2011 Playground Initiative Workdays

The Playground Initiative is a partnership between the Neighborhood Parks Council (NPC) and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD). The Initiative works towards ensuring that all children in San Francisco have access to a safe and engaging play space in their own neighborhood. By building strong partnerships with the community, elected officials and RPD, the Playground Initiative ensures that playgrounds are valued, protected, and improved citywide.

Each year NPC works with the RPD Volunteer Program to host 10-15 playground focused volunteer workdays. In 2011, we have worked at the following sites:

May 6, 2011: Herz Playground (Play Day)

Play Day Workday

May 10, 2011: Sergeant John Macaulay Park

The Merrin Teen Professional Fellows, a fellows program of the JCC Association, joined us to revitalize this local Tenderloin neighborhood playground.

June 9, 2011: Buchanan St. Mall Playground (@ Fulton)

Managers from the San Francisco Federal Credit Union (SFFCU) joined forces to give this Western Addition playground a face-lift.

June 17, 2011: Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground

Volunteers of Genentech Gives Back banned together in Chinatown to clean up and restore the local playground.

June 30, 2011: Buchanan St.Mall Playground (@ Turk)

The generous employees of San Francisco Federal Credit Union (SFFCU) spent their Thursday morning cleaning up and revamping this neighborhood playground and pedestrian walkway. See the SFFCU press release here.

July 17, 2011: Christopher Playground


Approximately 20 volunteers recruited by the Jewish Federation joined NPC on Sunday, July 17th for a playground painting project. Volunteers were supervised by expert staff from RPD’s Paint Shop. Thanks to everyone who helped give Christopher Playground a facelift!

July 28, 2011: Portsmouth Square Playground

Thursday at 10am yielded energetic volunteers from Moody’s who gave back to the Chinatown community by cleaning up Portsmouth Square Playground. Led by expert gardener, Alan, the group cleaned and gardened with gusto. Check out the upper playground area that now has clean rubber tiles thanks to this wonderful group!

July 29, 2011: Miraloma Playground

NPC and Parks Trust staff joined together to paint Miraloma Playground with RPD painter Joe Padilla. We had a great time singing along to oldies and painting away. NPC was able to purchase the paint used at this workday thanks to generous donations to our Playground Initiative.

September 17, 2011:  Bernal Heights Rec. Center & Playground

On a beautiful Saturday morning, NPC and its partner Let’s Go Chipper hosted a workday/community social at Bernal heights Rec. Center & Playground to clean and redistribute sand in the playground.

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