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Palega Recreation Center


  1. Accessible Children's Play Area
  2. Accessible Parking
  3. Accessible Picnic Area
  4. Accessible Restroom
  5. Athletic Field
  6. Available for Rentals
  7. Baseball / Softball
  8. Baseball Diamond
  9. Basketball
  10. Community Garden
  11. Community Room(s)
  12. Gymnasium
  13. Outdoor Basketball Court
  14. Picnic Area
  15. Ping Pong
  16. Playground
  17. Restrooms
  18. Soccer
  19. Tennis

This Center is open until 9:00pm Tuesday - Friday beginning on 7/12/22!

About this Facility

In 1996, the Recreation and Park Commission voted unanimously to rename Portola Playground and Recreation Center in honor of Sululagi Palega Jr., a Samoan American and local sports legend, who was tragically killed in Modesto two years earlier. Described as a "Gentle Giant," Palega grew up in the Portola District and was a regular visitor to the center, where he learned to play the sports that led him to be a local star at Balboa High School and later at City College of San Francisco. At the time of his death, Palega was in the process of being hired by the Recreation and Park Department as a director. He is remembered today as a community leader and icon for recreation in San Francisco and local sports. 
Visit this thriving community center for a wide selection of games, sports, programs and classes, including after school activities for kids. Join a pickup game on the basketball court or soccer field, or take your frisky pup for a run. The large, inviting playground has climbing structures bordered by beautiful trees. Tennis courts, athletic fields and picnic areas are also available.


Programs at this Site
This facility offers tot classes, after school programs and dance classes for seniors.
Programs at this Site

Open Gym Hours
This facility has open gym hours for pickup basketball and volleyball:



Tuesday: 10am-5pm 

Volleyball: 5:30pm-8:30pm 


Wednesday: 10am-3:30pm 

(Zumba 6:30pm-7:30pm


Thursday: 12:30pm-3:30pm & 6:30pm-8:30pm 


Friday: 10am-3:30pm 

Volleyball: 4pm-8:30pm 


Saturday: Basketball Membership Only 

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(Open Gym Volleyball 1:30pm – 4:30pm) 




*Schedule subject to change due to programming*

Related Links
Palega Community Garden

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