Stop the San Rafael Airport Expansion/Rezoning and help save the endangered Clapper Rail and our local wetlands!

San Rafael Planning Commission recommended approval of Airport Sports Project to the City Council. SR City Council will decide to approve the project on December 17.

Friends of Gallinas Creek website has everything you need to know about the Airport/Soccer Complex. If you think the airport wetlands are a great location for a sports complex, please review this website.

Many individuals and organizations have helped weigh in on this proposed development. Here are some:

November 2012 California Pilots Association (CALPILOTS) comment letter

December 2012 Don Johns letter

December 2012 Katherine DaSilva Jain letter

See below for advice on writing your own letter.


Where Can I Play Soccer?

Where can one play soccer in San Rafael and nearby East Marin?

What are the alternative locations for the large sports complex development planned for the San Rafael airport?

Look Here.


What can you do?

Tell San Rafael leaders that this facility should be located elsewhere!
Note: please add your own points to the letter. This makes a MUCH bigger impact on officials (letter sponsored by Center for Biological Diversity).

Letter to send to SR Mayor and Council (PDF)

Click here to contact City of San Rafael

Letters should be sent to: Kraig Tambornini: [email protected].

Personal letters are the best. They don’t have to be long or complex but we will need many letters to counteract this proposal. Bullet points you can use:

This is the wrong site for this sort of facility; alternatives should be explored.

  • Facility should be closer to where kids live and play
  • LIghts, noise and traffic will impact endangered marsh species and other wildlfe
  • Area is behind levees and in the path of sea level rise and is not where we should be building more structures
  • Safety of kids is being compromised. The facility is in a prohibited area according to the 2011 Airport Handbook.
  • Liability for city should an accident happen.
  • Historic bayland properties should be returned to tidal marsh as recommended by BCDC, SFEI and other bay conservation agencies.
  • Vehicle traffic will generate greenhouse gasses
  • Obstruction lighting will impact marsh and dark skies and neighborhoods
  • Parking lot, cars, and plastic turf will put more pollution into the marsh as the area needs to be pumped out or it floods at every rainstorm
  • Building and cars impact air space making it more dangerous for pilots using the airport
  • Incompatible usage to have sports and kids this close to an active airport; not safe.


San Rafael Airport Expansion/Rezoning Fact Sheet (PDF)

Additional Information

Marin Conservation League’s newsletter comes out against Airport Soccer Proposal article