Unpack those picnic supplies, dust off your gloves and mitts, grab your friends and family, and head outside; summer is officially here. And now that the unusually rainy spring is behind us, SF Rec and Park has announced four new public park attractions debuting in June.
The fact that there are so many this month is a coincidence, Rec and Park spokesperson Connie Chan told us, noting that some park openings had been delayed because of the rain earlier this year.
Here's where to find the action in your neighborhood.
Glen Canyon Rec Center: Elk and Chenery Streets
Today marks the reopening of the city's oldest recreation center after the completion of its $14 million renovation funded by the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond.
Glen Canyon Park's 67-acre expanse already offers several family friendly amenities, including a gym, auditorium, hiking trails, two baseball fields, two tennis courts, a children’s play area, and a place to picnic.
But the new renovation expands the multi-purpose space to an additional 4,500 square feet, adds new gymnasium seating, and will feature the city's first public rock climbing wall.
The park officially opens today, but come on down this Saturday, June 10th from 11am – 3pm, for the open house and to try out the new climbing equipment.
Victoria Manolo Draves Park Batting Cage: Folsom & Sherman Streets
This brand new, two-acre SoMa park packs a punch for a space so small, especially if you're looking for a quick pickup game at the softball field or on the basketball court. There's also a dual-level playground for the kiddos, a community garden, and a picnic area as well.
But this Thursday, June 8th, get ready to add a batting cage to the list of fun-filled amenities this park has to offer. Come down to the park from 3–5pm for the grand opening and ceremonial first pitch. The San Francisco Giants' infamous mascot, Lou Seal, will be there for the festivities too.
Mountain Lake Park Playground: 98 Funston Ave.
The new playground renovation at the 15.2-acre park in the Inner Richmond district has been in the works for some time, and according to Rec and Park, construction is right on schedule.
This planned renovation includes the replacement of deteriorated play equipment, the installation of new equipment, and a redesign of steps and walkways to improve accessibility around the park.
Come to the park this Thursday, June 8th from 5–7pm for the grand re-opening of this $3.15 million project, also funded by the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond. There will be a ribbon-cutting ceremony, refreshments provided by the Friends of Mt. Lake Park Playground, and a nature walk hosted by Presidio Trust.
17th and Folsom Street Park
And finally, the Mission District will see a brand new park unveiled on Friday, June 23rd on the corner of 17th and Folsom Streets. Formerly a parking lot, the 17th & Folsom Street Park is the first new neighborhood park to be acquired and built by the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department in over a decade.
The name so far hasn't yet been revealed, so be at the park at 3:30pm for the grand-opening ceremony, festivities, and to hear the unveiling of the new park's name.