SF Rec and Park to Open Great Highway Restrooms After $2.2 Million Renovation

SAN FRANCISCO – Today, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department will open the public restrooms located at the intersection of Judah and Taraval Streets and Great Highway along Ocean Beach after their $2.2 million of renovation.  Funding for the renovation was made possible by the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond’s Citywide Restroom Renovation Program.

“We have supported these restrooms’ renovation because we know how important they are to our residents and visitors so that they can enjoy their visits to Golden Gate Park, Ocean Beach and the Outer Sunset neighborhood,” said Katy Tang, District 4 Supervisor whose district includes the restrooms.

The Judah Public Restroom is located in close distance to Ocean Beach, Golden Gate Park and the Judah Street merchant corridor, as well as MUNI’s Judah Street Car station, while the Taraval Public Restroom is located between Ocean Beach, the Taraval Street merchant corridor, and close to the San Francisco Zoo.  Both public restrooms provide essential amenities to residents and visitors who live, work, play, shop, eat, and visit Ocean Beach, and Outer Sunset neighborhood.

“Although the buildings date back to 1930, neither structure is listed on a local, state or national historical register but because of their age and unique character, the City’s Planning Department has determined the buildings are eligible for inclusion on the California Register and each building has character defining features that have been retained,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager.  “We are proud of the work that our Capital Planning team has done in protecting the integrity of these building and able to improve upon the structures and their capacity so that they are better in serving the public, especially in the areas that are frequent by large number of park visitors.”

This project involves the renovation of the two Great Highway restrooms located at the intersection of the Great Highway and Judah and Taraval Streets. Built in 1930, these Public Convenience Stations are one story, poured concrete, public restroom building designed in the Classical Revival style.  Since the restroom buildings were identical so were the improvements made.  As a result, the buildings remain identical.  And renovation work included demolition of deteriorated features and fixtures; hazardous material abatement; salvage and reinstallation of historic wall and floor tiles where feasible; re-roof the structure to include five sky lights; installation of new protective fencing on the roof parapet to prevent vandalism; installation of new restroom furnishing and fixture; realignment of interior storage rooms; structural improvements; electrical, mechanical and plumbing upgrades; ADA improvements to interior and exterior spaces; new curb ramps; installation of a sand foot wash station; and minor landscape and irrigation improvements.  The construction began summer, 2014.

In addition, a group of community volunteers will be planting around the restrooms during a public volunteer day of services on Saturday, May 30th, 2015 from 9am to noon.  Please contact recparkvolunteer@sfgov.org for more information or RSVP.

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