SAN FRANCSICO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) will continue its long standing tradition of leading many volunteer projects citywide this weekend. With over 225 parks and recreation facilities in San Francisco, volunteers play a crucial role in bettering the City’s neighborhood parks. In fiscal year 2010-2011, volunteers contributed 140,000 hours of direct services to parks and recreation centers, which has a value of more than $3 million to RPD.
“Our volunteer program aims to create meaningful volunteer experience, allowing volunteers to share in our mission,” said, Phil Ginsburg, RPD General Manager. “Together we ensure the continuing vitality and health of neighborhood parks and recreation centers.”
On Saturday January 21st, 2012, RPD will be hosting volunteer events such as weeding and planting at Bison Paddock in Golden Gate Park, restoring wild habitat in Glen Canyon, cleaning up Laurel Hill Playground, and more weeding and planting at Twin Peaks and Bernal Hill. All volunteer projects are scheduled to take place starting 9:00 a.m and ending by noon.
Moreover, RPD volunteers often participate citywide activities including gardening and ecological restoration, leading nature walks, coaching soccer, tutoring students in after school programs, working with seniors, supporting special events, office administration, theater production, and more.
In addition, RPD also provides Graffiti Cleanup Volunteer Program, where volunteers are actively involved in graffiti abatement in Buena Vista Park, Crocker Amazon Playground, McLaren Park, Mission Dolores Park, Potrero del Sol Park, and Victoria Manalo Draves Park.
Currently the program is managed by Kimberly Kiefer, Deputy Director of Volunteer Program, and for all inquiries related to RPD’s volunteer program and opportunities, please check out RPD’s website at http://sfrecpark.org/volunteer.aspx or give a call at 415-831-6330.