Mayor Edwin Lee vetoes the Avalos Ordinace that put the future of Sharp Park Golf Course at risk
Thanks to all of you for your sincere efforts made to preserve this historic landmark! San Francisco has now devised a plan to protect the endangered species by reconfiguring three holes of their prime habitat. Cost - $5 million. This is a win-win for all parties!
Read more about the latest at sfgate.com.
As supporters of public recreation at Sharp Park in Pacifica we - Pacificans, San Franciscans and others - want to maintain Sharp Park Golf Course and
Archery Range as public recreation. Many of us from Pacifica have been staunch participants in environmental protection projects for many years. We have
supported efforts to add over 1300 acres to the Golden Gate National Parklands in Pacifica including Mori Point. We have taken troubled creeks and wetlands
and brought them back to life. We have a strong reputation for environmental protection. We see a way to improve the drainage, improve the marketing,
receive Audubon certification, and still have a sustainable course from both an ecological and financial perspective.
Meanwhile, there appears to be a group that wants to disturb this important habitat and remove an active recreational resource in order to replace
it with a passive one they prefer. Unfortunately, their plan would deprive many people of all ages and backgrounds, of spending hours in a day
enjoying golf or archery, pastimes they love, while walking and breathing fresh air in a beautiful natural setting. And their new proposed
"restoration" plan would also introduce hundreds, maybe thousands more people into the vicinity of the sensitive habitat area. In addition,
the alternative they present to "restore" it is expensive and it has no source of revenue to sustain itself, whereas the golf course provides
a revenue stream that can help maintain the course and support the protection of the habitat.
The presence and protection of Sharp Park Golf Course since 1932 turned a salt water estuary into a fresh water habitat. The California red legged frogs and
San Francisco garter snakes need fresh water. Were it not for that fresh water habitat created and maintained by the golf course, there would be only
peripheral red legged frogs or garter snakes, if any.
Those who are seeking to remove the golf course propose replacing it with a project that would allow salt water into the lagoon which would
destroy the habitat. Meanwhile, the San Francisco gardeners who maintain the golf course have been working for years under the guidance of a
variety of state and federal environmental agencies to assure that golf course maintenance practices protect the species fresh water habitat.
Pacificans have had some experience in the area of habitat protection and we believe it would benefit the most people and the species to work
together to develop strategies going forward that retain the golf course and archery range.
Both golf and archery are forms of recreation that are highly regulated in their practice, requiring self discipline and respect. They have
existed in balance with nature for many years at Sharp Park. When managed as they are now - and with continuing openness to improvement - they
can exist in harmony with their natural surroundings.
Just as we need balance and diversity to maintain successful ecosystems, we need balance and diversity of land use to maintain successful
human communities as well. Sharp Park is a unique place with the coastal trail, the golf course and the archery range all serving the diverse
needs of working people from San Francisco and San Mateo Counties and beyond. Diversity is the issue at the core of this effort. And diversity
of recreational choice is as critical to the success of healthy human societies as it is to the health of ecosystems.