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No Fake Grass in Golden Gate Park

They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.”

Did you know that over 10 acres of beautiful parkland in Golden Gate Park might be bulldozed, scraped of all organic life and converted into a soccer complex? (With a parking lot!)

The planned development would feature artificial turf with toxic shredded rubber tires for in-fill, ten 60-foot tall towers beaming AT&T Park-like lights into the night–right across from Ocean Beach. These lights would blaze from dusk until 10:00 p.m. every night of the year. Oh, and you know how fog magnifies and glows around car lights in the dark? Envision 150,000 watts of those babies glowing in the night sky on a foggy San Francisco night. (Fog in San Francisco? That’s crazy talk!” )

Now you might ask, “How the hell did this proposed project get this far in San Francisco? Isn’t San Francisco the greenest city in the US. Didn’t they ban plastic bags so you no longer have to answer the dreaded “Paper or plastic” question?

Those were my questions, and so I went to find out some of the answers. And, since I like to understand how things work and what to do about them I dug in further for actions to take and solutions to offer.

Last week I went on Angie Corio’s great new radio show, ‘In Deep’ and discussed how this project was marketed to the people (Surprise! To the public they used the classic, “It’s for the children!” to sell ripping out natural grass and paving over the park. To the insiders they used the classic, “You can get something for nothing!” ) Here’s a direct link to the podcast.

But first, if you want to stop this plastic and concrete abomination go here and tell the Mayor of SF and the board of supervisors to stop it. If you live in SF and want to speak out about this to the Board of Supervisors there is a hearing on July 10th at 4:00pm. [cont’d.]

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Paving Over Golden Gate Park for Fun and Profit! The Beach Chalet Soccer Project Appeal- Updated

“They paved paradise and put up a parking lot.”

No Fake Grass in Golden Gate Park - photo by Jean Barish

No Fake Grass in Golden Gate Park - photo by Jean Barish

Did you know that over 10 acres of beautiful parkland in Golden Gate Park might be bulldozed, scraped ofall organic life and converted into a soccer complex? (With a parking lot!)

The planned development would feature artificial turf with toxic shredded rubber tires for in-fill, ten 60-foot tall towers beaming AT&T Park-like lights into the night–right across from Ocean Beach.  These lights would blaze from dusk until 10:00 p.m. every night of the year. Oh, and you know how fog magnifies and glows around car lights in the dark?  Envision 150,000 watts of those babies glowing in the night sky on a foggy San Francisco night. (Fog in San Francisco? That’s crazy talk!” )

Now you might ask, “How the hell did this proposed project get this far in San Francisco? Isn’t San Francisco the greenest city in the US.  Didn’t they ban plastic bags so you no longer have to answer the dreaded “Paper or plastic” question?

Those were my questions, and so I went to find out some of the answers. And, since I like to understand how things work and what to do about them I dug in further for actions to take and solutions to offer.

Last week I went on Angie Coiro’s great new radio show, ‘In Deep’ and discussed how this project was marketed to the people (Surprise! To the public they used the classic, “It’s for the children!” to sell ripping out natural grass and paving over the park. To the insiders they used the classic, “You can get something for nothing!”  ) Here’s a direct link to the podcast.

But first, if you want to stop this plastic and concrete abomination go here and tell Ed Lee, the Mayor of SF, and the board of supervisors to stop it. If you live in SF and want to speak out about this to the Board of Supervisors there is a hearing on July 10th at 4:00pm.

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