The SF Recreation and Park Department is about to start construction on a new free-
standing restroom at Golden Gate Park’s Boat Playground, which is located near 45th
Avenue and Lincoln Way.
The $2 million restroom was conceived by an Outer Sunset neighborhood
group, and a majority of the funding was secured by District 4 Supervisor Katy
Tang through the city’s General Fund.
“We really appreciate Supervisor Katy Tang and her staff’s support and
guidance on getting this project approved and under way,” said Ginger
Tulley, leader of the 45th Avenue Neighborhood SAFE Association.
According to the Recreation and Park Department’s historian-in-residence,
Christopher Pollock, a small flat-bottomed boat with high flaring sides, also
known as a dory, was placed in the Boat Playground. It is a unique form of boat
that was used by the United States Coast Guard, formerly known as the United
States’ Life-Saving Service.
The agency’s station was located at the northwest corner of Golden Gate Park from 1878
until 1951. During this period, the agency used this type of boat to save shipwrecked
people off Ocean Beach.
Pollock concluded that while it has not been verified if the dory at the Boat
Playground directly came from the station when the agency relocated, it is likely
Based on feedback provided by park users, the Rec. and Park Department’s
capital and operation teams developed the project in partnership with SF Public
Works. The proposed project will install the all-gender restroom building, as well
as new water, electrical and sanitary utility services to Lincoln Way, and pedestrian
path improvements that meet ADA access requirements. New landscape will
be added in the area and an irrigation system will maintain the existing and