Re: [betterbayview] Pristine waterway to replace polluted inlet Community effort in Bayview
- having been involved in getting this concept off the ground (i wrote the first grant to the state coastal conservancy) about six years ago, this is very exciting.
amlOn 8/9/07, Mendell Street <mendellapt@...> wrote:
It seems to finally be coming together. Years of planning and community efforts are finally coming to fruition. Very exciting.
Elizabeth Dubuque <thinkelizabeth@ yahoo.com> wrote:is it just me or does it seem like there's a lot
happening all of a sudden. This is all very exciting!
--- bayview94124 <mendellapt@...> wrote:
> This from SFGATE (Thanks David for the heads up on
> this article.)
> Pristine waterway to replace polluted inlet
> Community effort: In neglected Bayview neighborhood, forgotten slough's
> restoration will be part of planned 350-acre waterfront park
> Julian Guthrie, Chronicle Staff Writer
> Monday, August 6, 2007
> The transformation of one of San Francisco's
> last stretches of undeveloped land is about to begin, as a small tidal
> inlet on the city's southern shoreline is readied for
> The revitalization of the inlet across from Monster
> Park is part of an ambitious plan to turn hundreds of contaminated
> acres at Bayview- Hunters Point into a pristine Crissy Field south,
> complete with stunning vistas, a thriving habitat, open green
> space and recreation.
> Behind the greening of the degraded land is a deeper
> goal: to bring new life and industry to the most marginalized and
> isolated area of San Francisco.
> The cleanup of Yosemite Slough will create San
> Francisco's largest contiguous wetlands and two new nesting islands for
> migratory birds, and will renovate and open 34 acres that have for
> decades been closed to the public. It will create new paths to be linked
> to the Bay Trail. The first phase of the 18-month project is
> expected to cost $15 million - $12 million has been raised so far -
> and begin at the end of the year.
> By the time the Yosemite Slough project at Candlestick Point is
> completed, work is scheduled to begin at nearby Hunters Point Naval
> Shipyard, similarly turning contaminated land into usable space. The
> Navy has spent more than $500 million cleaning up its former military
> base, and is in the process of handing decontaminated parcels over to
> the city for reuse.
> "We have a plan that calls for 350 acres of new
> waterfront park, which will be the largest parks improvement project
> since Golden Gate Park," said Michael Cohen, Mayor Gavin Newsom's
> director of military base reuse and real estate development. "We'll have
> parks and open space and this wonderful connection to the Bay
> Trail. This is really an opportunity to do the right thing for a portion
> of the city that has been neglected for way too long."
> Cohen said the city has two sets of plans for the area: one that
> includes a new stadium at Hunters Point and the other without, in
> case the 49ers relocate to Santa Clara.
> "There's so much at stake for the city in terms of parks, jobs,
> affordable housing and development that we're going forward with or
> without the stadium," he said.
> Yosemite Slough, last in the news in 1990, when a wayward whale named
> Humphrey drew international attention by becoming lost there, is
> about a mile north of Monster Park. Currently fenced off, the area
> has been a dumping ground. Weedy lots are dotted with old buildings
> covered in graffiti. The shoreline is strewn with discarded
> industrial detritus - huge concrete steps, buckets, tires, steel
> pipes and fencing.
> Touring the area last week, Elizabeth Goldstein,
> president of the California State Parks Foundation, said, "It's a big
> lump of discarded everything that we're converting into a
> park."> The nonprofit foundation is managing the project on
> behalf of California State Parks, and has received donations
> from state agencies including the California Coastal
> Conservancy and the Wildlife Conservation Board, and from private
> sources - notably $1.5 million from San Francisco philanthropist Richard
> Goldman, who runs the Richard and Rhoda Goldman Fund and the Goldman Environmental Prize.
> Ann Meneguzzi, a park ranger for 30 years who now supervises the
> Candlestick Point State Recreation Area, said there is an impressive
> array of wildlife despite the spoiled land. She regularly sees
> herons, egrets, coyotes and red-tailed hawks in the area, to name a
> few. A 2004 study of Yosemite Slough by the Audubon Society observed
> 118 species of birds, 14 butterfly species, three snake species, and
> mammals including rodents, rabbits and seals.
> Meneguzzi has been a ranger in spectacular wilderness, including
> Calaveras Big Trees State Park, with its giant sequoias, and in Big
> Sur, with its sweeping vistas. She chose to work at gritty
> Candlestick Point because she was drawn to the idea of creating open
> space in an urban environment.
> "This is exciting to bring parks to people who
> haven't had such opportunities," Meneguzzi said, walking along the
> rocky shore. "You can get the same refreshment of the spirit right
> Before that happens, the land - covered in non-native fennel and ice
> plant - will be excavated and tested, with polluted parts hauled
> away. The site will be graded and turned into wetlands, before being
> replanted with thousand of native plants.
> The native vegetation is being propagated by Bayview youth at a half-
> acre nursery across the road from the Alice Griffith Public Housing
> Projects. Under a sign, "Plants Gone Wild," is some of the vegetation
> that will eventually take root around Yosemite Slough. The vegetation
> includes alkali heath, gum plant, coyote bush, California sage, blue
> wild rye, red fescue, buckwheat and salt grass. An estimated 10,000
> plants are needed from the nursery each year.
> Patrick Rump, who works for Literacy for Environmental Justice,
> manages the nursery. Seven youths from the neighborhood participate
> as interns in the yearlong program, working up to nine hours a week
> and receiving an hourly stipend of $9.14.
> "The site that we're restoring is heavily polluted,"Rump
> said. "We're trying to remediate this little piece of urban land and
> return it to a state that's safe and usable for the community. We're
> trying to provide a better quality of life."> One overlooked aspect of improving quality of life
> is providing clean open space and access to the waterfront, he said.
> "You can take an hourlong bus ride to Crissy Field,
> but if people are going to have a strong connection to the
> environment, it helps to have it closer to home.