Playground Initiative

Healthy Play for All  |  Ensuring playgrounds are clean, green, and safe

The Playground Initiative is a partnership between the San Francisco Parks Alliance and the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD).

The Initiative works towards ensuring that all children in San Francisco have access to a safe and engaging play space in their own neighborhood. By building strong partnerships with the community, elected officials and RPD, the Playground Initiative ensures that playgrounds are valued, protected, and improved citywide. SFPA hosts playground volunteer workdays and cleanups, park activation events, and collects important metrics to monitor progress.

SFPA and RPD survey public playgrounds every two years for safety and maintenance. Results are published in a Playground Report Card. The Report Card helps determine which playgrounds are in the worst condition and in need of the most attention, and is a guiding document for many of SFPA's stewardship and advocacy activities. The Playground Report Card is released every two years, and in between SFPA conducts the Playground Reassessment Report to ensure playgrounds scored as failing are being addressed.

2012 Playground Report Card  (click to download)

The Initiative has received financial support from the Mimi and Peter Haas Fund, The Wells Fargo Foundation, The Morris Stulsaft Foundation, The Stanley S. Langendorf FoundationSF Beautiful, Golden Gate Mother’s Group, SolarCity, and the Mayor’s Community Support Fund (DCYF).