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San Francisco - Parks & Nature

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

May 14, 2020
San Francisco SoMa

No shelter-in-place for weed-grazing goats on Rincon Hill

While the Rincon Hill dog park is closed to people and pooches, a herd of goats have moved in. Read More

Apr 22, 2020
Apr 15, 2020
San Francisco Cole Valley

Tree expert labels Cole Valley's urban forest to illuminate shelter-in-place walks

Mike Sullivan literally wrote the book on San Francisco trees. Now he's sharing his knowledge at a safe distance, through sidewalk chalk. Read More

Mar 30, 2020
San Francisco Financial District SoMa

Injured hawk rescued in downtown SF, recovering at wildlife care center

The hawk went to the Wildlife Care Center at the Peninsula Humane Society in San Mateo. Read More

Mar 27, 2020
Mar 26, 2020
San Francisco Golden Gate Park Ocean Beach

Vandals rip up signs warning SF parkgoers to stay 6 feet apart

Several of the city's signs reminding park patrons to keep their distance have been stolen or torn apart. Read More

Mar 20, 2020
San Francisco Cole Valley Golden Gate Park Inner Richmond Inner Sunset NoPa Upper Haight

Annual 4/20 event in Golden Gate Park cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns

Citing uncertainty and a sense of public responsibility, festival organizers now have their sights set on 2021. Read More