TAKE BACK OUR PARKS

Keeping San Francisco Parks Open and Accessible to All


IMPORTANT CHANGES TO THE ROSE

The Recreation and Open Space Element (ROSE) of the General Plan is the primary policy document for Open Space in San Francisco. The Planning Department has revised the ROSE, with input from the neighborhoods in the form of a working group. However, not all suggestions from the ROSE Working Group have been incorporated into the November 2013 Draft of the ROSE (available online: http://openspace.sfplanning.org/)
This important document will be introduced to the Planning Commission in January 2014 and approved in February 2014. We recommend that everyone who cares about the future of our parks and open space in San Francisco, read the November 2013 Draft of the ROSE and also the ROSE Working Group comments. You may write to the Planning Commission and share your comments; also, the ROSE Working Group welcomes your input and your support to our comments. You may contact us through this website.
Please plan to attend the Planning Commission hearings and comment on the future of open space and parks in San Francisco!

HERE IS LINK WITH MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE ROSE WORKING GROUP COMMENTS:
http://www.takebackourparks.org/documents/letter-regarding-2013-rose-draft

Here are links to specific issues regarding ROSE:

Biodiversity: http://www.takebackourparks.org/files/ROSE%20Issue%20-%20Biodiversity.pdf
High Needs Areas: http://www.takebackourparks.org/files/ROSE%20Issue%20-%20High%20Needs%20...
Open Space & Golden Gate Park: http://www.takebackourparks.org/files/ROSE%20Issue%20-%20Open%20Space%20...
Public-Private Partnerships & Improvements Districts: http://www.takebackourparks.org/files/ROSE%20Issue%20-%20Public-Private%...
Recreation: http://www.takebackourparks.org/files/ROSE%20Issue%20-%20Recreation.pdf


OUR MISSION:

TAKE BACK OUR PARKS is an alliance of San Franciscans dedicated to keeping our parks and recreation facilities open and equally accessible to all people


WE SEEK to stop the privatization of public park properties.

WE SEEK to protect the natural character of our parklands in the process of providing recreational opportunities.

WE SEEK reforms in the Recreation and Parks Department and Commission that mandate timely and inclusive community participation to ensure transparent planning and decision-making processes.


RECENT CONCERNS:

Arboretum Fees
In a 2010 vote the S.F. Board of Supervisors voted 6 to 5 to impose a non-resident entry fee at the Arboretum. It was passed under the framework of a severe budget crisis and promoted by a study commissioned from the Botanical Garden Society that a projected revenue of $250K would pay for 3 gardeners positions in possible jeopardy within the Rec and Park Department.

The fee was to sunset this year and at the same time it was raised that if there was new revenue to the City, the fee could be eliminated.

We now know, that since the fee, non-resident attendance has declined by over 50% and resident attendance has declined by 35%. We also know that the City has a $96M surplus this year, the Rec and Park budget got a 16% increase and that the Real Estate Transfer Tax, promoted in part as allowing for the removal of the fee, has brought the City more than the projected $36 million/year. Your help is needed - please contact members the S.F. Board of Supervisors as soon as possible and ask them to remove this harmful fee.

For more information please click to: http://www.keeparboretumfree.org/

Beach Chalet Athletic Fields proposal
A project is proposed that will change forever the western edge of Golden Gate Park. It is the Beach Chalet artificial turf/60 foot stadium lights soccer complex. This proposal would bring 7+ acres of artificial turf to replace a real grass playing field (an area larger than Candlestick Park!), install 10 banks of 60 foot tall stadium lights that will be lighted to 10:00 p.m. every night of the year (150,000 watts of light that will shine next to Ocean Beach) and lead to the loss of wildlife habitat in an area designated as the most wild and wooded in the Golden Gate Park Master Plan.

Please watch this short film explaining the issue: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pAhM4X8CPow&feature=youtu.be/

This $13.2 Million project could be done for much less money if we renovate the Beach Chalet playing fields in Golden Gate Park with real grass AND no night sports lighting. Use the rest of the money to fix up other parks and playing fields in San Francisco.

KIDS DESERVE REAL GRASS TO PLAY ON, and EVERYONE DESERVES A REAL PARK EXPERIENCE IN GOLDEN GATE PARK.

Learn what you can do at http://www.sfoceanedge.org/


Other recent concerns:
Clubhouse leases - http://www.westsideobserver.com/pdfs/decWSO.pdf
Golden Gate Park preservation and Historic District - http://goldengateparkpreservation.org/
Haight-Ashbury Recycling Center - http://www.hanc-sf.org/
Recreation Program Directors - http://westsideobserver.com/pdfs/Feb2011Sm.pdf
Westside Water Recycling Plant location - www.goldengateparkpreservation.org
Coit Tower - http://www.protectcoittower.org/


You can contact us via the contact link at the top of the page or by sending e-mail to: tbop@takebackourparks.org