Dear Families and Community Stakeholders,
The public murder of George Floyd and the days of unrest that have followed have opened up new and old wounds in this country. Once again, we have been reminded that we have a race problem, an anti-black problem. We acknowledge that this is true in our country and here in the city of St. Francis. The consistent and repeated disregard for black lives has frayed the very fabric of our society.
The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Commission and Department (SFRPD) condemns racism and the systematic oppression of black people. We affirm that black lives matter. We know that these social ills are not new and have been centuries in the making. We add our voice of outrage to the chorus of voices in community and across the globe demanding change.
In 2016, SFRPD established a set of equity metrics, which led to the creation of equity zones across San Francisco. Prioritization of the department budget and resource allocation is given to these equity zones. Our goal is to close the gaps and improve equity and access to quality parks and open space for historically marginalized communities, primarily black and brown, in San Francisco. Our performance against these metrics is review annually and informs budget and program planning going forward. We have made some progress, however, our work is not done.
We believe that parks and open space in San Francisco provide the opportunity to model – equity and access for all. In this moment of justified civil unrest, we reaffirm the department’s commitment to doing our part to fight racism and to ensuring justice for all.
We hope this moment in our history, will be one of real, systemic and lasting change in our city and in our country.
- San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission