Fabulous news! The California State Lands Commission voted unanimously on October 24 to approve an initial 3-year lease for the proposed Burlingame Shoreline Park. Please take a moment to thank the Commissioners for their vote by using the form below.
Thank you to everyone who showed support for a nature park along the Bay. We garnered over 2000 signatures on our petition, and more than 400 people sent letters to the Commissioners.
This is a significant win for open space in the Burlingame area and access for all to the Bay. We have been advocating for the last two years to ensure that this 9-acre parcel along the Burlingame Bayfront will become a nature park that is accessible to all. In an area of Burlingame dominated by hotels and intense development, the proposed Burlingame Shoreline Park is a rare opportunity to improve the public’s access to the Bay.
We would like to thank Burlingame Vice Mayor Emily Beach, State Senator Jerry Hill and Assemblyman Kevin Mullin and a number of organizations that supported this effort, including the Sierra Club, Save the Bay, Baykeeper, Citizens Committee to Complete Refuge, California Native Plant Society, Sequoia Audubon, Surfrider, Greenbelt Alliance, Outdoor Afro, Nuestra Casa, San Mateo County Labor and Housing for All Burlingame.
Over the next three years, the SPHERE Institute – the organization that proposed the nature park – will need to permit final plans, acquire approvals from various agencies including the San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, the Army Corps of Engineers, and the City of Burlingame. SPHERE also plans to reach out to the community for input to finalize the park’s design. We look forward to supporting the process as appropriate, and we will let you know of future opportunities to weigh in as well.
What you can do
Please thank the State Lands Commissioners for their vote in support of the Burlingame Shoreline Park proposal, using the form below.