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  1. People enjoying San Francisco Botanical Garden

    San Francisco Botanical Garden to Reopen June 1 with Additional Safety Measures

    The San Francisco Botanical Garden will re-open to visitors Monday, June 1 with modifications in place to ensure public safety and prevent the spread of COVID-19, Garden officials announced today. Read on...
  2. Bond Projects

    SF Examiner: Proposed November Bond Measure Would Invest $200 Million in Parks

    From connecting the community to a clean, restored shoreline in the Bayview to providing safe plazas, rec centers & gathering spaces for families in SOMA, Vis Valley & the Western Addition, a proposed bond for November would invest $200 million in parks Read on...
  3. ECC SF Chronicle

    SF Chronicle: Shaming the shamers: why San Franciscans need to stop finger-pointing

    This article courtesy of the SF Chronicle reveals how concern over Shelter in Place violators can veer into harassment of innocent people. Victims of this misguided shaming include our emergency child care workers and the children in their care. Read on...
  4. Summer Solstice

    #GGP150 Concert Series: A Special Summer Solstice Performance and Comedy Day Classics in the Park

    Golden Gate Park’s 150th anniversary virtual concert series will continue to bring classic performances from the park to visitors during the month of May. Organizers announced 2 specially-produced music & comedy concerts on May 16 & May 30, respectively. Read on...
  5. Car Free GGP

    SF Closes GGP's JFK Drive & McLaren Park's Shelley Drive to Vehicles

    Road closures will help people maintain required physical distance when walking, running, or biking in Golden Gate Park and John McLaren Park. Read on...
  6. Under The Hat

    GGP Virtual Concert Series Adds Special Livestream Performances for Kids & Families to Line-Up

    Latin GRAMMY Award-winning musician MISTER G and special guests Michael Franti and Narada Michael Walden celebrate Earth Day and Golden Gate Park in April 25 livestream concert. Read on...
  7. Emergency Child Care

    SF Extends Emergency Child & Youth Care Until End of School Year

    The Recreation and Park Department will keep centers open until at least June 2nd to provide care for children of health care workers, first responders, and other essential City employees. Read on...
  8. Aerial Photo GGP (1)

    GGP Marks 150th Birthday by Launching Virtual Concert Series

    The virtual concert series will feature musical performances in the park throughout its history, including Boz Scaggs and Metallica, hometown favorites, to headline the first two virtual concerts beginning April 4. Read on...
  9. GGP Aerial

    April 4 Golden Gate Park 150th Anniversary Celebration to be Rescheduled

    Organizers of Golden Gate Park’s 150th anniversary celebration announced today that a parkwide birthday event on Saturday, April 4, 2020 is being rescheduled for a date later this year. Read on...
  10. Turk Hyde Mini Park Reopens 2020 3

    Turk-Hyde Mini Park Re-Opens Following Renovation

    Turk-Hyde Mini Park, an oasis for preschoolers and their parents in the heart of the Tenderloin, re-opened with updated play equipment and landscaping Read on...
  11. Golden Gate Park Bison New 2020

    Golden Gate Park to Welcome Five New Bison

    The 1-year-old females will be ready for visitors during the parkwide 150th Birthday Celebration on April 4 Read on...
  12. Looking down a dock out at the water

    State Awards $8.5 Million for Waterfront Park in India Basin

    Project will transform a vacant industrial lot in the Southeastern neighborhood into the City’s newest park Read on...
  13. AIDS Memorial Quilt

    GGP 150th Anniversary Celebration to Include Largest Display of AIDS Memorial Quilt in SF History

    Quilt Panels will be on display beginning Friday, April 3 – Sunday, April 5 and will be a major attraction for Golden Gate Park’s April 4 Community Day, which will bring thousands of people to “Everybody’s Park” Read on...
  14. SF Botanical Garden

    $2 Million Gift to Boost Plant Conservation Efforts

    San Francisco Botanical Garden is preparing to step into a new role of guarding the world’s plants from extinction with a $2 million gift to help fund a modern nursery, replacing a 50-year-old facility. Read on...
  15. GGP Bandshell

    Improvements to Spreckels Temple of Music Pave the Way for New Community Arts Program at Bandshell

    Stage and performance improvements include installation of a state of the art sound system, new lighting and risers to highlight one of the park’s historic treasures. Read on...
  16. Garland Cut GGP150

    San Francisco Kicks Off Yearlong Celebration of Golden Gate Park's 150th Anniversary

    Volunteers planted 150 trees, part of 150 improvement projects underway in the park during 2020. Key partnerships, events and attractions were unveiled, including details for the free Community Day on April 4th . Read on...
  17. Camp Mather Birch Lake

    Focus on Equity Will Increase Access to Camp Mather for Low-Income Residents

    Recent Recreation and Park Department initiatives, with support from First 5 San Francisco, enable 132 low-income families to attend Camp Mather for free or at a discounted rate this summer. Read on...
  18. Boedekker Tree Lighting

    Community Brings Light to Tenderloin with Holiday Tree Tradition

    Joy and neighborhood pride flowed in Boeddeker Park this evening as city leaders joined residents and community groups at the 2nd Annual Tenderloin People’s Holiday Tree Lighting. Read on...
  19. People sitting on benches in an open space

    SF Parks Score High, Continue to Improve in Maintenance, Report Finds

    San Francisco’s parks were better maintained across the city over the past fiscal year, with less disparity between neighborhoods and continued improvements to formerly lower scoring properties, according to a Controller’s Office report Read on...
  20. observation wheel

    150-Foot Observation Wheel to Offer ‘Bay to Breakers’ Views for Riders During Golden Gate Park’s 150

