- EXPLORE OUR PARKS
- Park Improvements
- Active Park Projects
- Gene Friend Recreation Center Project
Gene Friend Recreation Center Project
Recreation and Park Department and The Trust for Public Land Staff have 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.
Partnership with Trust for Public Land - The Trust for Public Land is a national non-profit organization that works in partnership with the City and communities to ensure that everyone has access to quality parks and open space. Some of the recent playground renovation efforts resulting from this partnership include Hayes Valley Playground, Balboa Park, Boeddeker Park and most recently Helen Diller Playgrounds at Civic Center.
|Open to the public||Fall 2025|
If you would like to sign up for updates click here and scroll down to the NewsFlash and select the alerts you would like to receive.
Updates Related to the New Gene Friend Recreation CenterNotice to Proceed for pre-construction services was awarded to Swinerton Builders just prior to Thanksgiving . . . Read on...
Gene Friend Rec Center Project Update 7/20/22The design team is up and running and working on completing schematic design by later this Summer. . . Read on...
Gene Friend Rec Center Project Update 3/25We'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...
Gene Friend Rec Center Project UpdatesHere are some updates on the Gene Friend Recreation Center project: Read on...
Gene Friend Rec Project Architecture and Engineering Services Team UpdatesWe are excited to be moving toward onboarding our new design team for the project! . . . Read on...
Updates to RFP for Architectural & Engineering Services and Recruitment Timeline for Gene Friend RecThank you for helping us to get the word out to folks who may be interested in working on the project. . . . Read on...
The Request for Proposals for Architectural & Engineering Services for the Gene Friend Rec is LiveThank you for helping us to get the word out to folks who may be interested in working on the project. . . Read on...
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...
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...
Gene Friend Rec Project Update 10/9!Gene Friend Recreation Center has been included as a project . . . Read on...
GENE FRIEND REC CENTER PROJECT UPDATE FEB 2020Thanks to the large group of representatives from community organizations who came out for the Recreation and Park Commission Capital Committee hearing Read on...
GENE FRIEND REC CENTER CONCEPT DESIGN AT COMMISSION SEPTEMBER 4Thanks to all of our community members who have provided valuable input since early 2015 on the feasibility study Read on...
GENE FRIEND REC CENTER PROJECT UPDATESWe have our final concept design for the new rec center and are just wrapping up environmental review with SF Planning. Read on...
GENE FRIEND REC CENTER DESIGN CLEARS ARTS COMMISSION CIVIC DESIGN REVIEW PHASE 1The Gene Friend Rec Center design team presented project design and drawings to the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Civic Design Review Committee Read on...
- Gene Friend Conceptual Design Commission Staff Report (PDF)
- Civic Design Review Concept Design Presentation 12-14-2015 (PDF)
- Civic Design Review Phase 1 Presentation 10-15-2018 (PDF)
Community Meetings - Notes and Presentations
- Meeting Number 5 Boards 09-25-2018 (PDF)
- Meeting Number 5 Presentation 09-25-2018 (PDF)
- Meeting Number 4 Notice 12-15-2015 (PDF)
- Meeting Number 4 Presentation 12-15-1205 (PDF)
- Meeting Number 4 Boards 12-15-2015 (PDF)
- Meeting Number 3 Notice 10-01-2015 (PDF)
- Meeting Number 3 Presentation 10-01-2015 (PDF)
- Meeting Number 2 Notice 05-28-2015 (PDF)
- Meeting Number 2 Presentation 05-28-2015 (PDF)
- Meeting Number 1 Boards 03-26-2015 (PDF)
- Meeting Number 1 Notice 03-26-2015 (PDF)