San Francisco Supervisors Hold Hearing on Eviction Of Recycling Center

SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department is evicting the Haight Ashbury Neighborhood Council Recycling Center from Golden Gate Park, and the flap over the eviction notice has now landed at the Board of Supervisors.

Late last year Rec & Park gave the 36-year-old recycling center near Kezar Stadium 90 days to leave. Supervisor Ross Mirkarimi opposes the eviction and called this hearing.

“If you remove the recycling centers, then the city isn’t walking its talk on being green,” he said.

The the site is slated for a community garden. Rec & Park chief Phil Ginsberg says the city has fewer than three dozen, and more are needed.

KCBS’ Barbara Taylor Reports:

“We have a wait list of over 500 people at those 35 sites and the average wait period is approximately two years at some gardens,” he said.

Cole Valley activist Karen Crommie, an opponent of the recycling center, was there to testify.

“It’s right across from a residential neighborhood,” she said. “It’s noisy and it’s dirty.”

Ed Dunn, director of the Haight Asbury Neighborhood Council, doesn’t agree.

“In the last ten or 15 years, we’ve worked hard to conform to the Golden Gate Park master plan,” he said. “We’re an appropriate use of the park.”

The recycling center is scheduled to be evicted on March 2nd.

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