The adults have had their say, and sometime soon the children will at long last play.
The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s controversial plan to overhaul the Beach Chalet soccer fields at the western edge of Golden Gate Park appeared to clear its final hurdle Thursday when the field replacement project — which was approved by the Board of Supervisors nearly a year ago — received unanimous approval from the California Coastal Commission. Read More
California’s brand-new budget is set to shut down 70 state parks. Oakland has virtually abandoned dozens of its parks and San Carlos outsourced its park maintenance last year. In San Francisco, more than $14 million has been cut from Recreation and Park Department funding, and the department has lost some 100 employees since 2008. Read More
There was nothing shady about how the new managers of Stow Lake Boathouse got their contract, a preliminary court ruling suggested Monday, but the lawsuit did vividly expose the inner workings of City Hall. Read More
When the dilapidated Lincoln Park Steps are finished being repaired, they will be speckled with at least $280,000 worth of donor-recognition placards for the people who paid to fix them. Since the stairs need a little love, the Friends of Lincoln Park are raising money to fix them, but have asked Rec and Park to show appreciation with the placards. Read More
Amid growing tension about the future use of parkland, The City approved a 15-year deal with a private business to renovate Golden Gate Park’s Stow Lake boathouse and operate a cafe inside. Read More
Rec and Park established a $7 nonresident fee for visitors of Golden Gate Park’s Botanical Garden to help close a budget deficit. But Supervisor John Avalos says its time to eliminate it. Read More
Permission for Blue Bottle Coffee, a vendor known for its long lines and slow-drip, to operate a cart in Dolores Park has been revoked.
Parks Chief Phil Ginsburg said today he is rescinding the Recreation and Park Commission’s decision to allow the cart in the park after several local business owners and surrounding residents contended. Read More
This week marks the start of an overhauled recreational staff that’s laden with emotions on either end of the spectrum.
The reorganization was supposed to allow recreational professionals to focus on their areas of expertise, sports, cultural arts, etc. by applying for more specified positions, but at the same time save the department up to $2 million.
It also meant layoffs, merged positions and the early retirement of some beloved recreational employees. Read More
A City College of San Francisco parenting class that habitually defaulted on rent payments is getting booted, and The City will now contract with a private preschool. The class took place in the Laurel Hill Clubhouse — one of several facilities operated by the college but owned by the Recreation and Park Department — for about 40 years, but rent payments were missed in recent years. Read More
Start your engines. Jimmy’s Old Car Picnic was put back on the Rec and Park calendar for Speedway Meadow in Golden Gate Park on Oct. 16 in its 22nd year following a gnarly debate that’s been going on since 2009. Read More