Party for the Parks: On Friday at the carousel in Golden Gate Park, city park supporters celebrated at a festive fundraiser hosted by San Francisco Parks Trust and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department. Event co-chairs were Lana Adair, Paige Arata, Connie Goodyear Baron, Meg Bertero, Nancy Conner, Christine Gardner and Ally Gwozdz. Read More
Mission Playground renovations? Delayed 18 months. Chinese Recreation Center upgrades? Delayed 24 months. McCoppin Square improvements? Delayed four months.
In fact, every one of the 12 park improvement projects funded by a 2008 voter-approved bond have been delayed, according to a July quarterly report. On average, the projects are now projected to finish about 14 months after originally promised. Read More
Each year, San Franciscans are bombarded with reports of budget cuts that will close recreation centers, cut homeless programs, reduce library hours and place fewer police officers on the streets.
For the 2011-12 fiscal year, which began July 1, $173 million was cut from the general fund — the portion of the city and county budget that pays for basic services such police, fire, libraries, parks and street maintenance. Read More
Leading up to a public hearing on Supervisor John Avalos’ “Parks for the Public” ballot measure Thursday, there was an attack waged against him on how he wanted to ban birthday parties in San Francisco’s beautiful parks.
Nothing could be further from the truth, Avalos said. After all, he loves celebrating birthday parties in the parks himself. Read More
A ballot measure that seeks to prohibit the commercialization of San Francisco parks could prevent smaller celebrations such as birthday parties, weddings and picnics, according to San Francisco Recreation and Park Department officials.
But supporters of the measure say the claims are not true. Read More
You have to wonder if some of our city officials spend enough time on the grass because they sure seem to be intent on making our park system suffer.
A move by four supervisors this past week to basically cut off revenue sources for the city’s Recreation and Park Department — under the misleading tag of “privatization,” has been about as well received as a locked gate around a soccer field. Read More
Sometimes, what one group sees as practical another considers morally repugnant. Such is now the case at the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. Efforts to avoid cuts to maintenance and recreation budgets through revenue-generating partnerships have been reviled by a handful of critics who are wary of the intrusion of private interests into public spaces. Read More
With more than 100,000 dog owners in San Francisco, Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s plan to restrict off-leash dogs has unleashed strong opposition.Members of the Board of Supervisors are turning up the political heat on the federal agency, opposing the restrictions and calling for a delay to study in more detail the impacts the proposed rules would have on city-run parks. Read More
Neighborhood groups have long groused about noisy tour buses spewing fumes around San Francisco’s most beautiful tourism destinations. But that doesn’t keep the ubiquitous buses from driving tourists around The City. So one group is saying if you can’t beat ’em, charge ’em. Read More
Several business owners around 17th and Folsom streets say they would rather keep a secured parking lot than see it developed as a new park plaza.
A coalition of 15 businesses within a one-block radius of the 220-space lot have appealed The City’s decision to allow construction of the new park without an environmental review. Read More