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Golden Gate Park Access
We have been working hard to update physical and programmatic access to Golden Gate Park, and share useful information about how to get to destinations in the park. Please see the links below for information on driving, parking, and accessing the park using car share, taxis, and paratransit.
Recreation and Parks access
The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (RPD) welcomes people of all abilities to enjoy our parks and facilities, and to participate in programs, classes and special events we offer. Most of our buildings are physically accessible to people with disabilities, and to learn more, please see the “Facility Accessibility” section below. Similarly, most of our classes and programs are offered at accessible locations and all locations can provide auxiliary aids and services such as ASL or alternative formats. To ask for auxiliary aids and services, please see the “Programmatic Access” section below.
We recently completed a survey of our most accessible Children’s Play Areas (CPAs), including detailed photos of important accessibility features and equipment, to help the public locate these CPAs. Follow this link to go to a list of Recreation and Park's most accessible CPAs.
Signing up for classes and programs can be done in person at a registration site or online by going to or registration site at this link, or over the phone at 415-831-6800. If you have questions about Therapeutic Recreation or Inclusion Services, please call our Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion Services Division, at 415-206-1546 or email us at RPDTR@sfgov.org and we will assist you. Phone registration for people with disabilities opens at the same time as on-line and walk-in registration. In addition to independent access to our programs and facilities, we also offer several Therapeutic Recreation activities through our Therapeutic Recreation program. For more information on this, please see the “Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion” section below.
Most of our facilities are accessible to people in wheelchairs and other mobility impairments. Accessible facilities are designated with the ISA Symbol ♿ throughout the website. If you are interested in taking a class that is offered at a facility that is not accessible, please contact our Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion Services Division, below. We will help you find the same class at the closest accessible facility.
CHILDREN’S PLAY AREAS (CPAS)
While almost all our Children’s Play Areas (CPAs) include some accessible features, our most accessible CPAs include most or all of the following features: nearby accessible parking (onsite or street), accessible paths of travel, accessible restrooms, accessible play surfaces, adaptive swings, play structures with ramps and/or transfer tiers, sensory play equipment, accessible water fountains, and accessible picnic tables on accessible surfaces.
When buildings are labeled "accessible," that means there is a wheelchair access route to the building entry, the restrooms and service areas. The restrooms and service areas are also usable by people who use wheelchairs. Please note: several recreation centers and club houses are closed for ADA renovations or replacement.
Each of the Recreation and Parks Department’s pools have a swimming pool chair lift. We are currently re-evaluating our accessible policies and programs at the pools. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact our ADA Program Coordinator.
SF Recreation and Parks has two Paragolfer stand-up golf chairs, housed at the Harding Park and Fleming courses. Requests to use the Paragolfers can be made by contacting the courses. Harding Park and Fleming Golf Courses – 18-hole and 9-hole, respectively - offer a complete range of golfing experiences and are fully accessible. Lincoln Park and Sharp Park are both 18-hole courses and Golden Gate Park and Gleneagles are both 9-hole courses. These four properties offer limited accessibility.
OUTDOOR AREAS AND PARKS
When an outdoor area or park is labeled "accessible," that means there is an entry that has a wheelchair access route to the outdoor area or Park and there is at least one accessible recreational opportunity at the site. At most sites, there are multiple numbers and types of recreational opportunities. Because of the terrain, age, and natural features of most of the outdoor areas in San Francisco, there will be sites labeled "accessible" in which some areas of the site are not usable by wheelchair users. Some of these outdoor areas and parks have portions closed for renovations.
For questions or concerns about the physical accessibility of our facilities or capital renovations, please contact Alexis Ward, (628) 652-6641 firstname.lastname@example.org.
For our classes and programs, please let us know if you need an auxiliary aid or service, such as Sign Language Interpretation, Real-Time Captioning or materials in Large Print or Braille. We are also happy to work with you on any reasonable modifications to our policies, practices or procedures that you may need in order to have equal access to our classes and programs. Just email or call our ADA Program Coordinator, Lucas Tobin (415-831-6834). Giving us at least 72 hours notice will help us to ensure availability.
SF Recreation and Parks has two Paragolfer stand-up golf chairs, which are housed at Harding Park, and can be used at Harding and Fleming courses. Paragolfers can be transported to other courses, but we do not recommend this as our other courses have steep terrain and limited accessibility. Requests for transporting a Paragolfer should be made at least five business days in advance, to help ensure availability. Due to environmental restrictions at Sharp Park Golf Course, golf carts are permitted ONLY on cart paths. Note that use of Paragolfer chairs is dependent on turf conditions. To reserve a Paragolfer and/or request that a Paragolfer be transported to another course, contact the course directly.
Harding Park and Fleming Golf Courses – 18-hole and 9-hole, respectively - offer a complete range of golfing experiences and are fully accessible.
Lincoln Park and Sharp Park are both 18-hole courses and Golden Gate Park and Gleneagles are both 9-hole courses. These four properties offer limited accessibility.
For further information on programmatic access and accommodations for programs, classes, or events, contact:
For over 30 years Project Insight was RPD’s home for Adaptive Recreation programs. Now known as Therapeutic Recreation and Inclusion Services, our current program offerings include after school programs, teen programs, swimming, organic gardening, outdoor adventure, Inclusion Week at Camp Mather, summer day camps, and special events, and we offer inclusion support for any program RPD offers. For more information, please see the .
For inclusion services and accommodations for programs, please contact us prior to registration or as soon as you register.
The City and County of San Francisco recognizes it’s obligation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and other disability civil rights laws to provide equal access to all City and County programs and activities. The purpose of the SFGov Accessibility Web site is to provide information, guidance, and techniques for the development of accessible Web site content provided by City and County of San Francisco agencies for the benefit of citizens, employees and visitors, including those with disabilities.
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