SF Rec and Park Celebrates Pride 2014
SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department has been celebrating Pride Month by hosting special activities. In 2013, SF Rec and Park decided to proudly raise Pride flags at Civic Center Plaza in celebration of the Supreme Court decision affirming LGBT rights to marriage. Continuing the new tradition, at the beginning of June this year, SF Rec and Park kicked off Pride Month with Pride flags raised at Civic Center Plaza and have displayed a uniquely designed Pride logo on its website throughout the month. And on Friday, June 20th, the Department hosted including the Women-On-Women (W.O.W) Dodge Ball which took place at the Eureka Valley Recreation Center. The W.O.W Dodge Ball Tournament had six games with up to 20 teams that have six to seven players in each team.
Then during the upcoming Pride celebration and parade at Civic Center Plaza over the weekend of June 28th, SF Rec and Park will be giving away SF Rec and Park Pride swags. To learn more about SF Rec and Park, please visit our website at www.sfrecpark.org.
“As we recall this time last year we were celebrating the Supreme Court’s decision of recognizing our LGBT community’s constitutional rights to marriage,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “We also want to take a moment to remember those who had passed and fought so hard for LGBT rights so that we can celebrate today.”
During the Pride Month, SF Rec and Park also highlighted the significance of one of its recreation facilities related to the history of the LGBT community. The 23,125 sq ft Harvey Milk Center for the Recreational Arts named after the Civil Rights leader, Harvey Milk who wasthe slained City Supervisor assassinated in 1978. The building reopened after a $12 million renovation. Its 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.