SF Rec and Park To Cease Granting Adult Permits for Mission Playground Soccer Field

San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Department decided today to stop granting permits for adults to play at a soccer field in the city’s Mission District following a recent showdown caught on video between a group of tech workers and children already playing there.

The video taken on Aug. 18 at Mission Playground has drawn the public’s attention to who gets priority in city parks — children or those who can pay to play — and brought out a couple hundred people to the steps of City Hall this morning.

A group of adolescent soccer players, along with Supervisor David Campos and other members of the community, addressed the crowd prior to a Recreation and Park Commission meeting today.

The gathering comes after a dispute that was caught on video and posted on YouTube with the title “Mission Playground is Not For Sale” and has garnered nearly 400,000 online views.

The video shows children who were playing soccer when a group of men in Dropbox T-shirts arrived at the field waiting to play.

Some of the adults tried to kick the kids off the field, but the kids refused to leave and offered to let the adults play with them instead.

The adults continued to debate the issue and asked the kids to leave.

Edwin Lindo, vice president of political affairs for the San Francisco Latino Democratic Club, said the clash was the result of a “city policy that is pitting groups against each other.”

Hector Gomez, a 15-year-old San Francisco resident who was one of the soccer players who stood up to the “techies,” said he stood up “for the kids, for the community.”

Campos joined Hector and the other children and expressed his support.

The supervisor, who is also running for state Assembly, said the city’s “parks and recreation space belongs to all San Franciscans.”

He said the arguments over the issue are fueled by “bad choices” made by the Recreation and Park Department.

“Why don’t we all play together?” Campos said, repeating a line from the video posted on YouTube.

As a result of the Aug. 18 confrontation, effective immediately permits will no longer be issued to adults for nighttime use of Mission Playground, which has newly renovated synthetic turf soccer and lights, the Rec and Park Department announced in a statement today.

Youth league permits will still be available until 7 p.m. everyday and the field will remain open for play from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. daily, according to the department.

Hannah Albarazi, Bay City News

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  • tchowski

    If those filthy poors had wanted to play in public areas, they should have been born white and advantaged, graduated from the Ivy League schools their parents bought them into, paid $4,300 for a bedroom (no parking, no pets) and bribed public officials to privatize public space so they could host other techbros on their evenings off. Too long (like, almost a year) have we techneratie of San Francisco suffered under the boot of destitute children, listening to their mewling cries of hunger as we try in vain to enjoy our BRVNCH, sidestepping the pungeunt residents of the neighborhood formerly known as the Tenderloin. Rise up, my fellow Googlers! Arise and fight against this radical encroachment on our privatized space. We are the future! And we’re really awesome!

  • faze

    So Park and Rec gets cred for this token, while they shut out small venues from GG PArk that have been there for years – like JImmy’s Old Car review – a long time favorite that donated proceeds to charity. Several other venues have folded because they can’t afford the exorbitant fees. This, in favor of large producers for venues like Outside Lands and Hardly Strictly Buegrass which put the West End of our small city on hold for weeks, while outsiders come in to trash GG Park; traumatize fauna, crush flora, and act like arses for the better part of a week.

    P & R claims the city makes a profit on these venues, but has NEVER run a truly independent audit that takes into consideration commerce that DOESN’T happen due to these large venues. Not to mention the ungodly noise and disruption, in a *small scale* park. Supes don’t give a damn; they just go with the blabber and PR spewed by P&R and the concert producers.