“We host a variety of free events year-round throughout our system, but none is closer to my heart than this. You feel the energy, and connection to each other, building at every one of these screenings.”
- Phil Ginsburg | SAN FRANCISCO RECREATION & PARKS DEPT
Our Commitment to our parks & the people who enjoy them
The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department administers more than 220 parks, playgrounds, and open spaces, including two outside the city limits—Sharp Park in Pacifica, Calif. and Camp Mather in the High Sierras. The system includes 25 recreation centers, nine swimming pools, five golf courses and numerous tennis courts, ball diamonds, soccer fields and other sports venues. Included in the department’s responsibilities are Golden Gate Park, Coit Tower, the Marina Yacht Harbor, Candlestick Park, the San Francisco Zoo, and the Lake Merced.
• 59 soccer/playfields
• 35 community gardens
• 27 off-leash dog areas
• 9 swimming pools
• 6 golf courses
• 3 stadiums
• 4,113 acres of recreational and open space
• 3,400 acres within San Francisco
• 671 marina slips
• 222 neighborhood parks
• 181 playgrounds and play areas
• 151 tennis courts and 72 basketball courts
• 82 recreation centers and clubhouses
By The Numbers
2019 Partner is the San Francisco Parks Alliance
"The San Francisco Parks Alliance champions, transforms and activates parks and public spaces throughout the City."
- Drew Belcher | SAN FRANCISCO PARKS ALLIANCE
How The Tradition Began
Jens-Peter Jungclaussen, serial entepreneur, and founder of the TeacherBus started the tradition in 2006 when he booked Dolores Park in San Francisco and single handedly organized and promoted the first public viewing of the World Cup Soccer Final live from Germany. 10,000 people came out and had a great time. He has been part of the team co-producing the events in front of Civic Center ever since.