San Francisco’s iconic Marina waterfront neighbors fight to preserve view – NBC Bay Area


From the 74-acre expanse of Marina Green, guests can take pleasure in what some contemplate San Francisco’s final unspoiled waterfront vista – with unobstructed views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz and Angel Island.

Not removed from the greensward, lies the polluted website of Gashouse Cove, the place a nineteenth century plant made fuel to gentle and warmth properties. It operated till simply after the 1906 earthquake.

A plan within the works to clear up a few of the waste from that plant has neighbors outraged. They say it won’t clear up all of the waste within the cove, and can drive relocation of greater than 200 boats that may block what has lengthy been unspoiled bay views.

“The Marina Green is my front yard,” mentioned Erin Roach, who has lived alongside Marina Green for 3 many years. She watched as her neighbors have fought to make PG&E clear up the poisonous residue left within the space from the fuel vegetation that had been torn down way back. “We have a long legacy of battles with PG&E,” she says.   

The cleanup is to isolate or take away contamination from polycyclic fragrant hydrocarbons, a category of chemical substances that turns up within the soil and water surrounding the vegetation and is tied to beginning defects and most cancers. Some of that waste nonetheless bubbles up on the Gashouse Cove subsequent door to the Marina Green.

Roach says she was relieved when town reached a $190 million cope with the utility to pay to clear up the cove. But then she discovered that the settlement got here with what she considers an unthinkable value – the lack of the park’s expansive views of the bay. 

“When I heard that they want to put a new harbor in front of the Marina Green,” Roach mentioned, “it kind of broke my heart.”

The plan requires closing a lot of the harbor in Gashouse Cove and transferring boats from there into a brand new bigger one, working alongside the inexperienced. Neighbors responded by forming a gaggle known as “Keep the Waterfront Open.”

There’s a plan within the works to clear up a poisonous mess alongside San Francisco’s shore. But neighbors say the plan comes at an unacceptable value — ruining town’s final unspoiled waterfront view. NBC Bay Area’s Jaxon Van Derbeken has extra.

“Let’s face it, San Francisco’s not the most popular city in the country right now — and this is a really beloved spot,” Roach mentioned. “It’s a foul time for us to be giving one thing away that San Franciscans really actually care about and love.’’

“There’s magic here,” mentioned Bill Clarke, who lives within the metropolis’s Mission District, however has volunteered prior to now to maintain the park clear. The retired restaurateur says he has a ship docked close by and joined the motion when he heard what park planners had in thoughts.

“It’s not just for the neighborhood,” he mentioned. “It’s not only for San Francisco. It’s for every kind of various individuals coming from all over.

“It’s such a treasure,” he added. “I can’t imagine them taking it away.”

At a Recreation and Parks board committee assembly this month, metropolis officers hailed the Marina Improvement and Remediation Project as an historic deal that breaks a two decade lengthy authorized logjam over cleanup with PG&E.  

 “This settlement agreement helps the city achieve its goals of addressing the pollution and reinvesting in the Marina,” mentioned Kelli Rudnick, deputy director of capital for the Recreation and Parks Department.

There might be new facilities, like kayaking and paddleboarding within the partially restored gashouse cove, she instructed residents, in addition to revamped loos serving the park. The aim, Rudnick instructed residents, is to make the waterfront extra accessible to everybody. 

The parks division says that cleanup plan includes masking poisonous sediment beneath the bay with clear materials — relatively than dredging up and hauling away huge quantities of poisonous materials. That technique, they are saying, will each cut back collateral contamination and permit the clean-up to end in simply 4 years.

Still, neighbors who attended that listening to weren’t happy.

“This room is full of people who don’t want you to build a boat harbor on the Marina Green,” mentioned one of many harbor entrance group’s organizers, Dan Clarke. Clarke had been engaged in a protracted authorized battle with the utility over cleanup round his Marina dwelling, which he in the end offered to the utility as a part of a authorized settlement.  

Others urged that the Marina Green mission be despatched “back to the drawing board.” One calling it, “an incredible waste of city money” and “a project that is flawed in many ways, unsafe and unwanted by the majority of our citizens.”

The deal faces a key hurdle on Oct. 19, when town Recreation and Parks board conducts a listening to on subsequent steps, together with whether or not to authorize environmental research wanted to transfer the mission ahead.

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