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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