Parks and Recreation

Parks and recreational facilities provide critical health benefits to the residents of South San Francisco.

The goals below are related to this topic. Select a goal to learn more about the policies and actions South San Francisco will implement to meet that goal.



Abundant and Accessible Parks and Recreation


Community Health and Environmental Justice


Environmental and Cultural Stewardship


Community Resilience


Land Use and Community Design


Mobility and Access



Goal PR-1

Goal PR-1:

South San Francisco equitably provides improved parkland, recreational facilities, and services for all residents.


To advance distributional equity in the City’s improved parkland, recreational facilities, and services so that so all residents can engage in recreational, arts, and educational opportunities.
Policy PR-1.1: Prioritize disadvantaged community park and recreation.
Prioritize the delivery of improved parkland, recreational facilities, and services in disadvantaged communities as defined in the Community Health and Environmental Justice Element.
Policy PR-1.2: Stive to have all residents within a 10-minute walk access to parks.
Strive to have all residents within a 10-minute walk of an improved park.
Policy PR-1.3: Design parks and facilities to meet universal access standards.
Design parks and recreation facilities for universal access and multi-generational use, encouraging play by residents of all abilities and ages. Continue to improve existing parks and open spaces to accommodate the needs of users of all ages and abilities.
Policy PR-1.4: Ensure equitable distribution of park and recreation opportunities.
Ensure accessible public facilities and services are equitably distributed throughout the city and are provided in a timely manner to keep pace with new development.
  • Action PR-1.4.1: Provide targeted recreational services.
    Explore opportunities to provide and subsidize more recreational services to targeted populations (e.g., youth, older adults, persons with disabilities, and low-income populations).
Policy PR-1.5: Use underutilized spaces for recreational services.
Seek opportunities to use vacant and underutilized commercial and industrial buildings for recreational services, especially in disadvantaged communities.
Policy PR-1.6: Translate information for park and recreational programs.
When appropriate, send targeted promotions and notifications related to parks, recreation, and City services in English, Spanish, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Tagalog.
Policy PR-1.7: Identify needs of underserved groups.
In partnership with community members, identify the needs of youth, seniors, the disabled, children with special needs, people who do not speak English as a first language, disadvantaged populations, and people in neighborhoods underserved by parks, recreation, trails, and public facilities, and ensure facilities and programming serves the needs of these groups.
Policy PR-1.8: Match resident needs with services.
Monitor demographics and needs of residents in neighborhoods throughout the city and match programming with neighborhood demographics and needs (e.g., more senior programming in neighborhoods with a substantial senior population) as part of the Parks and Recreation Master Plan process.
Policy PR-1.9: Support community events.
Continue to support and permit special events in parks organized by community organizations helping to ensure these are self-sufficient over time.
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Goal PR-11
Goal CHEJ-5
Goal ES-3
Goal CR-3
Goal CR-7
Goal LU-2
Goal MOB-5
Goal SA-15
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Goal SA-39