Improving Public Places

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The Parks and Recreation Department and the Improving Public Places Group host a number of cleanup days and flower and tree planting events throughout the year. Volunteers share a common vision of creating vibrant landscapes within South San Francisco by picking up litter, and planting flowers and trees.


Planting Event at Grand Avenue Library Entrance

Come and meet the Improving Public Places committee, and help improve the landscape at the Grand Avenue Library entrance.

When:     Saturday, August 11, 2018

Time:      9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.

Where:    Grand Avenue Library - 306 Walnut Avenue, South San Francisco, 94080

RSVP by 8/8:      (650) 829-3837 or

 Hope to see you there and bring a friend(s)!

 Event Flyer

 Time Commitment

It’s up to you! Volunteers can participate in one day cleanup events or offer many years of service.

Corporate and Service Club Volunteers

The Parks and Recreation Department co-sponsors volunteer projects for service groups and corporate partners. These projects can include landscape projects like flower and tree planting, and cleanup projects, and donating and installing park fixtures like park benches, picnic tables, and play equipment.


No experience is necessary – just a passion for making our city a better place and playing in the dirt! Volunteers may be individuals, or members of youth organizations, service clubs, businesses, schools groups, and neighborhood or common interest associations. Volunteers and parents of volunteers under 18 years old must complete and submit a volunteer services waiver.


  • Planting and maintaining flowers and trees
  • Cleaning litter
  • Minor trimming
  • Weeding
  • Spreading mulch
  • Special event projects

Annual Project Days include:

Arbor Day – Volunteers plant trees, shrubs, flowers to commemorate Arbor Day.
Coastal Clean-up Day – Volunteers remove trash and other debris along the Bay Front Trail.
Centennial Way – Volunteers pick up trash along the trail, tend to plants, and remove graffiti.

If you’re interesting in “adopting” a park or greenspot or other volunteer opportunities, you can contact Parks Division staff by calling (650) 829-3837, or by email at

Contact Us 

Parks & Recreation

Physical Address
33 Arroyo Dr.
South San Francisco, CA 94080

Mailing Address
P.O. Box 711
South San Francisco, CA 94083

Ph: 650-829-3800
Fx: 650-877-8678

Monday - Friday
8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

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