EIR for Beach Chalet Soccer Fields could take a year

Park officials will vote Thursday on a $407,418.11 contract with a local company to analyze the impacts of adding artificial turf and bright new soccer lights to the western edge of Golden Gate Park.

After tumultuous debate about whether the runoff will harm the animals, the lights confuse the birds and several other questions about whether the turf is appropriate, Rec and Park made the decision to perform an Environmental Impact Review.

Park officials said it would be safer for athletes and increase the amount of field time decision, but critics pushed for the review before they started any construction.

It’s not the only synthetic field in The City that has been debated, but it’s the only one in Golden Gate Park and there are more on the way.

The Rec and Park Commission will vote Thursday to approve the contract to Environmental Science Associates, a local group that was worked in The City for more than three decades and lately on projects such as the Marina  renovation and westside recycled water project.

According to the Planning Department, the plan is to have a public scoping session after January and then come up with a draft by the end of the year.

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