Sharp Park Project Clears Another Hurdle—For Now
March 28, 2014
The planned work at Sharp Park Golf Course made it over another hurdle.
On Friday, the San Francisco Chronicle reported that construction at Sharp Park GC will move forward after the San Francisco Board of Supervisors rejected environmentalists’ concerns on Tuesday that the project will threaten frogs and snakes at the course.
The proposed work on the 82-year-old course, designed by famed architect Alister Mackenzie, involves clearing reeds and sediment from a pond and waterway, construction around a pumping station and the installation of a new, small pond on the course.
Environmentalists led by the Wild Equity Institute say the work will disturb the threatened California red-legged frog and San Francisco garter snake. The Institute made another effort to force the parks department to conduct a full environmental impact of the project.
Back in January, the City Planning Commission agreed to move ahead with construction at Sharp Park Golf Course, despite complaints from environmentalists.
The Recreation and Park Commission and the Planning Commission have already approved the work. Lisa Wayne, open space manager for San Francisco’s Recreation and Park Department, which runs the course, said that the project will affect less than one of Sharp Park’s 417 acres.
It is now expected that opponents of the course will file a lawsuit objecting to the city’s decision, Wild Equity Institute Executive Director Brent Plater told the Chronicle.
For a detailed look at Saving Sharp Park, be sure to read our NCGA Golf story this past spring, as well as our Q&A with attorneys Bo Links and Richard Harris.