Let’sPlaySF! Initiative

Program BackgroundStacked box climbing structure with slide, swings, play structures, stacked donor blocks

Let’sPlaySF! has its origins in the $195 million San Francisco Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks General Obligation Bond approved by 71.6% of voters in November 2012. The Bond allocated $15.5 million to renovate dilapidated playgrounds through the City. 

 In 2014, the Recreation and Park Commission appointed a Citizen Task Force to determine which playgrounds were most in need of renovation. The Task Force prioritized six Tier 1 and seven Tier 2 playgrounds for renovation based on four criteria: (1) the presence of Chromated Copper Arsenate (CCA) Pressure Treated Wood, (2) low Household Median Income, (3) high Youth Density and (4) low Parks Alliance Playground Report Card Grades.

In December 2014, the Recreation and Park Commission unanimously adopted the list recommended by the Task Force, of which the Department committed to renovate all six Tier 1 playgrounds and to renovate some or all Tier 2 playgrounds provided if additional funding were procured. In the wake of that determination, the Department and the Parks Alliance decided to partner on Let’sPlaySF!, a capital campaign dedicated to raising sufficient funds to ensure that all 13 playgrounds can be reimagined for San Francisco’s children. The Parks Alliance Board voted in December 2015 to undertake the campaign and in December of 2016, the Commission approved a MOU between the Parks Alliance and the Department to partner on the project and recommended that the Board of Supervisors accept up to $15 million from the Parks Alliance for the project.

Program Status

The initiative has fully completed 7 of the 13 playgrounds and are open to the public. All six remaining playgrounds are either about to start construction or are in the planning and design phases.

Status of Tier 1 Sites: 

For status updates on the individual sites, click on a project.

All Tier 1 Sties are completed and open to the public.Red play structure, blue play surface, silver metal picnic tables, pink painted flower

Status of Tier 2 Sites:

Fort more background and to donate through our partner, the San Francisco Parks Alliance click here.

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  1. What's New
  2. Additional Background
  3. Documents and Materials
  4. Meeting Materials
  5. Task Force Members
  1. Juri Commons Ribbon Cut

    Juri Commons Park Reopens Following Renovation

    Juri Commons reopened following a $1.9 million renovation honoring the Mission District park’s railroad history, featuring a redesign with new plantings, an improved play space for children, grass for dogs, & an adult exercise area with fitness equipment. Read on...
  2. Capital Project Update

    Construction Update- JAN 2020

    Construction activities continue at the Alice Chalmers Playground. The contractor, Azul Works, Inc., has completed the installation of most of the playground equipment Read on...
  3. Capital Project Update

    ALICE CHALMERS PLAYGROUND CONSTRUCTION PROGRESS UPDATE

    Construction work continues at the Alice Chalmers Playground. Azul Works, Inc. has completed the installation of all Read on...
  4. Capital Project Update

    Alice Chalmers Playground Receives $30,000 for Makeover

    Grant awarded by the National Recreation and Park Association and The Walt Disney Company Read on...
  5. Capital Project Update

    CONSTRUCTION BEGINS ON ALICE CHALMERS PLAYGROUND

    Just a quick update. On Tuesday, June 18, 2019, the Azul Works Inc. (Contractor) began construction at the Alice Chalmers Playground, a LetsPlaySF! project! Read on...
  6. Capital Project Update

    Buchanan Mall, Turk – Golden Gate at SFAC Civic Design Review Monday 9/20

    After almost seven years of community-driven engagement and visioning, SF Rec and Parks is thrilled to be moving forward with a clear schedule for . . . Read on...
  7. Capital Project Update

    Design continues and additional funding received for Buchanan Street Mall!

    Thanks to the 174 people who participated in the survey to refine the design of Buchanan Street Mall, Turk – Golden Gate block. . . Read on...
  8. Capital Project Update

    Complete the survey to refine the design of an all-ages play area in Buchanan Street Mall

    Thanks to everyone who participated in the Virtual Community Meeting . . . Read on...
  9. Capital Project Update

    Virtual Meeting and Survey to Refine the Design for Buchanan Street Mall

    The Buchanan Street Mall project team is seeking community feedback to inform the look and feel and the specific equipment included in the new all-ages recreation area in the Turk - Golden Gate block Read on...
  10. Capital Project Update

    BUCHANAN STREET MALL FINAL CONCEPTUAL DESIGN COMPLETE!

    The Fillmore community has been reimagining Buchanan Street Mall since late 2014, to design a safer more inclusive neighborhood space Read on...
  11. Capital Project Update

    BUCHANAN STREET MALL – COMMUNITY WORKSHOP ON NOV. 1st!

