“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, SF Rec & Park General Manager
Our Committment 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.
BY THE NUMBERS
• 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
• 59 soccer/playfields
• 35 community gardens
• 27 off-leash dog areas
• 9 swimming pools
• 6 golf courses
• 3 stadiums
Why Soccer & Poetry Work Well Together
America SCORES has a vision for a better Bay Area where all children can read and write, play on a sports team, and be able to contribute to a better quality of life for all. We work toward this vision six days a week in the Bay Area’s most challenged public elementary schools. America SCORES is a 501c3 non-profit organization that delivers powerful and playful sports and language enrichment activities for students in grades K-8. America SCORES Bay Area runs programming in San Francisco, the East Bay, and is part of a national network with affiliates in 13 cities across the country.
"With help of our partners, we help our “poet-athletes” discover the benefits of working together as a team, the joy of physical activity, and the fun in reading and writing."
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.