Golden Gate Park

Golden Gate Heights Park Re-opens After $2.8M Renovation

By Michael Durand

“The Amazing Rachel” creates balloon animals for children at the re-opening ceremony at Golden Gate Heights Park on July 20. Photo by Michael Durand.

The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department held a community event on July 20 to celebrate the re-opening of Golden Gate Heights Park after a $2.8 million makeover.

“With a design inspired by its wooded surroundings, a nature play area to spark creativity, and a dramatic spiral tower soaring above it all, the newly renovated playground at Golden Gate Heights Park has opened to the public,” Rec. and Park said in a press release.

The redesign also includes a climbing wall, monkey bars, slide, basket swing, spinner, rolling arches and spring disc steps.  

The renovation is part of the Let’sPlaySF! campaign, which is a partnership between Rec. and Park and the SF Parks Alliance. The mission is to “transform the City’s 13 most timeworn playgrounds into dynamic hubs for creativity and family life,” 

The press release describes the park as “a nature exploration area, created by re-purposing logs and other natural materials, that offers opportunities for unstructured play and discovery. A combination of natural challenges and loose parts helps children negotiate risk while stimulating creativity, teamwork and appreciation of nature.” 

Children explore the new features of the renovated playground at Golden Gate Heights Park at the grand reopening event on July 20. Photo by Michael Durand.

Golden Gate Heights Park is located along Rockridge Drive between Funston and 14th avenues, and between Quintara and Pacheco streets.

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  1. Golden Gate Heights Park was my playground from the fifties to the seventies. We lived a block away. Beautiful park, but it was neglected even back then (that may have been a good thing). The tennis courts were in terrible shape in 1960. Nevertheless, it has always been a beautiful place for neighborhood residents to quickly get away. By the way, it isn’t in the Inner Sunset as the author claims – it’s in Golden Gate Heights.


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