Rec and park approves Sharp Park plan

A plan on how to maintain Sharp Park that’s had golfers, environmentalists and city officials debating for months has finally been approved.

The Recreation and Park Department’s Sharp Park Plan, which calls for the 18-hole golf course to stay open and remain a habitat for the endangered red-legged frogs and San Francisco garter snakes, was unanimously accepted by Rec and Park commissioners Thursday.

The only amendment came from Commissioner Michael Sullivan, who suggested Rec and Park and San Mateo County undertake a regional plan to consider long-term environmental impacts.

The golf course is in The City of Pacific, but governed by San Francisco.

The mayor of Pacifica, the San Mateo County Board of Supervisors and several other critics have also upheld the plan.  

However representatives from the nonprofit Center for Biological Diversity, which threatened to sue The City more than a year ago if the two species were not protected, said the plan called for deliberate extinction.

Commissioners also on Thursday discussed problems with a sea wall that protects the golf course and wetlands from flooding associated with sea tidal action, salt water intrusion and storm surges. The wall could use millions of dollars' worth of repairs.

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