Poll: What Should Happen to Sharp Park Golf Course?

An ongoing lawsuit aims to end golfing, at least in part, at the historic course and one San Francisco Supervisor wants to turn it into a national park. What do you think?

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An ongoing lawsuit against the City of San Francisco by environmentalist groups over alleged Endangered Species Act violations at when plaintiffs asked a judge to temporarily halt operational activities at the course.

The Wild Equity Institute, Center for Biological Diversity, National Parks Conservation Association, Surfrider Foundation, Sequoia Audubon and Sierra Club filed a motion for a temporary injunction against what the organizations call "illegal" golf cart use, water pumping and mowing at Sharp Park. Environmentalists claim the activities harm populations of red-legged frogs and San Francisco garter snakes, listed as threatened and endangered species respectively.

Such an injunction would realistically prohibit golf on a large part of the course, perhaps even nine of 18 holes.

The motion Friday is just one move made by environmental groups since a handful sued the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department, which manages the course, in early March, 2011.

Since then, environmentalists have against keeping the course open and called for it to be turned over to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area as a public park.

This proposal is supported by San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos, who the Board of Supervisors in early September, citing the need to protect the two species from further harm and casting doubt on the profitability of the golf course.

Golfers have and to save the golf course. They've sought to attack both the allegedly scientific and political reasons and a by the Wild Equity Institute in February.

The injunction called for by plaintiffs would last until the lawsuit is decided (there is no end in sight, currently) or until San Francisco adopts a plan to manage and protect the frogs and snakes at Sharp Park that meets environmentalists' , which would likely include the transformation of a large portion of the course to a reserve or park.

What do you think should happen to Sharp Park Golf Course? Should it remain as is, become part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area or should it be something in between? Take the poll below.

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mw September 30, 2011 at 04:11 AM
No Jeff you are wrong. The golf course and golfers subsidize The City. I know that it is an inconvenient truth for the idealogues who would like to pretend that $250,000 overhead line item for non-golf course related expenses that Sharp Park golfers pay into City coffers does not exist, but it is right there in black and white in the budget. No matter how many times you ignore it, or repeat the lie that it is irrelevant or pretend that it is not not there, it is not going to go away. Yes I am happy to explain it, Jeff. I explained it right here: http://youtu.be/_HddmobFkgw SF Director of Rec and Parks Supervisor Phil Ginsberg explained it to Supervisor Mirkarimi right here: http://youtu.be/Zi7AkW-OHBc San Francisco citizen and prefessional fiscal analyst Nancy Wuerfel explained it the entire city in a Chron OP/Ed right here: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/article.cgi?f=/c/a/2009/09/14/EDUJ19N243.DTL#ixzz1ZP0nvuVA But don't let that stop you. If you repeat a lie often enough, maybe you can fool all of the people some of the time. It is worth a shot. God knows you have nothing else to go on. But how you live with yourself when you tell cash starved social welfare organizations in the city that closing Sharp Park will help them when in fact it will make the City's financial plight even worse is beyond me. It is reprehensible I don't know how you sleep at night.
Mark September 30, 2011 at 05:51 AM
Everyone is missing the point: Golf sucks. Most people hate it. Frogs and snakes and natural wetlands and public parks don't suck. Bye-bye golf.
Butch Larroche September 30, 2011 at 08:44 PM
Golf does not suck Mark. Maybe you suck at golf but that is not the point either. Sharp Park has and can continue to coexist with nature. You have a public park land in Mori's Point and no one is ever there. Golfers out number hikers by 10-1 any given day.
Butch Larroche September 30, 2011 at 08:45 PM
Well said Dogbert!!! Can't add anything to that.
Steve Sinai October 01, 2011 at 08:13 AM
I only read SF Weekly for the whips and chains ads.


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