It’s not every day that a stretch of asphalt is transformed into a new top-of-the-line athletic field. But that’s exactly what happened at Mission Playground.
Long home to daily, competitive soccer games, Mission Playground’s asphalt soccer field was converted to synthetic turf in 2012. To the delight of local players and park neighbors, the new field is saving athlete’s knees in a unique play space for local kids and recreation programs.
By installing synthetic turf, the field is safer, more level, and added a splash of color to this busy urban park. The field is lined for soccer and still enjoys nightime lighting but now with a modern, automated light system.
The new field complemented the overall restoration of Mission Playground and Recreation Center and was part of a multi-year partnership to improve San Francisco athletic fields and provide safe play space for city kids. The broader park renovation was being funded by the 2008 Neighborhood Parks Bond while the athletic field renovation was being funded entirely by the City Fields Foundation through their Playfields Initiative partnership with SF Recreation and Parks.