What is your
vision for Lake Merced?
Lake Merced Task Force is working
hard to develop
a shared vision for Lake Merced. We at Friends of Lake Merced
have a few
ideas that we'd like to share.
let's get rid of the raceway around the lake. This is a photo of
Lake Harriet in Minneapolis. Lake Harriet used to have a commuter
raceway just like ours. They replaced it with that little
one-way, 25MPH lane to the right. That leaves plenty of room for
separate walking and bicycle paths, with benches in between to sit and
is an honored sport, and a great tradition at Lake Merced. We
host one of the major West Coast regattas, the Novice, every
spring. Let's provide appropriate storage facilities for the
boats, and space for the boaters. This is Boathouse Row on the
Schuylkill River in Philadelphia.
is another major activity at Lake Merced. A limited amount of
stocking is again taking place in both North and South Lakes.
These, however, were caught at Lake Shasta. We may not see trout
like these for awhile, but no reason why we shouldn't some day soon.
of Lake Merced is designated as a Natural Area. Here is a crew
removing iceplant and restoring native flora at the Mesa across Lake
Merced Boulevard from Lakeshore Elementary School. This picture
is a few years old. You should see what the Mesa looks like now!
anyone? Or a quiet place to sit and read a book? We may
never get the fall colors found in Minneapolis. With the raceway
removed, we'll have plenty of opportunity for scenes like this at many
spots around the lake. Why
has been suggested that we should have an education center at Lake
Merced. How about this one? This little information kiosk
serves the needs of Lake Harriet quite well.
And, oh yes, a few buoys for small sailboats in North Lake would be
These are a few of our ideas. Send yours, with pictures if you can,
Friends of Lake Merced. We'll be happy to post your
transit is a must!
How about a little trolley car
that starts at Lands End, runs down the
Great Highway with stops at Golden Gate Park and the Beach Chalet,
connects to the Taraval light rail, then stops at the Zoo, Lake Merced,
and the Fort Funston information center?