History

Since 2003, our organization (first as the Neighborhood Parks Council and now as the San Francisco Parks Alliance) has led San Francisco’s efforts to create a “green” corridor for recreation, art and nature discovery along the Southeast shore of the City. Dubbed the Blue Greenway, this 13-mile corridor will connect China Basin in the north to Candlestick Point State Recreation Area in the south. Upon completion, it will provide an important complement to Crissy Field on the northern waterfront, and move San Francisco closer to its goal of open access to all of its waterfront lands.While the Blue Greenway will eventually attract visitors from all over the world to its stunning vistas and jewel parks along the shoreline, it will more importantly provide much-needed recreation and open spaces for residents of neighborhoods located along the southern waterfront of San Francisco.

History

The Blue Greenway project began in June 2004 with a simple goal: to envision a 13-mile greenway/waterway network- The “Blue Greenway”- along our Southern Waterfront. The Blue Greenway will complete San Francisco’s portion of the Bay Trail, increase public interest and enjoyment of the waterfront, and provide much-needed open space, water access, and a new walking/biking route to San Francisco’s eastern neighborhoods.

The project began with the creation of a Steering Committee of interest organizations and stakeholders, coordinated through the Neighborhood Parks Council. For the next year, the Steering Committee led an outreach and education campaign consisting of community events, conferences, waterfront tours, and public meetings to engage residents and civic leaders, giving life to the project.

In November 2005, Mayor Newsom convened the Blue Greenway Task Force and asked them to develop a long-term vision and roadmap for implementing the Blue Greenway. He also asked them to “jumpstart” the process with a 6-month strategy for immediate improvements and public events. The Task Force, co-chaired by the Mayor’s Office and the Neighborhood Parks Council, was made up of city and state agencies, neighborhood associations, non-profit organizations, businesses, industry professionals, and concerned residents.

For more information regarding the History of the Blue Greenway please read the Blue Greenway Task Force document "Vision and Roadmap to Implementation," linked below in Related Files.

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