SAN FRANCISCO – Today, the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department joined tens of thousands of volunteers to take part in California Coastal Cleanup Day, the largest volunteer event in California. SF Rec & Park hosted four cleanup work projects — at Heron’s Head Park, India Basin Shoreline Park, the western portion of Golden Gate Park at Fulton and Ocean Beach, and the San Francisco Marina Small Yacht Harbor & Marina Green. The event was coordinated by the Department’s Volunteer Services Program which led 100 volunteers to clean up the areas.
“We’re proud that we’ve been able to expand our own volunteer efforts to include all three coastlines of San Francisco,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec & Park General Manager. “From the India Basin Shoreline in the southeast, to the Chain of Lakes on Golden Gate Park’s western edge, to the Yacht Harbor off the Marina Green, we’re happy to do our part in ensuring our parks and waterways are clean for future generations.”
In last year’s statewide effort, some 68,000 volunteers collected nearly 1.143 million pounds of litter and removed them from California’s beaches, lakes, and waterways. Garbage can come from our homes, walkways, and streets, and travels through storm drains or other channels to reach the sea. In 2015, nearly 2000 volunteers throughout San Francisco collected almost 20,000 pounds of trash, and diverted half of it from landfill.
Coastal Cleanup Day is about much more than picking up trash. It’s a chance for Californians to join people around the world in expressing their respect for our oceans and waterways. It’s an opportunity for the community to demonstrate its desire for clean water and healthy marine life. And it’s a moment to share with one’s neighbors, family, and friends — coming together to accomplish something vital and worthy on behalf of the environment.
Funded by the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, the Port of San Francisco, in partnership with SF Rec & Park, completed various improvements to Heron’s Head Park, including an off-leash dog area, a dedicated bike lane leading up to the park, and other park amenities such as bicycle racks and picnic tables. Heron’s Head Park is adjacent to San Francisco’s India Basin Shoreline.
A public-private planning process called the India Basin Waterfront Parks, Trails and Open Space Plan is underway to ensure that park properties being developed along the 1.5-mile shoreline eventually look, feel and operate as a coherent, comprehensive, and integrated parks system. This process will result in continuous connector trails, bike paths, increased access to the shoreline, and gathering spaces. Additionally, the historic Shipwright’s Cottage at 900 Innes will be restored for use as a cultural and educational center, as well as a concession space. The new park will provide new recreational opportunities such as human-powered boating.
Located on a post-industrial site with few amenities nearby, India Basin offers a chance for the City to address issues of environmental justice, equity and inclusion in parks and open space for the India Basin and greater Bay View Hunters Point communities. Furthermore, as one of the City’s last remaining natural wetlands, it is a critical habitat for a variety of native species. To learn more about this project, visit: http://ibwaterfrontparks.com/
For more information on our volunteer program, visit: http://sfrecpark.org/support-your-parks/volunteer-program/