Foregrounding the living systems of the San Francisco Bay, China Basin Park is a 5-acre waterfront park and the cultural centerpiece of the planned Mission Rock neighborhood—a new mixed-use community just across McCovey Cove from Oracle Park.
Firmly rooted in the character of Mission Bay neighborhoods, the park extends the Bay Trail around a generous central lawn that frames panoramic views of the Bay Bridge. Along 3rd Street, an entry plaza fuses the connection between Oracle Park and Mission Rock, bridging into a series of public amenities, including a lifted grove lit by catenary lights. Carless ‘paseos’ reach into the adjacent neighborhood between buildings, softened by native street plantings and flexible seating areas.
Built entirely on fill from the 1906 earthquake, the park is also designed to mitigate stormwater and coastal flooding, elevated 5-6 feet above existing grade atop a foundation of engineered lightweight fill. The park’s stormwater gardens filter, convey, and treat runoff through a lush mix of native species. Throughout the park, innovation in construction is front and center, including a soil matrix boosting biodiversity and plant health.
- Mission Rock Partners (San Francisco Giants, Tishman Speyer, Port of San Francisco)
Pine & Swallow
Pannu Larsen McCartney
Urban Design Consulting Engineers