    Please join us on Nov 1st as we begin to create the conceptual design for the entire five block length of Buchanan Mall. Read on...
  12. Capital Project Update

    DESIGNER SELECTED FOR BUCHANAN MALL

    We are excited to have The Office of Cheryl Barton (O|CB) join us as designers for the conceptual design proposals for the entire 5 block length of Buchanan Mall Read on...
  13. Capital Project Update

    BUCHANAN STREET MALL PROJECT UPDATE

    In March 2017, Rec & Park’s partners, the Trust for Public Land (TPL) together with Citizen Film, completed an intensive community engagement process Read on...
  14. Capital Project Update

    Golden Gate Heights Playground Update 8/20!

    We have wrapped up work on the Golden Gate Heights Playground & Field Renovation. . . Read on...
  15. Capital Project Update

    Golden Gate Heights Playground Final Construction Update 7/16!

    Hi everyone! We are thrilled to share that construction is wrapping up at Golden Gate Heights and we are opening on July 20th at 11:30. . . Read on...
  16. Capital Project Update

    Golden Gate Heights Playground is Opening 7/20!

    Hi everyone- We are thrilled to announce the opening celebration of the Golden Gate Heights Playground and Renovation Project! Read on...
  17. Capital Project Update

    Golden Gate Heights Playground Construction Update 6/21!

    Hi all, We are nearing completion of construction at Golden Gate Heights. . . Read on...
  18. Capital Project Update

    Golden Gate Heights Playground Construction Update 5/21!

    Hi everyone, The contractor has installed the sod and they are working on the remainder of the landscaping and site furnishings. . . Read on...
  19. Capital Project Update

    Golden Gate Heights Playground Construction Update 4/20!

    Hi folks- The contractor is working on flatwork around the playground including pouring concrete and asphalt for the paths and picnic area. Read on...
  20. Capital Project Update

    Golden Gate Heights Playground Construction Update 3/16!

    Hi folks- The playground equipment is installed and the contractor is working on grading the . . . Read on...
  21. Capital Project Update

    Golden Gate Heights Playground Construction Update 2/23!

    Hi everyone! The playground equipment is being installed at Golden Gate Heights! Read on...
  22. Capital Project Update

    Golden Gate Heights Playground Project Update 1/22/21

    Hi everyone! Construction is continuing at Golden Gate Heights. Read on...
  23. Capital Project Update

    Golden Gate Heights Update Dec '20

    The contractor will be working on the retaining wall on the north side of the playground Read on...
  24. Capital Project Update

    Golden Gate Heights Playground Construction Update 10/29!

    Hi everyone- The construction fences are going up at Golden Gate Heights. . . Read on...
  25. Capital Project Update

    Golden Gate Heights Playground Construction Has Begun!

    Hi folks- Construction has officially begun on the project! Read on...
  26. Capital Project Update

    Golden Gate Heights Construction Starting Soon!

    Hi everyone- We are getting close to the official start of construction! Read on...
  27. Capital Project Update

    Golden Gate Heights Playground Project - Construction Starting Soon!

    The contracts are getting signed and we are looking forward to starting construction very soon! Read on...
  28. Capital Project Update

    Golden Gate Heights Project is about to start Construction!

    We have great news to share! Yesterday, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission approved the construction contract award for the Golden Gate Heights Playground and Field Renovation Project! Read on...
  29. Capital Project Update

    Golden Gate Heights Playground Project Update 5/22!

    We are moving forward with awarding the construction contract on the project next month! Read on...
  30. Capital Project Update
  31. Capital Project Update

    Golden Gate Heights Playground Project Update March 26

    We have an exciting update on the Golden Gate Heights Playground & Renovation Project. Read on...
  32. Capital Project Update

    GOLDEN GATE HEIGHTS PROJECT OUT TO BID FEB 2020

    The project is currently out to bid, which means that potential contractors are reviewing the construction documents and pricing the work Read on...
  33. Capital Project Update

    GOLDEN GATE HEIGHTS PROJECT UPDATE FEB 2020

    We have exciting news to share! We have completed the design phase of the project Read on...
  34. Capital Project Update

    DESIGN DOCUMENTS WRAPPING UP

    Updates on the Golden Gate Heights Playground renovation, a project under the Let'sPlaySF! initiative. Read on...
  35. Capital Project Update

    CONSTRUCTION DOCUMENT UPDATE

    Update on the renovation of Golden Gate Heights Playground, a project under the Let'sPlaySF! Initiative. Read on...
  36. Capital Project Update

    Herz Playground Project Update 8/20!

