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Palega Recreation Center


  1. Athletic Field
  2. Available for Rentals
  3. Baseball / Softball
  4. Baseball Diamond
  5. Basketball
  6. Community Garden
  7. Community Room(s)
  8. Gymnasium
  9. Outdoor Basketball Court
  10. Picnic Area
  11. Ping Pong
  12. Playground
  13. Restrooms
  14. Soccer
  15. Tennis

NOTICE: Palega Recreation Center is temporarily closed as crews repair damage caused by a recent fire. We apologize for the inconvenience. Nearby recreation centers include:

St. Mary’s Recreation Center
95 Justin Drive | Visit

Joe Lee Recreation Center
1598 Oakdale Avenue | Visit

We anticipate the reopening of this facility in the coming weeks. Please check this page regularly for updates.

About this Facility

In 1996, the Recreation and Park Commission voted unanimously to rename Portola Playground and Recreation Center in honor of Sululagi Palega Jr., a Samoan American and local sports legend, who was tragically killed in Modesto two years earlier. Described as a "Gentle Giant," Palega grew up in the Portola District and was a regular visitor to the center, where he learned to play the sports that led him to be a local star at Balboa High School and later at City College of San Francisco. At the time of his death, Palega was in the process of being hired by the Recreation and Park Department as a director. He is remembered today as a community leader and icon for recreation in San Francisco and local sports. 
Visit this thriving community center for a wide selection of games, sports, programs and classes, including after school activities for kids. Join a pickup game on the basketball court or soccer field, or take your frisky pup for a run. The large, inviting playground has climbing structures bordered by beautiful trees. Tennis courts, athletic fields and picnic areas are also available.


Programs at this Site
This facility offers tot classes, after school programs and dance classes for seniors.
Programs at this Site

Open Gym Hours
This facility has open gym hours for pickup basketball. Contact the Facility Coordinator to confirm current open gym times.

Tue: 10:00am - 7:30pm basketball

Wed: 10:00am - 3:30pm basketball; 6:30pm - 7:30pm volleyball

Thu: 10:00am - 7:30pm basketball

Fri: 10:00am - 4:00pm basketball; 4:00pm - 7:30pm volleyball

Sat: 9:00am - 1:30pm basketball; 2:00pm - 4:30pm volleyball


Related Links
Palega Community Garden

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