Correction (May 25, 2012): The previous version of this article stated that the project would install “60″ light standards. It should have said “60-foot-tall” light standards.
Update (May 9, 2012): The Final Comments and Responses for the Environmental Impact Report have been released and are available at http://sfplanning.org/index.aspx?page=1828. The hearing is now scheduled for Thu., May 24.
On Thu., May
17 24, San Francisco’s Planning Commission and Recreation and Park Commission could approve turning seven acres of Golden Gate Park into an artificially turfed sports complex (see March 29 article). The project would install 60-foot-tall light standards with sports lights–150,000 watts worth–right across the Great Highway from Ocean Beach. The parking lot would be expanded by 33%, and seating would be installed for over 1,000 spectators.
On May 17 the commissions are to hold a joint hearing on the Final Comments and Responses for the Environmental Impact Report for the Beach Chalet Athletic Fields (to be published on May 9). If they certify the EIR and approve the project, it is likely that SF Ocean Edge and other organizations will appeal that decision to the Board of Supervisors. That appeal would take place in June and would also involve a public hearing.
Now is the time to speak out against this project. To send an e-mail to Mayor Ed Lee, the Board of Supervisors, the Planning Commission, and the Recreation and Park Commission, go to http://action.sierraclub.org/site/Advocacy?pagename=homepage&id=8629. Tell them to keep real grass and allow no sports lights in Golden Gate Park.
For more up-to-date information and to request e-mail alerts, go to the web site of SF Ocean Edge at www.sfoceanedge.org.
Kathy Howard, SF Ocean Edge
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