June 5, 2014 – Save Our Recreation with Rep. Jackie Speier, Board President David Chiu, Supervisor Scott Wiener, Board President Kathrin Sears and Supervisor Don Horsley held a press conference on the steps of San Francisco City Hall today calling on the National Park Service to keep the Golden Gate National Recreation Area accessible to all. Staff at the GGNRA are considering changes that would limit or bar recreational uses such as dog-walking, hiking and surfing in some areas.
“San Mateo, San Francisco and Marin counties are crowded – and we are growing,” said Congresswoman Speier. “We need more places for recreation – and the last thing we need is for the staff at the GGNRA to dramatically restrict access to these beloved recreation areas. This land was given by the City of San Francisco and other local agencies to the federal government with the express pledge that it would be held in trust and preserved for all to enjoy.”
At the press conference, Supervisor Wiener read a statement from Mayor Ed Lee: “I urge GGNRA to actively engage with San Francisco to create a better balance that considers the unique needs of dense urban cities. GGNRA has important stewardship responsibility, but their draft dog plans need to be reflective of our concerns about diverse users and impacts on local parks and streets. I hope that at the end of the rulemaking process, GGNRA does not significantly limit recreation – for humans or their dogs – in the precious lands that they oversee.”
Save Our Recreation is a developing organization that will serve as an umbrella group to bring people and organizations supporting recreation together. They advocate for the preservation of recreation in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA) and a comprehensive process that includes public input, independent voices and thoughtful consideration before any changes are made to recreational areas. For more information visit: www.SaveOurRecreation.com.