Posts Tagged ‘pool’

1/1000th of a Second in the Western Addition: Hamilton Pool & Rec Center Lets You Play Mario Brothers IRL

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

Thusly:

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And thusly:

Now you kids are too young to remember, but the Pool at Ham Rec is just like the Mario Bros. arcade game, from 1983:

Good times…

In this game, Mario is portrayed as an Italian-American plumber who, along with his brother Luigi, has to defeat creatures that have been coming from the sewers below New York. The gameplay focuses on Mario’s extermination of pests in the sewers by flipping them on their backs and kicking them away.”

Dirty Harry at 40, San Francisco Time Capsule from 1971: Who Emptied the Hilton’s Swimming Pool Atop 750 Kearny?

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

Dirty Harry at 40 continues with the case of the pool atop our Financial District / Chinatown Hilton.

Now check it – everybody’s favorite psycho killer hippie Scorpio somehow got on the roof of famously-sawtoothed* 555 California, you know, in order to start the carnage. See?

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Now wouldn’t it be cool to go swimming up there on a dreaded sunny day?

Well, we’ll never know – here’s how it looks these days:

Empty empty empty.

Oh well…

I’ll get some more screen grabs and make some more posts from this movie later on.

In the meantime, check out all the locations – there are lots and lots:

In San Francisco:

Other locations

*So every shark laboring at triple-five Cal can have his/her own “corner office,” of sorts, that’s why the BofA Building has that distinctive shape.

This Temporary Front Yard Pool on Church Street Isn’t Much Use During Our Coldest Summer in Memory

Friday, August 20th, 2010

July 11th, 2010, the date this shot was taken on Church Street, was def. one of the warmer days of our cold 2010 summer.

Let’s look forward to a warm September and October - then this pool can get some real use.

As seen near 18th Street:

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Burning the Midnight Oil at Rec and Park: Lights Blazing at Deserted Hamilton Rec Center

Wednesday, July 21st, 2010

This is the scene over at brand spanking new Hamilton Pool and Recreation Center in the Western Addition / Japantown area.

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…)

Calling All Artists: Win $6000 by Illustrating San Francisco’s 3rd Street Corridor

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

From San Francisco City Attorney Dennis Jose Herrera comes news of the Bayview Merchants Association‘s Third Street Corridor Project – how would you like to earn $6000 just for creating 6-10 iconic images illustrating the Lower Third?

Get all the deets below. And after you get paid, be sure to forward ten percent to me, your new agent. (Affirm our agreement by reading this sentence - welcome aboard.) But get cracking, as your first deadline is March 22nd, 2010.

You can’t win if you don’t play!

Introduction to the Project

The 3rd Street Corridor project is searching for local artists to create a series of 6-10 iconic images to represent the Bayview Hunters Point District of San Francisco. These images will be stylized illustrations of local landmarks that capture the spirit of this part of the city and will be used on a series of street banners and other collateral such as T-shirts. An example of a similar campaign is artist Michael Schwab’s series of prints for the Golden Gate National Parks.

Final selections for scenery will be communicated to the artist at the time of the commission. These scenes may include:

  • Bayview Opera House
  • T-Line
  • Quesada Gardens
  • View of Downtown from 3rd
  • Shipyards
  • Candlestick Park
  • Local Art and Murals
  • MLK Municipal Pool
  • Bayview Library
  • Industrial Buildings

Candidate Selection

The ideal candidate for this commission will be a local artist who lives and/or works in the Bayview Hunters Point District of San Francisco and can bring his or her personal style into the project and offer an authentic view of these neighborhoods. The artist must also be able to work within the established color palette of the 3rd Street logo (red, yellow, green and black- see samples for reference). To be considered for this project please submit three (3) JPEG images of your past work that best communicates your style. If you are selected as a finalist you may be commissioned to create one sample illustration before the final contract for the rest of the series.

