City may put $185 million parks bond on ballot

A $185 million bond measure may go on San Francisco’s November ballot as a means to address the $1.7 billion repair and maintenance estimate for city parks.

The San Francisco Recreation and Park department is scheduled to meet today to discuss the bond measure and possibly vote to place it on the ballot.

If approved on Nov. 7, the general obligation bond's largest outlay would include $124 million dedicated specifically to neighborhood parks, as opposed to so-called “legacy properties” such as Monster Park. It also includes $35 million earmarked for waterfront parks operated by the Port of San Francisco.

According to a San Francisco Recreation and Park Department memo, various public-input sessions illuminated citizens’ desire to see broken park facilities fixed, neighborhood parks improved and bathrooms restored.

The bond also includes $14 million earmarked for all park restrooms, $9 million to improve playing fields, $2 million for tree planting and $1 million for a fund to provide grants to neighborhood groups.

Since 1987, voters have approved five park bonds totaling $281 million, San Francisco Recreation and Park planning director Dawn Kamalanathan said at a May forum at the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association.

In addition to the park bonds, $50 million came from two bonds leveraged against The City’s open space fund, Kamalanathan said. However, $153 million in voter-approved bond money went to specific projects such as the zoo, Golden Gate Park and the Steinhart Aquarium.

The commission is due to meet at 2 p.m. in room 416 of San Francisco City Hall.

amartin@examiner.com  

Bay Area NewsLocal

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Protesters turn out Sunday in San Francisco for second day in a row

“To me, it’s everyone’s breaking point,” said Chris Jackson, who handed out water to fellow demonstrators.

San Francisco mayor calls in 200 law enforcement officers from California to enforce curfew

Mayor London Breed said Sunday morning that she made the request last night as first responders answered calls to dozens of fires and vandalism

Mayor Breed declares curfew after anti-police brutality protest ends in looting, vandalism

Hundreds march through city in largely peaceful day of action marking death of George Floyd

Video surfaces amid George Floyd death fallout showing SF police kneeling on man’s neck

Teen says he struggled to breathe during arrest: ‘I felt like I was going to die’

Trump was dismissive on phone call, George Floyd’s family says

Trump “didn’t give me the opportunity to even speak,”

Most Read