Recreation, Sports, Leisure, Athletics

San Francisco Parks Alliance

Our City, Our Parks

San Francisco, CA


The San Francisco Parks Alliance champions, transforms and activates parks and public spaces throughout the City.

Ruling Year



Mr. Drew Becher

Main Address

1074 Folsom Street

San Francisco, CA 94103 USA

Formerly Known As

San Francisco Parks Trust, Neighborhood Parks Council


parks, playgrounds, youth, community gardens, environment, recreation, open space, conservation, tropical plants, green house, botanical, conservatory of flowers, horticulture





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Parks and Playgrounds (N32)

Community Recreational Centers (N31)

Environmental Beautification (C50)

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What we aim to solve

Our work is guided by the belief that safe and accessible parks, playgrounds, and open spaces can have positive health impacts on individuals of all ages, improve academic performance in youth, and foster community engagement. A 2013 report compiled by KaBOOM!, a non-profit dedicated to bringing balanced and active play into the daily lives of all kids, particularly those growing up in poverty, found that healthy lifestyle habits formed through play, including physical activity, can lower the risk of becoming obese and the related risks of high blood pressure and high cholesterol, Type 2 diabetes, breathing problems, joint problems, and social and psychological problems. Play also helps kids forge strong connections with one another, through learning how to share, negotiate, resolve conflicts, and develop self-advocacy skills. Our goal is to ensure all individuals living in San Francisco have safe spaces to gather, recreate, and play.

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We envision a city where every park and public space is beautiful, welcoming, and inspiring regardless of where it is located, from Pacific Heights to the Bayview, from Lands End to Little Hollywood. To further our mission, SF Parks Alliance partners with more than 200 neighborhood groups to improve their local open space through physical and programming improvements; and maintains strong relationships with multiple government agencies. Our core values include: ● Equity Every community deserves great public spaces. We focus our efforts on the spaces that need it most. ● Stewardship SF Parks Alliance empowers community groups and guides them because we believe every community has a role to play in making public spaces great. We make sure everyone has an opportunity to contribute. ● Partnership Everything we do is in partnership with our city and our community because we believe we are stronger together and have a greater ability to achieve our collective goals. ● Initiative SF Parks Alliance does not shy from taking charge of issues yet to be addressed by the city or communities. We lead through our words and deeds. ● Engagement SF Parks Alliance believes engagement is key to ownership of our public spaces. ● Excellence SF Parks Alliance strives to demonstrate distinction and quality in everything we do.

Policy and Education - Engage San Franciscans and government officials in understanding the importance of parks, open space and recreation to our City life, in advocating for the allocation of public resources to these priorities, and in ensuring the best possible utilization of those resources. Philanthropy - Encourage giving that supports improvement in our parks and recreation facilities citywide. Stewardship and Volunteerism - Enable San Franciscans to volunteer their time, talents, and resources in caring for our park system. Organization Development - Build a robust organization in order to achieve our Mission.

SF Parks Alliance employs 21 staff members and operates on a $6.5 million annual budget. Our many supporters include corporations, foundations, and individuals who share our commitment to protecting, preserving, and enhancing parks and playgrounds throughout the city. SF Parks Alliance is led by a dedicated Board of Directors (24 members), who provide fiscal oversight and overall guidance to our organization. We maintain strong and mutually beneficial partnerships with SF Recreation & Park Department, the Department of Public Works, and many other public and community-based organizations. Over the last year, we helped to complete over 20 park projects, engaged over 100,000 residents in park programming, and help raise over $20M for capital projects. We also worked with 200 partner groups, programs, and city agencies to transform, improve, and empower neighborhoods throughout San Francisco.

We measure our success based on our ability to: -Provide technical assistance to 200 volunteer groups that raise funds and volunteer hours to renovate parks and playgrounds and to deliver recreation programming (Partners Program, Playground Initiative); -Influence the development of public policy, planning, and funding for San Francisco parks, and brings best practices and solutions into the public dialogue on parklands; -Drive planning to transform San Francisco's former-industrial waterfront with a network of parks, trails, and natural open spaces (Blue Greenway Initiative); -Mentor volunteer groups that transform neglected public plots into community-managed gardens (Street Parks Program).

- Developed collaborative partnerships with each City agency that is involved in our park system, including the Port, Department of Public Works, and Recreation and Parks Department.
- Moving forward with Blue Greenway Action Plan, engaging communities around the expansion of parks and open spaces in some of San Francisco's most underserved neighborhoods.
- Successfully passed park funding initiative that will provide more than $1 billion in guaranteed park funding for SF parks over its 30-year life.
- Established competitive grant-making program that provides at least $50,000 per year in financial support to Park Partners.
- Produce annual Party for the Parks gala, raising funds for SF Parks Alliance and Recreation and Park Department programs.
- Expansion of Park Partners program to provide more robust and comprehensive stewardship of our parks.
- Partnering with Recreation and Park Department on capital campaign to transform playgrounds across San Francisco, ensuring that every child in San Francisco has a safe, clean and imaginative place to play.

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