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!