McLaren Park - Herz Recreation Center Project

BackgroundAerial Rendering of what the Rec Center will look like, this is a drawing illustrating those plans.

The Recreation and Park Department is partnering with the HOPE SF Team, including Mercy Housing and Related CA, to construct a new recreation center/gymnasium at Herz Playground, a site within John McLaren Park. The new recreation center would be designed and built to fit cohesively within the existing park landscape and “the Hub,” a new community center campus with childcare services and recreational facilities. The vision for the overall Hub is to be an inclusive, safe, friendly, family and youth focused place for neighborhood residents and visitors.

Scope of Work

The recreation center will feature an indoor basketball court with bleachers, a multi-purpose room, restrooms, and associated staff spaces such as offices.

This facility would provide a much needed recreation center on the south side of San Francisco, and the goal is to create a clean, safe, warm and modern resource for all.

Funding

The project combines funding from federal, city, and private funds as follows:

  • 2020 Health & Recovery Bond: $10,000,000
  • 2020 Health & Recovery Bond, Sustainability Program: $4,000,000
  • Sunnydale LLC Grant: $10,000,000
  • General Fund Capital Baseline: $600,000
  • Federal Appropriation:  $1,500,000

Total Sources: $26,100,000

The construction contract award for this project was approved by Recreation and Parks Commission on June 15, 2023 (PDF). This construction contract award obtained and complies with all city, state, and federal regulatory approvals, including any that are specific to this project's funding sources. 

Project Schedule

PhaseTimeline
PlanningWinter 2019
DesignSpring 2021
Construction contract awardedJune 15, 2023
Construction begins
Fall 2023
Open to the publicEarly 2025


Project Updates

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

    Herz Recreation Center | Construction update January 2024

    Since our last update in November, demolition, excavation, and site work has wrapped up. Contractors are now working on preparing the footings for the future building structure Read on...
  2. Capital Project Update

    Herz Recreation Center | Construction update November 2023

    Since our last construction update in October, our contractors have completed surveying the site and installing all the necessary tree protection measures. This month, we will Read on...
  3. Capital Project Update

    Herz Recreation Center | Project update October 2023

    Exciting news to share. We broke ground this month on Herz Recreation Center, an all-new facility set to open in early 2025, located at Read on...
  4. Capital Project Update

    Herz Playground Now Open! | Project update September 2023

    Thank you to all of the community members who attended the ribbon cutting ceremony, including our speakers: Mayor London Breed, District 10 Supervisor Shamann Walton Read on...
  5. Capital Project Update

    Herz Playground Now Open! | Community, City Officials Celebrate $3.38 Million Makeover

    Creative new play equipment for kids of all ages and a park makeover inspired by nature greeted families at the renovated Herz Playground in McLaren Park Read on...
  6. Capital Project Update

    Herz Playground | Reopening Celebration, August 24!

    Join us to celebrate the renovation and reopening of Herz Playground on August 24 Read on...
  7. Capital Project Update

    Herz Rec Center | Project update August 2023

    On June 15, our Rec and Park Commission unanimously approved a contract award to SJ Amoroso Construction Co., LLC. to construct the new Herz Rec Center Read on...
  8. Capital Project Update

    Complete the McLaren Park 2020 Bond Planning priorities survey

    We’ve created a new map-based survey to collect your thoughts on possible programming, infrastructure, and connectivity improvements in John McLaren Park. Please take 15-20 minutes Read on...
  9. Capital Project Update

    Herz Playground | Project update June 2023

    We are rounding the corner on progress with Herz Playgound and the space is really taking shape! The play equipment is Read on...
  10. Capital Project Update

    Herz Rec Center | Project update May 2023

    Bids from contractors for the construction of Herz Recreation Center opened on May 17. Rec and Park is now reviewing the bids we have Read on...
  11. Capital Project Update

    Herz Recreation Center Project update | Bids open May 17

    Earlier this month, we held a pre-bid meeting on-site to review the scope of the Herz Recreation Center Project with potential bidders. We are looking forward to opening bids on May 17th. As a reminder, the bid information can be found Read on...
  12. Capital Project Update

    Herz Recreation Center Project update | April 2023

    Herz Recreation Center is out to bid! Bids are due on Read on...
  13. Capital Project Update

    SF Rec and Park Commission Meeting at Joe Lee Rec Center | March 16 at 10 a.m.

    Come meet your Rec and Park Commissioners at our offsite Commission meeting at Joe Lee Rec Center Read on...
  14. Capital Project Update

    Herz Recreation Center Project update | February 2023

    We are finalizing our bid set of documents for the Herz Recreation Center Project... Read on...
  15. Capital Project Update

    Recreation Center Project Update 1/20!

    Hi everyone, We are thrilled to share that we obtained our building permit for the Herz Recreation Center Project! Read on...
  16. Capital Project Update

    Herz Rec Project Update 12/20/22

    Hi folks, We enjoyed celebrating a joint groundbreaking for the new Community Center with our project partners . . . Read on...
  17. Herz Rec GB

    San Francisco Breaks Ground on New Community & Recreation Center at Sunnydale Hope SF

    Sunnydale Community Hub will provide safe and accessible space for sports, recreation, cultural events, health and wellness resources, and educational programs and activities. Read on...
  18. Capital Project Update

    Herz Recreation Center Update 10/26/22

    Hi all- We are excited to share that the children’s playground at Herz is now in construction! . . . Read on...
  19. Capital Project Update

    Herz Rec Construction Update 9/16!

