Nonprofits to get a break on boathouse event space 

click to enlarge The Lake Merced Boathouse will gain a conference room with capacity for up to 85 people as part of a $2 million rehabilitation project. - CINDY CHEW/2010 S.F. EXAMINER FILE PHOTO
  • Cindy Chew/2010 S.F. Examiner file photo
  • The Lake Merced Boathouse will gain a conference room with capacity for up to 85 people as part of a $2 million rehabilitation project.

Nonprofit institutions and other local organizations will be able to use the new conference center at the renovated Lake Merced Boathouse, but it will come at a cost.

Part of a $2 million rehabilitation project set to begin at the end of this month, the conference center will have room to host 85 people for meetings and 50 people for catered events. Once the site is reopened this fall, the Recreation and Park Department, which owns the property, wants to begin renting out the conference room.

Nonprofit groups would pay $40 an hour to use the site for meetings and $75 an hour for events with meals. All other organizations would pay $125 an hour for either type of activity. Those rates would increase on Fridays and Saturdays, when all events for nonprofit groups would cost $100 an hour. For-profit groups would pay $200 an hour on those days.

Rec and Park has recommended those rates based on the fees charged at similar sites, such as the County Fair Building Auditorium and the Sunnyside Conservatory. The Recreation and Park Commission is expected to vote on the new fee structure at its meeting Thursday.

The $2 million project was split evenly between Rec and Park and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission. Revenue from the conference room rentals will go toward Rec and Park’s general fund, according to department spokeswoman Connie Chan.

wreisman@sfexaminer.com

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