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Policy Summary

This section created the Park, Recreation and Open Space Fund, which is funded through a set aside from the annual tax levy, to be used to support various open-space activities (including community gardens).

Background Information

State California
Jurisdiction Name San Francisco
Jurisdiction Type City, County,
Population Size 800,000+
Legal Strategies
  • Creates a fund, enables access to a funding stream
  • Expressly allows something
Reach Community-wide
Food System Category Grow; Get;

Policy Details

Refers to priority populations?
Yes

"The Department embraces socio-economic and geographic equity as a guiding principle and commits to expending the funds across its open space and recreational programs to provide park and recreational access to all of San Francisco's diverse neighborhoods and communities." (Sec. 16.107(a).) Also requires the Recreation and Park Department to adopt "equity metrics to be used to establish a baseline of existing Recreation and Park services and resources in low-income neighborhoods and disadvantaged communities, compared to services and resources available in the City as a whole." (Sec. 16.107(h)(1).)

Health-related goal?
No

Environmental goal?
Yes

Refers to urban forestry, and a significant natural area management program (Sec. 16.107(g)(1)).

Economic goal?
Yes

Funding program to provide enhanced park and recreational services and facilities (Sec. 16.107(a)).

Includes findings?
No

Has a stated intent or purpose?
Yes

There is hereby established the Park, Recreation and Open Space Fund ("Fund") to be administered by the Recreation and Park Department ("Department") as directed by the Recreation and Park Commission ("Commission"). Monies in the Fund shall be expended or used solely by the Department, subject to the budgetary and fiscal provisions of the Charter, to provide park and recreational services and facilities. The Department embraces socio-economic and geographic equity as a guiding principle and commits to expending the funds across its open space and recreational programs to provide park and recreational access to all of San Francisco's diverse neighborhoods and communities. Sec. 16.107(a).

Includes definitions?
No

Addresses implementation?
Yes

Requires maintenance of baseline funding, adoption of a budget, adoption of planning and reporting measures, development of an operational plan etc. The entire section is almost entirely about implementation.

Enforcement provisions?
No

Evaluation component?
Yes

The section provides detailed reporting requirements for the Recreation and Park Department relating to progress on its strategic plan, capital expenditure plan, and operational plan, including reporting on progress with equity metrics (Sec. 16.107(h)(2-4)).

Requires extra investment?
Yes

To provide funding for various projects.

Code context and ordinance history

"Article XVI of the San Francisco Charter Code, titled “Miscellaneous Provisions, Park, Recreation and Open Space Fund"" (§ 16.107.). Amended March 2000 by San Francisco, Cal. Community Garden Funding, Proposition C – Park, Recreation and Open Space Fund, Charter Amendment (2000) and again in June 2016. "