Plans for the Blue Greenway

Portions of the Blue Greenway which offer economic opportunity have already been completed, such as Heron’s Head Park and Warm Water Cove. The Port of San Francisco’s creative redesign of Crane Cove Park at Pier 70, a public open space along the Blue Greenway, is expected to break ground in later this year or early 2016.

The Port has included designated areas for cafes, boat rentals, multiuse gravel fields for farmer’s markets and food truck vendors, and a fitness center in the design for the area. These enterprises and a number of other small businesses will create jobs along the waterfront. In addition, the development at Pier 70 proposed by Forest City will include small retail, food and beverage and temporary market spaces. Beyond functioning as economic catalysts, such activities will ensure that the waterfront is active and programmed – and thus will serve a broader audience.

The Blue Greenway will also bring together efforts to clean up toxic contaminants from the Bayshore Freeway to the eastern waterfront and turn these currently unusable places into areas for public enjoyment, active recreation, and economic activity. The Parks Alliance has already begun this environmental work.  Funding from the EPA in 2010 permitted the development of an Area Wide Plan of the city’s southeastern waterfront that identified brownfield sites for remediation and transformation into parks, trails, and recreation facilities. SFPA facilitated local engagement in area-wide planning for the revitalization of the brownfield-impacted community of Southeastern San Francisco. The positive results from the initial EPA investment led to additional funding from the EPA, enabling the City’s Department of the Environment to conduct site assessment testing and to identify and remediate contamination along the city’s eastern waterfront.

Additionally, the Blue Greenway will complete an alternative transit route connecting eastern neighborhoods with Mission Bay and downtown, a component of the project that addresses the community, economic, and environmental priorities. Stay tuned for upcoming information about redevelopment that is environmentally sustainable and safe for both people and wildlife.

In 2014, the City acquired the 900 Innes property, which is adjacent to the existing India Basin Shoreline Park and India Basin Shoreline Open Space. Together with India Basin Shoreline Park, the City plans to design and build a new, world-class 8-acre park that will provide local residents with direct access to parks, open space and new recreational opportunities. 

Set on the India Basin shoreline, the 900 Innes site includes both land (1.8 acres) and submerged areas (0.6 acres).  Abutting two existing SFRPD–owned parks, India Basin Shoreline Park and India Basin Open Space, it is a postindustrial brownfield site used most recently to store construction equipment.

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