Celebrate International Day of Happiness on March 20
SF Rec and Park is happy to join a coast-to-coast celebration of International Day of Happiness on Friday, March 20. In honor of the day, our very own Coit Tower here in San Francisco, and the Empire State Building in New York will both be lit yellow to celebrate this new universal holiday and to support the building of a healthier, happier planet.
Our hope is that lighting the Empire State Building and Coit Tower becomes an annual tradition in which other cities around the globe can participate, sharing in the belief that happiness is a cause and a universal right, one which must become a priority for governments everywhere if we are to evolve into a brighter world.
This Friday, March 20, light up yellow, wear yellow, share yellow. Show us how happy you feel by sharing a photo of a happy moment in your favorite park with the following hashtags: #happyday and #sfrecpark.
Save the Date for our annual Eggstravaganza event at Sharon Meadow in Golden Gate Park on April 4, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., featuring carnival rides, egg hunts, games, live entertainment and our annual Rib Cook-Off with SF Fire and SF Police departments. Cost is $8 per person; children under 2 are free. Advance tickets are available by calling(415) 831-6800. Bike valet service, courtesy of the SF Bike Coalition, will be provided at the west entrance at Bowling Green Drive.
Rec and Park Celebrates Women's History Month: Bay Sox Set to Make History
March is Women's History Month! Each week this month, we'll highlight some of the most influential women in history who have had an impact on our city and our parks. This week, we take a look at some young women who are about to make their own mark on history as the city's first all-girls baseball team that will travel to Orlando this summer for America's first national girls baseball tournament. Read the feature here.
Mayor, SF Students Sprint to New Kezar Stadium Track
Mayor Ed Lee, flanked by Supervisors Katy Tang and London Breed; Rec and Park Commissioners Allan Low and Eric McDonnell; SFUSD board member Hydra Mendoza; and GM Phil Ginsburg, raced to the finish line with several middle school students at Kezar Stadium on March 13, celebrating the completion of a recent $3.2 million renovation project at the historic site. Long used by middle schools, high schools, and amateur and professional track enthusiasts throughout the year, Kezar has become a runner's mecca or sorts. The renovation project included the replacement of the running track surface, new entry walk paving, upgraded sound system, new perimeter walkways and curbs, the installation of a new Mondo running track surface and striping for nine 42" lanes.
A special thank you goes out to the staff and students from Lawton, Rooftop, Roosevelt and SF Community schools, as well as the Kezar Stadium Citizen Advisory Committee for their ongoing leadership.
This week's Video of the Week is courtesy of a Tuesday night running group that meets at Kezar each week, and whose members are obviously ecstatic that the stadium has reopened.
Oak Woodlands in Golden Gate Park Joins Old-Growth Forest Network
The Oak Woodlands Natural Area in Golden Gate Park received a special designation on March 14 as it was officially included into the Old-Growth Forest Network. The mission of the Old-Growth Forest Network (OGFN) is to connect people with nature by creating a national network of protected, mature, publicly-accessible, native forests. The goal is to preserve at least one forest in every county in the United States that can sustain a forest, estimated to be 2,370 out of a total of 3,140 counties.
States that already have forests in the network include New York, Massachusetts, California, Georgia, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Colorado, Hawaii, Michigan, Virginia and Florida. The Oak Woodlands Natural Area will join previously dedicated forests in California in the Old-Growth Forest Network. The California representatives thus far are:
Humboldt County: Rockefeller Forest - Humboldt Redwoods State Park
Monterey County: Pfeiffer Big Sur State Park
Riverside County: Mount San Jacinto State Wilderness - Deer Springs Trail
San Diego County: Palomar Mountain State Park
San Mateo County: Sam McDonald County Park - Heritage Grove
Special thanks to the Friends of the Oak Woodlands and our volunteers system-wide, who each year give more than 185,000 hours of their time and energy to improving our parks and programs.
Photo Contest: Win Admission to Greater & Greener 2015
Are you ready for the 2015 International Urban Parks Conference but haven't yet had a chance to register? Here's your chance to win admission to the full conference. That's four days filled with park leaders from all around the earth who are excited to share their insight and experiences in the wonderful world of urban parks.
