West Portal Playground, heavily used by many groups including a San Francisco Parks and Recreation afterschool program, has received an F rating from San Francisco Parks Alliance.


Due to age, constant use and deferred maintenance, all aspects of the playground are in disrepair. 

There are numerous structural and design problems with the playground that limit the usability of the playground for children and the community. Much of the equipment has been removed, including the water fountain. There are shards of glass and other debris which must be swept out of the sand on a daily basis to prevent injury to children.

The planter boxes have been capped for leakage issues.

There is limited seating at the playground, no shade structures and no park signage.

The clubhouse is used at night, with very little to no lighting.

About West Portal Playground

The West Portal Playground is a 1.9-acre park that sits above the western mouth of the Twin Peaks Tunnel. The property, under the jurisdiction of the SF Recreation and Park Department, is a by-product of the West Portal rail station, which opened in 1918. The clubhouse was dedicated in 1951, and underwent a $1.5 million renovation in 2005 to expand and upgrade the facility. A ceramic art installation adorns the exterior of the clubhouse, created by artist Aileen Barr and administrated by the San Francisco Arts Commission. The existing Playground also includes a picnic area, playground and large play field.

The renovation of West Portal Playground is part of Let’sPlaySF, a partnership between the Recreation and Parks Department and the San Francisco Parks Alliance that seeks to inspire creativity and play throughout the City. In the coming years, 13 playgrounds prioritized for improvement by a citizen task force will be reimagined and redesigned for this and future generations of San Francisco’s children.

Please visit SF Rec and Parks website here for more information about West Portal Playground. 

For more information about Let's Play SF, please visit the Parks Alliance website here

Friends of West Portal Playground

We are a team of interested residents’ intent on creating positive change for the West Portal Playground. From all walks of life and all backgrounds, we are working together to renovate our community hub. We hope you’ll join us!

Want to help?

With your help, we can reach our goal to redesign and renovate the playground. We need an additional $280,000 to meet our 1 million dollar budget. The funds will go directly to the playground: new play structures, nature nook, surfacing, benches, water fountains, and more!

We Have Received
of our Fundraising Goal