Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

Neighborhood Parks Council

  • San Francisco, CA
  • www.sfnpc.org

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Mission Statement

Neighborhood Parks Council (NPC) advocates for a superior, equitable and sustainable park and recreation system. NPC provides leadership and support to park users through community-driven stewardship, education, planning and research.

Main Programs

  1. Playground Initiative
  2. Playfields Stewardship Initiative
  3. ParkScan
  4. Blue Greenway
Service Areas



Parks located in San Francisco, CA

ruling year


Principal Officer


Meredith Thomas



parks, playgrounds, environment, natural areas, open space, public spaces, green

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Also Known As






Physical Address

451 Hayes Street 2nd Floor

San Francisco, CA 94102 4332


Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (C01)

Citizen Participation (W24)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?


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In the 2008 elections,
Proposition A, the Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond for $185 million, was
passed by 71.6% of voters. Prop A is the first step in the City’s new 10-year
capital plan to upgrade San Francisco’s declining physical facilities. KaBOOM!,
a national non-profit recognized NPC’s Playground Report Card through its
recognition program Playful City USA as one of the 93 programs
demonstrating creative commitments to the cause of play in the areas of
quantity, quality and access honored ParkScan in KaBOOM!’s 2009 report, Play

2009-2010 Goals

NPC's will
continue to make parks clean, safe and enjoyable in 2010 through its programs.

Stewardship: Increase the number of parks groups, currently there are 120.

Sponsorship: Increase the number of groups that are fiscally sponsored in order
for those groups to raise money for their cause, park and community.

Initiative: Kick off the 2010 Play Day, engage volunteer to conduct surveys on
all 230 parks, grade all the playgrounds and assess which ones need the most
attention. Develop the 2010 Playground Report Card to use as the benchmark.

Increase awareness of the service, track observations of all parks in San
Francisco and submit the information to the appropriate city agency.


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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Playground Initiative

The Playground Initiative will either renovate
selected playgrounds with improved features or replace them entirely.
The worst playgrounds will be upgraded to a ‘useable and safe’ level
over the course of the Initiative.

The Playground Initiative
will also build strong partnerships with the community and the
Recreation and Park Department to ensure playgrounds are valued,
protected, and improved to foster safe places for children to play in
their own neighborhood.

The Playground Initiative is a joint venture of the Neighborhood Parks
Council (NPC) and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department
(RPD). This initiative focuses specifically on upgrading the 26
playgrounds that were identified as "failing" in the 2008 NPC Playground Report Card(http://www.sfnpc.org/playgroundreportcard2008) ,
published in April of 2008. Although failed playgrounds still have
value as recreational play spaces, they require increased adult
supervision and maintenance attention because they are not as safe as
we would like them to be. Through community workdays and stewardship,
the Initiative works towards ensuring that children can play and
exercise safely outside, especially in lower-income neighborhoods where
parks are often the only outdoor play spaces.


Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)


General Public/Unspecified


Program 2

Playfields Stewardship Initiative

The Playfields
Stewardship Initiative is a partnership between the Neighborhood Parks
Council (NPC), City Fields Foundation (CFF), and the Recreation and
Parks Department (RPD) that aims to ensure community enjoyment of
newly-installed synthetic turf fields, and to maximize the life
expectancy of these fields. This is accomplished by organizing
sustainable park stewardship groups, which host park cleanups, meetings
about playfield concerns, and community-building events.


Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified

Female Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)

Male Youth/Adolescents (14 - 19 years)


Program 3


ParkScan is a community-initiated, web-based reporting system that
tracks maintenance conditions in San Francisco's parks and playgrounds.
ParkScan has been helping to improve neighborhood parks and playgrounds
since 2003.

ParkScan enables park users to report maintenance issues they observe
in City parks and playgrounds to the appropriate City agencies that
manage them. Observations are assigned a tracking number, which creates
an accountable and transparent system for park users and City
officials. ParkScan data are also used by the San Francisco Recreation
and Parks Department to make budget requests, and by park advocates to
get publicity and funding for park projects.


Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified


Program 4

Blue Greenway

The Neighborhood Parks Council (NPC) seeks to create a “green” corridor, called the Blue Greenway(http://www.bluegreenway.org/) ,
for activity and discovery along the Southeast shore of San Francisco.
The trail, while connecting the existing parks from McCovey Park to
Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, will fulfill San Francisco’s
Southeastern portion of the larger, Association of Bay Area Government
(ABAG)-sponsored Bay Trail project. The trail will provide a
much-needed alternative transportation opportunity that is easily
accessible for exercise, recreation and enjoyment of art and open space
in the City’s park-poor Southeastern Corridor.


Population(s) Served

General Public/Unspecified


Service Areas



Parks located in San Francisco, CA

Funding Needs

Neighborhood Parks Council’s ongoing efforts include cultivation of more monthly subscribers and individual donors by engaging the community with our work and by hosting events that are of interest to certain demographics. NPC is also using new methods to build awareness and prospects by engaging users of social media applications such as Twitter and Facebook. NPC is putting an extra effort in finding new opportunities in other service areas and targeting young professionals and corporate companies in San Francisco.

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Neighborhood Parks Council



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Principal Officer

Meredith Thomas


Meredith Thomas steps in as Executive Director after spending two years running programs and operations at NPC.

Meredith is proud to have supported the total renovation of Balboa Park Playground and Franklin Square Playground, as well as enhancements to the Fillmore Turk Mini Park, Fallen Bridges/ 18th & Utah Mini Park, and Crocker Amazon Playground. She is looking forward to the installation of Helen Diller Playground at Dolores Park in conjunction with the Friends of Dolores Park Playground, among many other exciting projects NPC’s park groups are working toward.

Prior to joining NPC in 2007, Meredith was the Land Conservation Program Associate at the Pacific Forest and Watershed Lands Stewardship Council. In that position, she worked to preserve in perpetuity more than 140,000 acres of watershed lands in California through stakeholder engagement and policy development. She was responsible for convening public and key stakeholder meetings to plan for the preservation and enhancement of existing uses of land owned by the Pacific Gas and Electric Company throughout California. She was also involved in the development and launch of the grant-making plan that is investing $30 million to connect under-served youth to the outdoors.
Having begun her career in the Nature Trail Program at the San Francisco Zoo at the age of twelve, Meredith spent more than seventeen years as a volunteer, intern and staff member culminating in her position as an animal keeper.

Meredith holds a Bachelors of Science in Wildlife, Fish and Conservation Biology from UC Davis and a Masters of Arts in Environmental Business Relations from San Francisco State University.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Dear Friends,

Over the past 13 years, our coalition has worked tirelessly to identify and solve major challenges within San Francisco’s park system. Excitingly, we are making progress toward addressing some of the most difficult park issues, such as scarcity of resources, by leveraging opportunities to improve volunteer access, simplifying the process for communities to conduct park improvements and make capital gifts, and identifying new funding tools and exploring best practices for maintenance of our existing facilities.  Your continued involvement is needed to take your individual successes forward and apply them to all of our neighborhood parks.

Currently, I am excited that we can partner with the Recreation and Parks Department to implement projects associated with the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond. It is good news that there is dedicated funding to improve our parks, from large-scale renovations at several facilities, to system-wide improvements to restrooms, park forests and trails. NPC is especially excited by the $5 Million Community Opportunity Fund and is working hard to ensure that this portion of the bond will empower you to enact needed park improvements that will excite your neighbors into action and help sustain exiting volunteer efforts. '

While the economic climate we find ourselves in is a definite challenge for the future of our neighborhood parks, it reinforces parks as an aspect of our lives and community that are most central to our happiness and well-being. Additionally, this opportunity fosters close collaboration among non-profit organizations, neighborhood groups, elected officials and City departments. As a coalition, NPC is at the table to work with the Recreation and Parks Department and City officials to enhance how volunteers can help their parks and to identify new ways to ensure each park’s long-term health in every neighborhood of San Francisco.

NPC thrives because of our coalition. Each day our staff works hard to support community members and keep neighborhood parks high on the civic radar.  I appreciate your active participation in San Francisco’s neighborhood parks and look forward to supporting your efforts for many years to come.


Meredith Thomas"



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