New faces for open spaces

One of the largest recreation centers in The City has gone nearly 80 years without a major renovation, but that’s about to change thanks to money for upgrading parks and facilities.

The Recreation and Park Department is moving ahead with the renovation of 13 open-space facilities with the second round of funds from a 2008 bond.

The Palega Park Recreation Center in Potrero Hill is a 17,160-square-foot facility that sits on 5 acres of land and has not had a major renovation since it was built in 1930. The center will receive a $21 million makeover as part of the larger upgrades.

Rec and Park for the second time dipped into its voter-approved, $185 million Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks bond from 2008 to renovate the 13 facilities.

Last year, the department used $42.5 million to start planning for seven of the facilities. Now, it’s using $85 million to move forward with construction and to start the planning process for the rest of the projects.

The list of parks appeared on the ballot after Rec and Park chose which ones were the highest priority, said spokeswoman Lisa Seitz Gruwell.

The bond, in its entirety, is supposed to pay for the 13 projects, along with four waterfront projects through the Port of San Francisco and several other developments such as upgraded bathrooms in open spaces.

But Rec and Park realizes that the 13 facilities among more than 200 it oversees are not the only ones that need upgrades, said Capital Planning Committee Director Brian Strong.

“There is such a huge need in the park system for capital work,” he said.

The next major step toward development is to ask voters for another $150 million in November 2014, Strong said.

kkelkar@sfexaminer.com

 

 

Overhauling city parks and recreation centers

The Recreation and Park Department is in the midst of renovating 13 facilities using the $185 million Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks bond that was approved by voters in 2008.

Facility Phase Funds from 1st bond sale Funds Funds from 2nd bond sale
Chinese Rec Center Construction $14,200,000
Cayuga Playground Planning $1,301,900 $5,998,000
Fulton Playground Planning $800,600 $3,399,400
McCoppin Square Planning $1,043,100  $4,256,900
Mission Playground Design $1,324,800 $11,409,400
Sunset Playground Design $2,290,600 $11,409,400
Palega Park Rec Center Design $3,719,800 $17,480,200
Cabrillo Playground Pending $814,500
Glen Canyon Park Pending $1,191,500
Lafayette Park Pending $1,950,400
Mission Dolores/Helen Diller Pending $1,500,000
Mission Dolores Pending $2,418,400
Raymond Kimball Pending $658,700

Source: Capital Planning Committee

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