    Hi everyone- We are making steady progress on having our construction documents reviewed by the Department of Building Inspection and other City agencies. . . Read on...
  20. Capital Project Update

    Herz Recreation Center Update 8/24!

    Hi all- We are closing to wrapping up the permitting review through the Department of Building Inspection! Read on...
  21. Capital Project Update

    Sanjay Vora selected for the Herz Rec Center Public Art Piece!

    We are thrilled to share that Sanjay Vora has been selected as the artist for the . . . Read on...
  22. Capital Project Update

    Art finalists for Herz Rec Center!

    Hi all- Thank you to those who provided input the proposed artwork for the Herz Recreation Center. . . Read on...
  23. Capital Project Update

    Herz Recreation Center Update 5/20!

    Hi all- Thank you to those who provided input the proposed artwork for the Herz Recreation Center. . . . Read on...
  24. Capital Project Update

    Herz Rec Art Proposals on Display, View them at Coffman Pool.

    The Herz Recreation Center Artist Selection Panel has selected three artists to create proposals for . . . Read on...
  25. Capital Project Update

    Herz Rec Center Project Update March 2022

    The project team and Rec Park staff continue to finalize details in the design of the new Rec Center and outdoor spaces Read on...
  26. Capital Project Update

    Herz Recreation Center Project Update 2/23/2022

    We are excited to share that the Board of Supervisors approved the grant/gift acceptance of $10 million from Sunnydale LLC! Read on...
  27. Capital Project Update

    Herz Recreation Center Project Update 1/21/22!

    In February, are looking forward to presenting to the Board of Supervisors for a grant/gift acceptance of $10 million for the project! . . . Read on...
  28. Capital Project Update

    Herz Recreation Center Project Update 12/17!

    Hi everybody- Our project team is finalizing the structural design of the building and then we will submit for a Building Permit. . . Read on...
  29. Capital Project Update

    Herz Recreation Center Project Update 11/18!

    Hi all- The Building Department has completed their Site Permit review and the permit notification has been posted at the park. . . Read on...
  30. Capital Project Update

    Herz Recreation Center Project Update 9/20!

    Hi all- The Arts Commission received over 100 applications from potential artists for the public art piece at Herz Recreation Center. . . Read on...
  31. Capital Project Update

    Herz Recreation Center Project Update 8/20!

    The architects and engineers are still hard at work finalizing the details of the building and landscape design. . . Read on...
  32. Capital Project Update

    Herz Recreation Center Project Update 7/19!

    Hi folks, We continue to develop the construction documents for the new Recreation Center and the outdoor spaces. . . Read on...
  33. Capital Project Update

    Herz Recreation Center Project Update 6/21!

    Hi everybody, Our design team is working on the construction documents for the project and we are going through the permitting process with the Department of Building Inspection. . . Read on...
  34. Capital Project Update

    Herz Recreation Center Project Update 5/21!

    Hi folks, We are performing a cost estimate for the project and then, we will begin construction documents. . . Read on...
  35. Capital Project Update

    Herz Recreation Center Project Update 4/20!

    Hi all, Thank you to all the community members who helped make this project a reality! Read on...
  36. Capital Project Update

    Herz Recreation Center Project is Going to the Commission for Approval!

    Hi all, This Thursday, March 18th at 10am, we will be presenting the Recreation Center concept plan to the Rec Park Commission for . . . Read on...
  37. Capital Project Update

    News about the Herz Projects!

    We are excited to share that Rec Park staff will be presenting the . . . Read on...
  38. Capital Project Update

    Herz Rec Center Virtual Community Meeting 2/3/21

    SF Rec & Park, Mercy Housing and Related CA are pleased to share the final concept plan for the Herz Recreation Center. . . Read on...
  39. Capital Project Update

    Herz Recreation Center Project Update Dec '20

    We are thrilled that Prop A passed! This will provide $10 million of funding towards this project Read on...
  40. Capital Project Update

    Herz Recreation Center Project Update 10/29!

    Hi everyone- We have been busy working with the project architects to . . . Read on...
  41. Capital Project Update

    Herz Recreation Center Project Update 9/18!

    Hi folks- The project team has been working to incorporate all the community feedback that we heard this summer. . . Read on...
  42. Capital Project Update

    Herz Rec Center Project Update 7/27!

    Thank you so much to those who participated in our virtual community meeting! Read on...
  43. Capital Project Update

    Herz Recreation Center Virtual Community Meeting 7/18!

    We are excited to announce that we will be hosting a virtual community workshop in partnership with Mercy Housing and Related CA. Read on...
  44. Capital Project Update

    Herz Recreation Center Project Update!

    Hi all! The Herz Recreation Center Project has been placed on the 2020 Health & Recovery Bond. Read on...
  45. Capital Project Update

    HERZ RECREATION CENTER PLANNING UPDATE

    Thank you to those of you who attended our community meeting on June 22nd. We continue to get valuable input Read on...

Contact Us

Eoanna Harrison Goodwin

Project Manager