February eNews Welcome

Dear Coalition,

Because you love your parks, I urge you to become involved with the Recreation and Park Department’s

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budget planning this month. RPD’s budget proposal is due to the Mayor’s office on February 19th and will include a combination of cuts in spending and sources of new revenue. NPC is working with RPD to make sure that the difficult financial choices the Department has to make will be done in a manner that is guided by RPD’s mission to foster the well being of San Franciscans and maintain beautiful parks and open spaces.

Specifically, NPC is seeking your input on the seven draft budget principals that RPD is using to guide the budget process (click here to download RPD’s budget presentation ). While the first draft of the budget plan will go to the Mayor’s office in mid-February, many months of work lies ahead on the City’s budget. It is important as park advocates that we have clear goals related to the budget in mind in order to ensure the best possible outcome for parks in a very difficult year. Please email your feedback to council@sfnpc.org.

Further, NPC continues to work with RPD on identifying new financing models for the Department to ensure adequate funding. Many of you participated in the Mayor’s Open Space Task Force and subsequent open space planning meetings NPC facilitated last year. A number of smart revenue generating ideas and financing tools emerged from those discussions. NPC will be spending time with RPD and our other partners this year to create a park financing action plan. NPC believes new revenue generation is a must for RPD though its success lies in the way RPD partners with the community to identify opportunities are are appropriate for our neighborhood parks. Please let us know if you have a particular interest in working with us on the park financing action plan.

- Meredith Thomas

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