Garfield Center and Pool (Courtesy SF Rec and Parks)

Renovations complete at Mission District’s Garfield Square

Park gets improved indoor swimming pool, clubhouse, new basketball courts and splashpad for children

A $19.7 million renovation project at Garfield Square in San Francisco’s Mission District is complete after more than two years of construction, officials said Monday.

The neighborhood park at Treat Avenue and 25th Street now boasts an improved indoor swimming pool, a clubhouse, new basketball courts, and a splashpad for children.

Once health orders related to the COVID-19 pandemic are lifted, the park’s new pool will be able to open, debuting new accessibility features and accommodating more swimmers than before.

Meanwhile, the clubhouse has already opened to accommodate a new Community Hub, providing meals, in-person support and activities for the area’s students as public schools remain closed.

Garfield Center has undergone a $19.7 million renovation. (Courtesy SF Rec and Parks)

Garfield Center has undergone a $19.7 million renovation. (Courtesy SF Rec and Parks)

“The past year has shown us just how important public spaces are for our residents,” Mayor London Breed said in a statement. “San Franciscans now have a wonderful new recreation and community center, a state-of-the-art pool, and a space that can serve our children throughout the year. I can’t wait to see our children, their families, and all of our residents fully using this new space as we emerge from this pandemic.”

“Parks are more important than ever, and I am excited to begin a new era of recreation at Garfield Square,” Supervisor Hillary Ronen said. “The upgraded facility truly reflects the spirit of the Mission District.”

As part of the renovation project, local artist Yano Rivera led the restoration of the park’s outdoor 1980 Primal Sea diptych mural, while local artist Favianna Rodriguez created a new glass mural for the indoor pool area.

“My goal was to invoke colorful landscapes that celebrate the regions from which many of the Latinx immigrants in the Mission come from,” Rodriguez said. “I am delighted by the thought of kids and adults enjoying the pool and being transported to another world through the imagery.”

The park’s renovations were paid for through the 2012 voter-approved Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond as well as impact fees.

Bay Area Newssan francisco news

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Ali Jamalian, whose life was disrupted in the wake of being charged with possession decades ago, now heads up Sunset Connect, a cannabis manufacturing company. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Green Rush: Cannabis equity program elevates unexpected entrepreneurs

‘It’s a form of reparations for those of us who were ruined by cannabis arrest’

The Giants and Dodgers face each other again following a May series the Dodgers swept; Dodgers shortstop Gavin Lux caught stealing by Giants second baseman Donovan Solano at Oracle Park on May 23 is pictured. 
Chris Victorio/
Special to The Examiner
Giants vs. Dodgers: What you need to know before this week’s huge series

By Chris Haft Special to The Examiner That grinding noise you’ll hear… Continue reading

San Francisco supervisors approved zoning changes that will allow a chain grocery store to occupy the bottom floor of the 555 Fulton St. condo building. (Kevin N. Hume/The Examiner)
Trader Joe’s approved for Hayes Valley, bringing long-awaited grocery store

New Seasons Market canceled plans at 555 Fulton St. citing construction delays

Most Read