Lake Merced West Project

4 Documents in Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
City and County of San Francisco
Document Title
Lake Merced West Project
Document Type
EIR - Draft EIR
Present Land Use
P (Public), OS (Open Space) Height and Bulk District, Western Shoreline Area Plan
Document Description
The San Francisco Recreation and Parks Department (RPD) 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. RPD and SFPUC collectively manage recreation activities at Lake Merced, including the lease of the former site tenant, the Pacific Rod and Gun Club. RPD will also manage recreation activities at the proposed Lake Merced West recreational facility through selection and oversight of a concessionaire to construct and operate the facility. The project consists of the construction and operation of the Lake Merced West recreational facility. The recreational facility would offer an array of active and passive activities open to the public, such as trail use, picnicking, paddleboarding, kayaking, fishing, fitness activities, use of a ropes course, birdwatching, outdoor exercise, skateboarding, basketball, and other activities on multi-use courts, as well as restaurant dining, and indoor space for gatherings such as community meetings and birthday parties. Based on their condition, the existing buildings would be demolished. A new community building, restaurant, and outdoor patio would be built near the center of the site, along with a playground, multi-use court, basketball court, and picnic areas surrounded by meadows and natural areas. A new boathouse, boat dock, and watercraft soft landing area are proposed adjacent to the lake. An arborist office and yard are also proposed at the southeastern end of the site; new restrooms, a ropes course, and a skatepark are proposed on the west side of the site. The facility would include 80 public parking spaces. 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 site is included on the following list compiled pursuant to California Government Code section 65962.5. • List: Cleanup Program Site, State Water Resources Control Board • Regulatory Identification Number: T10000005188 • Site Name: Pacific Rod and Gun Club • Address of Listed Site: 520 John Muir Drive, San Francisco, CA 94102 • Assessor’s Block/Lot: 7283/004 • Date of List: June 18, 2019 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 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 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 San Francisco Police Department regulations and RPD permit requirements. Each special event would be individually permitted by the city. Additionally, 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.

Contact Information

Julie Moore
Agency Name
San Francisco Planning
Job Title
Senior Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency


San Francisco
San Francisco
Cross Streets
Skyline Boulevard and John Muir Drive
Total Acres
Parcel #
State Highways
1, 35
Pacific Ocean, Lake Merced

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Coastal Commission (CCC), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Marin Region 7 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of State Parks, Division of Boating and Waterways, California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Fish and Game Commission (CDFGC), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region 2 (RWQCB), California State Lands Commission (SLC), Department of Toxic Substances Control, Office of Historic Preservation, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Water Quality
Development Types
Recreational (11 Acres)
Local Actions
RFD, SFPUC Approval
Project Issues
Aesthetics, Agriculture and Forestry Resources, Air Quality, Biological Resources, Coastal Zone, Cultural Resources, Cumulative Effects, Drainage/Absorption, Flood Plain/Flooding, Geology/Soils, Hazards & Hazardous Materials, Hydrology/Water Quality, Land Use/Planning, Mineral Resources, Noise, Population/Housing, Public Services, Recreation, Schools/Universities, Sewer Capacity, Solid Waste, Transportation, Vegetation, Wetland/Riparian, Wildfire


Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form

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