The Friends of Joe DiMaggio Playground is a group of North Beach residents who use and care about the playground. The Friends assist in maintaining and growing Joe Dimaggio North Beach Playground through active participation in special events and fundraising.
The long-awaited renovation of the Joe DiMaggio Playground is scheduled to begin in 2015. The playground will have 50 new trees, 12,000 s.f. of planted area, a completely new children’s play area in the center of the park far from streets and traffic, new tennis courts and a resurfaced and renovated sports court area with more basketball hoops. It will connect directly to the new North Beach Library via the former Mason Street, now the Mason Green pedestrian way, and to the North Beach Pool and Clubhouse. The renovated playground will provide better facilities for kids and families, for seniors and young adults and teens. It will beautify and enhance North Beach for residents and visitors, for park users and all who live nearby.
Unfortunately, the heated construction climate has caused costs to rise just as we are starting construction. In order to avoid and cuts or compromises, the Friends of Joe DiMaggio Playground is working with the San Francisco Parks Alliance to raise $300,000 towards the cost of the project. This is a crucial time for the playground as the infrastructure that goes in now will be in place for years to come.
The Friends believe that:
- The Joe DiMaggio Playground is an important resource that must be protected and optimized.
- The playground, pool and library form an important neighborhood nexus.
- The playground must be designed for all ages and ability levels and encourage varied uses.
- The playground should offer an experience unique and appropriate to our area.
- Our neighborhood needs more green.