More open space in Mission Bay

(By Mayor London Breed)

Recently, I joined Supervisor Matt Dorsey, the Golden State Warriors and other City and community leaders to celebrate the start of construction for Bayfront Park, a planned 5.4-acre open space located between Chase Center and San Francisco Bay. When completed in fall 2023, the new park will add a vibrant waterfront destination to the growing Mission Bay neighborhood.

Mission Bay has made a remarkable transformation from unused railyards into San Francisco’s newest neighborhood and a center for health care and sports excellence. Now this crucial section of Mission Bay waterfront is on the cusp of a much-needed improvement with the construction of Bayfront Park. We are all ready for this strip of dirt to become a beautiful slice of green for everyone who experiences it.

The park is expected to be the waterfront centerpiece of Mission Bay and will include open lawns, a section of the Bay Trail, and multiple plazas. The Project will integrate with and improve access to adjacent open spaces: Agua Vista Park and Mariposa Bayfront Park to the south/southwest, and the previously completed portion of Bayfront Park to the north. To help reflect the site’s industrial heritage, the park has been awarded a large quantity of reclaimed steel from the old Bay Bridge to create shade structures and other site furnishings, and to use in other elements of the park.

Bayfront Park is also the latest in a series of new waterfront parks in various stages of development all along the San Francisco Waterfront. To the north, Tunnel Tops and Battery Bluffs have both recently opened in the Presidio, along with Francisco Park which opened a few months ago near Ghirardelli Square. South of Bayfront Park, Crane Cove Park recently opened, and new parks and open space are being developed, including India Basin Shoreline Park, a future 10-acre open space on the Southeastern Waterfront.

I want to thank Supervisor Matt Dorsey, our community partners and stakeholders for their hard work, and look forward to celebrating its opening.

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London N. Breed