Restore Sharp Park
Our Restore Sharp Park campaign unites concerned citizens and Wild Equity’s conservation and social justice partners to transform San Francisco’s budget-busting Sharp Park Golf Course into a thriving National Park.
Creating a National Park at Sharp Park will provide people with improved economic, recreational, and educational opportunities. Restoring the wetlands will help endangered wildlife thrive. Adapting our land use will defend nearby communities from flooding and storms caused by climate change and sea level rise.
But establishing a new National Park isn’t easy — National Parks have a history of facing initial opposition. Point Reyes and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area are two of our Nation’s most beloved and visited National Parks, but both faced resistance. We believe, however, that a good thing is worth fighting for. Bay Area legends like Amy Meyer and Ed Wayburn, and Congress members like Clem Miller and Phillip Burton worked hard to create the National Park system we have today. We’re continuing their fight to create National Parks that are accessible to everyone.
Sharp Park Golf Course is located in Pacifica, but is owned and operated by San Francisco. Sharp Park Golf Course’s financial losses have drained the San Francisco and Pacifica communities for too long. Creating a National Park at Sharp Park will level the playing field and allow communities — human and wild — to benefit from Sharp Park’s wetlands. We cannot allow short sighted opposition to the National Park to stand in the way of helping our coastal community prepare for the future.
Learn more below.
Sharp Park National Park: A Vision
Sharp Park was once home to a rare and beautiful lagoon and wetlands. Now it is at a crossroads: it can be restored to wetlands as a National Park or continue as a failing golf course, ignoring the growing challenges of climate change and sea level rise.
Sharp Park National Park: Our Vision
Sharp Park National Park will provide Bay Area residents with improved recreation and educational opportunities in rare coastal wetland ecosystem that are home to endangered wildlife. As a National Park, Sharp Park will become a resource that everyone can enjoy.
Animals and Plants
The restored wetlands will provide a healthy home for unique local wildlife such as the California Red-legged Frog and the San Francisco Garter Snake. Restoring Sharp Park will help them survive for future generations to enjoy.
Communities will Benefit.
The New National Park will meet San Francisco residents’ most pressing recreational needs. A recent survey by the Neighborhood Parks Council shows that San Franciscans rank hiking and biking trails as their #1 recreational priority.
Affordable golf, neighborhood parks, and social services will improve. San Francisco can reinvest the funds it loses at Sharp Park Golf Course within the city limits. Other city-owned golf courses, parks, and recreation programs will benefit.
Pacifica and San Mateo County
Restoring wetlands will help Pacifica adapt to sea level rise. Restoring Sharp Park will allow the beach to naturally retreat inland, while thriving wetlands provide a natural buffer between Pacifica neighborhoods and floods and ocean storms.
A National Park will bring jobs and tourist dollars to the city. Pacifica’s economy is struggling, and after decades of trying, the Golf Course has failed to create jobs or bring in revenue. National Parks, on the other hand, are tried and tested drivers of economic benefits wherever they are located.
Children will enjoy vital environmental education. Sharp Park National Park will provide Pacifica and San Mateo County residents with recreation that everyone can enjoy.
Flooding at Sharp Park Golf Course
Sharp Park Golf Course
Sharp Park Golf Course drains San Francisco coffers each year due to environmental problems and a declining golf market. It threatens Pacifica’s Sharp Park beach and local wildlife.
Drains San Francisco City Coffers
Sharp Park Golf Course lost over $1 million of San Francisco city funds over the past 8 fiscal years.
Pacifica sees no proven economic benefit from the Golf Course.
Armors Seawalls, Threatens Beaches
In March 2013, Wild Equity caught the San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department illegally armoring the sea wall that separates Sharp Park Golf Course from the ocean. Armoring sea walls can cause beaches to disappear.
Maintaining the Golf Course as sea level rises will require millions of dollars to armor the coast with more sea walls — Why throw money away paying for a beach-destroying levee?
Endangered Wildlife and Golf Courses Don’t Mix
Far from providing healthy homes for local wildlife, the Golf Course’s lawn mowing and wetland draining practices routinely threaten and kill the threatened California Red-legged Frog and the endangered San Francisco Garter Snake.
It’s time to make a change.
Creating a National Park at Sharp Park is a proactive response to the coast’s changing future. It returns balance to the human and natural communities, while creating a park that benefits the surrounding communities and provides recreation that everyone can enjoy. Join Wild Equity in urging the City of San Francisco to transform Sharp Park into Sharp Park National Park.