SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – The San Francisco Parks Trust Fund received a major shot in the arm on Tuesday, as city officials were presented with a check for $250,000 from Coca Cola.

The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department has been devastated over the years by $47 million in budget cuts.

Rec and Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg said the money will go to a new trail in Golden Gate Park, restoration of the horseshoe pits there and for the GearUp fund, which is designed to provide a mobile van that will go around to neighborhoods and present mobile activities, like skateboarding.

KCBS’ Bob Melrose Reports:

“This is an activity that our kids want to do. We want our kids active and healthy,” Ginsburg said. “We have to help them be active and healthy doing what they want to do and what they want to do is skateboard.”

The GearUp fund will receive $100,000.

Along with skateboarding, the van will also provide climbing, mountain biking and kayaking on its tours around San Francisco.

An official launch date and destinations for the “pop-up” van have yet to be determined.

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Comments (2)
  1. zach says:

    Park and Rec needs new management. Take Big Wreck for a second, the double baseball diamond on 7th and Lincoln. The Park just put in a new infield for one of the diamonds either yesterday or today. Today, Park and Rec heavily watered the freshly laid grass. Despite the fact that the grass had not yet laid roots, and despite the fact that is was just heavily watered, I saw a baseball camp of about 30-40 kids and staff take to the fenced off infield. I told the guy with the license that he would ruin the grass but he kindly explained that it is ok for him to ruin the grass because he had a license from the city. It it is in fact true that the the city gave this guy a license then the City needs to rething how it spends its money. Why spend money on something that will be destroyed in a couple weeks? What a waste. The guy with the license doesn’t care about the health or longevity of the field because he’s charging each of those kids a couple hundred bucks a week for his camp. Neither does the City apparently. I understand the city needs money, but it really is greater waste of money to put in the field, only to destroy it within a month then to prevent people from using the field before the grass takes root and to prevent anyone from using the field immediately after it is watered. Shame on the Park and Rec for giving people licenses to destroy our freshly installed baseball diamonds.

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