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?Benign? Neglect
SF-88 Is Rusting Away

I started this web page in 2015, filled with disappointment and disgust.
- Aug 2016 - updates added :-((

Executive Summary
Many volunteers feel that NPS middle management wishes this Nike site would "just go away". Letting the artifacts crumble into rust (while spending money ineffectively painting the insides of buildings) is the first step.

The Nation Park Service has long supported the restoration and maintenance of SF-88. Thank you :-))
Some serious money has been spent rewinding motors, hydraulic fluid, painting magazine elevator doors, great ranger/managers, and the needed road maintenance, porta-potty, phone, drinking water, electric power, security, grass mowing, ...

BUT I think I see a serious problem that is being ?largely? ignored by mid management of the Nation Park Service (NPS).

Insides of buildings are being painted and over-growth (trees 100 meters away) are being removed
The the Nike vans, missiles, launchers ( the interesting artifacts of the site ) are rusting away in the salt water mist from the Pacific Ocean, about a half mile away.

For the price of removing some far away trees, some emergency corrosion stoppage and paint could stop some devastating and unsightly corrosion of these scarce, interesting historic defense artifacts.

The purpose of the following pictures and text is to highlight this (preventable) damage to artifacts visible to the visiting public.
Seemingly the worst "important" - the racks to permit missiles to be moved to various launchers Seemingly the worst "unimportant" - Launcher Area Magazine Ventilation
Standing tall,
but rusty :-((
Launcher under missile,
could pass inspection.
Not this sad thing:-((
Aug 2016 - Instead of spending ?$15? on yellow paint, and letting volunteers prep & paint, NPS got some specially tailored weaker (completely not Nike) doors made, which still need to have ?contractor? paint to match the yellow surface decor.
Assembly bldg.
We and some NPS folks painted the inside
but the outside is in trouble.
April 2, 2016 update - this corner much better, vertical 4x4 wood replaced and painted. Cross beam looks "new" and painted. Door is in less risk of falling off :-))
Radar Control van,
looking sad
Ventilation doors,
last year, a promise to fix and paint. ...
Aug 2016 - These ventilation doors now cannot be closed and secured. The fasteners have rusted away. Salty Pacific spray now has free access to the inside of the van.
Battery Control van siren.
Yes, bottom back side is gone, inside corroding.
NPS has grabbed "our" spare, but paperwork delays ...
One on e-bay, but not an artifact.

photo by Greg Brown
The BC van siren a year later (June 2017). The back side is now corroded away. Susan of NPS keeps losing the paperwork to let us get a spare from storage. There is now a Tupperware bowl inside to help protect the motor.
This is a sample of the ?mould? attacking the south side of the BC van. The NPS won't let free volunteers clean/paint the outsides of the vans, and won't pay others to do it either.    

It is important to remember:
- these are largely one of a kind remaining artifacts
- under direct control of NPS, no amateur preservative/paint applying allowed -

Updated June 11, 2017