SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department announced today the beginning of series of pool renovations around the City beginning October 31. The first of the three pools to go undergo renovation is Balboa Pool located within Balboa Park at 51 Havelock Street at San Jose and Ocean Avenues. The approximately 1.1 million square foot park has multiple fields for soccer and baseball, tennis and basketball courts, a children’s play area, skateboard park and a pool. Balboa Swimming Pool is one of nine public swimming pools in San Francisco.
“Balboa Park and Pool have always been a community hub for our residents, and the Pool most certainly is in need of upgrades,” said Supervisor John Avalos whose district includes Balboa Park and Pool. “We look forward to celebrating the newly improved Balboa Pool.”
Currently, featuring dimensions of 100’ x 40’ and six lanes, Balboa Pool has long been one of the City’s most popular sites for recreational and lap swims. The $10.7 million renovation project will result in improvements to the pool building, a new community room, and associated site improvements. The project is funded by the voter-supported 2012 Clean & Safe Neighborhood Park Bond in addition to a Housing Grant from the California Department of Housing and Community Development.
“SF Rec & Park has done extensive outreach working closely with the community during the planning process for the Balboa Pool renovation, and we appreciate how involved and supportive the community has been,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec & Park General Manager. “Now, we can turn the community-driven concept into a reality beginning with Balboa Pool, and then move on to making improvements at other pools within our system.”
During the renovation, all aquatic programming that typically takes place at Balboa Pool, will be transferred to Garfield Pool and other pools across the City. Once the renovation at Balboa Pool is complete in Fall 2017, the $11 million Garfield Pool renovation and $8.2 million Rossi Pool renovation will follow. The three renovations will not overlap in an effort to serve the public with as much aquatic recreation as possible. Mission Pool, which typically closes in the winter, will remain open to further accommodate swimmers.
For updates and more information about the pool renovations, please visit the following links:
- Balboa Pool Renovation http://sfrecpark.org/project/balboa-pool-improvements/
- Garfield Pool Renovation: http://sfrecpark.org/project/garfield-pool-improvement-project/
- Rossi Pool Renovation: http://sfrecpark.org/project/angelo-j-rossi-pool-improvement-project/
To learn more about our aquatics programs & memberships, visit: http://sfrecpark.org/recreation-community-services/aquatics-pools/