Lake Merced Boat House Opens Up After Renovation

SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department in partnership with the San Francisco Utilities Commission (SFPUC) recently renovated the Lake Merced Boat House; the $3.2 million renovation project is jointly funded by both agencies.  Lake Merced has supplied water to the City since the late 1860s, and the park was established in the 1950s.  Currently, the lake is owned by SFPUC who manages the City’s water supply and operated by SF Rec and Park. The park is bounded by John Muir Drive, Skyline Boulevard, and Lake Merced Boulevard.  On Tuesday, July 8th, the agencies co-hosted an opening celebration providing series of aquatic activities and refreshment.


“The opening of this state-of–the art Boat House in District 7 is a key community asset and I look forward to seeing children and families from all across our city spend recreation time here” said District 7 Supervisor Norman Yee.


“Lake Merced is major water, recreational, and natural resource for San Franciscans and our visitors; and more than half of the park is managed by SF Rec and Park’s Natural Areas Program, which works to restore and protect habitat for birds and other wildlife, as well as to maintain and improve trails” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager.  “We are excited the newly renovated Boat House will become a welcoming community hub for those who enjoy water activities, and natural areas at Lake Merced.”


“The recent Boat House renovations enhances this wonderful public treasure for all of San Francisco to enjoy,” said Harlan L. Kelly, Jr. General Manager of the SFPUC.


The $3.2 million Boat House improvement included the renovation of approximately 7200 square feet of the upper floor of the existing Lake Merced Boathouse, including demolition of existing interior partitions, finishes, equipment and fixtures.    Spaces for the foyer, restrooms, catering, changing rooms, office have been reconfigured, along with renovation of the concession, community room and rowing exercise spaces, with scope including new floor, ceiling, and wall finishes, fixtures, interior doors and windows, lighting, and associated MEP, data, and fire alarm upgrades.  The decking on the existing exterior balcony have been removed and replaced, and a new guardrail is in place along with waterproofing improvements to the deck.  In addition, the improvements also included new accessible exterior concrete ramp, landings, and steel handrails, modification of associated retaining walls and landscaping.


Lake Merced, a large freshwater lake in San Francisco’s southwestern corner, is the heart of a 614-acre park that is popular with boaters, hikers, bicyclists, and birdwatchers. A 4.5-mile paved trail circles the lake’s perimeter; facilities include many picnic areas and a boathouse, fishing pier, and boat launch. The park is bounded by three golf courses, including City-owned Harding Park.


Please see attached for photos and video courtesy of SF Rec and Park Department.



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