One of our amazing TSFM 2014 Select Charities is The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department. SF Rec and Park manages hundreds of parks, and so many of San Francisco’s most beautiful and fun locales. Plus they do a lot of great for our city’s youth. Check out this video and some of the stats about SF Rec and Park.
The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s Mission is to provide enriching recreational activities, maintain beautiful parks and preserve the environment for the well-being of our diverse community.
RPD BY THE NUMBERS
4,113 acres of recreational and open space
3,400 acres within San Francisco
671 marina slips
220 neighborhood parks
179 playgrounds and play areas
82 recreation centers and clubhouses
72 basketball courts and 151 tennis courts
59 soccer/playfields (and growing)
1 Family Camp
In 1866, less than 15 years after America’s first occupation of California, the people of San Francisco came up with the idea of a great public park to mirror one being developed in New York City (Central Park). Under the guidance of engineer William Hammond Hall and gardener John McLaren, Golden Gate Park was established on April 4, 1870, from what essentially was a collection of barren sand dunes. The Park Commission was established in the same year by the State Legislature, consisting of three members appointed by the Governor. The City took over the Commission in 1900 under the Home Rule Charter. The three Commission members oversaw decades of development as the park slowly stretched from Baker Street (the Panhandle) all the way to the Pacific Ocean.
In 1898 the San Francisco Chronicle ran the headline, “A Playground for City Boys,” which unveiled a new concept for the City to create an active playground where “boys can play and expend all the energy […]