    The landscape architect is developing the construction documents for the project. . . Read on...
  37. Capital Project Update

    Herz Playground Project Update 7/19!

    Hi everybody, We are continuing work on the construction documents for the project. . . Read on...
  38. Capital Project Update

    Herz Playground Project Update 6/21!

    Hi all, We are wrapping up our cost estimating and we will be moving into construction documents for the playground renovation. . . Read on...
  39. Capital Project Update

    Herz Playground Project Update 5/21!

    Hi all, Our design has completed the detailed design phase and we are currently cost estimating the project and doing regulatory reviews. . . Read on...
  40. Capital Project Update

    Herz Playground Project Update4/20!

    Hi everyone, Thank you so much for your support at the Recreation and Park Commission and for participating in all our community outreach for this project. Read on...
  41. Capital Project Update

    Herz Playground Project is Going Before the Commission for Approval!!

    Hi all, This Thursday, March 18th at 10am, we will be presenting the playground concept plan to the Rec Park Commission . . . Read on...
  42. Capital Project Update

    News about the Herz Projects!

    We are excited to share that Rec Park staff will be presenting the . . . Read on...
  43. Capital Project Update

    Herz Playground Project Update 1/22!

    Hi everyone, We are very close to finalizing our concept plan . . . Read on...
  44. Capital Project Update

    Herz Playground Project Update Dec '20

    We are working with the Historic Preservation team at the Planning Department to review the playground design Read on...
  45. Capital Project Update

    Herz Playground Project Update 10/29!

    Thank you so much to those who joined us for our final community meeting. Read on...
  46. Capital Project Update

    Herz Playground Project Final Community Meeting!

    Join us to see the updated design for Herz. . . Read on...
  47. Capital Project Update

    Herz Playground Project Update 9/18!

    Hi all- Our project designers have been updating the playground design to reflect the survey results on the play equipment Read on...
  48. Capital Project Update

    Herz Playground Project Update 8/21!

    Hi all- Thank you so much to everyone who participated in our online survey! Read on...
  49. Capital Project Update

    Herz Rec Center Project Update 8/21!

    Hi everyone! Thanks to those who participated in our focus group meetings. . . Read on...
  50. Capital Project Update

    Herz Playground Project Survey Still Open!

    We have had a great response to our survey and we are going to keep it open a little longer . . . Read on...
  51. Capital Project Update

    Take a Brief Survey to Help Us with the Herz Playground Renovation!

    During these times of civil unrest, we hope that parks can provide essential spaces for gathering, recreating and connecting to nature. Read on...
  52. Capital Project Update

    Herz Playground Project Update 5/22

    We are putting finishing touches on our playground survey and getting it translated into multiple languages. Read on...
  53. Capital Project Update
  54. Capital Project Update

    HERZ PLAYGROUND

    The project team is refining the draft concept plan for the playground and getting a preliminary concept estimate done Read on...
  55. Capital Project Update

    HERZ- CHILDREN’S PLAYGROUND RENOVATION

    Rec Park is working with our project landscape architect to consolidate the community feedback into one design for the playground renovation Read on...
  56. Capital Project Update

    HERZ PLAYGROUND- WORKING ON THE CONCEPT DESIGN

    Thank you so much to those who have provided feedback on our different design options for the Herz Playground Renovation Read on...
  57. Capital Project Update

    Juri Commons Construction continues8/16!

    Thank you everyone for your continued patience with this renovation project. . . Read on...
  58. Capital Project Update

    Juri Commons Construction Update 6/7!

    We’re excited to share that planting is nearing completion, embedded rails are installed in the pathway and the team is about to lay down play surfacing in the playground. . . Read on...
  59. Capital Project Update

    Juri Commons Construction Update 4/23!

    We’re excited to share that the pathways and walls are nearly complete, the play equipment is installed, planting has begun . . . Read on...
  60. Capital Project Update

    Juri Commons Construction Update 2/9!

    Juri Commons is moving forward in construction and hitting a good stride . . . Read on...
  61. Capital Project Update

    Juri Commons Construction continues 9/21!

    Demolition is nearing completion and the Juri Commons Renovation is underway. . . Read on...
  62. Capital Project Update

    Juri Commons Construction is Underway!

    We have broken ground! Renovation of Juri Commons Park is underway . . . Read on...
  63. Capital Project Update

    Juri Commons Renovation Moving Forward!

    Construction documents are complete and we expect to receive contractor bids by early February Read on...
  64. Capital Project Update

    REDWOODS IN JURI COMMONS??

