Herz Recreation Center

On the edge of John McLaren Park and adjacent to the Sunnydale and Visitacion Valley neighborhoods, the new Herz Recreation Center will connect people to the park and to each other. 


City of San Francisco Recreation and Park Development with Mercy California and Related


San Francisco, CA


12,500 SF


LEED Gold Target

Image Credit

LMSA for renderings


The new Herz Recreation Center is part of a new campus serving as a gateway into John McLaren Park, the City's second largest park. The building has a park-focused approach, with strong indoor/outdoor connections and utilization of wood and mass timber construction to create a warm, nature-based interior. 

The Recreation Center includes a gymnasium, professionally-sized basketball court with bleacher seating, a multi-use room for community events, and support services. Outdoors in the park, there is an accessible community fitness plaza, nature exploration area, and gathering spaces. The design promotes connections to nature and safe, inviting spaces for a diverse neighborhood. 

“Every community in San Francisco deserves access to a state-of-the-art recreation center and in Sunnydale and Visitacion Valley it’s absolutely essential.” 

 Phil Ginsberg, Recreation and Park Director