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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  1. Zeb (pronounced Z-e-b, but fast and without the hyphens) says:

    Mirkarimi (pronounced: Big-Suck-up-Idiot). What is more in keeping with a Park: Industrial Waste processing with an outrageously cheap deal for the land or neighborhood organic garden? Frankly it seems Dunn wants GGP to be an industrial wasteland, perhaps he knows who is responsible for chopping the trees and roses. He seems to like dull dead metallic things. But if that is the only alternative for that “public land” then perhaps it would be better used by a developer. Why not? Dunn and Mirkarimi don’t seem to like living-green, growing-green, healthy-green, regardless of how much they talk “Green”. 36 years ago there was no curbside pickup of recyclables the battle to make that happen was won and done long before Mirkarimi was on sight (though he’d like you to believe that he did it all). So why do Dunn and Mirkarimi (pronounced: Mired-in-crumby) want this to continue? Political self indulgence-Ego and the ability to appoint friends, it makes them feel puffy, and maybe gets a little green to rub off in their pockets. It must be, because it certainly no longer serves any community purpose. The world has gone on but Dunn and Mirkarimi can’t live there so they need to hold you back, keep you down, drag you into their fantasy world, into their corpse-green Dream, their money-green Dream, their-envy-green Dream; your murky-mire-green nightmare. Oh he (Mirkarimi) was appointed (emphasize “appointed”) to the Coastal Commission: Why? Did anyone ask? And I think while he served the Otters started dying. You may want to think about that.

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