SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will be leading volunteers to celebrate National Public Lands Day (NPLD) by cleaning up and beautifying Gilman Playground located in San Francisco’s Bayview neighborhood on Saturday, September 24th. The Department’s Volunteer Services Program, in partnership with the Candlestick Point Neighborhood Committee, are celebrating the newly renovated Gilman Playground and cleaning it up in honor of National Public Lands Day, the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands.
“Our volunteers contributed more than 180,000 hours of service to the Department this year, because we all share a common purpose in preserving our parks for future generations and keeping them beautiful, safe, and relaxing,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec & General Manager. “National Public Lands Day is a day to honor and celebrate our City’s parks and public lands everywhere, and what better way to show our love?”
At Gilman Playground, volunteers will work together to beautify an overgrown community open space. The event from 9am-1pm will finish with an informal mixer for the volunteers.
“Gilman Park is the Crown Jewel of the community since its recent renovation. Children from all over the community visit the park with their families to play and celebrate their birthdays,” said Shirley Moore, resident and Chair of Candlestick Point Neighborhood Committee, who is helping coordinate the volunteer event. “Hearing children playing in the park from my kitchen window is music to my ears. My grandchildren watched the renovation and could not wait to play there. It is the first place they want go during their weekend visits.”
Gilman Playground, reopened in June after a $1.8 million renovation made possible by the voter-supported 2012 Clean & Safe Neighborhood Park Bond. The new play area includes two composite play structures connected by a 40 ft. net climber. In addition, the new playground features numerous swings and apparatuses including a zip line, net spinner, and independent spinners. The underlying rubber surface depicts a shoreline setting in reference to the park’s former proximity to the San Francisco Bay. New trees provide much-needed shade. A separate tot area with imaginative play panels were set up in a nearby picnic area. The arbor with picnic tables was replaced, site lighting was upgraded, existing pathways were repaved for wheelchair access, and the clubhouse restrooms were modified for exterior access.
About National Public Lands Day:
National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer event for public lands. Held annually on the last Saturday in September, NPLD is a “fee-free day”—entrance fees are waived at national parks and other public lands. NEEF (National Environmental Education Foundation) coordinates National Public Lands Day.
NPLD brings together hundreds of thousands of individual and organizational volunteers to help restore the country’s public lands. These are the places Americans use for outdoor recreation, education, and just plain enjoyment. The lands encompass national parks, monuments, wildlife refuges, forests, grasslands, marine sanctuaries, lakes, and reservoirs, as well as state, county, and city parks that are managed by public agencies, but that belong to and are enjoyed by all of us.