The National Park at Sharp Park will continue Pacifica’s efforts to sustainably adapt to sea level rise. It will bring real dollars to Pacifica’s economy while improving Pacifica residents’ access to open spaces within their city. Local schools will benefit from access to the Park’s education programs. Everyone – rare wildlife and people – will benefit from the opportunities a new National Park will provide.
These are benefits that Sharp Park Golf Course just can’t provide.
Sharp Park Golf Course: Giving a Good Game a Bad Name.
Sharp Park Golf Course fails to contribute to Pacifica’s economy and inhibits access to local parks. Despite decades of opportunities, Sharp Park Golf Course hasn’t generated revenue for Pacifica’s economy. Yet to keep it in place, sea walls need to be constructed to protect the Golf Course from sea level rise. This puts Pacifica at increased risk for catastrophic flooding.
Golf course proponents, however, are closing their eyes to the real threats of sea level rise. The damage Sharp Park Golf Course operations do to rare local wildlife is also minimized.
Sharp Park Golf Course drains funds from other affordable golf courses as well. Read more about how Sharp Park Golf Course harms affordable golf at our page for Golfers.
Sharp Park National Park
Pacifica’s Economy will Benefit.
National Parks drive the economy at the national and state levels. In 2011, California’s National Parks generated $1.192 billion in revenues. That wasn’t a fluke. Taxpayers earn an average of $10 for every $1 invested in the National Parks Service. Pacifica can take advantage of the economic opportunity a National Park provides.
Sharp Park National Park has an additional economic edge. It will be the Southern Gateway to the Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). The GGNRA is the most visited National Park in the nation. A visitor center at Sharp Park National Park will allow Pacifica to be a gateway for these visitors in San Mateo County, and help Pacifica draw visitors from around the globe.
Map of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area’s current boundary.
Help Pacifica adapt to rising seas.
Sea level is rising and Pacifica must choose how to respond.
Expanding Sharp Park’s wetlands will help Pacifica adapt to sea level rise. Thriving wetlands will protect Pacifica neighborhoods from floods. Wetlands are nature’s best defense against floods – they act like a sponge, slowing down water during times of high flow to help prevent flooding.
By relying on wetlands, not higher and higher sea walls, to adapt to sea level rise, Sharp Park National Park will allow Sharp Park Beach to adapt as well. If Pacifica chooses to continue armoring sea walls, Sharp Park Beach will disappear. The beach south of the Pacifica Pier will soon look like the beach north of the Pacifica Pier. It will be ocean crashing against concrete and rocks – the sandy beach lost long ago to the sea.
Sharp Park National Park will prevent this tragic loss.
Illegal Berm Armoring at Sharp Park Beach
Pacifica’s children will benefit.
Pacificans need access to nature education that a golf course does not provide. With a visitor center, local wildlife, and thriving wetlands and lagoon, Sharp Park National Park will be an unparalleled resource for school children around the San Francisco Bay Area.
Frogs and Snakes
Finally, we have a duty to the California Red-legged Frog and the San Francisco Garter Snake. Our responsibilities are twofold. As rare and beautiful creatures, they have a right to exist. Future generations also have a right to observe them in real life, not just textbooks. Together, at Sharp Park National Park, we can fulfill both these responsibilities.