Gene Friend Rec Improvement Project a TPL Partnership

Perspective of Proposed Gene Friend Rec Center


Recreation and Parks is partnering with The Trust for Public Land on a feasibility study and concept design for the Gene Friend Recreation Center (SOMA Rec). The Rec Center and Playgrounds are celebrating 25 year anniversary this year and are in need of renovation. The Rec Center and playgrounds serve an area where open space and recreation opportunities are limited, The facility is used by school children, seniors and people who live and work in the neighborhood. The goals for this study and design is to set the stage for renovation to create a safe, welcoming, modern resource for individuals, families and children of different ages.


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.

Gene Friend Rec Center Design Clears Arts Commission Civic Design Review Phase 1

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

Gene Friend Rec Center Workshop Materials and Call for Feedback

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

Call for Feedback and Hoodline Article on Gene Friend Rec Center Project

A reminder to send any comments on the Gene Friend Rec Center Project concept design to the Project Manager by this Friday, January 8. Project Manager contact info is available on the right hand bar of the project page. Also, Hoodline published an article online about the project status. Please … Continue reading

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