2018 National Planning Conference

New Park Development in San Francisco

Sunday, April 22, 2018 from 8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m. CDT

Location: R06

CM | 1.25

Cost: Included in Registration

Activity Type: Educational Sessions

Activity ID: NPC188150


  • How to identify site-selection opportunities for new park space in growing or already established neighborhoods
  • Various funding mechanisms — such as property tax set asides, development impact fees, and grants — to acquire and develop new open space
  • How to capitalize on legislative changes with community support to implement new funding mechanisms or remove barriers to implementation


San Francisco is undergoing exciting changes, with focused growth in the southeastern quadrant of the city. However, with this change and growth come many pressures on existing residents and existing infrastructure. A key piece of infrastructure often overlooked is parks that provide necessary breathing space, community gathering areas, and opportunities for recreation. Parks help define a neighborhood, yet in dense, already built parts of the city finding an appropriate space can be challenging. Once a location is chosen, securing funding for both acquisition and development is the next challenge. San Francisco has found success by engaging with multiple city agencies, fostering neighborhood stewardship, and securing multiple sources of funding. Learn how San Francisco has leveraged the efforts of multiple city agencies — including its Recreation and Park Department, Planning Department, and Office of Workforce and Economic Development — with those of community groups, park advocates, and nonprofit community organizations. Case examples cover site-selection suggestions and expected challenges; financing opportunities, including property tax set asides, development impact fees, and grants; and the importance of focused community support.

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Session Speakers

Kaitlin Strange
San Francisco Parks Alliance
Berkeley, CA

Claudia Flores
San Francisco Planning Department
San Francisco, CA

Alejandra Chiesa
San Francisco, CA

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