12. Recreation, Culture + Education

Emerging Projects

Project Name Description
REC – Camp Mather Master Plan  Located near Yosemite National Park, Camp Mather is a family camp with 337 acres, a pool, lake, tennis and basketball courts, staff housing dormitories, kitchen/dining hall and 100+ rustic cabins that serve as guest accommodations. This site is heavily used and a long-neglected resource. It is also revenue generating. A master plan, including environmental review, would help guide the improvements needed at the facility. In addition, significant improvements are needed to existing structures, including a modern wastewater treatment facility to meet current environmental standards.
REC – Civic Center Plaza Modernization Civic Center Modernization has grown from the City's Public Realm Plan, which created a unified vision for medium and long-term improvements to the Civic Center Plaza with streets and other public spaces.  This multi-agency effort is part of the City's larger Civic Center Initiative, an effort to make the area's public space more welcoming in the near-term.
REC – Geneva Car Barn Enhancement – Phase 2 Phase 2 of the Geneva Car Barn Enhancement Project includes renovation of the Car Barn building. This project will include a seismic upgrade, the installation of modern utility systems, restoration of historic features, hazardous materials remediation and new circulation systems to accommodate ADA access. The renovated Car Barn will include space for new art studios, a cafe, an event space, a theater, a community meeting room, a student lounge, and retail.
REC – Golden Gate Park - 9th Ave & Lincoln Gateway This project proposes improving the prominent gateway into Golden Gate Park with placemaking improvements including an expanded paving area on each side of 9th Avenue, with seating, specimen planting, and improved signage to welcome park visitors. Crossings will be brought to ADA compliance and the existing bus shelter may be relocated to create a more usable space.
REC – Golden Gate Park Senior Center The popular Golden Gate Park Senior Center is a dated building which requires modernization and enhancements to bring it up to code and meet future needs. A needs assessment will determine the scope of required improvements and cost of two scenarios: one that addresses building deficiencies, ADA and circulation, and one that includes a building expansion and potential relocation of the existing senior center garden.
REC – Golf Course Improvements Significant facility upgrades are needed at the City's golf courses. The Lincoln Park course has several needs including netting along Clement Street, a new clubhouse, a new perimeter fence, as well as rehabilitation of the entire course. Similarly, the Sharp Park course and other courses within the City also require substantial upgrades.
REC – Marina East Yacht Harbor Renovation The Marina West Harbor Improvements were completed in 2013, but renovation and deferred maintenance needs remain at the Marina East – both waterside and landside. Waterside renovations would include the installation of a new breakwater, reconstruction of portions of the riprap slopes, and replacement and reconfiguration of the floating docks and slips. Additional waterside amenities could include pump-out stations, a new fuel dock, and kayak launch. Landside improvements include renovation of the existing harbor office into boater/public restrooms.
REC – McLaren Lodge Seismic and Code Upgrades John McLaren Lodge, situated at the entrance to Golden Gate Park, requires seismic improvements, including improvements to the newer annex (a two-story administrative building directly behind the Lodge), the breezeway which connects both buildings, and an ADA compliant elevator.
REC – Recreation Center Modernization  After the Gene Friend Recreation Center project, REC plans to modernize recreation centers that have not been addressed recently, starting with Mission Recreation & Arts Center, and followed by Potrero, Bernal Heights and St. Mary’s Recreation Centers. These recreation centers need renovation for seismic safety, upgraded access, and replacement of failing structures, systems, and play features. Mission Recreation & Arts Center will undergo seismic, structural and feasibility studies to identify potential improvements. 
REC – Murphy Windmill The historic windmill, which has undergone some restoration work in the early 2000s, requires rehabilitation of the tower and dome of to address operational safety concerns.
REC – Sharp Park Wetland Restoration  This project would improve the habitat for special status species, such as California Red Legged Frogs and San Francisco Garter Snakes, at the Laguna Salada Wetland Complex by creating an additional 19 acres of habitat and re-establishing the connection with Mori Point.
REC – Twin Peaks Promenade and Trail Improvements This project would convert the pilot road closure at Twin Peaks into a permanent linear park along the trail system. It would improve pedestrian and bicycle access, along with defined trail connections and corridors. The promenade scope includes roadway surfacing, barrier removal, planting, signage, seating, and bike racks. The associated trails scope includes replacement of trail and natural surface box steps on the south peak, as well as two other trail segments that connect the promenade to the neighborhood and public transit.
REC – Zoo Improvements  The Zoo is currently undergoing a Master Planning process to analyze current capital needs. Since 2000, the Zoo has spent approximately $70 million on new construction, renovation, and enhancement. While the western side of the Zoo has seen significant improvements, there are many structures that still need repair, including the Mothers Building, the last remaining building with culturally significant WPA murals from the Fleishhacker Pool. On the eastern side of the Zoo, substantial work needs to be performed to renovate the lion house and bear grottoes along with the other original structures from the 1920s and 30s.
