Most SF parks score well in annual report

Most of San Francisco’s parks are well-maintained and in good condition, but some parks — particularly in the southeast neighborhoods — are in dire need of a face-lift, according to the 10th annual report on the condition of The City’s parks.

The latest Park Maintenance Standards report for fiscal year 2014-15, released Tuesday by the Controller’s Office, gave San Francisco a citywide evaluation score of 85.2 percent.

The report is the first time Controller’s Office and Recreation and Park Department staff evaluated parks with a new standards and weighting methodology that breaks down performance into 12 categories.

The new system ranks parks based on athletic fields, buildings and amenities, children’s play areas, dog play areas, greenspace, hardscape, lawns, ornamental beds, outdoor courts and restrooms.

Cabrillo Playground in the Richmond scored the highest out of all the parks, with a score of 99 percent. Meanwhile, Gilman Playground in the Bayview scored the lowest, at 57.8 percent.

District 2, including the Marina and Pacific Heights, had the highest average district score of its parks at 87.5 percent. District 11, which includes the Excelsior and Ingleside, had the lowest average district score at 78.1 percent.

Restrooms were the highest scoring feature in parks citywide, at 91.9 percent, while children’s play areas scored the lowest at 79.8 percent. The most common issues at children’s play areas include concerns with sand and rubber surfaces not meeting standards, and paint and graffiti issues.

Of the 166 evaluated parks, the majority (93) scored between 80 and 90 percent. Forty-three parks scored above 90 percent, 26 scored between 70 and 80 percent, and four parks scored less than 70 percent.

The report offers a number of recommendations for Rec and Park to improve park maintenance, generally by incorporating evaluation data into the department’s operational planning. Rec and Park was also encouraged to update the maps and features list for each evaluated site, as some maps were found to be more than eight years old.

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