2008 Clean & Safe Parks Bond

Balboa Park Grand Opening

With the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, the City and County of San Francisco began a new era of long term, strategic, and fiscally responsible capital investment in our parks and recreation system. The 2008 Bond embodies the same principals as the City's Ten Year Capital Plan by prioritizing critical capital projects that impact the public's safety and well-being; placing a strong emphasis on accountability and transparency, and most importantly, demonstrating the highest levels of fiscal restraint and responsibility with a comprehensive set of public oversight and accountability measures.

Bond Programs

Neighborhood Parks Repair & Renovation Program

A safe place to play for everyone! Through our Neighborhood Parks Program, part of the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, we are giving twelve of our most beloved parks the care they deserve. We have allocated $117 million of our Bond to fund park improvements to:


In order to ensure their continued service to local neighborhoods for years to come, we have upgraded the parks:

  • Amenities
  • Buildings
  • Landscape
  • Overall Seismic Safety
  • Playgrounds

Park Forestry Improvement Program

The Recreation and Park Department's forest, estimated to contain roughly 100,000 trees, has not received major physical attention since planting. While one of the most important elements of our urban parks are the trees, a thorough assessment or plan for their care, repair and the planting of new trees has not been identified. This program takes the first proactive steps toward repairing and restoring the park forest including new tree planting.

Our goal is to ensure the health and vitality of our trees and the communities that enjoy them! As part of our Park Forestry Program, we are using $4 million to assess and treat part of our aging canopy and revitalize our urban forest, providing all San Franciscans healthy, safe, and sustainable greenery.

Additional Information

For issues regarding hazardous trees or tree removal please contact Kelly Cornell at 415-831-6335.

Waterfront Park Repair, Renovation & Development

San Francisco's waterfront is more than simply our city's border. At water's edge lies some of San Francisco's best recreational opportunities, our most engaging parks, and enormous potential to create one of the most vibrant waterfronts in the world. Through the Waterfront Parks Repairs, Renovations, and Development Program, we are creating new publicly accessible waterfront parks along port land on the eastern, southern, and northern sides of San Francisco. We envision a continuous waterfront walkway connecting a series of major open spaces, each with a unique recreational opportunity for all San Franciscans to enjoy.

Additional Information

For more information regarding this program, please check the Port of San Francisco website.