SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department announced today that the Department has received a cash grant of $864,000 from San Franciscans for Sports and Recreation (SFFSR) to resurface tennis courts in the City’s park system. Throughout 2016, the Department and SFFSR worked together to identify a list of 24 courts located in parks throughout the City, that are top priority and in need of resurfacing. This grant will repair as many of these sites as possible, over the next two to three years, and the Department has selected tennis courts in four different sites to be the first of the series for repairs.
Meanwhile, for the last two fiscal years, the Department has allocated $1.5 million of its general fund budget to resurface sports courts citywide, out of which, more than $1 million have gone toward resurfacing tennis courts that are in most dire need of repair and located in neighborhood with high recreation needs and demands, also known as “Equity Zone”. The tennis courts that are selected for resurfacing and funded by public dollars are located in Tenderloin Recreation Center, Hayes Valley Playground, Merced Heights, Oceanview Playground, Minnie & Lovie Ward Recreation Center, Jose Coronado Playground, Alice Chalmers Playground, Crocker Amazon Park, and Alamo Square. Tennis courts at Excelsior Playground and Ralph Playground were recently resurfaced as well as part of this program.
“This public-private partnership helps leverage the Department’s current resources to resurface tennis courts citywide program, and with this grant, we are able to allocate public funds to resurface tennis courts that are located in areas in need of equitable recreation opportunity,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec and Park Department’s General Manager. “We thank SFFSR for their generous contribution towards making our tennis courts more accessible and meeting the diverse recreation needs of our communities.”
The first series of tennis courts to be resurfaced through grant funds are located at McLaren Park, Moscone Recreation Center, West Portal Playground, and Golden Gate Heights Park. The resurfacing construction is expected to begin starting the week of October 16th, 2017, and each court resurfacing is expected to take about 4-8 weeks.
“There are over 150 public tennis courts in San Francisco. San Franciscans for Sports and Recreation is excited to be collaborating with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department to resurface tennis courts throughout the city,” said Seth Socolow, Vice President of SFFSR. “We have focused on providing grant funding to resurface tennis courts that were in the most need of resurfacing, and for which other sources of funding were not readily available. This year we have collaborated with SF Rec and Park to begin resurfacing nine courts at four different locations and we look forward to completing a similar number of projects in 2018.”
The City’s park system has 151 tennis courts citywide, and 21 of them are located in the beloved Golden Gate Park. Public tennis courts around the City provide free recreation space for many residents and park visitors.
“It’s so exciting to learn that some of the public tennis courts at our San Francisco neighborhood playgrounds will be resurfaced! My siblings and I grew up playing tennis at Golden Gate Park tennis courts but also played at some of the neighborhood playgrounds’ courts,” said Peanut Louie Harper, Co-Founder of Harper for Kids. “Being able to play tennis every day at public courts with my siblings and a lot of other kids and regulars at GGP tennis courts made for a great childhood experience. Tennis is truly a sport for a lifetime and it’s so important that there are public courts for kids, families and the community to play on.”
About San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (SF Rec & Parks)
SF Recreation and Park Department overseen by the Recreation and Park Commission stewards more than 4,000 acres of recreation and open space that includes more than 220 parks, playgrounds, and open spaces, in addition to Sharp Park and Camp Mather located outside the city limits. The park system includes 25 recreation centers, 9 swimming pools, 5 golf courses, and numerous tennis courts, ball diamonds, soccer fields and other sports venues. Includes in the Department’s responsibilities are iconic landmarks such as Coit Tower, Palace of Fine Arts, Golden Gate Park, as well as the Marina Yacht Harbor, Lake Merced, and the San Francisco Zoo. The Department’s mission is to provide enriching recreational activities, maintain beautiful parks, and preserve the environment for the well-being of the City’s diverse community. More about SF Rec & Parks, please visit: http://sfrecpark.org/.
About San Franciscans for Sports and Recreation (SFFSR)
SFFSR is a 501c4 social welfare organization whose mission is to preserve, protect, and promote recreation facilities and activities in the San Francisco Bay Area. Many of SFFSR’s members are avid tennis players from neighborhoods throughout San Francisco.
About Harper for Kids (HKF)
Harper for Kids (HFK) is a nonprofit organization founded by Tim and Peanut Harper with the vision to foster a healthy community by helping children to develop life skills and achieve their personal best in life. Peanut Louie Harper is also a Chinese American born and raised in San Francisco and a former professional woman tennis player with a career high ranking of #19 in the world. More about Harper for Kids, please visit http://www.harperforkids.org/HFK/home.html .