Glen Park trails work continues

Friends of Glen Canyon Park study part of a eucalyptus tree removed from Islias Creek, which is part of the 15 month Glen Canyon Trails Project that began on October 29. For the full scope of the project link to Fall 2013 edition of the Glen Park News (Vol 31, No. 3 - Pages 12-13). The newspaper can be found at the top of this web page under title back issues.

Friends of Glen Canyon Park study part of a eucalyptus tree removed from Islias Creek, which is part of the 15 month Glen Canyon Trails Project that began on October 29. For the full scope of the project link to Fall 2013 edition of the Glen Park News (Vol 31, No. 3 – Pages 12-13). The newspaper can be found at the top of this web page under title back issues.

Photos and story by Murray Schneider

On Tuesday, October 29, 2013 work commenced on the first portion of the 15- month Glen Park Trails Project when workers from Yerba Buena Engineering and Construction felled a eucalyptus tree that both leaned dangerously over the canyon’s main fire road and impeded the flow of creek water.

Using a crane to heft the obstructing tree, the Yosemite-based company placed the 4-foot diameter tree adjacent to Alms Road where it awaits removal.

The long anticipated project, which will include a connector trail through San Francisco School District property on the School of the Arts campus all the way to Portola Drive, includes restoration of existing trail network, habitat restoration, erosion control throughout the Islias watershed, removal of 30 additional hazardous trees along trails, drainage improvements and ADA improvements between Bosworth and Silver Tree.

The 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Bond and the California State Habitat Fund Program fund the project. While work continues, trails will temporarily be closed to protect the public’s safety.

For a full description of the scope of this project readers can go to the Fall edition of the Glen Park News, which they can find on this website. Link to Glen Park News Back Issues and scroll to pages 12-13.

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3 responses to “Glen Park trails work continues

  1. I could just cry. I hate what is happening in GP and in all the parks. Killing these beautiful mature trees is a travesty.

    Don’t know anyone who voted for nap who thought that trees would be destroyed….

    *R* o b i n *S* h e r r e r

  2. Janet

    Everyone we know is deeply upset at the continued defoliation of our park — especially the previously untouched wilderness areas. Here, one of our kids’ primary climbing trees has been removed (see photos in link below). The trees in this alcove were not hazardous — they were a part of a network of trees along a trail that was unique. The gnarled and twisted trees added character, charm and sparkle to the park — they were part of a magical trail in a forest right in the center of San Francisco. It’s gone. Why?

    The “log over the creek” along this trail is also going to be replaced with a boardwalk. At the planning meetings, everyone wanted the old fashioned log retained. It was so “Tom Sawyer”. How special that this park had this special place so unique to a city park. At the planning meetings hadn’t we decided it could be simply widened by about a foot?

    Why are we allowing Park and Rec to do this to our park? No one we’ve spoken to wants these extensive capital changes except for the people doing the work — of course they are getting paid or it. But all we wanted was the trails fixed, not widened and altered with bigger and more stairs , and we wanted the existing trees and landscape retained.

    300 more trees will be coming out. But it’s not just the trails and the trees which are being altered and removed. It’s also the underbrush and thickets that have always made this park into the natural wilderness that we all love — it serves as a habitat for our very special animal population. But the growth is more and more sparse these days with more and more growth removal, and what is left is bare dirt and sparse grasses. How can a handful of “nativists” have gained control of the plan for the park. Why aren’t the rest of us included in the plan?

    For photos, visit: http://sfglencanyon.wordpress.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=783&action=edit&message=6&postpost=v2

  3. this makes me sick.

    *R* o b i n *S* h e r r e r

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