City Leaders Open Sunset Recreation Center with Grand Opening Ceremony
$14.2 Million Capital Improvement Project from the 2008 Parks Bond Completed
SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) in partnership with District 4 Supervisor Carmen Chu, Dept of Public Works (DPW), SF Arts Commission, Lawton Alternative School, Cornerstone Academy, and Sunset District neighbors opened up Sunset Recreation Center with a grand ribbon cutting ceremony including performances by senior line dance group, recreation activities provided by SF Rec and Park Recreation Division, and refreshment.
“San Franciscans have shown their strong belief in investing in our parks and playgrounds by overwhelmingly supporting both the 2008 and 2012 Parks Bond,” said Mayor Ed Lee. “Every San Francisco neighborhood deserves better parks and playgrounds, and Sunset Rec Center is another fulfillment of that promise to our San Francisco families. San Francisco will rebuild its infrastructure and make sure our capital projects remain on time and on budget so that we can continue to invest in the future of our City.”
“San Franciscans recognized the need to renovate this heavily used recreation center after more than 70 years,” said Supervisor Carmen Chu. “We are excited to re-open Sunset Rec and celebrate with our neighbors.”
“The Sunset Recreation Center has been a community hub since 1940,” said, Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “And San Francisco voters have dedicated more than $14 million of the 2008 Parks Bond to renovate the Center which will ensure this local treasure can continue to promote healthy recreation for the Sunset District communities.”
“The clubhouse and playground are now sustainable, accessible, and seismically sound,” said DPW Director Mohammed Nuru. “I’m also very proud of our designers who opened up the clubhouse to allow more natural light into the building and provide a stronger connection to the outdoor playground. It’s a much brighter, cheerier and safer place for children and families to enjoy.”
The Sunset Recreation Center is located at 29th Ave and Lawton Street. The property was purchased in 1937 and turned into a park by the Recreation and Park Department and the WPA (Works Progress Administration). The Facility opened in 1940 with a small field house, athletic courts. In 1951, Mayor Elmer Robinson dedicated a newly renovated facility which included the new clubhouse and gym. This renovation was the first since 1950’s. The renovation includes a complete renovation of 18,000 square-feet gym and clubhouse with seismic upgrade, ADA compliance, a new sprinkler system and complete replacement of restrooms, doors, windows, roof and all mechanical and electrical systems. The existing playground, courts, ball field and landscape areas will also be improved. The construction for the Center started since June, 2011.
The celebration included an unveiling of artwork created by Bay Area sculptor Bryan Tedrick, the artwork titled “Pacific Breath” is a stainless steel sculptural installation topping the fence at the entrance to the park. The sculpture was inspired by the elements and evokes the winds and waves that animate the City’s coastline.
According to Director of Cultural Affairs for the San Francisco Arts Commission Tom DeCaigny, “Bryan Tedrick has created a vivid and dynamic landmark for Sunset Playground. Its exuberant celebration of nature provides a memorable gateway for the park as a place where residents and visitors enjoy the outdoors.”