All the deets are right here in this mostly unaltered flier:
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See you there!
Oh, here we go, much better. Let’s see how this team handles the Angry Birds of the 415:
Appearing nightly at an empty centre court:
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Shouldn’t we turn off the lights when nobody’s recreating? (Oh, it would cost $100 a day or something to send somebody over to flip the switch? All right, forget about it then…)
This was the scene at Geary and Steiner in the Western Addition / Japantown area today as hundreds gathered to see the debut of the new Hamilton Recreation Center and Pool. This place has it all – basketball, tennis courts, giant murals, the works.
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After hearing a performance from students at the Willie L. Brown, Jr. College Preparatory Academy…
…and some brief heckling from Giants Cap, who wants laid-off RPD employees rehired…
…out comes Ross Mirkarimi, your District 5 Supervisor, to give his stemwinder, as seen on this CNN iReport (entitled “‘Bay Area Girls’” Teanage Girls perform [Pat Benatar's 'I love Rock and Roll'] at the Inaugural of the Hamilton Recreation Center”) and then cut the ribbon:
The mise-en-scene inside - it’s like a mini water park. Throw in an orca or two and then there’d be no reason to travel to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom (aka Marine World) in Vallejo:
But who’s that atop the ladder for the yellow slide wearing his street clothes? It’s Ross!
Here he comes down the slide…
OTOH, the orange slide is terrifying, apparently:
(I think you’re supposed to cross your arms like you’re an ejecting pilot – that’s what some people were doing in the orange tube/slide contraption.)
Not sure how much it costs to employ six(!) lifeguards (that would seem a lot more than required at slide-free Sava Pool in the Parkside) but oh well.
Bon courage, Ham Rec!
As seen at Post and Steiner on the side of Hamilton Pool and Recreation Center in the Western Addition.
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And here’s the legend of the legends:
Now you better know the giant murals of San Francisco.
The formerly-abysmal tennis courts at Hamilton Recreation Center at on Geary Boulevard in the 94115 now look a million percent better thanks to a recently-completed resurfacing project. Now I thought the City was paying for all this but, in fact, “court angels” paid for it. Per Tom Carter of Inside Tennis:
“In the middle of the city’s red ink bath — when Rec and Park and virtually all departments were absorbing staggering cuts — up pops San Francisco’s court angel again. This time, the anonymous family that donates resurfacing citywide said through a spokesman that the Larsen Park tennis court had been done in May, and the park’s basketball court, too.”
This is news to me. Anyway, they are anonymous no more, see? Court Angel ID’d as Edwards Family:
“The work has been done by Vintage Contractors on Ocean Avenue, the company founded by NorCal court standards pioneer, the late Gene Edwards. Jeff Edwards, a former tennis star at the University of Illinois, is his son. Another son, Tony Edwards, is vice president of Vintage Contractors and authorized the disclosure. The gratis work to restore crumbling courts in tennis-active neighborhoods has been a godsend, as the ever cash-strapped city continues to skimp and cut back maintenance and recreational services.”
I don’t know how this all works out tax-deductionwise, maybe the Edwardseses just do the work without any money changing hands. No matter, the courts at the Western Addition’s Ham Rec just went from Worst…
People should be playing on this colorful new surface any day, week, month now, or whenever RPD gets around to reopening the place.
This gift is just one among many around town.
Here’s how it goes for the tennis courts at Hamilton Recreation Center in the Western Addition.
From worst (as seen last year)….
…to first in just a few short months. Advantage, San Francisco! Click to expand:
Whom should we thank for all this munificence? Why none other than Yomi Agunbiade, who used to manage Rec and Park a few managers ago.
Do you like the purple?
Enjoy your new T-ball courts, San Francisco!
Mother Nature is slowly reclaiming Hamilton Recreation Center at 1960 Geary Boulevard in the 94115. See?
Welcome to the Land of Wind and Ghosts, San Francisco, CA:
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Some cities near Chernobyl, Ukraine were evacuated after Reaktor 4 had a “power excursion” causing the famous Mini Meltdown of 1986 (the one that threw up 400 times as much fallout as the bomb at Hiroshima.) Those ghost towns probably have similar scenes…