By renovating the Beach Chalet Soccer Fields with synthetic turf and lights, the amount of playtime available on these fields will triple from 4,738 hours per year to 14,320 hours per year – that’s 9,582 hours of additional playtime annually.
For a park feature that is largely used by children, the Beach Chalet Soccer Fields lack basic youth and family friendly amenities and are in need of repair and renovation.
Built more than 75 years ago, the Beach Chalet Soccer Fields were last renovated in 1998. The fields are currently unsafe and in poor condition due to heavy use, abundant gopher holes and seasonal, wet conditions.
The area of renovation is approximately 482,700 square feet and will take place within the approximate footprint as the existing soccer fields. The proposed project would renovate the facility with synthetic turf, field lights, install a pathway to, from and around the fields, improve the parking lot safety and circulation, rehabilitate the restroom, and add a spectator viewing plaza and provide on-field spectator and player seating. The project will also include the addition of a maintenance shed to replace the cargo container as well as a small play structure, BBQ picnic space, and new landscape and tree plantings.
The Rec and Park Department will receive a generous in-kind donation from the City Fields Foundation in the amount of $6 million dollars. The City is also contributing approximately $6.2 million dollars towards this project form 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond funds.
The project started construction in November 2014 and is anticipated to be completed in winter 2015 (weather and other unforeseen circumstances may cause construction delays).
Hundreds of city kids came out and got their kicks in at the opening of the new Beach Chalet Athletic Fields in Golden Gate Park on December 12. The new fields at the west end of the park will dramatically increase public access to the fields, tripling the amount of playtime there … Continue reading
The Beach Chalet Athletic Field project is moving forward as planned. The contractor has completed their rough grading operation and is now moving forward with the storm drainage pipe installation. This work will continue over the next month. Other work items that have been completed include the removal of hazardous … Continue reading
The Recreation and Park Department, in partnership with the City Fields Foundation, has begun construction work at the Beach Chalet Athletic Fields. A temporary construction fence has been erected around the site while the contractor begins the demolition activities associated with the project. The attached photo shows the turf being … Continue reading
Great news! The California Coastal Commission voted unanimously today to uphold the permit for the Beach Chalet Athletic Field renovation project at the West End of Golden Gate Park, perhaps the most vetted public project in Rec and Park history. The Commission’s vote means the renovation project can move forward … Continue reading