SF Rec and Park to Host Community Events in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
SF Rec and Park Hosts Day of Service to Remember Dr. King
SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will be honoring the historic accomplishment of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (MLK) with series of community events. A MLK march on Saturday, January 18th, is the first of the series, and will begin with the Bayview Baptist Ministers Fellowship at the Bayview Opera House at 9:30AM, and the march will end at Martin Luther King Jr. Swimming Pool (MLK Pool).
Then on the same day, a MLK celebration will take place at MLK Pool that will include remarks by local community leaders and performances by local talent groups. This year, Reverend Willie Williams from the Bayview Baptist Ministers Fellowship will be the keynote speaker. The Golden Gate Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, the Young and Gifted Youth Choir, and the Washington Sisters will perform. In the pool, the SF Merionettes and the MLK Jr. Blue Dolphin Swim Team will offer an exhibition of their swimming skills, and free water exercise classes will be offered.
Moreover, on January 18th, 2014, SF Rec and Park will officially participate in a national day of service with Habitat for Humanity. In partnership with SF Rec and Park’s Volunteer Services Program, Habitat for Humanity will be leading a volunteer work party at MLK Pool and Bayview Playground. The volunteer group will clean up and beautify the area starting from 9:00AM.
“We are proud to be part of the national tradition of a day of service in honor and remembrance of Dr. King and the civil rights movement of our nation,” said, Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “We can think of no more appropriate tribute than uplifting our neighborhoods through volunteer work in our parks.”
In 2009, at his inauguration, President Barack Obama declared Martin Luther King Jr. Day a national day of service, and in response to the President’s declaration, RPD staff and volunteers will be cleaning playground, weeding, turf edging and planter weeding in the Bayview neighborhood. In addition, RPD will render Dr. King’s image as part of its logo starting Thursday, January 16th, 2014, in honor and remembrance of his legacy and continue to raise awareness of the importance of our civil rights and liberty.