    San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and San Francisco Parks Alliance to lead yearlong celebration to honor “Everybody’s Park” Read on...
  21. Ribbon cutting ceremony at Washington Square

    North Beach Celebrates Re-Opening of Washington Square

    Improvements will Conserve 2 Million Gallons of Water Annually Read on...
  22. Potrero Mayors

    Community Celebrates Sport Court Makeover at Potrero Rec Center

    Project made possible by San Franciscans for Sports and Recreation Read on...
  23. Sloane Stephens addressing kids

    Sloane Stephens Celebrates Upcoming Tennis Center with SF Kids

    Tennis pro coaches elementary school kids from Tennis & Learning Center program Read on...
  24. City staff with kids&#39 team at Silver Terrace Play Fields

    New Sports Field Celebrated at Silver Terrace Playground

    Bayview neighbors, kids, and city officials were celebrating the ground beneath their feet today with the completion of a major overhaul of Silver Terrace Playground’s athletic field Read on...
  25. NFL player providing community service

    NFL Players, Veterans Attend Day of Service at Alemany Farm

    Former and current NFL players teamed up with local veterans and their supporters to weed, mulch, plant and build today at the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s Alemany Farm. Read on...
  26. Aerial view of tennis courts
  27. People planting Hiroshima survivor trees in tea garden

    Two Hiroshima Survivor Trees Planted in Japanese Tea Garden

    George and Charlotte Shultz Honored for Disarmament Work Read on...
  28. little girl on playground

    Kaiser Permanente Contributes $1.6 Million to Provide Safe and Imaginative Playgrounds for San Franc

    LetsPlaySF! to transform 13 timeworn playgrounds used by 20,000 kids, with focus on equity Read on...
  29. Julius Kahn Playground sign
  30. Potrero Mayors

    Community Celebrates Renovation of Potrero Hill Rec Center Grounds

    Improvements include upgraded ball fields, lighting, pathways, sports equipment. Read on...
  31. light in the Trees

    State Conservation Grants to Benefit Kids, Seniors, Snakes

    Projects at McLaren Park, Sharp Park receive funding Read on...
  32. Due South

    Due South Concert Series to be Held at McLaren Park

    Mexican Institute of Sound, Helado Negro, Giraffage, and Astronautica among acts at Jerry Garcia Amphitheater Read on...
  33. Alice Chalmers Playground Receives $30,000 for Makeover

    Grant awarded by the National Recreation and Park Association and The Walt Disney Company Read on...
  34. Phil Ginsburg
  35. People with basketballs on Hayes Valley Court

    New Sport Courts Open at Hayes Valley Playground

    Improvements include innovative street art basketball court Read on...
  36. Flowers at In Chan Kaajal community garden
  37. Coit Tower

    Coit Tower Café to Open at Iconic Landmark

    SAN FRANCISCO – Sightseers will soon be able to take in a panini or cannoli alongside Coit Tower’s breathtaking views. Read on...
  38. Youth playing soccer

    Street Soccer to Kick Off Sunday at Civic Center

    SAN FRANCISCO – Get ready to kick off a summer of street soccer in the heart of San Francisco. Read on...
  39. People playing golf
  40. San Francisco Civic Center Park
  41. India Basin Mural
  42. People watching the World Cup on an outdoor screen
  43. People seated on the Conservatory lawn
  44. Coffee beans
  45. City staff interacting with group of children

    SF Recreation and Park Department Breaks Ground on Five Playgrounds

    Work begins on project that will transform play for 20,000 children Read on...
  46. City staff and kids at GGP Tennis Center Groundbreaking
  47. People gathered around a table looking at produce

    McLaren Park Welcomes Improved Community Garden, New Rain Garden

    SAN FRANCISCO – City leaders and community members today celebrated the opening of side-by-side environmental features at McLaren Park: A renovated oasis for community gardeners and a new rain garden system to manage stormwater. Read on...
  48. Science Fair

    Randall Museum Science Fair Winners Head to State Championships

    SAN FRANCISCO – Budding scientists from middle schools across San Francisco will compete in a Bay Area-wide science fair later this month after distinguishing themselves at a citywide competition held at the Randall Museum. Read on...
  49. Men in wheelchairs playing basketball
  50. Looking down a dock out at the water

    India Basin Project Receives $5 Million in Funding

    SAN FRANCISCO – A plan to rehabilitate a long-vacant bayside lot in San Francisco’s India Basin and turn it into a waterfront park took a step forward with the allocation of a $5 million grant toward tidal restoration and site cleanup. Read on...
  51. Phil Arnold Trail Opening

    New Trail Through Oak Woodlands Dedicated to Phil Arnold

    Multi-use trail in Golden Gate Park opened today Read on...
  52. Paved trail winding through the trees

    Stern Grove Tops List of 2018 Nuptial Spots

    Stern Grove Tops List of 2018 Nuptial Spots in SF Parks Rec and Parks’ podcast explores love in the parks Read on...
  53. People walking on a paved walkway flanked by foliage

    SF Residents: Parks Make City More Livable

    Poll reveals 78 percent favorability Read on...
  54. Restroom Monitor Program Expands to Seven Additional Park Locations

    Park Stop promises clean, safe park bathrooms in neighborhoods that need them most Read on...
  55. Large crowd and stage at Outside Lands festival

    Recreation and Park Commission Approves Outside Lands Contract Extension

    San Francisco Recreation and Park commissioners today unanimously approved a contract extending San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s contract with Another Planet Entertainment for the production of the annual Outside Lands Music Festival. Read on...