A Campaign for San Francisco Playgrounds


Let’sPlaySF! is a partnership between the Recreation and Park Department and the Parks Alliance. This Campaign supports the transformation of San Francisco’s 13 most timeworn playgrounds into dynamic hubs for creativity and family life. Public funds, combined with contributions from generous donors like you, will ensure that the initiative transforms all 13 playgrounds by the end of 2022.



All children deserve a safe, imaginative place to play outside. The renovated Let’sPlaySF! playgrounds will change the lives of the 20,000 children who live within a 10 minute walk of these play- grounds – and thousands of others – by giving them modern, safe play spaces where their brains and bodies can thrive.


These playgrounds were selected by a citizen task force based on presence of unhealthy chemicals in playground wood, with priority given to playgrounds in low-income neighborhoods dense with children.

Learn more about the selection process through this State of Play Report and this Final Task Force Report.

The 13


Click on each playground to learn more!

“Play is how children develop executive function, cognitive abilities and gross motor skills. The opportunity for play at school is diminished so neighborhood playgrounds are increasingly important in helping children get exercise and develop these skills.”

Nooshin Razani
Pediatrician and Play Advocate
Director, UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital Center for Nature and Health


Two playgrounds have been completed with five under construction and the rest in the community engagement or design phase. All playgrounds will be completed by 2022.

Washington Square Playground

Completed in January 2019.

Panhandle Playground

Completed in January 2019.

See updates from the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department’s website here.

“I think the best thing that happens on a playground is that the neighbors get to know each other. The children are making friends and the parents are talking to each other. A new playground shows that people care and are willing to invest in a community and make it better.”

Edna James
Community Advocate
To date, we’ve raised $11,336,599 towards our $13.3 million campaign goal!

Donations of $250,000 and above will be recognized onsite at all 13 playgrounds. Please contact Sonia Gonzalez Banks at soniab@sfparksalliance.org or 415.830.5568 for further information.