Gene Friend Recreation Center

BackgroundGene Friend - concept rendering - Harriet Street View

Recreation and Park Department has been working with the community since late 2014 to envision improvements to Gene Friend Recreation Center. A feasibility study modeled various tiers of intervention, from building improvements to the existing recreation center to a completely new and expanded facility. Based on community feedback, the project team also explored building replacement options. The study demonstrated that improvements to the existing building would be costly and would not fully accommodate community desires and the needs of the growing SOMA neighborhood. Construction of a new recreation center and facility will allow RPD to provide more public amenities, improve site access and security, and will provide greater seismic strength and environmental benefits.

The Recreation and Park Commission approved a concept design for a wholescale replacement and expansion of the recreation center in September 2019, after a robust community outreach planning phase. 

Scope of Work

The project will replace the former rec center with a state-of-the-art community hub which, once complete, will continue to provide activities, community celebrations, youth and after-school programming, senior services, and much more for residents of the SoMa neighborhood. The new building will be significantly larger than the previous facility and will feature a two-court gymnasium, exercise facilities, and two multipurpose rooms. Outdoor improvements will include a new playground, seating and gathering areas, multi-court, plantings, and lighting.

Project Schedule 

PhaseTimeline
PlanningFall 2014
DesignSpring 2022
ConstructionEarly 2024
Open to the publicMid-2026


Project Updates

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  1. Project Update Blog
  2. Documents and Materials
  1. Capital Project Update

    Gene Friend Rec Center | Last call! Deadline for feedback on Art Proposals March 1, 5 PM

    Last call Deadline for feedback is Friday, March 1, 5 PM. SF Arts Commission is conducting a review process to choose an artist to create an integrated wall artwork for the gymnasium at the new Gene Friend Recreation Center Read on...
  2. Capital Project Update

    Gene Friend Rec Center | Deadline for feedback on Art Proposals extended one week to March 1, 5 PM

    Deadline has been extended one week to Friday, March 1, 5 PM. SF Arts Commission is conducting a review process to choose an artist to create an integrated wall artwork for the gymnasium at the new Gene Friend Recreation Center Read on...
  3. Capital Project Update

    Gene Friend Rec Center | Notice to Proceed for Construction and Feb 23 Deadline for Art Proposals

    We have three exciting announcements to share about the construction of the new Gene Friend Recreation Center. First, we are excited to announce that the City issued Notice to Proceed (NTP) today, which represents the official start of construction Read on...
  4. Capital Project Update

    Gene Friend Rec Center | Share Feedback on Gene Friend Rec Center Art Proposals

    The San Francisco Arts Commission is conducting a review process to choose an artist to create an integrated wall artwork for the interior north-facing wall of the gymnasium at the new Gene Friend Recreation Center. Three artists were chosen as Read on...
  5. Capital Project Update

    Gene Friend Rec Center | City Leaders & Community Members Break Ground on new Gene Friend Rec Center

    Funded largely by a voter-approved bond, the new hub in the South of Market neighborhood will replace a 45-year-old rec center, providing 50% more space for sports and community Read on...
  6. Capital Project Update

    Gene Friend Rec Center | REMINDER: Project Groundbreaking on February 5 at 1 PM

    Join us for a special groundbreaking ceremony for the Gene Friend Recreation Center (270 6th Street) project on Monday, February 5 beginning at 1 p.m. The event will take place at the Harriet Street entrance and will feature community remarks and Read on...
  7. Capital Project Update

    Gene Friend Rec Center | Project Groundbreaking on February 5

    Join us for a special groundbreaking ceremony for the Gene Friend Recreation Center (270 6th Street) project on Monday, February 5 beginning at 1 p.m. The event will take place at the Harriet Street entrance and will feature Read on...
  8. Capital Project Update

    Gene Friend Rec Center | Construction update, January 2024

    We’re getting excited to break ground on the new Gene Friend Rec Center as soon as next month! Our project team has been coordinating closely with the Read on...
  9. Capital Project Update

    Gene Friend Rec Center | Project update, November 2023

    We’re getting excited to break ground on the new Gene Friend Rec Center in the early part of next year. The old Rec Center’s last day of operation will be December 21, 2023. Read on...
  10. Capital Project Update

    Gene Friend Rec Center | Public Art Project Updates

    We are excited to announce that the San Francisco Arts Commission received over 100 responses to the Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for artists Read on...
  11. Capital Project Update

