Reports & Publications

2010 Park User Survey Report
In October of 2010, NPC released our 2010 Park User Survey with the goal of collecting as much constructive feedback as possible from those who care about parks the most, San Francisco park users. Over 1400 individuals responded, helping us to quantify the current successes and challenges of our park and recreation system.

ParkScan Annual Report
[2010 report]
ParkScan is a website that enables San Francisco residents to easily report maintenance issues and  improvements they observe in parks, trails and playgrounds to the appropriate City agencies that manage these spaces. Every year, the Neighborhood Parks Council releases a report that contains citywide statistical data that pertains to these user observations, not only through ParkScan but through the City’s 311 service. For example, the 2010 report revealed that over one quarter of roughly 3,300 ParkScan and 311 observations were about graffiti, that the closure rate was 85% (an increase of 3%), and that District 1 and District 8 had the most observations.

Bi-annual Playground Report Cards
[2010 report]
Every two years in February, community volunteers, along with staff members from City Hall, San Francisco Recreation and Parks, and Neighborhood Parks Council conduct surveys of San Francisco’s playgrounds. These completed surveys are generated into grades and published in the Playground Report Card. Highlights of the 2010 edition, spanning 125 play areas, include a reduction in the number of playgrounds receiving “D” or “F” grades, successful renovations at Balboa Park and Franklin Square, and future upgrades to Mission Dolores Park and West Sunset Playground.

Green Envy – Achieving Equity in Open Space
[2003 & 2007 report]
NPC’s Green Envy study, a landmark white paper first published in 2003 and updated in 2007, advocates for equitable open space for all residents in all neighborhoods of San Francisco. This paper serves to inform the Mayor’s Open Space Task Force which was convened in fall 2007. Email if you would like more information about Green Envy.

The title of the report, Green Envy, was chosen for its multiple meanings. At present, San Francisco has “green envy” of other cities that have programs in place to protect and acquire open space. Within San Francisco many neighborhoods that are deficient in open space have “green envy” of other neighborhoods that have more parks. But these deficiencies can be overcome with a new Open Space Plan — then San Francisco’s parks and green spaces could be the “envy” of all.

A crucial part of the Green Envy study are the park maps, which show public parks, playgrounds, and open spaces owned by city agencies, as well as private parks in the city. The report also contains “gap maps” which show areas of the city that are not currently being served by parks. NPC has uploaded the citywide and district park maps from Green Envy for your reference.