City parks score high in audit, win excellence award 

Oh, take off those gray glasses, it’s not all doom and gloom out there.

The City just received its first A average ever from the City Services Auditor for its 168 parks. OK, technically it was an A-minus average, at 90.8 percent, but still, it’s better than the B-minus average they were receiving just five years ago.

The good news doesn’t stop there: The city and county of San Francisco will receive the 2009 Award of Excellence from the California Park and Recreation Society for maintenance management and operations. The award is being given largely because The City started auditing its parks regularly — a best practice that other cities are now starting to adopt, Rec and Park spokesman Elton Pon said.

Just think about that the next time you have to bring your own toilet paper into the bathroom at Dolores Park.

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