Harvey Milk Rec Arts Center

Harvey Milk Front Photo

Overlooking beautiful Duboce Park, the Harvey Milk Center for the Recreational Arts is as unique as the Civil Rights leader it was named for. Originally dedicated to the Performing Arts, the building, commonly called “Drama, Dance & Music”, was headquarters for the Performing Arts Division of the Recreation and Park Department since its construction in 1954. Duboce Park itself, has been a location for arts programming since the early 1920’s when the women volunteers of the San Francisco Urban Story League performed puppet shows and storytelling in the park for children.

The 23,125 sq ft center reopened to the public after an impressive $12 million renovation to the 55 year old building. Dedicated now to the Visual as well as the Performing Arts, the Harvey Milk Arts Center has quickly become the City’s newest Digital Destination with state-of-the-art technological facilities including brand new Sound Recording Studio & Digital Labs.

Located in the southwestern side of Duboce Park, the Harvey Milk Recreational Arts Building is also home to the Recreation & Park Department’s exceptional San Francisco Photo Center – the oldest (and one of the largest) public darkrooms for traditional black & white process printing still in existence in the United States. The building also features a multitude of arts & recreational programming in our expansive Ballroom, Dance Studio, Art Studios, multiple Exhibition Galleries and the Scott Street Labyrinth.

Part of a quartet of Arts Centers, under the Cultural Arts Division, the building was officially re-dedicated in 1979 to Harvey Milk as tribute to the slain City Supervisor after his assassination in 1978. The building’s recent redesign plays homage to the storied history of the recreational center & Harvey Milk, himself, in the form of a San Francisco Arts Commission suite of permanent art installations conceived of by artists Michael Davis and Susan Schwartzenberg. One of those pieces, “The American Dream: A Tribute to Harvey Milk” memorializes Milk’s words, “The American Dream starts with the neighborhoods…” fittingly upon the building’s Eastside.

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Facility Schedule

Monday

Facility Operating Hours:

9AM to 6PM

Classes & Open Gym/Swim Schedule:

There are no Classes at this time

Tuesday

Facility Operating Hours:

9AM to 9PM

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There are no Classes at this time

Wednesday

Facility Operating Hours:

9AM to 9PM

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There are no Classes at this time

Thursday

Facility Operating Hours:

9AM to 9PM

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There are no Classes at this time

Friday

Facility Operating Hours:

9AM to 6PM

Classes & Open Gym/Swim Schedule:

There are no Classes at this time

Saturday

Facility Operating Hours:

9AM to 5PM

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There are no Classes at this time

Sunday

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CLOSED

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There are no Classes at this time

Facility FAQ

About the Facility: Harvey Milk Center for the Recreational Arts is dedicated as an art destination site concentrating in Dance, Theater, Visual and Digital Arts programing. The building features a large Ballroom and Dance Studio that can be rented out for dance/theater/community rentals internally. The Center is the upper portion of the same building as the Harvey Milk Photo Center with the entrance at 50 Scott Street. The Harvey Milk Photo Center entrance can be accessed on the Duboce Park side.

Harvey Milk is located at the top of Duboce Park which features baby swings, play structures for tots, and a sand play area. There is also a contained basketball court, with an older kids play structure area behind it. The grass fields are open for the public to use and Duboce Park features a large dog park grass area at the bottom of the pathway.

Renting the Facility: The Ballroom, Dance Studio, and small Community Room, are all available for rental by contacting Harvey Milk Center for the Arts directly. You can contact them by calling 415-554-8742. The Harvey Milk Photo Center (within the same building) can be reached by calling 415-554-9522.

Directions: The recreation center is located at 50 Scott St at the corner of Scott and Duboce.

Bus Routes:  Muni Metro N Judah to Duboce Park. You can also take J-Church or 22-Fillmore to Church and Duboce Streets and walk two blocks west on Duboce.

For More Information  Email: robby.roller@sfgov.org

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