Artificial turf moves ahead for park fields

Proposition I, which would amend San Francisco's park code so The City can upgrade athletic fields, children's playgrounds and walking trails in Golden Gate Park, prevailed Tuesday over Proposition H, which sought to keep all athletic fields in the park west of Crossover Drive as natural grass.

Prop. H was placed on the ballot a month before construction was slated to begin at the athletic fields, which included artificial turf to replace natural grass and new lighting.

Prop. I, put on the ballot by the Board of Supervisors in response to Prop. H, had the backing of groups advocating for more play time and space for children. Currently, the athletic fields are only accessible with a permit.

Backers of Prop. H argued that artificial turf causes noxious fumes and toxic runoff, and the new lighting would create light pollution.

The controversy over the project dates back six years, but it was finally approved in 2012 after many appeals.

If you find our journalism valuable and relevant, please consider joining our Examiner membership program.
Find out more at www.sfexaminer.com/join/

Just Posted

Gov. Gavin Newsom gave an update on COVID-19 cases on Thursday Nov. 3, 2020. (Examiner screenshot)
Newsom announces statewide stay-at-home order tied to availability of hospital beds

Order will take effect in Bay Area when intensive care unit capacity falls below 15 percent

Photo by Abalone Runner/ <a href="https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=74406455" target="_blank">CC BY-SA 4.0</a>
Former Newsom spokesman Nathan Ballard facing domestic violence, child abuse charges

Prominent Bay Area political strategist Nathan Ballard is facing domestic violence and… Continue reading

Construction crews work on new red bus rapid transit lanes on Van Ness Avenue on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
SFMTA board scrutinizes Van Ness BRT spending

Proposed contract modification would allocate $2.6 million for pedestrian monitors

Mayor London Breed said “I need to hold myself to a higher standard” in response to criticism of a recent meal at a Napa Valley restaurant. (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
Breed calls criticism for French Laundry trip ‘fair’

Mayor said she regrets that actions ‘distracted’ from public health message as COVID-19 cases rise

City Administrator Naomi Kelly said Wednesday that the allegations against her husband were “based on the word of a liar.” (Kevin N. Hume/S.F. Examiner)
City Administrator Naomi Kelly takes leave after feds charge husband

High-ranking official under scrutiny over 2016 China trip

Most Read