Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground is located at 830 Sacramento Street between Waverly Place and Pagoda Place in Chinatown. Named for Chinese American USF basketball star Willie “Woo Woo” Wong, the park serves one of San Francisco’s densest and most culturally celebrated neighborhoods. The approximately half acre park includes two sand-floor playgrounds, tennis and volleyball courts, and an existing clubhouse with rooftop basketball court, on a terraced hillside site. In addition, at the Western edge, Hangh Ah Alley is wholly within the park boundary.
The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is undertaking a renovation of the Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground, as part of the capital improvement program funded by the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond. The project will consist of the renovation and/or reconfiguration of park features including courts, children’s play areas, alleys, and associated amenities, and improved park access to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act and California Building Code standards.
Total budget is $13.5 million (see funding sources below):
- $6,000,000 2012 Clean & Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond
- $4,000,000 Downtown Parks Fund
- $1,041,661 FY 18-19 Budget (Open Space)
- $2,458,339 Previously appropriated 2012 GO Bond contingency and Open Space funds
Construction began in August 2018! See below for updates on the project.
Demolition is complete and the site is now nearly a clean slate. After a hiatus for Chinese New Year, we are now beginning foundation work both in the building (what’s left of it!) and outdoors as well for the walls and ramps. After this work is done in a couple … Continue reading
In honor of Chinese New Year, we will be pausing construction at the Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground reconstruction from Feb 4-6. You will see that demolition work is nearly complete, and foundation work is getting underway. Happy Chinese New Year from Rec & Park!
If you have walked by the park lately, you will have noticed big changes! Site demolition is well underway, and work inside the building will begin within two weeks. Concrete demolition will continue into November, after which things should quiet down a bit. The next step will be foundation work … Continue reading
As you may have seen, construction has just gotten underway at the park. The Construction fence is up and play equipment has been salvaged for reuse in other parks (including Portsmouth Square). Passersby may not see much outdoor activity since work in September will be mostly site assessment, preparation, and … Continue reading
The complete renovation of the park, playground, and clubhouse is about to begin! The last day the park will be open is Sunday, August 26, 2018. The park will close on August 27, 2018 as we begin the 14-month project. Please stay tuned here for updates, and see you for … Continue reading
Join us for the groundbreaking of Willie “Woo Woo” Wong Playground (850 Sacramento Street) on Saturday, July 14 in conjunction with Waverly Saturdays from 11 a.m. to noon! There will be a … Continue reading
– Arts Commission’s Arts Enrichment Program: a panelist selected an artist on 3/8/2017. The Arts Commission staff will present the panel’s results to the Arts Commission for review and approval, and then the team will work with the artist to develop an installation concept. A big change here – the … Continue reading