Willie Woo Woo Wong Chinese Playground and Clubhouse Now Renovated and Open




Chinatown welcomed the year of the Ox with the opening of the newly renovated Willie Woo Woo Wong Chinese Playground and Clubhouse. Located at 830 Sacramento Street between Waverly Place and Pagoda Place, San Francisco Recreation and Park Department's Chinese Playground features an updated Clubhouse; reconfiguration of the courts, children’s play areas, alleys, and amenities; and improved park access to meet current Americans with Disabilities Act and California Building Code standards. Special features include custom-designed dragon and phoenix play structures by Earthscape and an indoor mural "Maiden's Dress" by local artist Julie Chang. The park is named for Chinese American USF basketball star Willie Woo Woo Wong, and clubhouse now has some of his trophies and memorability on display.

Community Youth Center (CYC) will run the community-based programming at the clubhouse and CTA will eventually return for their weekly meetings. But during pandemic, the Clubhouse will serve as a much-needed “community hub” targeting learning needs of middle and high schoolers living in Chinatown's SROs. As Chinatown is easing out of pandemic, the Clubhouse will host robust programming that will play a key part in neighborhood health and recovery.

We are grateful for the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department that oversaw the $13.5 million renovation project, as part of the capital improvement program funded by the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond. We thank project manager supervisor Cara Rupert and the design team at CMG for overseeing and envisioning this beautiful open space for Chinatown. We also recognize Parks Commissioner Allan Low and former CCDC deputy director Cindy Wu for their work on this project since the start. And we could not have completed this project without the efforts of District 3 Supervisor Aaron Peskin and District 1 Supervisor Connie Chan who as a D3 Leg Aide successfully advocated for extra $5 million from the Downtown Park Fund for Chinese Playground.

Lastly, CCDC expresses our appreciation for members and staff of Chinatown's family associations, Chinese schools and churches, tenant associations, youth and childcare social services organizations, and Chinese Chamber of Commerce who attended countless hearings and numerous design workshops, including pushing back early when the city attempted to eliminate the clubhouse. Community support has brought a new park design to reality -- one that will bring so many benefits to our Chinatown neighborhood for years to come.




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