    Gene Friend Rec Center | Call for Artists, Zoning Variance, Contract Amendment

    Excited to report on some updates for the Gene Friend Rec Center Project, including Read on...
  12. Capital Project Update

    Gene Friend Rec Center | RFQ for Public Art with Online Pre-Application Workshop, August 30

    The Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for artists has been posted on the Arts Commission website. Deadline for qualifications is September 18 Read on...
  13. Capital Project Update

    Gene Friend Recreation Center | Project update August 2023

    We have hit some exciting milestones for the Gene Friend Rec Center Project! On July 17, the Arts Commission Civic Design Review Committee approved Read on...
  14. Capital Project Update

    Gene Friend Recreation Center | Visual Arts Committee and Civic Design Review Updates

    The Public Art Project Plan for Gene Friend Rec Center will be presented to the Arts Commission Visual Arts Committee (VAC) this week. The meeting is Read on...
  15. Capital Project Update

    Gene Friend Recreation Center | Civic Design Review and Visual Arts Committee Next Week

    The Gene Friend Rec Center project team will be presenting to the Arts Commission, Civic Design Review Phase 2, this coming Monday, July 17, 2:00 pm. This is a public meeting and there is an opportunity for public comment Read on...
  16. Capital Project Update

    Gene Friend Rec Center | Civic Design Review meeting today cancelled

    We found out today that the SF Arts Commission (SFAC), Civic Design Review Committee meeting scheduled for this afternoon was cancelled due to lack of quorum Read on...
  17. Capital Project Update

    Gene Friend Rec Center | Submit Feedback on Gene Friend Proposed Public Art Plan by 6/15

    Thanks to all who joined for our online community update on June 8. Project updates were well-received by attendees Read on...
  18. Capital Project Update

    Gene Friend Rec Center | Virtual Community Update meeting today + Civic Design Review this Monday

    Recreation and Parks and the Arts Commission are co-hosting an online meeting to share updates with community members on the Read on...
  19. Capital Project Update

    Gene Friend Rec Center | Virtual Community Update: Thursday, June 8, 6:00-7:30 p.m.

    Rec and Parks and the Arts Commission are co-hosting an online meeting to share updates on the latest facility design, project schedule, and draft public art plan Read on...
  20. Capital Project Update

    Gene Friend Recreation Center update | March 2023

    The Gene Friend Recreation Center project represents the wholescale construction of a brand-new facility. Currently, the project team is working on Read on...
  21. Capital Project Update

    Updates Related to the New Gene Friend Recreation Center

    Notice to Proceed for pre-construction services was awarded to Swinerton Builders just prior to Thanksgiving . . . Read on...
  22. Capital Project Update

    Gene Friend Rec Center Project Update 7/20/22

    The design team is up and running and working on completing schematic design by later this Summer. . . Read on...
  23. Capital Project Update

    Gene Friend Rec Center Project Update 3/25

    We're officially under contract with the architecture & engineering team, Mark Cavagnero Associates + Kuth Ranieri Architects Joint Venture. We're looking forward to working with this team to finalize the project design & construction documents. Read on...
  24. Capital Project Update

    Gene Friend Rec Center Project Updates

    Here are some updates on the Gene Friend Recreation Center project: Read on...
  25. Capital Project Update

    Gene Friend Rec Project Architecture and Engineering Services Team Updates

    We are excited to be moving toward onboarding our new design team for the project! . . . Read on...
  26. Capital Project Update

    Updates to RFP for Architectural & Engineering Services and Recruitment Timeline for Gene Friend Rec

    Thank you for helping us to get the word out to folks who may be interested in working on the project. . . . Read on...
  27. Capital Project Update

    The Request for Proposals for Architectural & Engineering Services for the Gene Friend Rec is Live

    Thank you for helping us to get the word out to folks who may be interested in working on the project. . . Read on...
  28. Capital Project Update

    Gene Friend Rec Center Project Update 6/21/21!

    We are pushing to advertise an RFP (request for proposals) for a design team (architecture and engineering) this July, with the goal of selecting a team and having them start work by right after the New Year 2022. . . Read on...
  29. Capital Project Update

    Gene Friend Rec Center Project Update 4/16/21!

    As you have likely heard by now, Prop A passed in November, and the Health and Recovery General Obligation Bond is a go . . . Read on...
  30. Capital Project Update

    Gene Friend Rec Project Update 10/9!

    Gene Friend Recreation Center has been included as a project . . . Read on...
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