Minnie & Lovie Recreation Center's athletic fields have been renovated!
The $7 million renovation retained 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 have been 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 more than doubled the athletic field’s capacity for play. Previously, the site can host 1,796 hours of annual play on the soccer field or 3,580 on the baseball/softball diamonds. The renovation has added 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 was replaced with black, vinyl fencing and dugouts, and new backstops and bleachers. The unsightly cargo container used for storage has been removed and field-level park entrances were improved.