ARTS – 706 Mission Interior Buildout Pursuant to an agreement between 706 Mission (Millenium) and the Office of Community Infrastructure and Investment (OCII), Millenium agreed to construct a 4 story, approximately 48,000 square foot warm shell space (Cultural Component) as part of their 706 Mission Street hi-rise residential mixed use project. The project is nearing substantial completion and Millenium is preparing to turn over the Cultural Component to the City pursuant to their agreement. Additional funding may be required to complete the interior buildout of the facility.
OEWD – Old Mint Restoration Project  Cost estimates for the completion of the Old Mint Restoration Project – the City’s effort to transform the landmark United States Old Mint building into a new, destination cultural facility – are approximately $125 million. A more complete and detailed financing plan will be developed through Phase II of the evaluation period, presently underway, but this total project cost will be met with a mix of local, state, and federal funding sources. As adopted, the Community Benefits Package from the City’s Central SoMa Plan includes a major investment in the Mint’s restoration. This local funding, generated from assessments of the plan area’s Community Benefits District, will be leveraged to raise additional public and private support. Additionally, the Phase II assessment will examine the use of Historic Preservation Tax Credits and General Fund debt financing tools to complete the project’s funding. Developed in collaboration with the California Historical Society, the City’s official partner on the project, Phase II of the evaluation will also produce a campaign feasibility analysis exploring the market for private and philanthropic participation in the project.
In close coordination with RED, OEWD works to keep the Mint active and maintained – until such time as the full restoration project can begin in earnest – through a near-term partnership with a local event production and venue operator group.    
LIB – Main Library  The Main Library is 25 years old, and while the building is in excellent condition, there have been many changes in how libraries provide service to their patrons. It is likely that the Strategic Planning and Facilities Master Plan processes will identify opportunities for remodeling the building to make it even more effective and enjoyable for all users. Given the size and nature of the building, and the reality that building mechanical systems will be approaching their third decade of service before a major remodel occurs, it is likely that such a project will involve a substantial capital investment, to be determined.
SCI – Replacement of Natural Gas Infrastructure In order to comply with the City’s net-zero greenhouse gas emissions target, the California Academy of Sciences is exploring replacing all natural gas infrastructure and appliances with electric infrastructure and appliances.
SCI – Expansion of Cooling Systems This project would increase the capacity and resilience of the chiller/cooling tower plant to reduce the need for load shedding, support business continuity, and add capacity to meet Aquarium requirements for existing and new exhibits. It may include adding a chiller and/or dedicated chill water loop, and adding to the square footage of the Central Utility Plant.
SCI – Expansion of Generator Capacity This project would increase resiliency and capacity of generators to add redundancy for business continuity, reduce potential load shedding, increase load shedding flexibility, and support future animal holding and exhibit infrastructure. Scope expected to include adding day tank capacity which should require adding square footage to the Central Utility Plant.
CCSF– Ocean General Campus Wide Improvements Project scope includes campus wide renovations and systems upgrades identified though City College’s recently complete Facilities Master Plan.
CCSF – District-wide IT Infrastructure Improvements This project will address district-wide technology data center improvements, area network connections and hardware, audio-visual modernization, smart classrooms, computer replacements, security upgrades and improvements, telecommunications upgrades and network infrastructure modernization.
SFUSD – Real Estate Portfolio Strategy  SFUSD needs to build a cohesive, comprehensive strategy for the siting of students, staff, partner organizations, and non-instructional uses. Over the next year, SFUSD will identify a vendor to complete an asset inventory and condition assessment for all SFUSD properties. This assessment will shape a proactive real estate management strategy to manage current and future uses of SFUSD properties, as well as future capital plans.
SFUSD – Ruth Asawa School of the Arts at 135 Van Ness The 2016 SFUSD G.O. Bond allocates $100 million for the Ruth Asawa School of the Arts/Art Institute project at 135 Van Ness. With support from the Baker St. Foundation, SFUSD partnered with IDEO to develop and refine the programming model for the Art Institute.
SFUSD – Mission Bay School in Mission Bay The 2016 SFUSD G.O. Bond allocates funding for a new school located in San Francisco’s Mission Bay. This is a site identified in the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) Mission Bay’s Long-Range Development Plan (LRDP) for a public school.  SFUSD’s demographic projections show enrollment of young students to grow significantly both in this region as well as other South of Market areas. The new facility will be approximately 100,000 gross square feet on a +/- 2.4-acre parcel transferred from UCSF to SFUSD.  This new facility will consist of three primary programmatic components: 
1. A preschool, transitional kindergarten, kindergarten through 5th grade elementary school.
2. A Linked Learning Hub in which high school students from around the District may participate in job training, internships and business partnerships.
3. A Professional Learning facility in which educators will participate in instructional training. 


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