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swinging girlsIf you want to get out and about, San Francisco is the place to do it. We have some of the most beautiful parks, playgrounds, pools and beaches around (even with the fog).   

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San Francisco Recreation & Park Department website lists information about all San Francisco parks, pools, and recreation centers as well as Rec & Park activities.
• SF Parks Alliance is a non-profit organization that advocates for improving the park and recreation system. The NPC website has listings of local neighborhood park groups. The Parks Alliance is also the home to Park Scan, an online reporting system for community members to report problems observed in SF parks. The information is then forwarded to the appropriate Rec & Park departments for a closer look. 
• The San Francisco Bike Coalition has a great website with sections on bike safety, biking with kids, biking maps and much, much more.

Parks Beyond SF Spotlight

Berkeley Adventure Park

Adventure Playground Berkeley





Build something. Visit the  Berkeley Marina and let the kids burn off their energy with a hammer and nails, sawing or ziplining at the  Adventure Playground. It has been written up as a top 10 playground in National Geographic. It was voted the Best Creative Playspace in Diablo Magazine.

FREE for individual families; parents/adults who accompany 4 children or less.  Every adult must sign in on the waiver at the entrance for themselves and their children.




SFK Spotlights

Come out and play on the Recreation and Parks Department's Mobile Rec gear! 

No need to travel far, all through the school year the equipment rotate through parks or recreation centers all over San Francisco on Saturdays from 11am to 2pm. You will be able to learn techniques and test your skills on the Department's 30-foot rock climbing wall or get skateboarding and biking tips and learn tricks from RecPark Staff! Get ready to ride the ramps, rails and manual pads on our BMX bikes and skateboards. RPD staff will be on hand to teach beginner's the basics of kick-turns, fakies, and dropping in.


SF Rec and Park Special Events

Curious what is going on in your local park? See the list broken down by date and park. 


Register for Programs at SF Rec and Park

 A glimpse of programs include: Lifeguard training, High School swim test prep, Hip Hop dance, Break dancing, Youth Puppet play, Teen Fitness, Family Martial Arts, Boxing, Jr. Giants clinics, youth basketball and soccer, table tennis, juggling and more. 

Top 10 Destination Playgrounds in the Bay Area by trekaroo.com

All playgrounds are fun, but there are some playgrounds that are destinations in and of themselves.  These playgrounds have unique qualities that really make them stand out above the rest. Read more... 

brown sign 2Safety Tips and Resources

ocean beachWater Safety 
The Red CrossYMCAs, and local Recreation & Park Department facilities offer aquatics courses. Here are a few tips to keep your kids safe:
 • Teach children 5 years of age and older to swim.
 • Never take your eyes off young children in the bathtub or around other bodies of water.
 • Install fences to separate homes from residential pools.
 • Use life jackets on boats or playing near a river, lake, or the ocean.
 • Teach children never to swim alone or without adult supervision.
 • Learn CPR.
 • Teach adolescents the dangers of drug and alcohol consumption before or during aquatic activities (alcohol contributes to 40–50% of drowning among adolescent boys).

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