PETITION URGING FULL STUDY OF AVAILABLE LAND IN SAN FRANCISCO FOR RECREATIONAL USE

  • By: Pitch In SF
  • Target: Mayor Gavin Newsom, San Francisco Board of Supervisors, and the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department
PETITION URGING FULL STUDY OF AVAILABLE LAND IN SAN FRANCISCO FOR RECREATIONAL USE

A 2004 Recreation Assessment report by Leon Younger & Pros states that San Francisco should have 74 standardized fields by population for all field sports.  However the National Guidelines for sports fields indicates that San Francisco should have 154 fields for all field sports.  The Younger report verifies that there are ONLY 24 fields for multi-use/soccer fields in San Francisco, two of which are regulation sized soccer fields - Matthew Boxer Stadium and Kezar Stadium.

TO DATE, NO EFFORT HAS BEEN MADE BY THE RECREATION AND PARK DEPARTMENT TO REDRESS THE SHORTFALL OF SPORTS FIELDS INDICATED BY THE RECREATION ASSESSMENT 4 YEARS AGO.  The multi-use/soccer community is outraged by the City's lack of implementation for any improvements in this area.

At the last Golf Task Force Meeting held on 9/29/08, many of the Golf Task Force Members, urged by Richard Harris and Dave Dill, recognized that there is a wide discrepancy in equitable space for field sports.  There was a concern by many of the golfers that available space is not being utilized.

We are taking the golfers' recommendation to formally request a San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department Audit of all available open space in the City and County of San Francisco.

WE THE UNDERSIGNED request that a comprehensive space audit be done by the Recreation and Parks Department of all land owned by public agencies within the borders of San Francisco.  We would like the Space Audit to identify:

* Current available open space that could be used where shortages were indicated for playing fields, community gardens, playgrounds, picnic areas and identify available sites that at least meet the space requirement.

* All other unused public space.

* Spaces identified by size and potential type of use for field sport  recreation needs, identified in the 2004 Recreation Assessment.  For example, breaking down in appropriate categories:

- FIFA/NCAA approved size game fields
- Multi-use adult size fields
- Youth game size fields, and
- Multi-use, open space, to be used for community gardens, playgrounds or picnic areas.

Please also make note of which fields are lit in the evenings for adult use and what it will take to make this identified land available for recreational and competitive use.

We would also urge that we follow and embrace the standards set by other cities and begin formulating a Master Plan for all open space and park use so that our residents can be better served.  San Francisco is among the highest ranked cities for physically active residents.  Let's develop a plan that serves all of these residents.
PETITION URGING FULL STUDY OF AVAILABLE LAND IN SAN FRANCISCO FOR RECREATIONAL USE

A 2004 Recreation Assessment report by Leon Younger & Pros states that San Francisco should have 74 standardized fields by population for all field sports.  However the National Guidelines for sports fields indicates that San Francisco should have 154 fields for all field sports.  The Younger report verifies that there are ONLY 24 fields for multi-use/soccer fields in San Francisco, two of which are regulation sized soccer fields - Matthew Boxer Stadium and Kezar Stadium.

TO DATE, NO EFFORT HAS BEEN MADE BY THE RECREATION AND PARK DEPARTMENT TO REDRESS THE SHORTFALL OF SPORTS FIELDS INDICATED BY THE RECREATION ASSESSMENT 4 YEARS AGO.  The multi-use/soccer community is outraged by the City's lack of implementation for any improvements in this area.

At the last Golf Task Force Meeting held on 9/29/08, many of the Golf Task Force Members, urged by Richard Harris and Dave Dill, recognized that there is a wide discrepancy in equitable space for field sports.  There was a concern by many of the golfers that available space is not being utilized.

We are taking the golfers' recommendation to formally request a San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department Audit of all available open space in the City and County of San Francisco.

WE THE UNDERSIGNED request that a comprehensive space audit be done by the Recreation and Parks Department of all land owned by public agencies within the borders of San Francisco.  We would like the Space Audit to identify:

* Current available open space that could be used where shortages were indicated for playing fields, community gardens, playgrounds, picnic areas and identify available sites that at least meet the space requirement.

* All other unused public space.

* Spaces identified by size and potential type of use for field sport  recreation needs, identified in the 2004 Recreation Assessment.  For example, breaking down in appropriate categories:

- FIFA/NCAA approved size game fields
- Multi-use adult size fields
- Youth game size fields, and
- Multi-use, open space, to be used for community gardens, playgrounds or picnic areas.

Please also make note of which fields are lit in the evenings for adult use and what it will take to make this identified land available for recreational and competitive use.

We would also urge that we follow and embrace the standards set by other cities and begin formulating a Master Plan for all open space and park use so that our residents can be better served.  San Francisco is among the highest ranked cities for physically active residents.  Let's develop a plan that serves all of these residents.
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