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Waterfront Regeneration

Crane Cove Park forms a key component of the Pier 70 shipyard regeneration. An ambitious plan to re-purpose disused historic infrastructure to create a vibrant, mixed-use community of residents, offices, retail, artists and maker spaces. Continuing the site’s role of production in contemporary, relevant ways, while opening up the waterfront to the community. Located to the corner of the site, this 9-acre park also plays an important role in rejuvenating the surrounding neighborhoods.

The historic Pier 70

Pier 70 was once San Francisco’s largest ship building facility, employing 18,000 workers during World War II. Its final commission in the 1970’s was to fabricate the BART Transbay Tube, with much of the site lying dormant since this point.
World War II Site Plan

Celebrating the passage of time

During the site’s many decades of disuse, plants colonized the cracking concrete and rusting machinery took on rich new colors.

Rather than restoring as new, our design team worked with the years of dereliction, as the local community came to appreciate the site's evolving patinas.

Historic artifacts are reused throughout the park and the informal native planting continues the theme of colonization.

Working for the community

Local residents have played a key role in shaping the design, through multiple workshops, community meetings and stakeholder events.

This has stimulated bold new moves, including the creation of a beach for kayakers to launch their boats from and the use of the historic slipway for city wide events.

Coastal Resiliency and Sea Level Rise

With existing communities and new development surrounding the park, the site becomes a first line of defense against future flooding. The design takes into consideration anticipated sea level rise, securing the park’s use for many decades to come, while allowing the inundation of other areas such as the slipway.

Reuse and Rejuvenate

Elements once used for ship building are repurposed to stimulate renewed life within the site.

Concrete cribbing and keel blocks that used to support ships as they were being constructed, now become seating elements clad with reclaimed timber, creating places for friends and families to meet and relax.

Colorful native planting acknowledges the colonization that has already begun, managing stormwater through a series of rain gardens, and encouraging wildlife to call the park home.

Creating a beach

In an ambitious move, the thick concrete edge of the industrial past has been removed to form a substantial new beach.

Years of contamination made the engineering of a safe new waters edge particularly challenging, requiring the sediment below water level to be capped. Additionally, a layer of activated carbon beneath the sand filters rain water runoff before entering the Bay.

Non-human users are also encouraged, with the first use of artificial tide pools on the West Coast.

Crane Cove Park opens Spring 2020.

Looking Forward

The Port of San Francisco in conjunction with the SF Parks Alliance are currently looking for opportunities to complete the refurbishment of the two historic crane tops, and installation of children’s play areas and a dog run.