The club grounds and parking lot at the Pacific Rod and Gun Club are not used just during shooting hours. We share our facilities in many ways. (One important way which is appreciated by many who walk or run around the lake is the Club offers the only clean, safe, easily accessible restroom (not a port-a-potty) on the outer shore of the lake.)
Many activities take place at Pacific other than shooting. For example, the Club is looking forward to the parking lot being used as a staging area again this year, for the Susan G Komen Walk for the Cure. As you know, this is a fund raising activity for breast cancer research. In the past, there have been many hundreds of people here during the walk in San Francisco.
The San Francisco Chapter of the Model A Ford Club of America (MAFCA) uses the parking lot as a staging point for its monthly tours. This club provides their cars for many of the City’s parades, such as the Memorial Day Observance at the cemetary in the Presidio, the annual Pride Parade, and the Greek Parade.
The San Francisco International Airport uses the Rod & Gun Club facilities to train its security personelle on the safe and proper use of shotguns. The San Francisco Police Department, whose firing range adjoins our grounds, has also used the Rod & Gun Club facilities to train officer in shotgun use. It should be noted, that the police range operates on a daily basis, with shooting often occuring into the late evening hours. The Rod & Gun Club hours are Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday from 11:00am to 5:00pm.
The Club supports many other public service activities by sponsoring the San Francisco Fire Department Toy Program Fund Raiser, The Guardsmen’s Annual Fund Raiser, a youth shotgun training and gun safety program.
The Club is working toward a renewed youth fishing program at the lake. Rods and reels will be available for youth fishing events as well as volunteer members to help with those events. Club members have worked hard toward seeing that trout are again being planted in the south lake.
Youth organizations and schools use the clubhouse facilities at no cost. San Francisco Boy Scouts have used the clubhouse for courts of honor for many years. Several Girl Scout troops have earned money for their activities by serving dinners and lunches for various Club events. In March, 2010, one local school made a field trip to the Club to release baby trout which they had raised from eggs. This group plans to do the same again in 2011. The parking lot also provides a safe parking area for several rowing club boat trailers.
Having a trap and skeet facility within the city of San Francisco is an opportunity to provide a unique recreational sport for City residents and residents of the Bay Area as a whole. Not only San Franciscans use the Club, but also people from around the Bay bring business to our City. It should also be remembered that trap and skeet shooting are Olympic sports. Many Olympic caliber shooters have trained here. Who knows, maybe someday a Olympic Gold Medal Winner may have been trained at Pacific! Many championships have been taken by shooters trained here at Pacific.
Many local groups meet here on a weekly or monthly schedule. The clubhouse is handicapped accessible, and there is ample free parking for meetings and parties.
The Pacific Rod & Gun Club is a non-profit organization which supports itself, pays rent to the City Recreation and Parks Department, maintains the property and facilities, and does not cost the City anything. Membership is not a requirement to use any of the facilities here at Lake Merced.