The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (RPD) proposes the Lake Merced West Project which would create a recreational facility on approximately 11 acres located at 520 John Muir Drive, on the southwest side of Lake Merced, in southwestern San Francisco, California. The City and County of San Francisco, under the jurisdiction of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), owns the project site. RPD and SFPUC collectively manage recreation activities at Lake Merced, including the lease of the former site tenant, the Pacific Rod and Gun Club. RPD will also manage recreation activities at the proposed Lake Merced West recreational facility through selection and oversight of a concessionaire to construct and operate the facility.
The project consists of the construction and operation of the Lake Merced West recreational facility. The recreational facility would offer an array of active and passive activities open to the public, such as trail use, picnicking, paddleboarding, kayaking, fishing, fitness activities, a ropes course, birdwatching, outdoor exercise, skateboarding, basketball, and other activities on multi-use courts, as well as restaurant dining, and indoor space for gatherings such as community meetings and birthday parties. Based on their condition, the existing buildings would be demolished. A new community building, restaurant, and outdoor patio would be built near the center of the site, along with a playground, multi-use court, basketball court, and picnic areas surrounded by meadows and natural areas. A new boathouse, boat dock, and watercraft soft landing area are proposed adjacent to the lake. An arborist office and yard are also proposed at the southeastern end of the site; new restrooms, a ropes course, and a skatepark are proposed on the west side of the site. The facility would include 80 public parking spaces