    Not exactly, but you may have noticed some beautiful redwood logs stacked near the San Jose end of the park Read on...
  65. Capital Project Update

    DESIGN RECEIVES FINAL APPROVAL

    More good news! Our conceptual design was approved this morning by the full Rec & Park Commission. Read on...
  66. Capital Project Update

    JURI COMMONS DESIGN APPROVED

    Good news! Our conceptual design for Juri Commons, including a smooth accessible pathway, nature play, slide & swings, and lush greenery throughout, has been approved! Read on...
  67. Capital Project Update

    McLaren Group Picnic Area and Playground Project Update 11/10!

    We will be removing two additional trees that are . . . Read on...
  68. Capital Project Update

    McLaren Park Redwood Grove Playground is Open for Play!!!

    Hi everyone- We are officially open for play! Woohooo! Read on...
  69. Capital Project Update

    McLaren Group Picnic Area and Playground Project Update 9/18!

    Hi folks- We have completed installing the new table tops and barbecues. . . Read on...
  70. Capital Project Update

    McLaren Group Picnic Area and Playground Project Update 8/21!

    Hi all- We are close to wrapping up work at the new Redwood Grove Playground! Read on...
  71. Capital Project Update

    McLaren Group Picnic and Playground Project Update 7/27!

    We are continuing to finalize the entrance area at the new playground and restroom. Read on...
  72. Capital Project Update

    McLaren Group Picnic and Playground Project Update 6/25!

    Hi everyone, the construction team has been working hard at McLaren. Read on...
  73. Capital Project Update
  74. Capital Project Update

    McLaren Park Group Picnic and Playground Construction Update 3/24

    Work on public projects such as this one is continuing at this time. Read on...
  75. Capital Project Update

    MCLAREN PLAYGROUND & RESTROOM PROJECT UPDATE FEB 2020

    Work is continuing on-site with the installation of the new pathways which connect to the playground and the picnic areas Read on...
  76. Capital Project Update

    MCLAREN PLAYGROUND/GROUP PICNIC PROJECT UPDATE FEB 2020

    The contractor continues to make progress on-site. The boulders are in and they are currently working on Read on...
  77. Capital Project Update

    PROJECT UPDATE- DEC 2019

    We have exciting updates. The playground tower has been installed and the contractor is working on installing the other elements including the slides, logs, and nets. Read on...
  78. Capital Project Update

    CONSTRUCTION UPDATE: MCLAREN GROUP PICNIC AREA PLAYGROUND & RESTROOM

    Work is continuing at the Group Picnic Area. The curb walls are being finished this week and the play equipment footings will start to be poured. Read on...
  79. Capital Project Update

    MCLAREN PARK GROUP PICNIC PLAYGROUND + RESTROOM

    We have exciting news to share. Earlier this month, the Rec Park Commission approved increasing the construction contract amount Read on...
  80. Capital Project Update

    Merced Heights Playground Lower Lawn Terrace Project Update 10/9!

    A community meeting was held in November 2019 to review preliminary designs for a . . . Read on...
  81. Capital Project Update

    Merced Heights Project Update 5/28!

    Merced Heights Playground Renovation scope of work includes a new children’s play area, upgrades to the clubhouse restrooms and . . . Read on...
  82. Capital Project Update

    CANCELLED: Merced Heights Community Meeting #2 on March 7

    CANCELLED: Please join us for Open House and Public Meeting #2 for the Merced Heights Playground Multi-Purpose Field Improvements Project Read on...
  83. Capital Project Update

    Merced Heights Playground Community Meeting on November 20

    In June of this year, Assemblymember Phil Ting secured a $1,370,000 State Local Assistance Grant for Merced Heights Playground Read on...
  84. Capital Project Update

    SF Recreation and Park Department Breaks Ground on Five Playgrounds

    Under the watchful eyes of 45 preschoolers, city officials and community members broke ground today on five playground renovations Read on...
  85. Capital Project Update

    Let’sPlaySF! Groundbreaking

    Join us for a special groundbreaking even on April 25, 2019 Read on...
  86. Capital Project Update

    Richmond Playground Project Update 8/20!

    Design work for the Richmond Playground renovation has resumed! Read on...
  87. Capital Project Update

    Richmond Playground Project Update 4/26!!

    Design work on the Richmond Playground renovation is temporarily halted but we are hopeful that the project can resume shortly . . . Read on...
  88. Capital Project Update

    Richmond playground Project Update 2/9!

    The concept design for Richmond Playground is complete! Read on...
  89. Capital Project Update

    Richmond Playground Concept Design Moving Forward 9/21!

    Thank you so much to all who attended the third and final community workshop and to all who have contributed feedback along the way. . . Read on...
  90. Capital Project Update

    Join us to discuss the final concept design for Richmond Playground!

