Best Marathon Sporting Development Battle - 2013
Beach Chalet Soccer Fields
After five years of wrangling and approval by four city agencies, the state's Coastal Commission finally approved proposed Astroturf fields under 60-foot light towers on the far west of Golden Gate Park. It was a long and odd road; a city document actually argued that the turf-and-lights plan was best because the area had fallen prey to "undesirable uses such as camping and sexual activity." Turf opponents claimed that artificial grass conflicted with the natural state of a park created atop rolling sand dunes. Barring legal redress, the turf and lights are coming. Whether the camping and sex go away remains to be seen.