City kids deserve a natural GG Park

To the letter writer from San Bruno: The 7 “measly acres” you refer to actually belong to the taxpayers of San Francisco and not to a San Bruno resident (“Small Golden Gate Park patch a big deal for families,” Letters, Wednesday).

The City has more to offer children than just soccer. Great libraries, nine public swimming pools, a playground in every neighborhood, at least 60 soccer fields, numerous basketball gyms, after-school programs and lots of affordable summer camps — but we also want children to experience nature, wildlife and a great dark sky to view the stars.

All the groups who are against plastic turf and 60-foot stadium lights want children to play soccer, but we want to keep the Golden Gate Park soccer fields natural.

I have researched San Bruno parks, and it looks like the letter-writer can find 7 “measly acres” in which to put in plastic grass and lights in his backyard, not mine.

Ellen Leaf
San Francisco

Fields need renovations

After reading the letter regarding the Beach Chalet soccer field project, I couldn’t agree more with the letter writer. Renovations are long overdue. As a teen in the 1970s, I played junior high, varsity high school and travel-team soccer for the Olympic Club. It seemed like I spent nine months a year out there.

I hated playing goalie, as the dirt pits in front of the goals were always filled with rocks and broken glass. We also had countless plays altered by the uneven grass and sprinkler heads, which caused twisted ankles and scraped knees.

The City did an amazing job of reconditioning the Crocker Amazon fields, and now it’s time for the same treatment at the Beach Chalet.

Paul J. Weber
San Francisco

Keep fake turf out of park

Your San Bruno reader has his facts wrong. Seven expansive areas behind the Beach Chalet are already fenced in and used only for soccer. The issue is whether they shall be covered with toxic plastic, effectively asphalting this enormous expanse, and lit up at night (so that adult teams from Marin may use city resources).

This is a loss leader.

Taxpayers will be on the hook for the replacement turf. Why is it that grass cannot be maintained and the absurd plan to put in stands and towering lights scrapped?

But that would make too much sense. Had the Presidio been city property, we would have an art museum under construction there now. We are truly the city that cannot say no to idiocies — whether it be to park privatization or the surrealistically absurd Central Subway.

Harry S. Pariser
San Francisco

South Bay needs BART </h3>

Wednesday’s pedestrian death near the grade-separated San Antonio Road Caltrain tracks was the ninth death this year, 25th death since January 2011 and 185th death since January 1995.

What will it take to get politicians and residents impressed enough to start the 10 years of work to replace the outdated, deadly Caltrain from our midst with quieter, safer, more frequent, low-profile BART for the last 28 miles to connect Millbrae with the future Santa Clara BART station, and the rest of the Bay Area, with this real one-seat rail solution?

How many more must die?

Omar Chatty
San Jose

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