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.