SF Rec and Park and Community Partners to Host Year of the Snake Festival
SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department in partnership with Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC), Cameron House, Chinatown YMCA, Gum Moon Women’s Residence and Telegraph Hill Neighborhood Center will be hosting the Year of the Snake Festival at Betty Ann Ong (BAO) Chinese Recreation Center on Saturday, February 23.
“Along with our communities in District 3, I am thrilled to be celebrating the Year of the Snake at BAO Chinese Recreation Center,” said Board of Supervisors President David Chiu. “It is rewarding to see the new center has the capacity to meet the demands of growing families in District 3.”
“We are very excited that the BAO Chinese Recreation Center has become a community hub for the residents in District 3,” said, Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “And, we incredibly proud of our partnerships with the community partners in District 3 serving the children and families living in the Chinatown and North Beach neighborhoods”
This festival is geared for children and youth of 12 year-old and younger. The event will include Chinese festival arts and crafts, games, small bouncy house, Imagination Station, as well as children ballet and senior Tai Chi performances. Refreshments will be provided for children and families attending the event.
In addition, Board of Supervisors President David Chiu, and SF Rec and Park General Manager Phil Ginsburg will present their Chinese New Year greeting to community members at 1:00PM. This is a free community event where children and families can play and celebrate Chinese New Year at the BAO Chinese Recreation Center in Chinatown from 11:00AM to 2:00PM before viewing the Chinese New Year parade which will begin at 5:15PM on the same day.
The BAO Chinese Recreation Center is a three story concrete building constructed in 1951. The Recreation Center is located on a steep site at the corner of Mason and Washington Streets. The Center serves one of the most densely populated neighborhoods of San Francisco. In 2008, the voters of San Francisco allocated over $21 million parks bond fund to upgrading and repairing the Recreation Center. The Center’s construction began in September, 2010, and reopened in July, 2012.