Chron story on delay of playground and rec center renovation

  • Elizabeth Hasse, 4, of S.F. plays at Glen Canyon Park, where work on the playground has been stalled. Photo: Sarah Rice, Special To The Chronicle / SF
    Elizabeth Hasse, 4, of S.F. plays at Glen Canyon Park, where work on the playground has been stalled. Photo: Sarah Rice, Special To The Chronicle / SF

Appeal over trees delays playground work

ON SAN FRANCISCO Late appeal delays Glen Canyon Park playground renovation
C.W. Nevius, Chronicle Columnist

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/Appeal-over-trees-delays-playground-work-3965944.php#ixzz29r1YHagMIt is an issue of constant conflict in San Francisco. Neighborhoods are torn asunder, city officials are berated, and groups stage demonstrations. It may very well be the single most contentious problem in the city.

Trees.

This is a city that loves its foliage, particularly if it has been in place for a while. But that’s just the beginning. Activists not only have strong views against removing trees, changing parks and open space, they have a process that can make it work for them.

The City Charter makes it possible for a single person to stall a project for months, simply by filing an appeal. You could say that it is the most democratic possible process. Unless you’re hoping to upgrade a playground for your kids, or renovate an aging recreation center. Then it is intensely frustrating.

This time the issue is Glen Canyon Park in Diamond Heights. The Recreation and Park Department has a $5.8 million renovation project for the area. The children’s playground will be redone, tennis courts will be moved and improved, and a new, safer drop-off area will be created for parents with children.

In the final minutes of the last day of the 15-day public comment period, Anastasia Glikshtern filed an appeal of the building permit for improvements to the recreation building. Glikshtern did not return calls for comment. But her appeal has stalled all work until a Dec. 5 hearing.

Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/nevius/article/Appeal-over-trees-delays-playground-work-3965944.php#ixzz29r1LGY68

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3 responses to “Chron story on delay of playground and rec center renovation

  1. Dolan Eargle

    The Chron article is highly slanted. It does not mention the surreptitious tie-in between Recreation Center rehab and the tennis court re-placement which involves ripping out trees that have nothing to do with the Rec Center.

  2. dolan eargle

    It is wrong to link up the Rec Center rehab with the destruction of certain trees. Maybe two or three trees would inhibit access to the Center’s work, but not the ripping out of 9 or so well-established trees, only to move a tennis court a few yards uphill. It is contrary to the idea of the contribution of trees to our health, welfare, and enjoyment. Shame on the powers that linked the two separate actions. Thanks to the courage of Ms. Glikshtern that the project can be challenged as such. -Dolan Eargle

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  3. Mic

    For those of you who didn’t have time to attend RPD’s fascinating 12-part renovation project mini-series, I’ll boil it down to the soup and nuts. Participants were asked to choose from at least four distinct versions of The Plan, assigning red stickers to their favorite elements. Yes, it was a complicated and unwieldy process, but in the end the majority decided to push the tennis courts uphill in order to accommodate the expansion of the children’s play area. So I guess we should just blame those pesky kids for all this!

    And by the way, I agree that the C.W. Nevius piece was slanted. That’s because Chron columnists are paid big bucks to express their opinions, while its reporters are supposed to be fair and balanced, as if that was possible.

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