Happy Earth Day!

No better way to celebrate then to tear down some trees at Spellerberg Park for a $24 million dollar special interest indoor pool. Progress Baby!

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12 comments ↓

#1 Dan Daily on 04.22.15 at 10:30 am

There’s one benefit. The VA needs more parking. A petition drive to connect the two public lots is one solution. However, veterans another lot may not be enough and there’d be no parking for aquatics functions. Why is it that the city has unused parking garages downtown but there’s not enough parking at new sports castles? Isn’t Darin Smith the director of public parking? He must travel everywhere by taxi or with roller skates.

#2 Disgusted on 04.22.15 at 12:10 pm

Take a drive by for a good case of nausea. This WAS a park. Parks are supposed to draw people OUTSIDE not inside! Parks are for the public to enjoy and experience the fresh air and the beauty of creation in a area larger that their back yards.

This project is another play toy for the wealthy and upper class. (How many free and reduced lunch children belong to the swim team crowd?)

Now this former park, needs to be renamed as it is destined to becoming nothing more than than a huge commercial building with a cement parking lot for 203 vehicles. This huge complex and parking lot does not belong in a park!!! It is now an abomination to the man named Spellerberg, SF first director of parks.

SF Park and Rec no longer embraces or understands the meaning of the word “park”. From their perspective parks have now become grounds on which to build indoor toys….or should I say “alters and shrines for the mayor” and his supporters.

Lastly, I think changes need to be made. The board is appointed by the mayor. All board members reside in the central (their beloved McKennan Park) and the south east quadrant. Citizens are not fairly represented.

There is no public accountability on how taxpayers’ money is spent and where it is spent! I believe the park and rec dept has the largest budget of all the various depts in the city of SF. The annual salary of current director of SF Park and Rec is over $150,000! The park and rec dept paid $500,000 for a fountain in front of the Lloyd hotel property on the river front. There is no public accountability on how taxpayers money is spent and where it is spent!

This might be a good petition drive to bring about accountability.

#3 S.K. on 04.22.15 at 1:45 pm

Just drove by it and the site of all those downed trees made me ill! The beauty of this precious Central Park will be lost forever! I am so tired of this mayor and his self appointed committees ramrodding projects down the public’s throats. The city council often doesn’t get the information to make good decision making or gets no information at all! The trickery of this mayor and the puppets he has made of city employees is disgusting; they know if they don’t play the puppet role correctly; they are gone! Councilors, please watch out for the interests and finances of our city, as it is clear the Mayor is only concerned with getting “his list” accomplished.

#4 l3wis on 04.22.15 at 2:22 pm

If we really needed the pool (which we don’t) it should have been built on a blank piece of land with room for expansion, I don’t know, like at the Sanford Sports Complex. I asked some friends who live near McKennan Park and asked them what they would think if someone suggested to build some kind of sports complex in the middle of that park and cutting down trees, people would be in an uproar. Just look at the peeps in All Saints crying about a couple of trees being cut down at 18th and Phillips ON PRIVATE PROPERTY! Decisions in this town are made by money and influence, just look where the Paul Dudley House and the Banquet are located.

#5 anonymous on 04.22.15 at 3:14 pm

As I was driving by the park the other day, one of those gorgeous pine trees was bouncing along on a front end loader on its way to the disposal pile………

I felt sick.

All you taxpayers who will never set foot in the indoor pool complex, remember this $19 million facility is now a $24 million dollar facility which is going to require over $700,000 a year in tax subsidies to just keep the doors open………

#6 Poly43 on 04.22.15 at 3:24 pm

I wonder what shrine these trees are being relocated to?

#7 Titleist on 04.22.15 at 6:10 pm

Public schools!

And now construction has started on an INDOOR PUBLIC pool!

Progress!

#8 Joan on 04.22.15 at 6:36 pm

When it was decided to put the monstrosity of an indoor pool at Spellerberg Park, they also didn’t take into consideration the narrow streets in that area. When I used to ride paratransit there were times on some of those streets that it was hard for two vehicles to pass each other, if cars were parked on both sides of the street. It was that way in some of the older neighborhoods. I know one thing if I lived across from where the pool is going, I would have had my house on the market before demolition started or else having a drive to get a bunch of neighbors riled up to fight the location.

#9 BH on 04.22.15 at 8:56 pm

The indoor pool probably would have been better suited at 10th and Cliff. Instead we have a 7 million dollar outdoor pool that is available for use 3 months an year. But the kids in the neighborhood have an outdoor pool!

#10 l3wis on 04.22.15 at 10:03 pm

BH, I will say this for the 1000th time, the same aquatics consultant that recommended Spellerberg location ALSO said the Drake Springs location would have been bad due to ground water issues. I think the voters for voting down the indoor pool there, imagine the hundreds of thousands of dollars we would be spending in maintenance fees right now.

#11 Titleist on 04.23.15 at 6:27 pm

BH, it would have been better at 10th and Cliff.

The progressives were not ready for the Save our Park meme from the special interests. Now the special interests run it all the time, Save Spellerberg, Save Our Neighborhood, Save Our Summers. Boy it seems that the same special interests are behind them all?

#12 scott on 04.24.15 at 9:20 pm

coming soon–save mike huether.