BACKGROUND INFO ABOUT THE BOND
The bond was prepared by the Recreation and Park Department and the Port of San Francisco to address the capital needs of the City’s neighborhood parks and improve open space quality and access along the bay shoreline. It covers the most urgent park repairs – about 10% of the $1.7 billion in work needed in our parks.
It is important to note that the bond will hold property taxes stable. Prop. A bonds are only to be sold as old bonds are repaid, thus “keeping the property tax impact from general obligation bonds approximately the same over time,” according to the City Controller.
Working with the community, RPD used criteria to score which parks are: most at risk in a major earthquake, in the worst condition, located in densely populated neighborhoods and used for a variety of purposes. They came up with a
list of parks that received the highest score—these are the parks that will receive substantial repair and restoration work as a result of the bond:
- Chinese Recreation Center (Renovation plan approved by Rec and Park Commission in October 2008–click here to read more.)
- Mission Playground
- Palega Playground
- Cayuga Playground
- McCoppin Square
- Sunset Playground
- Fulton Playground
- Mission Dolores Park
- Cabrillo Playground
- Glen Canyon Park
- Lafayette Park (Bond meeting held 10-23-08–click here to read the minutes.)
- Kimbell Playground
NPC worked hard to ensure that Prop. A requires strict accountability: Major projects are listed in the bond ordinance and budgets are set, a website will allow the public to track bond projects and spending, monthly reports will be generated on the bond program, and annual hearings will be held at Rec/Park & Port Commissions. And perhaps most importantly, an annual independent audit by a citizens’ bond oversight committee will be able to stop the sale of bonds if anything is amiss.
Or click here for bond summary and for a map of parks and restrooms included in bond.
$117.4 M Neighborhood Parks Renovations
$33.5 M Waterfront Port Parks
$11.4 M Restrooms (click here for final report/recommendations from Restroom Task Force)
$8.5 M City Playfields Artificial Turf Fields Program
$9 M Reforestation ($4M)** and Trails ($5M)
$5 M Community Match Fund**
$.2 M Citizens Oversight Audit Committee
$185 MILLION = TOTAL
**At a special Recreation and Park Commission meeting on Monday, 9/24, the commission voted to increase funding for trees by $2M ($4M total), and the community match fund by $1M ($5M total).
Click here to go to the RPD Bond Website.
Neighborhood Parks Council asked your opinion on the proposed bond in a survey. Click here to view the results of our Bond Survey.
Click here to read news articles on the bond
Click here for the ranking of parks used to determine the bond projects. Please note that this list ranks ALL parks in order of how they ranked based on the criteria scale devised by the Rec and Parkbond. Department for being in need of capital improvements. Only projects above the $124 million line are on the list for funding through the bond.