Getting lost in Golden Gate Park could quickly become a thing of the past.For years, park-goers have relied on their memories and pocket maps to conquer the 3-mile stretch and have found the de Young museum instead of a carousel or the Richmond district instead of the Sunset. But now the Recreation and Park Department is replacing 10 stumpy signs that some say are hard to see and also installing an additional 25 more obvious ones. Read More
Recreation and Park Department spokeswoman Lisa Seitz Gruwell is leaving her position to return to philanthropy in the new year.
How long have you been working at Rec and Park, and where did you work before that? I’ve been at Rec and Park just over a year. I came from philanthropy, a Silicon Valley nonprofit. Read More
One of the largest recreation centers in The City has gone nearly 80 years without a major renovation, but that’s about to change thanks to money for upgrading parks and facilities.
The Recreation and Park Department is moving ahead with the renovation of 13 open-space facilities with the second round of funds from a 2008 bond. Read More
In January, it should be easier to rent parks or soccer fields in The City, but it may come at the expense of the users.
The Recreation and Park Department has been overhauling its half-handwritten, half-computerized reservations and permits system to put it all online. The shuffle, however, has made it apparent fees need to be more organized, Rec and Park spokeswoman Lisa Seitz Gruwell said. Read More
Thousands of free tickets for 49ers home games have been given to a city agency — but who received them, when and why is unknown.
As the Recreation and Park Department now works to comply with a new state regulation about gifts, The Examiner has learned that the tickets have been doled out in the past by general managers of the department in a manner that was unaccountable and devoid of any policy. Read More
A decision by the head of The City’s Recreation and Park Department to fire a popular manager may have been the reason he was pushed out of a job, officials said Thursday.
Following months of rumors that his job was in jeopardy and closed-door talks with Mayor Gavin Newsom on Tuesday night, General Manager Yomi Agunbiade announced Wednesday that he was stepping down from his post. Read More
The Recreation and Park Department’s general manager will receive a performance report Thursday during a closed meeting of the Rec and Park Commission.
The review comes after allegations last month that Agunbiade harassed a fellow employee about her clothing and religious beliefs in a series of notes and letters. While the employee has accepted a transfer to another division, Agunbiade has continued to perform his day-to-day duties. Read More