SF Rec and Park Celebrates Glen Canyon Park Playground Opening
SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department celebrated the opening of Glen Canyon Park Playground with Mayor Ed Lee, Supervisor Scott Wiener, Supervisor Norman Yee, Glen Park Association, The Trust for Public Land, the California Coastal Conservancy, and community members on Saturday, March 15. A ribbon cutting ceremony marked the celebration followed by refreshment, arts and crafts for children and families.
“San Francisco is a world-class City with world-class parks and those parks need to be maintained for all our residents and families,” said Mayor Ed Lee. “That’s why the Parks Bond renovations of Glen Canyon Park are so important; they allow us to deliver on our commitment to make our children, youth and families healthy and successful in San Francisco.”
“Together we are making Glen Canyon Park a safe and clean community hub with the funds provided by parks bonds,” said District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener. “With the completion of the Playground, we now look forward to continuing improvements to the Glen Canyon Park Recreation Center.”
“With the help from both 2008 and 2012 Parks Bonds, SF Rec and Park is able to invest a total of $19 million to renovate Glen Canyon Park,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park Department General Manager. “Glen Canyon Park is a great example how our park system serves our diverse communities, it has children’s playground, a sports field, a recreation center, precious natural areas, incredible trails. So you can come any day during the week, and see our Natural Areas Program restoring wild habitat, and our recreation leaders are here providing healthy recreation to our community.”
The $5.8 million Glen Canyon Park Playground improvements was funded by the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond with additional support from The Trust for Public Land, and the California Coastal Conservancy. The improvements included ADA accessible entrance from Elk Street, improved access from Bosworth Street, new landscaping and planting, new tennis courts, and the renovation and expansion of the children’s playground. In addition, more than 160 new trees were planted in the area. In addition, the Parks Bond also provided $1 million to improve Glen Canyon Park trails.
Then again more than 72% of San Francisco voters supported the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, which allocated $12 million to renovate the Glen Canyon Park Recreation Center. The renovation will include three new programming rooms, renovated gym and auditorium, new ground floor restrooms (currently located in basement), and two climbing walls inside the Center.
“We’re exciting to have worked with the community to restore this hidden San Francisco gem,” said San Francisco Public Works Director Mohammed Nuru. “Generations of families and neighbors will enjoy the new playground, tennis courts, and improved paths as they wander through canyon.”
“The whole Glen Park community was involved with plans for the playground,” said Michael Rice, President of the Glen Park Association. “Rec and Park and the Trust for Public Land had community meetings and field walks for almost a year to refine the plans and get feedback. Yes, there were differences and controversy, but I predict the playground will be filled with happy families as soon as we cut the ribbon.”
In 2011, SF Rec and Park partnered with the Trust for Public Land (TPL) to host a series of six community improvement workshops, which determined the project plan and the scope of work. TPL gifted the project improvement plan to the City in order to extend the funds that the City can spend on capital improvement. The gift came from Coastal Conservancy through The Trust for Public Land.