Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground

Willie Woo Woo Wong Playground

This well-loved inner-city park contains two sand-floor playgrounds, and basketball, tennis and volleyball courts, all built into the side of a hill. The large Rec Center runs a popular afterschool program providing homework assistance, snacks and activities. It also offers an indoor gym and ping-pong tables.

The park is named for a Chinese American basketball star who played at the University of San Francisco from 1948-1950. A reporter from the Examiner said that the crowd chanted “Woo! Woo!” every time Willie Wong scored, and the nickname stuck. Dubbed “one of the greatest box-office players in San Francisco history,” Wong was inducted into the USF Hall of Fame in 2007.