Don't pave the park

THE SAN FRANCISCO Recreation and Park Commission is poised to approve a plan Nov. 18 to build a four-lane road halfway through the park to help bring more cars into a new underground garage. It's a bizarre plan: Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, which has an entrance to the park at Ninth Avenue and Lincoln, would be doubled in width. Part of the park would be paved over to create new dedicated lanes for the garage (which is slated to serve patrons of the new M.H. de Young Memorial Museum). There would be no bicycle lanes; instead, bikes would have to share a lane with Muni buses.

There have been no real public hearings on this, little community discussion, and zero effective neighborhood input. And it's being rammed through at a time when most of the public isn't paying attention, when the incumbent District 5 supervisor, Matt Gonzalez, is a lame duck and his replacement, Ross Mirkarimi, hasn't yet taken office.

Mirkarimi, to his credit, is fighting this and calling for Rec and Park to hold off on any decision until there have been extensive hearings. Anyone who cares about the future of the park should attend the Rec and Park meeting, Nov. 18, 2 p.m., City Hall, Room 416, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Pl., S.F. For more information go to