Joe DiMaggio Playground



The Master Plan: Two Phases
Phase 1: North Beach’s New Library
Phase 2: Joe DiMaggio Playground
Playground Details


The Master Plan:  Two Phases

The Master Plan will be implemented in two phases. Phase 1 will be a new library and Phase 2 will be improvements to the Joe DiMaggio Playground

Phase 1: North Beach’s Library

  • Located on Columbus and Lombard streets
  • Two levels
  • 8,500 square foot glass building
  • The old library, as well as the adjacent block of Mason Street, will be removed beginning late June 2014.


North Beach Branch Library

850 Columbus Avenue
San Francisco, CA  94133

Ph: 415-355-5626


  • New accessible restrooms
  • State of the art program/meeting room
  • Increased materials in Chinese
  • Public art created by Bill Fontana.
  • Building designed to meet the silver certification standards or greater under the U.S. Green Building Counsel’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design rating system
  •  An energy efficient heating system
  •  Efficient low-flow water fixtures



  • ADA accessible
  • Childcare’s area with interactive learning spaces
  • Expanded collection of books, CDs, DVDs, and other materials
  • Designed teen area
  • Community room for library programs with after hours access for community meetings
  • 24-hour book return
  • Fully accessible & enigmatically safe
  • Designated childcare’s area and space accommodate school vista
  • Prominent reading area
  • Public copying machines with scan and computer printing capabilities
  • Programming for adults, children, and teens
  • Story times for children
  • Express self-checkout machines
  • Public computers with word processing and spreadsheet software, accessible to the Internet, library cataloging, databases, and downloads.  Free wireless access (Wi-Fi)



Monday 1-6, Tuesday 10-9, Wednesday 1-9, Thursday 10-6, Friday 1-6, Saturday 10-6, Sunday Closed

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The North Beach Library Campaign Committee, composed of library neighbors, organizes community support. The committee welcomes new volunteers. Volunteer activities include helping plan events, doing outreach to local businesses for in-kind support, and soliciting your friends and family to join in support of the North Beach Library. Please contact Scott Staub for more information, either at email or phone (415) 626-7512 x118



Phase 2: Joe DiMaggio Playground


images (6)The Southwestern portion removed and leveled with existing tennis courts.

A new children’s play area has been constructed in the center of the block in the location of the former tennis courts and closer to the restrooms, clubhouse and staff supervision for younger users.

Tennis courts have been relocated to the area along Greenwich Street in the southwest area of the park.

The multi-purpose hardscape area in the eastern half of the block has been improved with new paving and striped to accommodate additional recreation fields and court boundaries, including soccer field and softball diamond markings, additional basketball courts, seating, and new plantings.

The vacated area of Mason Street has been further improved and landscaped to create a seating and plaza space.


Click here to watch a video of the grand opening.


Playground Details

2012 Bond
Parks and Recreation Master Plan
Community Meeting – June 2013
Joe DiMaggio Playground Website


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The Joe DiMaggio Playground between Columbus Avenue and Powell Street and Lombard 402414513_1a8ca44e5band Greenwich Streets is being renovated.  “Joltin’ Joe” DiMaggio, a baseball legend in San Francisco was born in Martinez, California, to Italian immigrant parents, but moved to North Beach when he was about 1-years-old.  About a block down from where his family lived (he used to live next to my nonna or grandmother and she fed him) sits the Joe DiMaggio Playground,named for the legend who spent his childhood playing there much to the dismay of his father, a fisherman. The park has become dilapidated over the years, but with the Joe DiMaggio Playground Master Plan in effect, improvements have begun and will continue over the next couple of years.


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In the News and Links:


Curbed SF (June 12, 2013)




Joe DiMaggio Playground – Design Update (December 11, 2013)


Friends of the San Francisco Library