Volunteers at Herz Playground in San Francisco

TLC for Kids Sports in partnership with the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, O.C. Jones & Sons, Inc., and SF Public Works rebuilt the ballfield at Herz Playground in San Francisco.  Dozens of volunteers helped transform the 50,000 square foot ballfield including installation of infield dirt, sod installation, painting and cleanup. Prior to volunteer day, construction work included grading, new fencing, dugouts and improved access with walking paths.  New features include an electronic scoreboard and a flagpole.

We want to thank our sponsors - Ford, Berkeley Cement Inc., Benjamin Moore Paints, San Francisco Federal Credit Union, Delta Bluegrass Co., and Graniterock.  The result of this true community effort is a beautiful ballfield to be enjoyed by the local neighborhood for years to come!

On Opening Day, the community celebrated along with invited guests Olympic medalist and former Team USA softball player Vicky Galindo; Larry Krueger, KNBR On-Air Personality; Allan Low, Vice President, SF Recreation & Parks Commission; Phil Ginsburg, General Manager, SF Recreation & Parks; Fuad Sweiss, City Engineer and Deputy Director for Infrastructure, SF Public Works; Yoyo Chan, Office of Supervisor Malia Cohen; and Ruth Jackson, Community Leader.

We were reminded of the importance of the project when Phil Ginsburg, General Manager of SF Recreation & Parks said, "Thank you to TLC for Kids Sports and O.C. Jones & Sons, Inc. This is a difference maker...This is now going to be the nicest ballfield in the entire city...Every kid deserves an opportunity to play, every kid deserves an opportunity to have a safe place, a good ballfield, not one covered with gopher holes, divots, broken glass, rusted fences, and broken dugouts. This is a real ballfield and it's what our kids deserve."

The new field is expected to serve 5,000 children in the Visitacion Valley neighborhood.