Compensation

The selected artist will receive a $6,000 stipend for the final series of images. Artwork and reproduction rights will become property of the Third Street Corridor Project. In the event that finalists are asked to create a sample illustration as part of the selection process then they will be compensated $500 for their time.

Application Deadline

To be considered for this project, please email three JPEG samples of your work, a brief description of your background and a written statement of why you think you would be an ideal candidate for this project to bayviewmerchantsassociation@gmail.com no later than

MONDAY, MARCH 22, 12:00pm.

Project Schedule

March 22: Artists application deadline.

March 24: Artist finalists selected.

Mid April: Final selection of artist. Work on final illustrations begins.

May 24: Final illustrations complete.

June 11: Public unveiling of art on 3rd Street.

Questions/Details?

Call Ben Kaufman, Outreach Coordinator of the Bayview Merchants’ Association, at 415-647-3728 x407 if you have any further questions.

Ross “The Boss” Mirkarimi Reopens Hamilton Recreation Center With a Splash

Saturday, March 6th, 2010

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…

…and here’s the aftermath, looked like fun. Bill Wilson should have some good shots of the wettened supe. [Like this.]

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!

Know Your Giant Murals – Blues Evolution from the R&B Music Foundation

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

As seen at Post and Steiner on the side of Hamilton Pool and Recreation Center in the Western Addition.

It’s the brand new Blues Evolution Mural (or the left side of it, anyway) from the Blues and R&B Music Foundation.

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And here’s the legend of the legends:

Now you better know the giant murals of San Francisco.

Do People Just Give Money to San Francisco for New Tennis Courts? Meet the Court Angels

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

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… 

…to First:

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.

Hurray!

Do The Tennis Courts at the Hamilton Rec Center Look More Like Chernobyl or San Francisco?

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

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…

Senator Leland Yee Helps to Re-Open Sava Pool in the Parkside

Saturday, December 20th, 2008

Well it’s finally here: San Francisco’s fabulous brand-spanking-new Charlie Sava Pool at 2695 19th Avenue near Wawona in the Parkside / Sunset area. It’s from Mark Cavagnero Associates & Paulett Taggart Architects. Do you like it? Per KCBS:

“Lisa Seitz Gruwell with the Department of Recreation and Parks called the public facility state of the art. “The water system is designed to maximize re-use,” said Seitz Gruwell. “This is probably the most environmentally friendly pool in the city and probably in California.”

Now it’s not as long as the Olympic Club’s gorgeous Olympic-class pool, but Sava Pool is a standard 75-foot length now, so that’s a good thing.

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The scene this morning with hundreds at the ribbon-cutting ceremony, with Mike Farrah, Director of Mayor Gavin Newsom’s Office of Neighborhood Services, on hand:

Senator Leland Yee with Interim Director of the Recreation and Parks Department Jared Blumenfeld, Assemblywoman Fiona Ma, and San Francisco Supervisor Sean Elsbernd:

Supervisor Carmen Chu with the aforementioned ribbon:

Let’s head inside to see the nice looking locker room:

People started using it immediately:

A relay race among local high schools:

Students from Lowell High School won all the relay races (apparently) during the grand opening:

Lots of windows – they’re great. You can see the Pacific. Can you spot the Farallones?

Yes, today you can. Here’s the view looking west from inside the building – Southeast Farallon on the left and Sugarloaf Island on the right:

Fashion update - Carmen’s red shoes caused a minor frisson (“oh my gosh, look at those!”):

Take a look at the destruction of the old and the construction of the new, if you’d like.

Hopefully, the NIMBYs won’t be too upset (they usually get over things after a few years.) And of course this nice pool is a much nicer thing for this neighborhood to be famous for compared with that other fitness center they had at nearby 1202 Vicente.

So there you have it. Would a visit here be worth your hard-earned $4? Signs point to YES.

Just grab your partner (“a kinda out-of-shape 30 yo guy working for some famous tech company doing cool work helping non-profits save the world”) and go.

See you there!