Posts Tagged ‘San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department’

Seeking Green: Funding public parks in a challenging financial climate

Friday, September 16th, 2011

This past year, NPC Executive Director Meredith Thomas, joined other civic leaders to tackle park financing at a policy and planning level. Led by SPUR, the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research Association, the RPD Revenue Task Force recently released their findings in the month publication, the Urbanist. Download and read the full report, Seeking Green, here.

“San Francisco’s parks are among the city’s most treasured assets — but they’re also in serious financial trouble. The city’s Recreation and Parks Department (RPD) has lost more than 25 percent of its General Fund revenue in just five years. Meanwhile, labor costs have gone up 34 percent. This mix of factors has forced the

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department to make dramatic cuts. The RPD has lost 150 staff positions in the past seven years, and deferred maintenance costs have reached $1.4 billion.

The RPD’s current annual budget is $127.9 million. SPUR’s task force found that the department needs an additional $30 to $35 million each year in order to retain 24-hour safety patrols, maintain the health of park trees and plants, and keep facilities open and programs operating. In this SPUR Report, we offer 11 recommendations to stabilize current funding and fill the additional need using three key strategies: strengthen public financing, develop philanthropy into a more robust resource, and explore new ways to generate revenue through park activities.”*

About The Authors

SPUR Staff: Corey Marshall

SPUR RPD Revenue Task Force: Mark Buell (Chair), Katie Albright, London Breed, Jim Chappell, Michael Cohen, Vince Courtney, Gia Daniller, Kim Drew, Robert Gamble, Dave Hartley, Dave Holland, Karen Kidwell, Jim Lazarus, John Madden, Richard Magary, Larry McNesby, Gabriel Metcalf, Greg Moore, Kelly Quirke, Jonathan Rewers, Loring Sagan, Glenn Snyder, Dan Safier and

Meredith Thomas

This report was made possible by the generous support of the Walter and Elise Haas Foundation. Special thanks to the staff of the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department.

*Text from SPUR website:, 9/16/2011

Glen Canyon Park feedback sought – deadline is March 10

Thursday, March 3rd, 2011

Glen Canyon ParkAs part of the ongoing community-outreach process, the Trust for Public Land (TPL) and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department are seeking feedback from Glen Canyon Park stakeholders on the three conceptual design options for the Glen Canyon Park Improvement Plan.  In providing feedback, focus on the components of each option.  Evaluate the pros and cons of each option, and be aware that the components of each option can be mixed and matched. Your feedback will be incorporated into one single preferred option that will be presented at the next workshop, on April 7 at 6:30, at the Glen Park Recreation Center.

The deadline is March 10, 2011.

There are three ways to give your feedback: over the phone or via e-mail.  Contact Karen Mauney-Brodek, SF Rec and Park at (415) 575-5601/ or Alejandra Chiesa, TPL at (415) 800-5303/  You can also submit them through the mail by sending them to The Trust for Public Land, Alejandra Chiesa, 101 Montgomery Street, Suite 1100, San Francisco, CA 94104.

Provided below are the feedback forms, in two different formats: PDF and Word Document.


For more info on the Glen Canyon Park Improvement Plan, visit

Glen Canyon Park User Survey

Thursday, January 27th, 2011
Glen Canyon Park

Photo by Steve Bowles/NPC

January 27, 2011: The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and the Trust for Public Land cordially invite all Glen Canyon Park users and neighbors to take a short, 12-question survey and provide input on how you use the park and what you would like to see improved. The TPL is hoping to gather all responses by February 10.

The survey can be found here:

In addition, SFRPD and TPL are hosting a series of community meetings to gather

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input from users. These meetings will determine the points of emphases for the improvements that will be made. A total of $5.8 million has been set aside to renovate Glen Canyon Park, with an additional $900,000 earmarked for trail work. The financing comes from the Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, which voters passed in 2008.

For more information, contact Alejandra Chiesa from TPL [] or Karen Mauney-Brodek from SFRPD []. You can also visit the Project Web site to learn more. You also will be given the opportunity at the end of the survey to provide contact information if you want to be kept in the loop.