Beach Chalet project
San Francisco proposes to construct a seven-acre artificial-turf soccer field, cut down over 55 trees, expand its parking lot by 33%, erect seating for over 1,000 visitors, pave over more grass by adding almost an acre of concrete sidewalks, install 10 60-foot-tall light standards with 150,000 watts of sports lights and 60 more lights for the parking lot and sidewalks, and bring increasingly larger crowds into what is now bucolic parkland and habitat for over 70 species of birds. The devastating impacts would include elimination of grassy and forest habitat; increased car traffic, noise, and night-lighting; and destruction of the park's renowned natural setting.
The lawsuit charges the City of San Francisco with failing to comply with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The complaint alleges that the city:
- is potentially putting children at risk when they play on the suspect artificial turf;
- abdicates significant control over the quality and safety of artificial turf to a private association;
- failed to even consider a feasible alternative site outside of Golden Gate Park and a design using a safe, non-toxic artificial turf.
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