Copenhagen, Gothenburg, Melbourne, Mexico City, Tel Aviv and Toronto. Anchorage, Chicago, Denver, Fort Worth, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis, New York, Oakland, Raleigh, San Diego, San Francisco, San Jose, Seattle, St. Paul, Pittsburgh, Portland and Washington, DC. These are just some of the cities represented in our diverse lineup of Greater & Greener 2015 speakers and presenters. And we're adding new speakers every day!
Whether you view them in person or not, parks inspire with their breathtaking views and natural beauty. Share with us a picture of a park from around the world that inspires you or that reminds you of a park here in San Francisco.
Post your picture to Twitter or Facebook using #greatergreener
Explain what park or open space the picture shows and why you chose it (300 characters max).
Submit your photo by March 27; winner will be announced in the April 1 edition of the SF Recreation and Parks weekly e- newsletter. Sign up here.
The Greenagers Program Wants You!
The Greenagers Program is Hiring!
Are you a 9th or 10th grade student who lives in or attends a school in the southeast section of San Francisco? Are you interested in being a youth leader and promoting park stewardship? Do you enjoy working with the community and want to have an active role as a youth leader and advocate for your neighborhood parks and rec centers? Do you enjoy breaking a sweat outdoors and getting your hands dirty? Then we want you to be part of the Greenagers Program. To learn more about the program, visit sfrecpark.org and apply today!
Summer Day Camp Registration Begins this Saturday, March 21
Featuring a wide array of more than 80 summer day camps throughout the city, including traditional camps like Silver Tree and Pine Lake and exciting new options like skateboard and eco-adventure camps, Rec and Park has something for everyone. Registration begins at 10 a.m. on Saturday, March 21, online or in person at 12 sites throughout the city. To browse our catalog today, click here. Get out and play!
Free Guided Trail Hike at McLaren Park this Saturday, March 21
Free Guided Trail Hikewith Healthy Parks, Healthy People
McLaren Park at University & Mansell, (3rd Saturday of Month) 10 a.m.-12 noon
Explore nature, enliven your spirit, and bring a poem to share with new friends. The hike starts with light stretching, followed by a guided walk through groves of redwoods and cypress trees. Meet by the McLaren Park sign and let's Get Out and Play!
For a more enjoyable walk remember to dress comfortably, wear walking shoes, bring water and use sunscreen. Please check local weather forecasts - Trail Walks will be canceled due to rain or unsafe conditions. For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mobile Rec Comes to Hayes Valley Playground on March 21
Come out to Hayes Valley Playground (Hayes and Buchanan streets) this Saturday, March 121, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., for Mobile Rec,including climbing, slack lining, disc golf, skateboarding and BMX biking. Free! We provide the safety equipment, you come out and play! (Event subject to cancellation due to rain. Check our website for updates.
Sea Slug Soiree at the Randall Museum on March 21
Sea Slug Soirée
Saturday, March 21
7-10 p.m. at the Randall Museum (199 Museum Way)
The Sea Slug Soiree is "A Science and Art Celebration of Elegant Slugs of the Sea. Featuring an 8pm lecture by nudibranch expert Dr Rebecca Johnson of the California Academy of Sciences who will share current research and astounding biology of sea slugs. Come learn how these sneaky slugs steal the defenses of their prey."
The Sea Slug Reception offers art, music, printmaking and two complimentary beverages.
This event is a collaboration between Rec and Park's Randall Museum and the Gulf of the Farallones National Marine Sanctuary.
Sunday Storytime Hour at the Cartoon Art Museum on March 22
Enjoy family-friendly stories, crafts and games at the Cartoon Art Museum (655 Mission Street), this Sunday, March 22, from 11 a.m. to 12 noon. For more information, visit cartoonart.org.
