SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Commission unanimously approved the naming of Betty Ong Chinese Recreation Center located on 1199 Mason Street today. The decision was supported by many Chinese American community advocates, as well as Mayor Lee. The Chinese Recreation Center project is currently under renovation, and expected to re-open in early 2012.
“Ms. Betty Ong is truly an American hero, and we are proud to have a recreation center named after her,” said, Phil Ginsburg, RPD General Manager. “We thank Mayor Lee and Recreation and Park Commission for their leadership, as well as Ms. Ong’s family and community advocates for their support during the naming process.”
Early September this year, Mayor Lee, in commemoration of the ten year anniversary of the terrorist attacks that took place on the tragic day of September 11, 2001, requested the RPD Commission to name the Chinese Recreation Center in honor of Betty Ong, a Chinese-American hero. Betty Ong grew up in Chinatown, attended San Francisco public schools and often played at Chinese Recreation Center with her brother and two sisters.
Betty Ong was a flight attendant on American Airlines Flight 11 fromBoston bound forLos Angeles and was the first person to report the hijacking. Her call led to air traffic controllers landing every plane flying overU.S. airspace on that day.