Candlestick Point State Recreation
Area (or simply Candlestick Point) is a
protected area located at the
southeastern tip of San
Francisco, California facing San Francisco Bay, north of Sierra Point, Brisbane,
was going to be used by the United States Navy
back in World War II
as a shipyard
. However, it was abandoned as the war
ended. Without government controls, the area was used by nearby
residences as a garbage dump. In 1973, the California State Legislature
purchased the land with $10 million and in 1977 voted to turn this
area to a state recreation area. After the designation, Candlestick
became the first urban recreation area in the state. To this day,
Candlestick remains as a major recreation area in San Francisco,
offering stunning view of the bay. The park features various picnic
areas, two fishing piers, fitness courses as well as hiking trails.
This park is also a popular area for windsurfing because of strong
Park the current stadium of the San Francisco 49ers, is also located
next to Candlestick Point.
Its name is derived from nineteenth century locals who thought the
burning of nearby abandoned ships and their flaming masts in the
bay resembled lighted candlesticks.
Proposed park closures reversed
Candlestick Point was one of the 48 California state parks
were proposed for closure in January 2008 by California Governor
of a deficit reduction effort.
In May 2008, the governor unveiled his revised proposal that would
reverse a proposal made in January to dismiss employees and close
48 parks and beaches, including nine in the Bay Area. The plan now
is to cut $1.5 million out of the parks budget and make that up by
raising entrance fees a maximum of $2. Revenue also could be raised
through cabin rentals and fees at new campgrounds.
- Candlestick, California State Park
- Candlestick Point SRA profile, California State
- CBS5.com: List Of Calif. Parks To Close In Budget
- San Francisco Chronicle:Reversal on park