Rec & Park Department News: September 2011

Provided by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.


Camp Mather Teen Week

Last week, in partnership with the city’s Juvenile Probation Department, the San Francisco Police Department and four community organizations including Chinatown Youth Center, Brothers Against Guns, Community Response Network and Mission Neighborhood Center, we hosted 38 teens from the city up at Camp Mather.

This is the first time we’ve run a program like this at Camp Mather, which has traditionally served families and seniors, and it was a great opportunity to share a unique experience with some kids who had never seen Camp Mather or the High Sierras.


The group enjoyed a variety of activities, including hiking, swimming, sports, navigation, team-building exercises and a talent show.

This was a great example of our city coming together and I want to especially thank Mayor Ed Lee for his leadership and helping to ensure that this event was possible.


Summer and Fall programs

We completed another successful summer at Rec and Park last month.  The countless positive comments we’ve received about our programs and staff are a true testament to the importance of our programs.  This summer, we had 16,000 registrants in summer day camps and aftercare programs.

Fall registration is going on now.  In the first weekend of registration we registered over 4,000 people and brought in over $200K in the first three hours alone, both records.

Our Youth Scholarship Program continues to provide rec opportunities to families across the city. This summer, 2,200 kids received scholarships for our camps.


Crocker Amazon Bocce Courts Reopen

Mayor Ed Lee joined us last month in cutting the ribbon on the newly improved bocce ball courts at Crocker Amazon Park.  The event was part of a National Night Out event at the park, hosted by the San Francisco Police Department and the Outer Mission Merchants and Residents Association.

The improvements to the sheltered court area include exterior perimeter wind screens, roof repairs, new gutters, waterproofing of back retaining wall, new service counter, sink and storage cabinet, exterior and interior painting and upgraded electrical system.  Site improvements include new perimeter fencing, relocation of the portable toilet, installation of new water line, a new accessible second means of egress to Moscow Street, removal of barriers for accessibility and new water conservation irrigation system and drought tolerant planting at adjacent landscape area.

Initial project funding was provided through a $100,000 add-back from the Board of Supervisors to the Public Utilities Commission; funds were then transferred to SF Recreation and Parks to implement the improvements.

According the United States Bocce Federation, bocce is the third most participated sport in the world behind soccer and golf.  There are 25 million bocce players throughout the United States alone.


Capital Update

In the next few months, we’ll celebrate the completion of a number of capital projects in parks across the city, including renovations at West Sunset Playground, Sue Bierman Park, McCoppin Square and the Park Aid Station in Golden Gate Park.

Over the last ten years, our Department has delivered on over $500 million in capital projects across the city, revitalizing communities and beginning to rejuvenate an aging park system with an infrastructure that dates back to the 1950s.

Because we value the trust San Francisco voters have placed in us through two bond measures, and thanks to the continued support and advocacy from organizations like the Neighborhood Parks Council, we are confident in the work we are doing to address the more than $1 billion in capital improvements our park system still needs.

I am proud to report that all of our current projects under the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond are on budget as we continue to navigate a complex regulatory and political system and prioritize community input and feedback on critical planning issues. These important renovations must last us another 50 or 100 years and taking the time now to do them right is ultimately more important than doing them fast.

San Francisco deserves a world class park system and even when this round of bond projects are completed, over a billion dollars of capital needs will still exist.  When it comes time to decide on future park bond measures, we trust voters will look to more than just our speed, but rather the quality of our work, the integrity of our effort and the importance of the endeavor for future generations of San Francisco park users.

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