Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Rec and Park news November 12, 2014

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Play Ball: Registration for SFYBL's 2015 Season Begins This Saturday, November 15 

The San Francisco Youth Baseball League (SFYBL), a collaboration between SF Rec and Park and the SF Fire Department's Flame Program, begins its registration period for the upcoming 2015 season this Saturday, November 15. Online at or in person at your local registration site.
Divisions available for girls and boys ages 4-14.  For more information, contact league coordinator Joachim Perlas or (415) 815-9340, or click here to view our event flyer.
Community Planting Day & McLaren Park Trail Connector Celebration on November 15  

You are cordially invited to join the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, McLaren Park Collaborative and park advocates for a special Community Planting Day to celebrate the opening of the new McLaren Park Trail Connector. 

Saturday, November 15, 2014, at 10 a.m. 
McLaren Park Persia Ave Entrance (Picnic Area)

Funded by the Parks Bond, the SF Rec and Park's Urban Trails Improvement Program realigns the steep trail segment leading to the magnificent vista point at McLaren Park overlooking Bernal Heights and downtown San Francisco.  The realignment improves public access and pedestrian safety.

Palace of Fine Arts Request for Concept Proposals (RFCP) Released     
The Recreation and Park Department is pleased to announce the Request for Concept Proposals for the lease of the Palace of Fine Arts building in San Francisco. For information about this unique, once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, please visit the links below or contact Cassandra Costello at 831-2791. The Department will be hosting pre-bid conference meetings at the Palace of Fine Arts on the following dates:
  • December 1, 2014, at 2pm
  • December 15, 2014, at 2pm
  • February 2, 2015, at 2pm
  • February 5, 2015, at 10am
Newly Resurfaced Sports Courts, Thanks to The Friends of Rossi Playground   

A special thank you goes to The Friends of Rossi Playground, which led the recent effort to resurface all of the sports courts at the park, including three tennis courts, one basketball court and one volleyball court (all with new nets!). The Friends of Rossi Playground also spearheaded the effort to renovate the playground in 2007.

Mobile Rec Comes to Crocker Amazon on November 15   

Come out to Poetrero Hill Playground (801 Arkansas) this Saturday, November 15, 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!
Healthy Parks Healthy People Hike at McLaren Park on November 15   

Free Hike At McLaren Park This Saturday November 15at 10 a.m.  Meet at Mansell St & University St. (next to the McLaren sign and the 29 Sunset bus line)

It's Spare the Chair Day! Join us for light stretching and a guided walk through groves of redwoods and cypress trees.Explore this natural area while socializing with new friends, feeling fit, and finding new inspiration in our city's native plants and wildlife.

Our professional RPD Guides are certified in CPR and first aid. Please remember to bring your water and wear sunscreen. Check local weather forecasts - Trail Walks will be canceled due to unsafe conditions and/or rain.

Sponsored by SRPPD & Healthy Parks Healthy People! For more information email
Hoops Summit at Hamilton Rec Center on November 15   

Come out to Hamilton Rec Center for our annual Girls in Sports Hoops Summit, Saturday, November 15, from noon to 5 p.m.  Coach All Mattocks and Rec and Park's Girls Athletics staff will lead drills and games and offer instruction for girls, ages 5-14.  Cost is $7 per participant; register online using course #37426.  For more information,, or call (415) 203-9509.
Science Saturdays with the EcoCenter at Heron's Head Park   

Looking for a fun way to spend time with your family on Saturday afternoons? Head to the EcoCenter! Each Saturday from 12:30-3:30 p.m., our trained naturalists and partners offer an engaging, hands-on and fun event that is perfect for young kids to adults. Each week has a different topic or theme.


November 15:   EcoCenter Tour and Native Plant Walk
November 22:   Sensational Sharks of the San Francisco Bay

To learn more about upcoming programs, please visit:
"Giving Thanks" at Cartoon Art Museum Sunday Storytime Hour on November 16  
Golden Gate Park Lawn Bowling Green Reopens on November 18   

You are cordially invited to join the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, San Francisco Lawn Bowling Club, San Francisco Parks Alliance and park advocates for the reopening celebration of the Lawn Bowling Green in Golden Gate Park. The celebration will include a ribbon cutting ceremony, refreshment, and lawn bowling games.

