Mission & General Info
Our Mission Statement:
Neighborhood Parks Council (NPC) advocates for a superior, equitable and sustainable park and recreation system. NPC provides leadership and support to park users through community-driven stewardship, education, planning and research.
NPC, founded in 1996, began as a coalition of eight park groups whose aim was to respond to the declining condition of San Francisco’s public parks. NPC has grown its coalition more than 120 volunteer park groups in San Francisco, including 4,000 volunteers, supporting park users through community-driven stewardship, education, planning and research.
NPC is proud of achieving goals in three major areas: Park stewardship, accountability for park services management, and securing capital investment funding. Working with over 120 park groups throughout the city, thousands of hours of volunteer time have been invested in public parks; our coalition has secured millions of dollars in private funding for park improvements. Recognizing the need for increased funding, NPC and its coalition led the first neighborhood parks bond passed in 50 years in 2000 and organized a campaign that renewed the Open Space Fund for another 30 years. In 2008, NPC supported the passage of the $185 million Clean and Safe Neighborhood Park Bond and helped shape the special affiliated bond programs (restroom repair, trees, trails and community-nominated park improvement projects).
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