Posts Tagged ‘pool’

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!

Does San Francisco’s Olympic Club Have an Olympic Class Pool? Of Course

Thursday, December 18th, 2008

This is the view you get if you can ever get an invite to visit San Francisco’s Olympic Club in Union Square.

And if you measure it, you’ll come up with 164 feet, meaning that they have an Olympic Class pool, just like what they have at the University of San Francisco’s Koret Center.

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via Thomas Hawk’s photostream

And hey, the Oly Club is hiring!

Yet Another Reason to Not Park Your Motorcycle in San Francisco

Monday, November 3rd, 2008

You’ve heard of ephemeral vernal pools, but San Francisco has its own version – autumnal lakes of water that rise up after heavy rain sometimes. Let’s call this one Lake Ashbury.

The cover on this legally parked bike certainly earned it’s keep the other night, battling waves of water 10 feet high.

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Such is the plight of those who park motocycles on the mean streets of San Francisco.