This is a Genuine G-Shot in support of saving the Sharp Park Golf Course in Pacifica, Califirnia.
On Thursday Night October 22nd, please join us at the Sharp Park Club house for a fundraiser to Save Public Golf at Sharp Park on in Pacifica.
As supporters of public recreation at Sharp Park in Pacifica we - Pacificans, San Franciscans and
others - want to maintain the Sharp Park Golf Course and Archery Range as public recreation. Many of us from Pacifica have been staunch participants in environmental protection projects for many years. We have supported efforts to add over 1300 acres to the Golden Gate National Parklands in Pacifica
including Mori Point. We have taken troubled creeks and wetlands and brought them back to life. We have a strong reputation for environmental protection. We see a way to improve the drainage, improve the marketing, receive Audubon certification, and still have a sustainable course from both an
ecological and financial perspective.
Meanwhile, there appears to be a group that wants to disturb this important habitat and remove an
active recreational resource in order to replace it with a passive one they prefer. Unfortunately,
their plan would deprive many people of all ages and backgrounds, of spending hours in a day enjoying golf or archery, pastimes they love, while walking and breathing fresh air in a beautiful natural
setting. And their new proposed "restoration" plan would also introduce hundreds, maybe thousands more people into the vicinity of the sensitive habitat area. In addition, the alternative they present to
"restore" it is expensive and it has no source of revenue to sustain itself, whereas the golf course
provides a revenue stream that can help maintain the course and support the protection of the habitat.
The presence and protection of Sharp Park Golf Course since 1932 turned a salt water estuary into a
fresh water habitat. The California red legged frogs and San Francisco garter snakes need fresh water.
Were it not for that fresh water habitat created and maintained by the golf course, there would be only
peripheral red legged frogs or garter snakes. Those who are seeking to remove the golf course propose replacing it with a project that would allow salt water into the lagoon which would destroy the habitat. Meanwhile, the San Francisco gardeners who maintain the golf course have been working for years under the guidance of a variety of state and federal environmental agencies to assure that golf course maintenance practices protect the species fresh water habitat.
Pacificans have had some experience in the area of habitat protection and we believe it would benefit
the most people and the species to work together to develop strategies going forward that retain the
golf course and archery range. Both golf and archery are forms of recreation that are highly regulated
in their practice, requiring self discipline and respect. They have existed in balance with nature for
many years at Sharp Park. When managed as they are now - and with continuing openness to improvement - they can exist in harmony with their natural surroundings.
Just as we need balance and diversity to maintain successful ecosystems, we need balance and diversity of land use to maintain successful human communities as well. Sharp Park is a unique place with the coastal trail, the Sharp Park Golf Course and the archery range all serving the diverse needs of working people from San Francisco and San Mateo Counties and entire region. Diversity is the issue at the core of this effort. And diversity of recreational choice is as critical to the success of healthy human societies as it is to the health of ecosystems.
Save Sharp Park Golf Course Archery Range Pacific San Francisco Bay Area Peninsula California Genuine G-Shot G-ShotsTV GShot by GARi Gary Mondfrans SFPublicGold Sharpark savegolf This is a Genuine G-Shots produced by two Pacificans to help Save the Sharp Park Golf Course and
Please join us at the Sharp Park Club house for a fundraiser to Save Public Golf at Sharp Park on
Thursday night, October 22nd, in Pacifica.
Gary J. Mondfrans
Former Mayor of San Bruno
A long-time Pacifica Homeowner
and Sharp Park Resident