The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department proposes the Lake Merced West Project which would create a recreational facility on approximately 11 acres located at 520 John Muir Drive, on the southwest side of Lake Merced, in southwestern San Francisco, California. The City and County of San Francisco, under the jurisdiction of the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC), owns the project site, which was formerly leased by the Pacific Rod and Gun Club.
The project consists of construction and operation of the Lake Merced West recreation facility. The facility would offer an array of activities open to the public, such as trail use, picnicking, paddleboarding, kayaking, fishing, fitness activities, a ropes course, bird watching, space for outdoor exercise, skateboarding, multi-use courts for basketball and other activities, as well as restaurant dining, and indoor space for gatherings such as community meetings and birthday parties. A new community building and restaurant would be built near the center of the site. A new boathouse and arborist office and yard are proposed at the southeastern end of the site, along with new restrooms on the west side of the site.
Past work determined that the site is a cultural landscape that appears eligible for listing in the National Register of Historic Places and the California Register of Historic Resources at the local level of significance under Criterion A/1 for its association with the broad pattern of history related to the increased popularity of sport hunting and the interrelated development of skeet, during the period prior to World War II in which skeet evolved from a shooting practice into a competitive sport. Based on the condition of existing structures, the existing buildings would be demolished. The project would also remediate contaminated soil resulting from previous site uses at former building locations in accordance with the Pacific Rod and Gun Club Upland Soil Remediation Project case closure.
The regular recreation facility would operate primarily during daylight hours, and the restaurant would be open until 9:00 p.m. Special events hosting up to 500 people, such as weddings, community events, and business group events, would be permitted up to twelve times per year. Special events would occur at the project site and may involve exceptions to normal operating hours and temporary use of amplified sound in compliance with local regulations.
The SFPUC arborist team would operate an office at the project site and store equipment and vehicles at the yard. Typically, the arborist office and yard would operate between 6:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Monday through Friday.