- San Francisco Recreation and Park CommissionersSan Francisco Recreation and Park Commissioners
- Ahsha SafaiSan Francisco Supervisor for District 11
- Hillary RonenSan Francisco Supervisor for District 9
- Malia CohenSan Francisco Supervisor for District 10
- Mayor Ed LeeSan Francisco Mayor
Do not approve the trails and paths focus plan by the Recreation and Park Department.
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The SF Park Commission Rubber Stamped that funding be approved for the entire Vision Plan on November 16 despite 949 park enthusiasts signing the petition against the Trail and Path portion of the Vision Plan. We need to be active and attend the next yet to be announced Trail and Path meeting to get the changes we want.
The plan offered by RPD runs counter to what the public has called for during a year of "community driven process." Major changes need to be negotiated before we will have a plan that serves the needs of the public. We want to preserve the character of McLaren Park, keeping it wild and free. The trail network is a vital part of McLaren Park. We do not want 5 miles of trails taken away. Here are some specific issues that need to be considered.
- want the paved paths repaired and made safe. An intersection that should be included is at Cambridge and Shelly. It is dangerous and poorly designed.
- want the existing trails maintained and repaired, not closed.
- do not approve of the closure of the recently built University Hill Switchbacks and the Upper Reservoir Switchbacks. Add in erosion control techniques. There are none currently.
- do not want any areas closed so that there is no access.
- want to keep the trails narrow and winding. The trails are for enjoyment, not just getting from A to B.
- do not want money spent on trail reroutes and having to move Philosopher's Way Markers, bench or musing stations unnecessarily.
- want to keep the existing grades to most trails. Not all trails need to be easy.
- want to improve the existing trails in the Redwood Grove to bypass the main picnic/ kid's playground area.
- want to improve the trail leading down from Peace Sign Hill down towards the Blue Tower while leaving the bench where it is.
- do not want fences. They just get vandalized.
- the trees to be maintained and remove the dangerous ones.
- don't want unnecessary improvements such as a welcome center/sign. RPD can't afford the maintenance.
- want the wide trail leading down from the Upper Reservoir to the Jerry Garcia Amphitheater repaired.
- want maps of the park on the trails. Maps have been asked for since the 80s. That is why people still feel lost or overwhelmed.
- San Francisco Recreation and Park Commissioners
San Francisco Recreation and Park Commissioners
- San Francisco Supervisor for District 11
- San Francisco Supervisor for District 9
- San Francisco Supervisor for District 10
- San Francisco Mayor
Mayor Ed Lee
We are not happy with the current Trail and Path proposal. RPD shows that they met with the community and stakeholders regarding the Mclaren Park Bond to build a community driven project.
RPD does not tell you after all these meetings that the proposal has not changed. All the meetings are choreographed to prevent questions, dialog and awareness. RPD simply takes a trail off the map and does not tell the public. They hide what they don’t want people to talk about. They knew exactly what they wanted from the beginning. They wasted the public’s time. This is why so many people choose to not participate in public meetings.
Trails are still closing.
Areas are still closing.
Certain trails are going to be 5 feet.
Activities are going to be restricted.
Fences will be installed.
Unwanted signage is coming in.
A cement wall looks to be envisioned at the Visitacion and Mansell overlook.
There is fear that healthy trees will be chopped down.
Only certain sections of the paved paths will be repaired.
RPD wants to install staircases when there is a possibility of a trail instead.
RPD finds information that suits their opinion. Melinda Stockmann wrote “Our trails team, including landscape architects, trails consultant and Operations staff, has determined that 5’ design width is a safe multi-use trail standard to accommodate hikers, dog walkers and bicyclists, planning both for current use and for future projected larger population.” According to the California Recreation Trails Plan, “there exists no centralized trails information source within California. The standardized use of trail accessibility descriptive language has been hampered further by an absence of any universally accepted trail construction standardization practices or policy guidelines.” More of RPD’s opinion and not the publics. Again no issues and no attempt to install any kind of trail etiquette campaign. McLaren Park users do not want to widen some trails to 5 feet wide.
RPD cites population growth as a reason to widen trails. Around 100,000 people have moved into San Francisco from 2010-2017. Job growth is slowing. The housing market is pricing people out. Even with the rapid increase in population around the SF Bay Area, McLaren Park does not have the traffic or the necessity for additional 5 foot wide trails. We want to keep the character of the park. Narrow trails induce good trail etiquette.
McLaren Park has a history of its community not being heard, just told. The park has been neglected and not maintained. We have been told Disc Golf is a done deal. Fake rules are being put up on signs using Park Code 3.02 which threaten citation. We had RPD force a horse concessions company into the park without public process. Now we have this trail and path proposal that does not reflect the community of users. A vote yes from the Park Commissioners shows the continued rubber stamp pattern that RPD does not care or value our opinion.
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