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The Golden Gate Soccer Field Renovation Has Already Started

Scott Lucas | November 6, 2014 | Story Politics

Though it might not have been the sexiest fight of this year's election, Measures H and I—which together approved plans to refurbish soccer fields in Golden Gate Park with artificial turf—may have yielded the most immediate results of anything on Tuesday's ballot. Just a day after the election results—and before the officiai signoff on those results—the city was already starting work on the new fields.

City officials gave a sort of shrug when asked about the quick action. "We have had the permits for over six months to move forward with the project and the election results are pretty clear, so we did not want to delay,” San Francisco Recreation and Park Department spokeswoman Sarah Ballard was reported as saying. Opponents, concerned about environmental and health effects of the new field, as well as artificial lighting, were quick to call foul—and may be filing two lawsuits to block the voter-approved revamp.

But as for now, construction continues. Who says government can't move fast? After all, the city has had its eyes on a new soccer field there only since 2006.

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