With more than $1 billion in deferred parks maintenance, our parks need this measure so badly. And today, we can all celebrate this victory that gets us that much closer to making every park, playground, and recreation center clean, green, and safe.
The lake remediation project continues to chug along. The tree crews have taken out all the trees near the underpass where the staging site will be located. There are also teams out there along the lake side and on the lake too. And of course, we’ve all been hearing the CalTrans crews as they shore up the Highway 1 roadside along the lake.
The Presidio and CalTrans did a community meeting on October 18 in their ongoing effort to provide information to the community about the project.
The presentation from the meeting is attached here, in case you weren’t able to attend but would like to see what they discussed.
You can visit the Presidio’s webpage dedicated to the project.
As you may know, the restroom building at Mt. Lake Park is slated for replacement with a new restroom building that is designed for wheelchair accessibility and improved park maintenance operations. The future restroom building will also include a garage, a staff office, drinking fountains, and a bottle filler. The par course station to the south of the building will be relocated nearby. The Recreation and Park Department recently advised us that a construction contract has been awarded and that construction will begin shortly.
Work on the project is now beginning. Earlier this month you probably noticed a portion of construction fence was put up on the backside of the restroom building. That is in preparation for the relocation of a PG&E meter and trenching. When those tasks are completed, then the restroom building will be closed to the public for abatement and demolition. That could be happening very soon. Information will be posted on the building five days before the closure to inform the public of the upcoming abatement and closure. The fenced-in area will be expanded to include the pathway in front of the building, which is the main area of construction activity. The total duration for this contract is 5 months. However inclement weather may extend this construction period.
Rec and Park plans to keep updated information on the project posted on the fence. So, that’s the best place to look for up to date information on this project. If you would like more information, Marvin Yee at RPD is coordinating this project. His email address is [email protected]
Please support Proposition B, the 2012 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond on this November’s ballot. Prop B will help the City tackle over $1 billion in infrastructure needs throughout our vast park and playground network.
Proposition B improves existing facilities that are worn out from years of use; provides urgently needed seismic improvements that will make recreation facilities and playground equipment safer; constructs new waterfront parks; and provides for shoreline restoration. The bond will also fix broken irrigation systems in several of our parks, failing playgrounds, and pools.
Prop B investments will contribute significantly toward the much needed funds for the renovation of the Mountain Lake Park Playground.
Mountain Lake will already be benefitting from the 2008 Park Bond when the bathrooms are renovated near the playground by spring 2013. Proposition B will help to beautify the playground area adjacent to the lake remediation project spearheaded by the Presidio Trust, and will enhance the park.
In keeping with City policy, this bond will be funded as existing bonds get paid off, resulting in NO increase to property tax rates.
Prop B is widely supported by Mayor Ed Lee, the entire Board of Supervisors and School Board, Senator Feinstein, Congresswoman Pelosi, Senator Leno, Assemblywoman Ma, neighborhood organizations and park and youth advocacy groups all over town. You can view a full list of endorsers and a list of projects at www.yesforparks.com.
Mountain Lake Park Playground Renovation Efforts Well Underway
Friends of Mountain Lake Park Playground (FMLPP) has been working closely with the City of San Francisco, San Francisco Parks Alliance and the architecture firm Bohlin Cywinski Jackson to help make the new playground a reality. In recent months, the group hosted two public design review meetings and received a lot of helpful feedback from the community. A steering committee consisting of members of FMLPP, SF Parks Alliance and SF Rec & Park is working to ensure the design reflects the community’s feedback as much as possible and that the project is managed and executed efficiently. Current designs can be found at www.fmlpp.org/renovation.html
FMLPP is excited to be included in this November’s Ballot Measure Proposition B. In the measure, funds have been specifically allocated toward the playground’s renovation. These dollars will be critical to playground’s funding.
Friends of Mountain Lake Park endorses Proposition B on upcoming November 2012 ballot.
Photo above copyright Sarah Rice.
Wow! if you”ve been near the lake lately you can see how much work has happened. CalTrans is busy all along Highway 1. See below for changes on their planned work schedule.
Meanwhile, crews have been in and cut back some of the vegetation on the scenic overlook on the east side of the lake. They”re also preparing tree removal in the staging area away from the lake near the underpass on West Pacific. I also heard today that they”ve been out doing the archeological core samples which will allow scientists to study the history of the lake”s sediment.
The Trust and CalTrans are also preparing several informational sessions for us neighbors. Please try to attend one of the walks or the informational session. There is a lot of great information that is being conveyed about this process during these sessions. It”s also our time to weigh in on concerns or problems that we may be seeing as the project gears up.