    Please join us for a final community meeting to celebrate and discuss the final concept design for the upcoming renovation . . . Read on...
  91. Capital Project Update

    Richmond Playground Open House and Design Workshop

    Give your input on concept designs for the upcoming renovation of the play area at Richmond Playground Read on...
  92. Capital Project Update

    Richmond Playground Open House- Thank You!

    We had a wonderful Public Open House on November 2nd! About 50 people stopped by on a sunny Saturday morning to participate in the project Read on...
  93. Capital Project Update

    Richmond Playground Open House

    Recreation and Parks hosted an Open House in November 2019 regarding the upcoming renovation of the play area at Richmond Playground Read on...
  94. Capital Project Update

    Sergeant John Macaulay Playground ready for opening!

    The site is getting final touches to be ready for opening . . . Read on...
  95. Capital Project Update

    Sergeant J Macaulay Park Construction is Nearing Completion!

    Sergeant J Macaulay Park is getting the final touches as we look towards the end of construction. Read on...
  96. Capital Project Update

    SGT MACAULAY PARK NEARING COMPLETION

    The park is quickly headed toward completion as the play features are currently being installed Read on...
  97. Capital Project Update

    Construction Photos DEC 2019

    Project updates and photos for the Sgt. John McCaulay Playground renovation Read on...
  98. Capital Project Update

    Construction Update OCT 2019

    Construction is in “full swing” at the park. Within the next month, much construction activity will Read on...
  99. Capital Project Update

    Construction Begins!

    We are in the exciting times as work on the ground has officially begun Read on...
  100. Capital Project Update

    Stern Grove Playground Virtual Community Meeting #2 (7/21 at 5pm)

    Join us for the second community meeting for the Stern Grove Playground Renovation Project. . . Read on...
  101. Capital Project Update

    POSTPONED - Stern Grove Virtual Community Meeting 3/25 at 5 pm!

    Join us for the second community meeting for . . . Read on...
  102. Capital Project Update

    Stern Grove Virtual Community Meeting 2/18 at 5 pm!

    We hope you can join us for the first of many virtual meetings to discuss the renovation of the playground at Stern Grove. . . Read on...
  103. Capital Project Update

    Stern Grove Playground Survey is Now Closed Thank you!

    The Stern Grove Playground Community Survey is now open! Read on...
  104. Capital Project Update

    Temporary Playground Closure Apr 26-27 and Donor Recognition Tile Installation Complete

    The West Portal Playground (Children’s Play Area Only) will be temporarily closed April 26 through sometime on April 27 as we do some safety surfacing repairs. Read on...
  105. Capital Project Update

    West Portal Playground Project Update 3/19/21!!

    We hope you are enjoying the recently renovated West Portal Playground! Read on...
  106. Capital Project Update

    West Portal Playground: Update on Temporary Closure of Children’s Play Area This Week

    The West Portal Playground (Children’s Play Area Only) was temporarily closed today and will reopen at 5 p.m. Read on...
  107. Capital Project Update

    West Portal Playground: Temporary Closure of Children’s Play Area This Week

    The West Portal Playground (Children’s Play Area Only) will be temporarily closed this week, beginning December 3 Read on...
  108. Capital Project Update

    Children’s Play Area Now Open at West Portal Playground!

    The contractor has a few minor items remaining . . . Read on...
  109. Capital Project Update

    West Portal Playground Project Update 10/8!

    The restored field, as well as the nature exploration area, picnic area, and clubhouse restrooms, are now open . . . Read on...
  110. Capital Project Update

    West Portal Playground Project is Nearing Completion!

    We are excited to report that the renovation of the West Portal Playground is nearing completion. Read on...
  111. Capital Project Update

    Playground Equipment Installation

    The playground is looking colorful, as the contractor has begun installing playground equipment! Read on...
  112. Capital Project Update

    Tennis Court Lighting Restored

    Tennis court lighting has been restored at West Portal Playground, covering both night time and morning hours. Read on...
  113. Capital Project Update

    Tennis Court Lighting Out of Service

    Due to construction activities, including the need to get waterproofing work done as soon as possible, tennis court lighting is temporarily out of service Read on...
  114. Capital Project Update

    Construction Update

    Construction is moving along on West Portal Playground renovation. The contractor is finishing up Read on...
  115. Capital Project Update

    Construction to Start

    After a successful “Play Day” on Saturday, September 21, we are excited to report that construction will start Read on...
  1. Cara Ruppert

    Project Manager Supervisor
    Phone: 1-628-652-6645