Closure of golf course sought for species’ sake 

In the ever-evolving environmental battle over Pacifica’s Sharp Park Golf Course, San Francisco Supervisor John Avalos recently requested to draft legislation that would close the sporting facility for the sake of two endangered species.

The proposed legislation — which would close the San Francisco-owned golf course located in Pacifica and transfer it to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area — is aimed at protecting the endangered San Francisco garter snake and the California red-legged frog, along with improving public access and recreation to the coastal area, according to Avalos’ office.

The requested legislation comes after six environmental groups sued The City in March, alleging that the existence of the golf course impedes the survival of the snake and frog.  

The request also will look at how much was spent on maintaining the course and what The City is receiving in return, an Avalos aid said.

On Thursday, San Francisco’s Public Golf Alliance filed a motion in U.S. District Court to intervene with the lawsuit. The group said golfers should have their interests represented and protected in the court proceedings.

“Other public 18-hole courses in San Francisco and northern San Mateo County are either too expensive, too busy or too hilly for the profile of low-income, racially diverse juniors and seniors at Sharp Park,” said SFPGA spokeswoman Lauren Barr, a member of the Sharp park Women’s Club.

The group said recent studies have demonstrated that it should be possible to accommodate both golfers and wildlife.

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