanthropists Spearhead Efforts to Raise Funds for Parks

SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Parks Trust (SFPT) in partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (RPD) will host Party for the Parks on Friday, September 23, 2011. The event will take place at the newly renovated Carrousel and Koret Children’s Quarter Playground in Golden Gate Park. Honorary Chairs for the event include Mayor Edwin M. Lee and Park Commission President Mark Buell, and the Host Committee includes co-chairs Lana Adair, Paige Arata, Connie Goodyear Baron, Meg Bertero, Nancy Conner, Christine Gardner, and Ally Gwozdz.  

The event is expected to be a lively Friday evening featuring rides on the historic Golden Gate Park Carrousel, carnival fun and games, and signature cocktails, followed by a sumptuous buffet by McCalls Catering. Late-night dancing with DJ Spider, dessert, and a Ten-Minute Live Auction of a few priceless, one-of-a-kind park experiences will conclude the evening.

“Party for the Parks is a celebration of our beautiful city parks and the advocates who help sustain them.” said, Phil Ginsburg, RPD General Manager.  “In an era where budget cuts have become the norm, Party for the Parks and the Parks Trust are vital in keeping our parks and recreation programs thriving.”

Last year’s event raised $400,000 for important projects, such as the restoration of Strawberry Hill in Golden Gate Park, equipment for recreation centers, and support for maintenance in parks throughout the City.  RPD and SFPT have remained focused on providing clean, safe, and fun park experiences and recreational programming to the public.

“In our 40th Anniversary Year, SFPT hopes Party for the Parks will help provide much needed supplementary funds for park maintenance, supplies, and recreation programming.” said Karen Kidwell, SFPT Executive Director. “We are grateful for last year’s milestone success, made possible by the generosity of our First Families, Patrons, and other park lovers.”

Half of the funds raised last year came from the event’s top-level First Families supporters. This year’s First Families, 15 to date, include many who have been involved with SFPT and park advocacy for years. For a complete list of First Families, please visit

As we look towards the future of our park system, philanthropy will continue to help provide world-class park experiences and recreational programming to the citizens of San Francisco.

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Party for the Parks
Proceeds benefit San Francisco parks system
Friday September 23rd, 2011
6:00pm to 11:00pm
Golden Gate Park Carrousel (Koret Children’s Quarter Playground)
Cocktails, food by McCalls Catering, Dancing with DJ Spider
10-Minute Live Auction and Parks ReStore
Tickets Levels: $375 to $10,000
Info, Live Auction items, and tickets at

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