|The new sand dune at 2nd parking lot|
Our Vision of Beach Restoration and Preservation
We advocate a managed retreat strategy to restore both Ocean Beach south of Sloat and Sharp Park. At Sloat, our vision involves:
A long-term plan to relocate threatened infrastructure
(including the south of Sloat Great Highway, the two oceanside parking lots and the sewer lines underneath them).
The cleanup of all the rock and rubble littering the beach.
The use of sand dunes as the primary tool to slow erosion.
For Sharp Park, we advocate the decommissioning of the golf course, the removal of the rip-rap berm, and a full restoration of the wetland.
Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Greetings Sloat Restorationists,
The sand replenishment work at the south parking lot is complete. According to SFPUC 30,000 cubic yards of sand were used at a cost of $400,000. Work to stabilize the sand from the wind is slated to occur in the near future.
The Surfrider Foundation would like to emphasize that the current project is not the long term, sustainable solution for Sloat area erosion. That plan is currently under design by the San Francisco Planning and Urban Research (SPUR)’s Ocean Beach Master Plan.
However, the action will bring important benefits. Chiefly, the sand will create temporary safe access to the beach for the southern parking lot. Presently, the only way to get to the beach at the south lot is to scale down an eroding mixture of rock and concrete debris. Temporary improvements such as this are welcome since it will be several years until a long term sustainable plan can be constructed.