A third in a series of City Bonds to revitalize and renew San Francisco’s aging Parks is on the November ballot. The San Francisco Clean and Safe Neighborhood Park Bond, Prop B, will authorize the city to issue $195 million in general obligation bonds to fund and improve the safety and quality of San Francisco neighborhood parks.
Prop B needs a 2/3 majority to pass. The full text on this bill can be found here.
Two previous improvement bonds were approved by voters. The first was in 2000 for $110 million and the second in 2008 for $185 million. A portion of the 2008 bond funded the Dolores Park rehabilitation and the Hellen Diller Playground. The Bond proposal includes parks and recreation areas throughout the entire city.
Supporters of Prop B include The SF Parks Alliance and The Trust For Public Land Mayor Ed Lee, Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi, U. S. Senator Dianne Feinstein. For more information check out Yes On Prop B.
Opposition has come from groups claiming San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department has been privatizing the city parks, it will raise tenants rents, and complaints that the Parks Department has not spent all of the 2008 bond yet. Opposers include The San Francisco Tenants Union, the SF Republican Party, and The Haight-Ashbury Neighborhood Council and three past presidents of The Board of Supervisors.
Proposed Prop B Spending
$99 million for Neighborhood Parks, “The city plans to pursue neighborhood park projects to be financed by the Bonds with the goal of improving the access of residents of the City to safe and high quality parks and recreation facilities”
$34.5 million for Waterfront Park Repairs, Renovations and Development
$15.5 million for Failing Playgrounds
$ 5 million for Water Conservation
$4 million for Park Trail Conservation
$12 million for the Community Opportunity Fund
$4 million for Park Forestry
$21 million for Golden Gate Park, Lake Merced, and McLaren Park
$13 million for forestry, trails, and water conservation
$195,000 for Citizens’ Oversight Committee Audits