Garfield Square is located in the city's Mission District, and has a swimming pool, athletic field, playground, courts and areas for passive recreation.
The newly renovated (2021) Garfield Center comprises a 3,550 square foot clubhouse and pool building, which share a single lobby area. The Center features updated showers and locker rooms, a playroom and expanded kitchen.
Outside are new basketball courts and a splashpad for children. A courtyard connects the new park elements.
The $19.7 million capital project was funded through the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond and Interagency Plan Implementation Committee (IPIC) Eastern Neighborhood Impact Fees. Capital projects like this one are an important part of San Francisco’s economic recovery, with this project providing more than 250 construction jobs.
Two percent of the project budget went to commission artwork for the building. A glass mural that spans the length of the pool is the first major public art project by artist Favianna Rodriguez. Standing at 8 feet high and 113 feet long, the artwork features a mother with her baby, two children, and a paletero (ice cream vendor). Its bright colors and playful shapes reflect in the water.
In addition, the pool building’s Primal Sea diptych mural, installed in 1980, was given new life through a restoration led by artist Yano Rivera of Precita Eyes Muralists.
Garfield Swimming Pool
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