Sunnydale Community Center

A new community center, recreation center, and adjoining outdoor spaces are envisioned as the heart of the new HOPE SF neighborhood, reflecting the richness of a racially and ethnically diverse mixed-income community.


Community Center: Mercy Housing, Related California
Herz Recreation Center: City of San Francisco Recreation Park Department


San Francisco, CA


Community Center: 31,000 sq. ft.
Herz Recreation Center: 11,200 sq. ft


LEED Gold (target); Net Zero Ready

Image Credit

LMSA for renderings


Located at the corner of Sunnydale Ave and Hahn St, the campus of buildings and outdoor spaces function as a gateway into the neighborhood and a space for community programs and neighbor-to-neighbor connections. Anchored at the Southeast corner of John McLaren park, the project provides connections to nature and the integration of the buildings into the park. Responding to the historic separation between Sunnydale and Visitacion Valley neighborhoods and McLaren Park, the campus design creates a clear diagonal entry path from the corner of Sunnydale and Hahn that leads the neighborhood residents directly into the park. The new campus design supports that connection to nature and provide a safe, lively, and nurturing environment that acts as the center of neighborhood activity. The Community Center will provide shared neighborhood spaces, a Wu Yee daycare center, and a Boy’s + Girls Club. The recipient of a California Mass Timber Building Competition grant, the Community Center features cross laminated timber (CLT) decking floors and roof structure, and CLT columns and beams throughout.

Lindsey Trogdon, Chris Longman, Kirk Nelson

The Recreation Center will provide a community gymnasium, multi-use room, support services and outdoor community fitness plaza. The buildings themselves promote healthy community life and sustainability, and provide comfortable and inviting spaces for a diversity of new neighborhood residents.