PUBLIC INFORMATION WALKS
Thursday, October 11, 4:30 – 6:00 pm
Saturday, October 13, 10:00 – 11:30 am
Meet at the playground at the lake’s south shore.
COMMUNITY INFORMATION SESSION
Thursday, October 18, 2012, 7:00 pm
Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop, Presidio of San Francisco
Here”s more information from the Presidio Trust:
Highway 1 Work by Caltrans – Extended Construction Hours
The highway stabilization work by Caltrans began in July and is expected to continue until November 2012. Operating hours have generally been Monday through Friday from 6:00 am to 4:00 pm. To phpaide.com complete the project before November, Caltrans is extending work hours beginning this week. Operating hours will be 7:00 am to 7:00 pm, Monday through Saturday.
Tree Removals and Site Preparation Work for Remediation
The Presidio Trust is preparing work areas needed for the upcoming lake dredging project. Vegetation and benches have been removed from the east shore spur trail and overlook to clear an access route to the lake. In the staging area north of the lake, approximately 50 trees are being removed this week. Fencing has been erected to close the staging area and the east shore spur trail and overlook for the duration of the construction project. To ensure public safety during tree removal work, Mountain Lake trail around the lake will be closed for short periods early in the week of October 1st.
Public Information Walks
Join Presidio Trust staff for a walk and discussion about plans for the remediation and enhancement of Mountain Lake. Enhancement of the area surrounding Mountain Lake began in 2001 and is ongoing. In November 2012, the Presidio Trust will begin cleanup of the lake by dredging contaminated sediment. Additional enhancement activities in and around the lake will follow. Learn about upcoming improvements to one of the few remaining natural lakes in San Francisco from project managers and staff.
Community Information Session
Join the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC), the Presidio Trust, and Caltrans for an Information Session to learn more about impacts of the current work and upcoming dredging on the Mountain Lake community.
Things are moving along with the lake cleanup as you can see along Highway 1. We also received word from the Trust about work on the next stage:
In September and October 2012, the Presidio Trust will begin tree removals and other site preparation work in advance of the next phase of the Mountain Lake Remediation Project. This will require creating a staging area north of They also have table casino games such as baccarat and blackjack, different video poker choices and plenty of specialty casino games . the lake, a pipeline route, and an access route to the lake. The attached notice provides details on this work and a map showing project work areas and sections of trails that may be intermittently closed to complete this work.
Also, please join the Presidio Trust and the California Department of Toxic Substances Control (DTSC) for an Information Session to learn more about impacts of the upcoming dredging of the lake on the Mountain Lake community.
Community Information Session: Thursday, October 18, 2012, 7pm, Golden Gate Club, 135 Fisher Loop, Presidio of San Francisco
For more information on this project, visit:
Mt. Lake Park is getting new bathrooms!
The new restrooms will be in the same location as the existing ones but be expanded to include a garage for a City maintenance vehicle. It will also provide room for an office set up, similar to what is there now. This layout extends the building to the area currently occupied by a par course station that would be relocated. The building facade is based on the traditional building form, very similar to that which exists at the park. A bulletin board (not shown) would be added to the exterior of the building.
According to RPD, the construction of the bathrooms will begin this fall (no earlier than September 2012) and will be completed by Spring 2013. We are still waiting on details of what, if any alternate bathroom facilities may be available during the construction.
Funding for this project came from the 2008 Park Bond measure which allocated $117 million to fund park improvements in a number of the city’s parks.To learn more about that bond and some of the other park improvements it has paid for, click here.
FMLP Board Member Eleanor Johns had a chance to speak this week with the Richmond District’s new Park Supervisor, Shelley Arnold. Shelley is taking over for Steve Elder. Shelley will supervise the gardener assigned to Mt. Lake Park. FMLP extends her a warm welcome. We all look forward to working with her since there is so much happening around Mt. Lake Park! Between the playground project, the lake remediation, the new bathroom, the 2012 park bond, and routine maintenance of our 14 acres it’s a busy park!
For more information about the Friends of Mt. Lake Park or how you can volunteer to help on one of these projects, please contact us.
After more than fifteen years, cleanup is finally underway at Mt. Lake! If you”ve been in the park or driven along Highway 1, you”ve probably started to see some of the early changes. Our neighbors in the Presidio who are coordinating this work have done an excellent job of getting the word out about Tom Corbett’s abortive make an effort to include electronic keno mobile casino games within the contract to handle the condition lottery. what”s going to happen and what”s happening now. But we know you still have questions. So the Friends of Mt. Lake Park are going to start using their website to post regular information about the progress of the Remediation Project.
We are all very excited for the completion of this work even as we appreciate and experience first-hand the inconvenience it”s going to cause us. So look here for more information about the project as it progresses!