Beach Chalet soccer field upgrades OK'd 

The much-hyped Beach Chalet soccer field improvements will move forward despite opposition from astronomers who feared bird migration would be affected and environmentalists who feared hazards from groundwater runoff.

Recreation and Park Department commissioners unanimously approved a plan Thursday evening to upgrade walkways, add new bathrooms and bike racks, and add night lighting to extend usage hours and synthetic turf.

Supporters said the upgrades could increase the field’s current use, save millions of gallons of water and add a number of amenities to the grasslands that cover 1 percent of the historic 140-year-old open space.

The Beach Chalet is located at the west end of Golden Gate Park.

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