Despite the fact that voters in San Francisco approved a ballot measure in support of the approved conversion of the Beach Chalet’s four grass soccer fields to synthetic turf and the project has broken ground, opponents of the project haven’t stopped fighting and the Sierra Club has formally counter attacked.
A legal challenge of the project’s Environmental Impact Report (EIR) was filed in San Francisco Superior Court last year. And while the Court has since determined that the EIR met all necessary requirements, upheld the project approval, and dismissed the petition, the decision has been appealed.
In addition to other claims, the appeal accuses the City of failing to disclose that the turf material exceeds undefined “toxicity standards” and that the EIR failed to analyze a potential “hybrid alternative” for athletic field renovations across the city under which some fields would be upgraded with synthetic turf, but others, such as those at the Beach Chalet, would remain as natural grass.
Oral arguments were heard last week and the fate of the fields is now in the hands the appellate court.