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The West Campus Green

West Campus Green Layout

What are the basics of the project?

The West Campus Green will feature an all-weather sports field, a large natural grass open space doubling as a gently sloping amphitheater, and a large plaza with picnic/study tables, benches, and room for an event stage, club activities, information tabling, and other community engagement. The sports field will be surfaced with artificial turf lined for soccer, and night field lighting is provided to allow for active recreation into the evenings.


A recreational equipment storage building and restroom are conveniently located on-site. The western plaza at the entry from Font Blvd provides room for food trucks, event stages serving the amphitheater, class meetings, or quiet lunchtime reading. Wireless Internet and electrical power will be available.


Why a recreation field?

The changing demographics and increased residential community at SF State have highlighted the need for stronger student life programming and activities. Additionally, the main quad and Cox Stadium are not available for intramurals, recreational activities and casual leisure in the way the campus community requires. This new space will provide for increased opportunities for organizations, student groups and programs sponsored by the Campus Recreation Department.


What new programs and activities does Campus Recreation plan to offer with the addition of the new field?

The West Campus Green will allow Campus Recreation to venture outdoors, expanding current programs and develop new ones. New intramural leagues will include flag football and outdoor soccer. Sport Clubs such as Rugby and the Ultimate & Disc Golf Club will have a place to practice and hold games. There will also be open hours for students to use for informal pick-up games with their friends.


Where is the West Campus Green?

The West Campus Green is located between the Humanities Building & Village B, adjacent to Font Blvd. This location was formerly home to the SFUSD School of the Arts (SOTA).


When will it be officially open?

The project is currently scheduled to be open to use starting late spring 2013.


What are the environmental benefits of this project?

The West Campus Green will be surrounded by newly planted trees, designed to shelter the site from wind, provide enhanced bird habitat, and support ever more complex ecological services as they grow to maturity. By collecting rainwater under the sports field and in bioswales along the edges of the park, we will contribute to recharging the aquifer that feeds Lake Merced. In addition, by using artificial turf, the park will save as much as three-quarters of a million gallons a year of potable water that otherwise would be used for irrigation.


Can I reserve the space?

Event spaces to be reserved include the recreation field, the amphitheatre, and plaza tent and tabling spots. Reservation policies and procedures are under development, and will be posted during summer for the fall 2013 semester.


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