The Lake Merced Boathouse
The Lake Merced Boathouse was built about
years ago, with its primary function being as a facility for rowers and
community center. For many years it operated as a restaurant and
bar. Today it stands empty and deserted, a disgrace to the area
a lost opportunity for the community.
Friends of Lake Merced is beginning a campaign to
restore this marvelous facility. We don't know if it should be
developed as a destination restaurant, much like the Beach Chalet, or
returned to its
original status as a community center. As a first step we have written to John Murray,
of the Recreation and Park Commission, asking him to put this high
the Commission's priority list, and to involve the community in
The San Francisco
report for September 21, 2003, suggests that significant planning
for the future of the Boathouse is underway. As usual, there has
been no community involvement in this effort.
We'll keep you posted here as we proceed.