Tuesday, November 18, 2014, at 10 a.m.
Golden Gate Park Lawn Bowling Green

The Lawn Bowling Green renovation includes an accessible concrete pathway and gutter surrounding the existing green and a new metal fences and gates on north and south perimeter.  The project is funded through Community Opportunity Fund (COF), a neighborhood park capital improvement program from the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond.  
Annual Turkey Cook-Off on November 21   

Celebrate Thanksgiving with us at our 15th Annual Turkey Cook-Off, a no-recipes-barred cooking competition between the staff and kids at our various recreation facilities, Friday, November 21, from 7 to 10 p.m., at the Laker Merced Boathouse (Skyline Blvd. and Harding Road).  All ages are welcome at this free event.  Live entertainment and food tasting.  For more information, call (415) 554-8919.
See the Fred Lyon Photography Exhibit at the Harvey Milk Photo Center Now 

Save the Date: Rec and Park's 85th Annual Holiday Tree Lighting on December 4  
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Save the Date: Scaregrove Halloween Event at Stern Grove on October 24  
Celebrate Halloween with Rec and Park on October 24! Our annual Scaregrove event at Stern Grove is fast becoming one of the city's premier Halloween destinations for families.  Come dressed in your favorite costume and enjoy carnival rides, a haunted house, live entertainment, music, food for sale, hay rides and much, much more!  Cost is $8 per person; children under 2 years old are free.  Click here to download our event postcard, or visit sfrecpark.orgfor more information, including how you can purchase advance tickets.


14th Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Heats Up Golden Gate Park Crowd      
An estimated 700,000 music lovers braved the 90-degree heat October 3-5 for the 14th Annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in Golden Gate Park. The free event, courtesy of the late-Warren Hellman, featured a lineup of the music industry's greats, including Dwight Yoakam, the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Chris Isaak, and Emmylou Harris.  Click here to read the San Francisco Chronicle's wrap-up of the festival, or click here to see some awesome Instagram shots from throughout the weekend. 
Community Opportunity Fund Encourages Park Lovers to Improve Their Local Parks     
Are you a group or individual with an idea for how to improve your neighborhood park? Apply for a Community Opportunity Fund (COF) project and help make a difference in your community.

As part of the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, the Department's COF program is a $6 million capital program that encourages residents, neighborhood groups and park advocates to propose capital projects that will improve their local parks, e.g., the installation or replacement of playgrounds, paths, benches, drinking fountains or sports courts.

Attend any of these upcoming mandatory applicant workshops to find out how to get started:

Wednesday, October 29
6-8 p.m.
City Hall, Hearing Room 408 (1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place)

Thursday, November 6, 2014  
6-8 p.m.
Minnie Lovie Recreation Center Auditorium (Capitol Ave. & Montana)

Saturday, November 15
10 a.m. -12 p.m. PM
County Fair Building in Golden Gate Park (9th Ave. & Lincoln Way)

Thursday, December 11
6-8 p.m.
Joe Lee Recreation Center - Multipurpose Room (1395 Mendell Street)

You can find more information on the COF program and workshop materials here, or email our project manager  Please note: Round Four applicants may not need to attend one of these upcoming workshops.  Please follow up with Karen Mauney-Brodek to confirm. 

Mobile Rec at Hamilton Rec Center on October 11   

Come out to Hamilton Rec Center (1900 Geary Blvd.) for a Mobile Rec event on Saturday, October 11, from 11 a.m. - 2 p.m. This free recreation event features non-traditional sports like climbing, slack lining, disc golf, skateboarding, BMX biking and more. We provide the gear and safety equipment on site. Get out and play.
Saturday in the Park McLaren Concert on October 11  
This weekend, come out to the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater in McLaren Park for the latest installment of the Saturday in the Park McLaren concert series.  This week's artists include Wake the Dead, Delmarva and the Beauty Operators.  See you at the AMP!  For more info, click here.
Fencing World Cup Comes to Kezar Pavilion October 17-19  
The Men's Foil World Cup TournamentOctober 17-19 at Kezar Pavilion in Golden Gate Park, is the first held in the USA. See Olympians, world champions, and top fencers from 32 counties compete. For more information, including how to purchase tickets, click here.
Explore and Play in Celebration of SF's Children's Outdoor Bill of Rights on October 18
Come out to Mountain Lake Park on October 18, from 12 p.m. to 3 p.m., for a day of fun and exploration in celebration of the San Francisco  Children's Bill of Rights.  Featuring lawn games, wildlife viewing, bike rodeo, and much, much more!  For more information, visit 
NFC Fitness Court Challenge Fundraiser for the Parks on October 25    
National Fitness Campaign is proud to announce the NFC Fitness Court® Challenge Event at Marina Green! The event, held in partnership with the San Francisco Recreation & Parks, will take place on Saturday, October 25 on the Marina Green at Webster. The event includes a boot camp, battle of the best trainer competition, live DJ, giveaways and much more. This event is FREE to attend! The first 500 registrants will receive a free t-shirt or prize! Event proudly sponsored by ABC 7, FIT Radio, Jawbone, KIND Bar, Sports Basement, Tribesports and VO2 Max Sports.

Sign up today. Don't miss this day of fitness and fun benefitting NFC and a healthier San Francisco.
Third Annual Soapbox Derby on October 26     

Go Giants!   
In honor of our beloved Candlestick Park and the San Francisco Giants' current playoff run, we bring you a special video from the team's Opening Day at the 'Stick in 1960.  Video from HistorySanJose via YouTube.  Enjoy!