Gene Friend Rec Improvement Project a TPL Partnership



Recreation and Parks is partnering with The Trust for Public Land on a feasibility study and concept design for the Gene Friend Recreation Center (SOMA Rec). The Rec Center and Playgrounds are celebrating 25 year anniversary this year and are in need of renovation. The Rec Center and playgrounds serve an area where open space and recreation opportunities are limited, The facility is used by school children, seniors and people who live and work in the neighborhood. The goals for this study and design is to set the stage for renovation to create a safe, welcoming, modern resource for individuals, families and children of different ages.


The Trust for Public Land is a national non-profit organization that works in partnership with the City and communities to ensure that everyone has access to quality parks and open space. Some of the recent playground renovation efforts resulting from this partnership include Hayes Valley Playground, Balboa Park, and most recently Boeddeker Park.

Call for Feedback and Hoodline Article on Gene Friend Rec Center Project

A reminder to send any comments on the Gene Friend Rec Center Project concept design to the Project Manager by this Friday, January 8. Project Manager contact info is available on the right hand bar of the project page. Also, Hoodline published an article online about the project status. Please … Continue reading

Civic Design Review on December 14 for Gene Friend Rec Center Project

The Gene Friend (SOMA) Recreation Center Project will be up for conceptual design review with the San Francisco Arts Commission Civic Design Review Committee this coming Monday, December 14. This is a public hearing. Anyone interested in the project or the Civic Design Review process is welcome to attend. The meeting … Continue reading

Next Gene Friend Rec Center Improvement Project Meeting Rescheduled from July 9 to October 1

Friends and Neighbors! Our next community meeting for the Gene Friend (SOMA) Rec Center Project was originally scheduled to be on July 9, 2015, however we are pushing it back to October 1, 2015. This new date will give our design team more time to collect info and will hopefully … Continue reading

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