HELP us to SAVE GOLDEN GATE PARK and OCEAN BEACH!
+ STOP the removal of over 7 acres of natural grass & the installation of over 7 acres of artificial turf– plastic grass, gravel and tire waste – in Golden Gate Park!
+ STOP the installation of 60 foot tall stadium lights with 150,000 watts of lights next to Ocean Beach – lighted every night of the year until 10:00 p.m. !
+ STOP the loss of over 55 trees and the destruction of wildlife habitat!
DONATE TODAY TO SUPPORT GOLDEN GATE PARK, OCEAN BEACH AND THE CALIFORNIA COAST!
The proposed Beach Chalet Athletic Fields soccer complex would destroy one of the few open grasslands in Golden Gate Park by removing over seven acres of living grass and replacing it with artificial turf. It would install over 150,000 watts of sports lighting on 60 foot poles, that would be lighted from dusk until 10:00 p.m. every night of the year. Bright lights disrupt the natural environment and affect migratory birds and other wildlife. Located right next to Ocean Beach, the banks of lights would ruin the beauty of Ocean Beach for strolling couples at sunset and the Dark Sky for families studying the night sky.
The Western end of Golden Gate Park is prime parkland. Isabel Wade, founder of the Neighborhood Parks Council, says, "We all want better recreation opportunities in San Francisco, but they should not come at the expense of the unique open space assets at the quiet end of our Flagship park, nor should we violate the Master Plan for the park without full examination of any other options for a sports complex."
The National Park Service (GGNRA) is concerned about this project -- they submitted two letters to the City, outlining their concerns about the impact of the lighting on Ocean Beach. These concerns have been ignored by the City, because the City wants to "host high level tournaments with large numbers of spectators. . ." that require a very bright, TV-sports type of lighting. (EIR)
Dr Travis Longcore, internationally-recognized expert on the impact of artificial lighting on wildlife, has written a 24-page report on the damage that this project will do to the habitat in this area. Contact SF Ocean Edge for a copy of this report.
The money for this project can and should be used in other locations, but there is only one Golden Gate Park.
Protecting parkland and the coast from development means fighting well-funded backers -- including an entire City! But we can do it, with your help!
DONATE TODAY to protect Golden Gate Park and Ocean Beach.
OUR GOAL IS TO RAISE $20,000 ! DONATE TODAY - ANY AMOUNT IS WELCOME.
[Note: Contributions are NOT tax deductible.]
Go to our website to learn more: www.sfoceanedg.org
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