The California Highway Patrol Pistol Range (CHP Range) is a former firing range located in the northern Presidio near the Golden Gate Bridge Visitor Center, within Battery East. The CHP used the firing range from 1944 to 1964. Soil covering Battery East was used as the firing range backstop. The area is made up of open space that is vegetated primarily with non-native plants. The area around the CHP Range is frequented by park visitors, hikers, and cyclists.
Soil covering Battery East and in the surrounding area contains lead, copper, and other metals at concentrations above levels that are protective of human health and the environment. In March 2009, the California Department of Toxic Substances Control approved a Final Remedial Action Plan (RAP) for the CHP Range. The remedy selected in the Final RAP is excavation and offsite disposal of contaminated soil.
The Presidio Trust completed a Remedial Action Work Plan in May 2011. The Trust is currently assessing the historical features of Battery East to avoid impacts during the upcoming removal of soil. Work is scheduled to occur in spring 2012.
Documents regarding remediation of the CHP Range are available for review at the Presidio Trust Library, 34 Graham Street, Presidio. They include:
- Final Remedial Action Plan for Landfills 8 and 10, PHSJ Fill Site, and Four Small Arms Firing Ranges (March 2009)
- Draft Removal Action Work Plan and Specifications and Drawings for CHP Pistol Range (May 2011)