Crane Cove Park will be a much-needed new large-scale park along San Francisco’s Central Waterfront. Linking the Mission Bay and Dogpatch neighborhoods, this new 7-acre park will transform a currently inaccessible industrial shoreline into a stunning vista. The park includes two historic cranes plus the last remaining shipbuilding slipway, which will transform into: a central plaza and gathering space; a two-acre multi-purpose lawn with picnic and barbecue areas; a new beach to support water recreation; two distinct children’s play areas; a dog run; an aquatic center for boaters with restrooms and a small café.
San Francisco Parks Alliance and SF Port have partnered to engage in a fundraising campaign to complete vital components of the overall Crane Cove project that were excluded from the Port’s budget due to the escalating costs of construction. This campaign was created to ensure all aspects of this exciting project are brought to life, especially those elements focused on children and families.
The Crane Cove Park Campaign has four primary components:
Crane Cove is named for its two iconic cranes, affectionately named by the community Nick and Nora, which define the identity and skyline of this area. No longer in use but protected by historic designation, the Port seeks to rehabilitate the cranes as visual reminders of the area’s past. Rehabilitation will likely include addressing corrosion, broken or missing parts, and earthquake safety.
Children Play Areas
Two complimentary children’s play areas were part of the original Crane Cove Park design, but were value-engineered out of the Port’s construction of the project. SF Parks Alliance is committed to ensuring that these family-friendly elements are funded and installed. One play area will be a tot lot, with play equipment geared towards toddlers. The Riggers Yard play area uses forms and artifacts from the shipbuilding era and is designed to allow creative play for both youth and adults.
The dog run is approximately 6,000 square feet and is designed to accommodate large and small dogs and is located directly adjacent and in the shadow of Nora the crane, it will help control dog access to certain areas and the use and activity helps keep eyes on the park for safety.
Crane Cove Park will be a flagship park for the City and Region and is located in the City’s fastest-growing neighborhood, with approximately 9000 new housing units projected between 2016 -2026. This park will provide critically important public gathering space to serve the thousands of new families and future generations in a community historically under served by parks.
The park, long desired by both the surrounding neighborhoods and the Port of San Francisco, will bring new excitement, energy, businesses and tourists to the San Francisco’s Central Waterfront. The project went through several years of planning and design review and has received extensive community support.