Lake Merced West - Planning for a multi-purpose recreation area
Lake Merced West, located at 520 John Muir Drive on the southwest side of Lake Merced, had been leased by the Pacific Rod and Gun Club.
The lease expired on April 8th 2015 and, in compliance with the State Regional Water Quality Control Board, site remediation work began. Remediation included excavation and disposal of contaminated soils and backfilling of excavated areas with clean fill material. The site has been re-vegetated with appropriate native grasses to prevent erosion. Construction/remediation was completed in April 2016.
Site conditions Summer 2016
The California Environmental Quality Act - Environmental Review
In 2015 the space at Lake Merced West was vacated and remediation work began. Now that the site has been vacated, we are working with RPD to assist with redevelopment of the site for recreational use. RPD issued an RFP for the recreational operation of the site in 2016 and selected Lake Merced Recreation LLC (LMR) as the new operator. We are requesting CEQA review as an Environmental Impact Report (EIR), to enable a clean slate for site redevelopment which may entail removal of existing structures from the site. Removal of structures could result in further site remediation.
In February of 2018 the Recreation and Park Commission approved the award of the contract for the environmental analysis and regulatory permitting services for the development of Lake Merced West. RPD retained Environmental Science Associates as their CEQA consultant and the EIR process started in August 2019. SFPUC completed fund transfers to RPD for CEQA review and required permitting. Project Notice of Preparation is scheduled for early 2021 with CEQA review completion currently scheduled for early 2022.
Site Plan for Recreation
In August 2020, SFPUC and RPD jointly determined that it was in the best interests of the City to terminate negotiations with Lake Merced Recreations LLC and instead proceed with a City-sponsored project due to inability to reach agreement as to certain proposed uses of the property that would have been inconsistent with the character of the community and the recreational needs of visitors to the Lake. RPD and SFPUC are currently working with SF Department of Public Works to complete a scope of work to produce needed figures, drawings and material for the updated site plans for use in the EIR study. The City’s site plan would include public restrooms, a boat house, a boat dock, picnic areas, a walking path, a restaurant, a bird watching area, and a ropes course. It would also include a children’s play area, community building, skate park, multi-purpose sport court, and a basketball court. The site plan would enable the completion of the EIR study only. Funding for these renovations would be sought once a site plan is completed and approved.