SF Rec and Park, City Leaders and City Fields Foundation to Open Mission Playground
City Fields Foundation Donated to Renovate Playfields in the Mission
SAN FRANCISCO – SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD), and Supervisors Scott Wiener, Supervisor David Campos, City Fields Foundation, Department of Public Works (DPW), SF Arts Commission, neighbors and park advocates gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony for the grand opening of Mission Playground and Playfields on Saturday, September 15, 2012.
Moreover, in keeping with SF Rec and Park’s efforts to provide quality recreation for San Franciscans with disabilities, the new Recreation and Park Department Inclusion Center will have its office in the Mission Clubhouse. The Inclusion Center will provide assessments, accommodations, and specialized programs, to help ensure that everybody plays.
“Mission Playground and Playfields enhance the diversity of recreation activities, park safety, and sociability,” said District 8 Supervisor Scott Wiener. “The newly improved playground and playfields will help provide children and families more outdoor play time in our neighborhoods.”
“The residents living in the Mission neighborhoods now can enjoy outdoor and indoor recreation on the renovated playfields and clubhouse throughout all seasons,” said District 9 Supervisor David Campos. “We look forward to Mission Playground becoming a vibrant neighborhood hub where kids and adults can play and connect with their communities.”
The overall $7.5 million Mission Playground renovation is funded by the 2008 Clean & Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond. The construction of the Mission Playground renovation is implemented in two phases. Phase One includes the Valencia Street courtyard with new play equipment, water play feature and artist designed fence panels, a new synthetic turf playfield, tennis and basketball courts with fencing, energy efficient sports lighting, as well as new planting irrigation. Phase Two includes the Clubhouse, restored playground and the 19th Street entrance. In addition, the Mission Pool renovation is expected to be completed in November 2012.
“For decades, Mission Playground has hosted regular, competitive pick-up soccer games on a crumbling, knee-destroying asphalt field,” said Susan Hirsch of the City Fields Foundation. “You never needed to be in a league, or own a fancy jersey or special shoes or even speak the same language as your team-mates. You just needed to bring your “A” game. Now, Mission Playground has a world-class soccer pitch worthy of this community’s passion for the game.”
In 2006, the City Fields Foundation and the City of San Francisco established the Playfields Initiative, a public-private partnership to remedy the city’s ongoing athletic field deficit through synthetic turf renovations and light installations. The City Fields Foundation helped to replace the park’s asphalt soccer pitch with a new synthetic turf soccer field and lights for evening play. The new synthetic turf allows for year-round play and is easier on the player knees than the former asphalt field. Playfield renovations funded by City Fields’ and Recreation and Parks’ partnership have added more than 72,000 hours of new annual playtime on city sports fields, allowing for 2,000 more kids to play each year on 200 new teams.
“SF Rec and Park is thrilled to be giving the community a newly renovated Mission Playground that will provide the full amenities this colorful neighborhood needs,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “We thank our City leaders, City Fields Foundation, and park advocates for their support of rebuilding the Mission Playground and Playfields for the health and vitality of the Mission neighborhoods.”
“Thanks to the City’s Percent for Art Program the San Francisco Arts Commission was able to make this park even more inviting with a new decorative fence featuring a parade of animals and whimsical characters by Mission-based artist Michael Bartalos,” said Director of Cultural Affairs Tom DeCaigny. “The artwork complements the newly-renovated park perfectly because it communicates that this is a place where everyone is welcome to have fun and play.”
“We have renovated the clubhouse, pool building and playground as well as putting in new landscaping,” said DPW Director Mohammed Nuru. “Together with these new fields, families in the Mission will have a wonderful, safe, and comfortable place to enjoy all types of diverse activities.”