Successes; Playfields

Groundbreaking commences at Mission Playground

Wednesday, May 11th, 2011

On May 11, District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener joined Susan Hirsch of the City Fields Foundation, DPW director Ed Reisken, RPD General Manager Phil Ginsburg and kids from 826 Valencia in celebrating the start of a $7.5 million renovation at Mission Playground,  which will include remodeling the old and worn-down clubhouse for seismic safety and increased natural light, resurfacing the busy tennis and basketball courts, replanting a lawn, installing new children’s play equipment, improving park accessibility and safety, and replacing the old, asphalt soccer field with a state-of-the-art synthetic turf field.

“The importance of parks and open space cannot be underscored in densely populated neighborhoods like the Mission,” said Supervisor Wiener.  “Today is an important step forward as we continue to try to provide the world-class park amenities our residents need and desire.”

The project is expected to be completed in summer 2012.

Contact: Patrick Hannan, City Fields Foundation
Phone: (415) 837-5403

Friends of Kimbell Birthday Party and Renovation Planning Meeting

Monday, December 20th, 2010

Kimbell Park will soon be renovated using 2008 Bond funding. Don’t miss your chance to help design the new playground and lawn areas. This renovation will build upon the playfield project that was completed this year and made possible by the City Fields Foundation.

Have questions about the upcoming renovations to Kimbell Park? Have thoughts, concerns, or ideas you would like to share with the project team? Want to learn more about the capital project process? Want to know how you can get involved? Please join us in the first in a series of Public Meetings and share your ideas for a newly renovated Kimbell Park. Your input is very important! Pass the word around!

We will also be celebrating the 2nd birthday of Friends of Kimbell Park! Join us!

Saturday, January 8, 2011 | View Flyer

9:30 AM –10:00 AM Friends of Kimbell Birthday Celebration with FREE FOOD

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Community Planning Meeting

12:00 PM Birthday Cake!

LOCATION: Hamilton Recreation Center 1900 Geary Boulevard, SAN FRANCISCO

For additional information, please contact Project Manager Dan Mauer at 415.581.2542 or or visit

Bubbles and Fun at Silver Terrace Park

Saturday, July 24th, 2010

On Saturday, June 12th, over 40 park lovers gathered at Silver Terrace Park to celebrate the summer with a fun community event. Simply called “Bubble Day”, this event brought out families, and especially children, who all enjoyed warm weather, free food and of course bubbles.

Some came prepared with their own bubble-making apparatuses, while others took advantage of the free bubble-makers at the event. The wind helped carry the bubbles far beyond the park, which made the entire neighborhood feel festive and fun! Later on in the day, volunteer Ruth Wallace (of the Portola Garden Tour group) led a story reading, which enraptured the young children attendees. A favorite story was about a family of ducks, who being chased by a disguised fox, were able to outwit their predator and escape safely. The day ended with all the attendees pitching in to help clean up, leaving the park in pristine condition. If you would like to join the efforts to keep Silver Terrace safe, fun and clean, please email us at

Youth Help Keep Crocker Amazon Clean

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Saturday, May 15th, 2010

SCORES YouthThe morning fog combined with overcast skies provided a chilly backdrop for what would be a very productive morning at Crocker Amazon Park. The wind had done its part over the last several days to strew about thousands of eucalyptus leaves on the playfields. Luckily for the playfield, over 50 eager youth volunteers from Bay Area SCORES were up to the task of “relocating” this waste to its proper purpose: the compost bin.

For the second consecutive month, and as a bookend to their game day season, the youth from SCORES rolled up their sleeves and helped clean up Crocker Amazon’s playfields. By now familiar with the work, the group’s efforts took almost no coordination as they routinely picked up gloves, their tools, and made their way to where the leaves were. Within minutes, it was clear their work was paying off. Little piles of leaves soon became larger piles, and shortly after another pair of hands followed to scoop the piles up into a bag.

Post CleanupBefore long, an entire section of playfield that had been covered in leaves was spotless. Coaches remarked on the benefits of a clean playfield, saying that acorns can sometimes be a hazard when youth slip on them. Doing this sort of regular cleanup helps make sure that these great playfields remain that way. SCORES looks forward to hosting more cleanup days, and would like more support from other playfield users. If you’d like to help out, please send an email to

Second Annual Crocker Cleanup Day with SCORES

Monday, May 3rd, 2010

On Saturday, April 10th, over 100 youth helped cleanup Crocker Amazon Park’s playfields. As part of Global Youth Service Day, these youth picked up litter, and spread the example of good stewardship to everyone at the park. This event was organized in partnership with Bay Area SCORES , and the San Francisco Unified School District.

Franklin Square Cleanup Day w/ Sports Basement 2.27.10

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

On February 27th, employees from Sports Basement came out to show their love for their home field and give back to the community. If you’d like to

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Soccer Skills Competition Brings Out Neighborhood Youth

Friday, January 29th, 2010

Garfield SquareOn Sunday, November 15th volunteers and neighborhood youth came to Garfield Square to enjoy a fun afternoon of soccer in the park. Eddie Williams, a parent of a youth soccer player (and December’s Volunteer of the Month), helped organize the event in partnership with NPC.  Click here to see photos and videos from the event, and see how you can get involved with activities at Garfield!

Friends of Kimbell Park Host Community Meeting

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

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Volunteer of the Month: December 2009

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

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Second Annual Silver Terrace Harvest Festival 10.17.09

Monday, October 19th, 2009

2009 Harvest Festival

Over 75 people, including children, parents and grandparents, came out to Silver Terrace on October 17th 2009 to attend the Second Annual Harvest Festival. Hosted by the Friends of Silver Terrace, the event provided lunch and snacks for families, arts and crafts activities for children, and an opportunity for neighbors to meet one another and enjoy the park on a sunny Saturday.

Building off the success of last year’s Harvest Festival, as well as other improvement projects in the park, the Friends of Silver Terrace successfully planned and executed this year’s Harvest Festival. The group will meet soon to discuss their plans for 2010, which will undoubtedly include more community events and a focus on keeping the park safe and clean for all to enjoy. Click here to see photos from the event.