Replace Kezar Track with One That Meets Today's Standards
  • Petitioned Mayor Edward Lee

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City of San Francisco
Mayor Edward Lee

Replace Kezar Track with One That Meets Today's Standards

    1. Petition by

      San Francisco Track and Field Club

The deterioration of the track at Kezar Stadium is clearly visible. Parts of the track are badly damaged by weather and overuse. The track’s shock absorbing and traction enhancing capabilities appear no longer functioning as designed. Physically, it feels like running on concrete. The current track was installed in 1991. We need your help in modernizing the Kezar track. It is our understanding that the City and County of San Francisco has had a line item in its Capital Budget Requests for the replacement of the track for the past five years. Please advise the City to release funding for this project as soon as possible.

To many LGBT athletes, the track at Kezar Stadium is more than just a public track. It is the site where the first Gay Games took place; thus, a symbol of gay athleticism. Today, it continues to be used by gay athletes, who are training either for future Gay Games, or other athletic events. The Kezar track is also used by various running groups, some of which help keep teens off the streets and/or seniors healthy and active. Unfortunately, the current condition of the track makes it difficult for individuals to enjoy. It is, therefore, San Francisco Track and Field Club’s sincere wish to see the track at Kezar Stadium replaced with a track that meets today’s standards.

No doubt the track replacement will lead to positive and tangible improvements in the wellbeing of San Francisco residents. But it will also honor current and future LGBT athletes by allowing them to train at the very same track where legendary athletes, such as Dr. Tom Waddell and Sara Lewinstein, once trained.

Recent signatures

    News

    1. Rec & Park Commission Meeting on March 21, 10 am at City Hall

      PROSAC will make a recommendation to update the Kezar track. Support PROSAC's recommendation by coming to the meeting in Room 416.
      http://sfrecpark.org/event/recreation-and-park-commission-meeting/2013-03-21/

    2. Reached 750 signatures
    3. PROSAC Meeting on March 5, 6:30 pm at City Hall

      Monthly PROSAC (Park, Recreation, Open Space Advisory Committee) meeting where the Kezar track issue is expected to be discussed.
      http://sfrecpark.org/event/park-recreation-and-open-space-advisory-committee/2013-03-05/

    4. Read our story on sfgate.com

      Kezar Stadium track needs upgrade

      There are large holes along the line where starting blocks are placed for the 100-meter dashes run at dozens of school meets every year. Besides the Kezar track's advanced age, recreational runners join school athletes from across the city in using the oval at all hours.

    5. Reached 500 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Chad Evans SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • 3 months ago

      I am a runner, parent of a runner, and a coach

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    • Allan Berrin SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • 3 months ago

      I have trained and raced for years on the Kezar track and I worked for 2 years coaching at USF who trained on the track. It's time to replace the track.

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    • Nicholas Alvarado SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • 3 months ago

      i train and wold this facility if it was renovated

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    • Jennifer Keleher SAN FRANCISCO, CA
      • 8 months ago

      SF runners need a public track to work on speed/interval training. Outdoor places bringing community together always a good thing!

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    • Chris Clohesy AUSTRALIA
      • 9 months ago

      My daughter is going to College there.

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