Tuesday the Clean and Safe Neighborhood Park Bond (aka Proposition B) won the two thirds majority vote, needed to pass the proposition. This will allow the City to borrow $195 million to update parks, open spaces, and recreation facilities throughout San Francisco.
Everyone deserves a Clean, Safe and Fun park near their home.
This the third in a series of City Bonds to revitalize and renew San Francisco’s aging Parks.
Prop B needed 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.
Opposition came 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 yet spent all of the 2008 bond funds.
Proposed Prop B Spending
- $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