After over a decade of community planning, Mission Rock Partners (Tishman Speyer, the San Francisco Giants, and the Port of San Francisco) have released new renderings and an updated design for China Basin Park—a new 5-acre waterfront park showcasing the historic ecologies of the Bay Area, designed by SCAPE.
John King wrote about the unveiling in the San Francisco Chronicle—read the article here.
Bound by 3rd Street, McCovey Cove, the Bay, and the planned Mission Rock neighborhood, China Basin Park aims to become a regional destination while remaining a neighborhood park at its core. Once open water, the site is built entirely on fill from the 1906 earthquake, which in turn sits on Bay silt.
The design is anchored by a series of tidal shelves carved into the park, a shifting feature providing unfettered access to the Bay and foregrounding a vanishing intertidal ecology at risk from sea-level rise. Running through the site is the Bay Trail—a 500-mile regional trail connecting 47 cities. To the west, an entry plaza welcomes visitors from Third Street and Lefty O’Doul Bridge, packed on game day. To the south, a sweeping lawn extends down to the Bay, capturing views of the Bay Bridge from Oracle Park to the Alameda Hills. In the center of it all, a plaza captures and distributes the energy of the park, including a distinct architectural feature—a small restaurant for casual dining. Throughout, the softened Bay edge contrasts to the area’s bulkheads and hard coastal infrastructure, bringing a more textured natural experience in reach of the city’s growing population.
You can find additional information on the new project page for China Basin Park.