Minnie & Lovie Recreation Center's athletic field is being renovated! Construction started in October 2013 and the field is expected to reopen in summer 2014.
The $7 million renovation will retain the two existing baseball/softball diamonds and soccer field and add a new full-sized soccer field and a U8 soccer pitch. To allow for a greater variety of youth sports opportunities, the soccer fields will also be lined for football practice, lacrosse and rugby.
To accommodate the park’s regular volleyball matches, two volleyball courts are being lined in the youth baseball outfield with sleeves to hold volleyball poles and nets – a first in San Francisco.
Installing synthetic turf and field lights at Minnie and Lovie will more than double the athletic field’s capacity for play. Currently, the site can host 1,796 hours of annual play on the soccer field or 3,580 on the baseball/softball diamonds. The renovation is expected to add 5,365 hours of new ground sports play or 3,570 hours of new baseball/softball play.
The rusting fencing surrounding the field on three sides and the crumbling baseball backstops, dugouts and bleachers are being replaced with black, vinyl fencing and dugouts, and new backstops and bleachers. The unsightly cargo container used for storage has already been removed and field-level park entrances are being improved.