The roots of San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Department stretch back to the 1870s, when city officials, responding to residents’ demands for a large public park, established a Park Commission to oversee the development of Golden Gate Park. Over the years, many more parks were added to the system, and playgrounds, athletic fields, and recreational facilities were developed under the auspices of the Recreation Commission.
Together, the staff of the Recreation and Parks Department and the public who they serve create a dynamic, creative, and supportive environment for all. Your input is a vital part of this process. Please join us, and participate in the comments and feedback available through community meetings, our weekly newsletter, the General Manager’s reports, or the Recreation and Park Commission meetings. You can write to us direct at the right of this page, where you will also find SFRecParkTV. Another way to participate, and get to know your fellow citizens, is to volunteer at a Recreation or Park location. You could also become a Supporting Partner of the Recreation and Parks Department. Have you considered pursuing a career with with the City? It is a rewarding experience in so many ways. This is the place to start! Questions on disability, maintenance, closures and improvements can also be found here.