SF Rec and Park Breaks Ground on Cabrillo Playground in Richmond District

San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) kicked off the renovation of Cabrillo Playground with a groundbreaking ceremony on Saturday, June 9th, 2012.  SF Recreation and Park Commissioner Meagan Levitan led the ceremony with District 1 Supervisor Eric Mar, Friends of Cabrillo Playground, SF Parks Alliance and Dept of Public Works.  In addition, there were jumpy house, face painting, SFFD Fire Truck at the Playground for family fun.  The Friends of Cabrillo Playground had Dahlia sale, cake sale, and donor tile signups to raise funds for the Cabrillo clubhouse.

“Cabrillo Playground has a long history of being the heart of our Outer Richmond community,” said Supervisor Eric Mar who represents District 1, including Cabrillo Playground.  “We want to thank SF Rec and Park Department and our community advocates for their ongoing commitment and contribution to improving our neighborhood parks.”

Cabrillo Playground built in 1938, designed by William Gladstone Merchant, a renowned San Francisco architect, is a vital component of the Outer Richmond community. The 1-acre parcel, nestled between residences bound by Cabrillo, Fulton, 38th and 39thAvenues, offers its visitors a clubhouse, a tennis court, two basketball courts, a picnic area, and two children’s play areas.

“We appreciate that our fellow San Franciscans voted to invest and improve Cabrillo Playground, a local favorite and a center of constructive fun and activities,” said Meagan Levitan, SF Rec and Park Commissioner.  “We hope to do more to improve our neighborhood parks with the upcoming Parks Bond.”

San Francisco voters supported to invest over $4.5 million of the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond to improving Cabrillo Playground, a local favorite and a center of constructive fun and activities.  The project scope will include the repair and/or renovation of the clubhouse, the children’s play areas, picnic area and courts; restoration of paving and pathways; upgrades to the infrastructure including lighting, modifications to the site to remove barriers and improve accessibility, and overall reconditioning of the park landscape.  Construction is expected to begin early summer 2012, and scheduled to be completed in spring 2013. More about Cabrillo Playground: http://www.sfrecpark.org/cabrilloPgProject.aspx .

“With the renovation of Cabrillo Playground, our communities can see that the 2008 Parks Bond funds are making our parks cleaner and safer,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park General Manager. “And we know project like this one, cannot be done by the Department alone.  We need support from our City and community leaders.”

“At DPW we cultivate public pride through world class design,” said Mohammed Nuru, Director of the Department of Public Works. “The renovated clubhouse will not only be beautiful, but it will become seismically safe and accessible to all. Plus, with two newly designed playgrounds, all ages of children and their families will be able to enjoy the park.”

Friends of Cabrillo Playground is a non-profit, volunteer-driven, grass-roots organization dedicated to the improvement, enjoyment, and safety of Cabrillo Playground in the Outer Richmond neighborhood of San Francisco. More about Friends of Cabrillo Playground, please visit http://www.cabrilloplayground.org .

Video Clip of Groundbreaking Ceremony: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNUuu6Mvb9I&feature=youtu.be

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