Sunset Beacon

New West Sunset Playground Design Underway

By Ivan Huang

A new design for the West Sunset Playground is currently being developed, and is set to go to bid in October so a contractor can be chosen.

Located between Sunset Elementary School and A.P. Giannini Middle School at Ortega and Quintara streets, the playground is set to undergo seri- ous development.

According to the website at http://www.sfrecpark.org, the project will include the renovation of tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, athletic fields, bleacher seating, restrooms, storage and administration space, facility lighting, the parking lot, fences,

gates and sidewalks and the irri- gation, vegetation and drainage systems.

The project will also include improvements on accessibility, park identity and storage and dumpster enclosures.

The project received a budget of $13.2 million in funding, with $9.9 million estimated for con- struction costs and $3.3 million for project control. Project con- trol includes management, archi- tectural engineering design ser- vices, construction management, permits and regulatory agencies and review fees.

After accepting a bid for a contractor, the plan is to start construction in April 2015, with projections to open the facility to

the public a year later in April 2016.

The park is approximately 738,000 square feet and has a clubhouse and children’s play area, sport courts, multiple play- fields and related amenities.

After voters passed Proposition B (the Clean and Safe Neighborhood Park Bond Project) in 2012, the SF Recreation and Park Department received an additional $195 mil- lion to continue capital projects for the renewal and repair of parks and recreation and open space assets.

The bond includes funding for 15 different neighborhood parks, including McLaren Park, Golden Gate Park and Lake Merced, as

well as renovations to the parks’ support infrastructure.

Two community meetings were held in 2013 to discuss con- cept planning and the proposed capital improvements for the West Sunset Playground facility, specifically addressing field and athletic court improvements and site accessibility.

The concept plan, which will show the proposed improvements based on feedback from past meetings, will be shared at future meetings. The public is invited to view the current concept plan.

The final community meeting to review plans for the project was held on April 1. For more information about the plan, e- mail Dan.Mauer@sfgov.org.

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