Sunnydale Community Center

The Community Center will be the heart of the redeveloped Sunnydale HOPE SF neighborhood and serve as a new gateway into McLaren Park. Combined with the adjacent Herz Recreation Center, the project creates a new campus that supports connections to nature and provides a safe, lively and nurturing environment. 


Mercy Housing, Related California, Boys and Girls Club of San Francisco, Wu Yee Children's Services


San Francisco, CA


30,000 SF


LEED Gold Target

Image Credit

LMSA for renderings


Responding to the historic separation between the Sunnydale and Visitacion Valley neighborhoods and the Park, the design creates a clear diagonal entry path from the corner of Sunnydale and Hahn that leads neighborhood residents directly into the Park.

The Community Center will be an inclusive hub for this diverse community, providing shared neighborhood spaces, a Wu Yee childcare center, and a Boys and 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 glue-laminated columns and beams throughout. 

“There have been so many promises made that never came to fruition. For once, it’s improvement that doesn’t feel like gentrification. It’s for the residents.”

Jontonette Clark, Sunnydale Boys and Girls Club