On Tuesday, San Franciscans approved a $185 million bond to pay for improvements to city parks: building and renovating bathrooms, field maintenance, athletic fields, matching funds for recreation programs, and on and on. And, way down at the bottom of the list: 5% of the money will go to work in designated “natural areas” of San Francisco’s parks. This will include trail maintenance and stuff like that. I’m a big fan of both city parks and recreation programs.
I was on the Berkeley Parks and Recreation Commission for several years, and my wife and I are in a sports league in San Francisco (and in fact the league just had to change where we play because the lights failed at the initial site). Recreation programs: love ‘em! Bathrooms: love ‘em even more, wouldn’t want to live without ‘em! But, gee, only 5% for “natural areas”, and all or most of that is for trail maintenance? It probably is a fair reflection of the priorities of the voters, unfortunately, and that’s what’s so sad about it. I wish there was some money available for, for example, restoring habitat for the endangered species that are fighting to hold on in San Francisco.
Hmm, this post has kinda turned into a downer. Well, on the bright side, and speaking of endangered species in and around San Francisco, it looks like the GGNRA Big Year is off to a great start! Check it out if you don’t know about it already.