Zumba Dance Party at the County Fair Building on March 29
Come and join our Zumba in the Parks instructors for two free hours of Zumba at the County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park (9th Avenue and Lincoln Way) on March 29, from 2-4 p.m.! This family-friendly event is a great opportunity to see all 20+ Zumba instructors in action, while burning a few calories and learning new steps. Remember to bring a friend and a reuseable water bottle. Get out and dance!
Mission Rec Center Rebels AAU High School Basketball Tryouts Begin March 31
The MRC Rebels AAU basketball program will hold its annual high school team tryouts at Mission Rec Center (2450 Harrison Street) on these upcoming dates:
Tuesday, March 31, 6:30 pm. to 8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 2, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, April 4, 1-3 p.m.
The Rebels basketball program was established in the late-1980s and is considered to be one of the premier Amateur Athletic Union (AAU) programs on the West Coast and in the nation. Providing top-tier coaching and competition for aspiring young athletes ages 10-18, the MRC Rebels program has produced dozens of players who have gone on to receive scholarships from top universities, including UC Berkeley, Princeton, the University of San Francisco and New Mexico State, and a few who have even played professionally. More importantly, the MRC Rebels program fosters an environment that encourages and teaches sportsmanship, teamwork, and a commitment to hard work.
The MRC Rebels is a program of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department and was established by the late-Oscar Jimenez, a beloved recreation director/supervisor in the Mission District community.
High Water Line Photo Exhibit at the Harvey Milk Center on April 9
Exhibit Reception & Kickoff: April 9, 2015, 6pm-9pm
Closes: May 2, 2015 @ 4:30pm
Gallery Hours: Tues-Thursday: 4pm-8:30pm, Sat & Sunday: 12pm-4:30pm
The Harvey Milk Photo Center, and celebrating our 75th Anniversary this year, and which is part of the San Francisco Rec & Parks Dept, in San Francisco, is proud to present "High Water Line- Photographs of the City in the Bay", by Spencer Aldworth Brown.
Mr. Brown's immersive photographs take the perspective of the water itself. Waves pull at the coastline, flow under the piers and erode the seawalls built in boom times a century ago. We see the high waterlines of development and how uses have slowly changed overtime.
See the Amazing Aquascapes Exhibit at the Conservatory of Flowers, Now thru April 12
Aquascapes: The Art of Underwater Gardening
Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park
On exhibit now through April 12
Aquascaping, the art of creating stunning underwater landscapes with plants, stones and wood, is a popular international gardening trend. Annual competitions attract hundreds of elaborate entries from around the world. The beautifully planted aquariums can mimic everything from primeval forests to verdant valleys or can become sublime works of underwater abstract art.
Now, visitors to the Conservatory of Flowers in Golden Gate Park get a chance to marvel at this unique form of water gardening and learn how aquatic plants have adapted to life in the deep. The aquascapes will grow, change and transform throughout the run of the exhibit, so be sure to visit us several times through April 12.
In celebration of the recently completed renovations at Kezar Stadium, this Tuesday running group announces the restart of their regular track meetings and offers us this video gem. Turn up the volume and enjoy!
The winter wild life is amazing. The weather is fantastic.
And we are still seeing Bioluminesence.
Both Tomales Bay And Drakes Estero are full of curious harbor seals , Pelican and Terns diving for fish, we've even been seeing Eagles. And at night those same waters are still aglow with Bioluminescence. Take advantage of the great weather, less people, tons of wildlife and of course Bioluminesence. Come on out and enjoy the wild with us.
February Bioluminescence Paddles
Bioluminescence is still aglow in Tomales Bay.
Come Join us for a beautiful night paddle in February
Weekend Tours: Sat- Sun 4:30p-7:30p $76
Sat 2/ 74:30p to 7:30p $76
Sun 2/ 8 4:30p to 7:30p $76 Sat 2/14 5pm to 8pm $76 Sun 1/15 5pm to 8pm $76
Explore northern Tomales Bay on our White Gulch Paddles for an adventure along the shores of the Tule Elk preserve, the shallows beneath the sandstone cliffs with sea stars, and the eelgrass beds for sightings of harbor seals, bat rays and leopard sharks.