Recreation and Park Department and The Trust for Public Land Staff have been working with the community since late 2014 to envision improvements to Gene Friend Recreation Center. A feasibility study modeled various tiers of intervention, from building improvements to the existing recreation center to a completely new and expanded facility. Based on community feedback, the project team also explored building replacement options. The study demonstrated that improvements to the existing building would be costly and would not fully accommodate community desires and the needs of the growing SOMA neighborhood. Construction of a new recreation center and facility will allow RPD to provide more public amenities, improve site access and security, and will provide greater seismic strength and environmental benefits.
PARTNERSHIP WITH THE TRUST FOR PUBLIC LAND
The Trust for Public Land is a national non-profit organization that works in partnership with the City and communities to ensure that everyone has access to quality parks and open space. Some of the recent playground renovation efforts resulting from this partnership include Hayes Valley Playground, Balboa Park, Boeddeker Park and most recently Helen Diller Playgrounds at Civic Center.
Thanks to all of our community members who have provided valuable input since early 2015 on the feasibility study and concept design for the Gene Friend Recreation Center. I am happy to report that we will be presenting conceptual design for approval to the Recreation and Park Commission Capital Committee … Continue reading
Here are a few updates on our Gene Friend Rec Center Project: Our Project Manager, Melinda Stockmann Sullivan, is on maternity leave. Levi Conover will be taking over as Project Manager. Please direct any project inquiries to: email@example.com / 415-581-2572. We have our final concept design for the new rec … Continue reading
The Gene Friend Rec Center design team presented project design and drawings to the San Francisco Arts Commission’s Civic Design Review Committee on Monday, October 15. The Commissioners were enthusiastic and supportive of the design. The design received Phase 1 approval, with the condition that the design team share lighting … Continue reading
Thanks to all those who attended our community workshop last night to discuss concept design progress for a new Gene Friend Rec Center – and for providing some thoughtful feedback. For those unable to make it, you can view the workshop presentation (22 pages) (which was focused on project background, … Continue reading
Reminder: Community Workshop for a New Gene Friend (SOMA) Rec Center Tuesday, September 25, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Gene Friend (SOMA) Recreation Center 270 6th Street We will present updated designs for a brand new rec center for your review and feedback. We’ll also talk about next steps. Food will … Continue reading
Save the Date and Join Us! Community Workshop for a New Gene Friend (SOMA) Rec Center Tuesday, September 25, 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm Gene Friend (SOMA) Recreation Center 270 6th Street We will present updated designs for a brand new rec center for your review and feedback. We’ll also … Continue reading
Thank you for your input over the past few years on the feasibility study and concept design for a brand new Gene Friend Rec Center. Since our last community meeting, the design team has studied the possibility of including a pool with the new rec center. This process was useful … Continue reading