Lennar plans a thinner and chopped-up park for southeastern San Francisco
Candlestick/Hunters Point Plan would bring more people, yet cut into state park in already underserved area
In southeastern San Francisco, a crowded and economically challenged area with a scarcity of parks and open space and wildlife, the 180 acres of Candlestick Point State Recreation Area are a great exception. This park is home to over 180 species of wildlife, including reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, birds, and small mammals.
As Lennar prepares its 700-acre Candlestick/Hunters Point development project, intended to bring 20 - 30 thousand new residents (10,000 new units) to the area, one might expect mitigating park additions, and enhancements to provide space for wildlife habitats and recreation.
Instead, the Lennar plan would shrink the existing state park by 23%, significantly reducing its depth, in some places to as little as 100 - 200 feet between park boundary and the Bay. That's not a lot of room for people, let alone for wildlife. The plan does propose to extend the park along the Hunters Point shoreline so that there may be no loss of total park acreage, but there too it would be a shallow shoreline park with little depth between Bay and park boundary.
Adding insult to injury, the plan also proposes a bridge across Yosemite Slough, one of the most significant water habitats of the city's southeast shoreline. In this tidal inlet one can find hundreds of shorebirds and waterfowl, along the shoreline are snakes and lizards, and leopard sharks prowl the waters just a few feet from shore. On 34 acres bordering and including the slough, the state park will soon begin a $20 million project to remove or neutralize toxic contaminants (most of the land in the area is landfill into the Bay). New tidal wetlands, bird-nesting islands, and upland habitats are to be developed.
Yet Lennar would put an 84-foot-wide bridge across the slough right next to the restoration project (think of young birds on the nesting islands learning to fly and colliding with the adjacent bridge) and four-lane roads dividing the park into three isolated sections. Ground creatures would be turned into roadkill.
The mayor's office and Lennar may soon ask the Board of Supervisors to endorse Lennar's urban design plan for Candlestick and Hunters Points. The Sierra Club, among 15 environmental and community groups, have asked the Supervisors to take no action and make no endorsement until an Environmental Impact Report (EIR) is finalized.
Please write your supervisor at:
City Hall, Room 2244
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
San Francisco, CA 94102.
Ask them not to endorse the Lennar project until a final (EIR) is approved. Tell them that the project must be revised to eliminate its damage to Candlestick Point State Recreation Area. In particular, urge them to oppose the bridge and its roads, and to oppose reducing the depth of the state park.
To work with the Sierra Club on improving Lennar's plan, contact or call (510) 848-0800, ext. 307