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Mission Bay Facelift Considered By Park Committee

UPDATE: 9:40 A.M., Dec., 6, 2017

The Mission Bay Park Committee picked the second alternative to dramatically reshape the northeast corner of Mission Bay.

The two plans where hammered out during a long public and private process.

The second alternative has a few more acres of wetland than the first proposal.

Both suggested alternatives call for Campland on the Bay to close. That 40-acre property would become wetland that essentially doubles the size of the Kendall Frost marsh.

Photo by Katie Schoolov

Kendall-Frost reserve is flooded as King tides move in. The reserve could be expanded to include the Campland on the Bay area in the background on Dec. 5, 2017.

Golfing would stay in its existing location. There would be recreation areas and a restaurant.

RV Camping would be allowed on most of the De Anza peninsula.

The alternatives also have more wetlands around De Anza Cove and paths around for the public that go around the peninsula.

“We have leaseholders and lease revenue that is important for the continued management of Mission Bay Park and we have the need to balance the natural resources to address and maintain good water quality and habitats for the species that live and use Mission Bay,” said Alyssa Muto, Deputy City Planner.

But both options came under fire from campers, golf enthusiasts, and environmentalists. All worry their interests are not adequately represented. The Audubon Society believes coming climate change could leave planned wetland areas underwater.

“As sea levels rise, very important parts of this northeast corner of Mission Bay will flood under the plans that the city is putting forth. They do have the science, the technology and information do develop a plan that would be sustainable to sea level rise. These are not that,” said Rebecca Schwartz Lesberg of ReWild Mission Bay.

The Mission Bay Park Committee will send the preferred alternative to the city council's parks committee before it can be considered by the full council.

The effort to transform Mission Bay's northeast corner could be moving forward.

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