McLaren Park - Shelley Promenade Project

Approved October 24, 2023!


BackgroundWalkers on John Shelley Drive wave as they approach each other

The Shelley Promenade in McLaren Park is now permanent after the San Francisco Board of Supervisors signed off on Rec and Park's plan to convert it to a promenade. This nearly half-mile stretch of Shelley Drive has been closed to cars since April 2020 and with its new permanent status it will continue to be a safe space for biking, wheeling, running, and walking

The conversion into a promenade was supported by multiple City policies and program recommendations as a way to improve accessibility, equity, and mobility within McLaren Park. San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA) policies and analysis support the proposed action.

The project did not include any physical changes to the area, except for the addition of some bollards and gates to ensure safety. The project will move into the physical implementation stage with adjusting barrier locations, installation of bollards, a disabled blue zone parking space, and a paved path connecting to Mansell Street and Promenade.

In June 2023, the Recreation and Park Commission considered the proposed conversion of a section of John Shelley Drive to a permanent pedestrian and bicycle promenade and passed a motion recommending that the Board of Supervisors hear and approve the proposed conversion. The Board of Supervisors unanimously approved the conversion on October 24, 2023 and Mayor London Breed signed into law November 3, 2023.

Scope of Work

This 0.4-mile-long section of the John Shelley Drive in McLaren Park is now reserved for pedestrians as a way to enhance the park experience and improve safety and comfort for all non-vehicular users.

Project Schedule

PhaseTimeline
Recreation and Parks Commission, Capital Committee hearingJune 1, 2023
Recreation and Parks, Full CommissionJune 15, 2023
Board of Supervisors, passed unanimously
October 24, 2023
Mayor London Breed signs into law
November 3, 2023


MCLAREN PARK SHELLEY DR PARTIAL REOPENING 942021


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  1. Capital Project Update

    McLaren Trails Improvement Project | Tree work starts along Visitacion Ave the week of February 19

    For the last four years, the Recreation and Park Department has been engaging neighbors and other stakeholders, developing designs, and working through regulatory compliance for priority trail improvements and natural features restoration in McLaren Park Read on...
  2. Capital Project Update

    Shelley Promenade Project in McLaren Park | Board of Supervisors Vote to Make Promenade Permanent

    The Shelley Promenade in McLaren Park is now a permanent pedestrian promenade after the San Francisco Board of Supervisors signed the conversion into law on October 24. This nearly half-mile stretch of Read on...
  3. Capital Project Update

    Shelley Promenade Project in McLaren Park | Board of Supervisors review, next Monday, Oct 2, 1:30pm

    In June 2023, SF Recreation and Park Commission voted to recommend that the Board of Supervisors approve the conversion of a section of John Shelley Drive in McLaren Park, from a vehicular roadway to a permanent pedestrian and bicycle promenade Read on...
  4. Capital Project Update

    Louis Sutter Playground | Construction update July 2023

    A quick construction update on Louis Sutter Playground. We passed our accessibility inspections and construction fencing is coming down soon Read on...
  5. Capital Project Update

    Complete the McLaren Park 2020 Bond Planning priorities survey

    We’ve created a new map-based survey to collect your thoughts on possible programming, infrastructure, and connectivity improvements in John McLaren Park. Please take 15-20 minutes Read on...
  6. Capital Project Update

    Shelley Promenade Project in McLaren Park | Reminder: Proposal at Rec & Parks Commission tomorrow

    The Recreation and Parks Commission will hear the proposed Shelley Promenade Project tomorrow at 10:00 a.m. Read on...
  7. Capital Project Update

    Shelley Promenade Project in McLaren Park | Proposal goes to Recreation and Parks Commission in June

    The Operations Committee of the Recreation and Parks Commission will hear the proposed Shelley Promenade Project Read on...
  8. Capital Project Update

    John Shelley Drive in McLaren Park – Virtual Community Meeting

    Please join us in discussing the future of John Shelley Drive, including a proposed car-free promenade segment . . . Read on...
  9. Capital Project Update

    Virtual Community Meeting, April 11 | McLaren 2020 Bond – Possible Projects and Priorities

    Join us for a Virtual Community Meeting on April 11. The project team will share possible project ideas for specific program areas, infrastructure improvements, and Read on...
  10. Capital Project Update

    SF Rec and Park Commission Meeting at Joe Lee Rec Center | March 16 at 10 a.m.

    Come meet your Rec and Park Commissioners at our offsite Commission meeting at Joe Lee Rec Center Read on...
  11. Capital Project Update

    People want a Promenade | McLaren Park - John Shelley Drive

    Thanks to the 40 people who attended the virtual community meeting on February 23rd! We discussed Read on...
  12. Capital Project Update

    John Shelley Drive in McLaren Park – Virtual Community Meeting

    Please join us in discussing the future of John Shelley Drive, including a proposed car-free promenade segment . . . Read on...
  13. Capital Project Update

    Visitacion Avenue Pedestrian and Bicycle Safety Project, Site Walk 8/25 at 6pm

    Please join Rec and Park and SFMTA staff for a site walk to review design options proposed for slowing traffic and . . . Read on...
  14. Capital Project Update

    Please take a short survey regarding Visitacion Avenue Pedestrian and Streetscape Improvements

    Please take a moment to fill out a survey about improvements you would like to . . . Read on...
  15. Capital Project Update

    Visitacion Avenue Sidewalk & Streetscape Meeting Recap

    The virtual meeting, held on Thursday, February 10 reviewed previous planning efforts that included the roadway through McLaren Park. Read on...
  16. Capital Project Update

    McLaren Park Pedestrian, Bike and Streetscape Projects Community Meeting 2/10!

    Please join us for a Virtual Community Meeting to discuss improvements to Visitación Ave in McLaren Park including . . . Read on...