San Francisco - Parks & Nature

Apr 27, 2021
San Francisco Civic Center Mid-Market Tenderloin

The Tenderloin gets a new park after successful Play Streets initiative

The 200 block of Turk Street will be home to the Tenderloin’s newest park after a community-led initiative identified the space as a key location to provide additional outdoor play and exercise areas for residents. Read More

Apr 20, 2021
San Francisco Castro Duboce Triangle

Community provides feedback & criticism at Harvey Milk Plaza redesign town hall

Last week, the Friends of Harvey Milk Plaza (FHMP) held two virtual town halls seeking community feedback about its plans to redesign Harvey Milk Plaza, and the new design team offered multiple new conceptual approaches. Read More

Apr 01, 2021
San Francisco Bernal Heights

Bernal Rock stands up against violence toward Asian-Americans

The fresh coat of graffiti on the oft-painted Bernal Rock is a stone-cold declaration against recent attacks on the Asian American and Pacific Islander community. Read More

Mar 23, 2021
San Francisco Mission

The 24th Street ficus tree removal project is underway

A three-year saga on the fate of the ficus trees on 24th Street is coming to an end, as the removal of 33 trees has started, though most of the other ficuses are merely being pruned. Read More

Mar 19, 2021
San Francisco Golden Gate Park Inner Richmond

Car-free JFK Drive advocates to rally Saturday for permanent car ban in stretch of park

Half of JFK Drive in Golden Gate Park has been car-free for nearly a year now, and bike and pedestrians are rallying Saturday to make this arrangement permanent. Read More

Feb 12, 2021
San Francisco Golden Gate Park Inner Richmond Outer Richmond

Golden Gate dog park fixed up with $2.4 million renovation

The pup-ular Golden Gate Park Dog Training Area sees its first remodel in 60 years at the city’s largest doggie play area. Read More

Jan 22, 2021
San Francisco Twin Peaks

SFMTA proposes reopening most of Twin Peaks to vehicle access

SFMTA staff are recommending reopening more than half of Twin Peaks to cars, despite broad public embracement of the park for non-vehicle recreation. Read More

Oct 22, 2020
San Francisco Dogpatch Mission Bay

Crane Cove Park opens near Mission Bay — with sandy beaches and grassy lawns

The past seven months have encouraged San Franciscans to reacquaint themselves with city parks — and now, there’s a new one to explore that even includes an accessible beach and two-acre grassy lawn. Read More

Oct 13, 2020
San Francisco

Get back outside with these six urban hikes in San Francisco

The return of smoke-free air and (at least partially) blue skies offers the perfect opportunity to get outside, explore the city, and escape your work-from-home doldrums for a little while. Read More

Sep 29, 2020
San Francisco Twin Peaks

Twin Peaks partially reopens to cars, as neighbors gear up for a fight

Closed to cars to promote shelter-in-place recreation, Twin Peaks is now opening to them again. Some neighbors aren't happy about it. Read More

Sep 18, 2020
San Francisco Fisherman's Wharf

Mysterious, months-long fuel leak near Hyde Street Pier prompts extended cleanup effort

Investigators are still seeking the source of the fuel leak in the heart of Fisherman's Wharf, which is home to sea lions and other marine life. Read More

Sep 16, 2020
San Francisco Cole Valley Golden Gate Park Inner Sunset Upper Haight

After years of planning, upgrades to Golden Gate Park's Stanyan entrance are finally complete

With improvements and plantings complete, Rec & Park reopened the Stanyan entrance to Golden Gate Park to the public this month. Read More

Sep 14, 2020
San Francisco Cole Valley

Grattan Field to partially reopen, relieving playground-starved families

In a first-of-its-kind program, the city plans to open the field to kids three days a week, while keeping its playgrounds closed. Read More

Aug 21, 2020
San Francisco NoPa Upper Haight

Two prominent Panhandle trees collapse in unrelated incidents

One of the fallen trees crushed two cars at the DMV, trapping a passenger inside. Read More

Aug 18, 2020
San Francisco Golden Gate Park

SF's famed 'corpse flower' is in bloom — and you can visit it safely

The flower only blooms every 3-5 years, so the Conservatory of Flowers has figured out a socially distant way to show it off. Read More

Aug 10, 2020
San Francisco Golden Gate Park Inner Sunset

What's up with Kezar Stadium's piles of mulch?

Rec & Park's landscapers have let the (wood) chips fall where they may — sparking concern for some locals. Read More

Jul 22, 2020
San Francisco Excelsior Portola Visitacion Valley

McLaren Park ropes course construction starts, a year behind schedule

The high ropes course will be the first city-run structure of its kind in San Francisco. Read More

Jul 21, 2020
San Francisco Golden Gate Park

Japanese Tea Garden to reopen, with new restrictions in place

Closed since March 17, the garden will reduce its hours and limit capacity for its reopening. Read More

Jul 16, 2020
San Francisco

Herd mentality: Golden Gate Park bison get a new livestream

You'll also get to see some new faces — five yearlings were added to the herd in March. Read More

Jul 10, 2020
San Francisco Golden Gate Park Parkside

San Francisco Zoo gets go-ahead to reopen next week

The zoo has been losing tens of thousands of dollars a day, due to the non-negotiable cost of feeding and caring for its 2,000 animals. Read More

Jul 07, 2020
San Francisco SoMa

Gene Friend Rec Center plans to double in size, but faces financial, logistical headwinds

The new center would provide more space for basketball and community meetings, but funding and temporary relocations are concerns. Read More

Jun 26, 2020
San Francisco Golden Gate Park

As restrictions ease, advocates push to keep JFK Drive car-free

A stretch of JFK has now been closed to cars for two months. Advocates are hoping to seize the opportunity to make the change permanent. Read More

Jun 08, 2020
San Francisco

City identifies 42 new potential sites for 'Safe Sleeping Villages'

The sites identified, mostly Port of San Francisco and school properties, may be converted to use as 'Safe Sleeping Villages' for unhoused residents. Read More

Jun 02, 2020
San Francisco Golden Gate Park Ocean Beach Outer Richmond Outer Sunset Sea Cliff

San Francisco reopens parking at some beaches

The news is welcome to neighbors, whose streets were overwhelmed in recent weeks with beachgoers seeking parking. Read More

May 26, 2020
San Francisco Golden Gate Park

San Francisco Botanical Garden prepares for limited June 1 reopening

Now permitted to operate at a fourth of its normal capacity, the garden is seeking donations to support a $1 million revenue shortfall from the closure. Read More