I have been writing about the volunteer help that Franklin Playground needs, as well as some of the other San Francisco Park and Rec facilities, e.g., Alamo Park and Buena Vista Park, and others. Park and Rec has not doubt been impacted by the recent budgets. Therefore, I was happy and sad to find this article.In the November 2010 issue of The Potrero View is a letter by Phil Ginsberg, General Manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, title, “San Francisco Parks Need Your Help.”
Many residents of San Francisco know that the Recreation and Park Department provides great venues for baseball, basketball, soccer and other sports and after school activities, but do not realize that the site directors also provide great advice and counseling as well. Many young people are in need of this support because they do not find it at home or at school.
Park and Rec site directors, because they operate in a very different environment, can sometimes connect with children in a way that authority cannot. What better way to connect and have an informal conversation about the future than during sports and park activities. In some cases, site directors also have to provides protection as well. Growing up in the Park and Rec system, I have seen site directors save many kids from a beating, and bullying as well as provide good advice.
I encourage you to read Phil Ginsberg’s letter. The Park and Rec System is very much worth helping with volunteerism, financial support and letters to your elected representatives.