Port Celebrates Opening of Bayview Gateway

Port of San Francisco celebrates the opening of Bayview Gateway

Bayview Gateway Opening

One-acre passive green open space at intersection of Cargo Way and Third Street near Pier 90 in the Bayview District

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Friday, September 18, 2015 - Today at 4:00 p.m., the Port of San Francisco will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening of the Bayview Gateway – a one-acre green open space located at Third Street and Cargo Way near Pier 90.  

The Bayview Gateway open space is the latest Port and City project to complete the City’s Blue Greenway, its location and design provides a gateway to the Bayview Community and new landscaping, plaza areas, open access to the waterfront and includes improved pedestrian amenities. This one-acre passive open space with drought-tolerant plants and fruit barring trees was designed to reflect the natural and cultural history of the neighborhood and to be compatible with the Port’s cargo and maritime industrial operations.  

The Bayview Gateway creates a new walkway along Islais Creek between the Third Street and Illinois Street bridges, and places for picnicking and enjoying the view of the Bayview Rise art mural. The project’s innovative design features inscriptions from Maya Angelou, drought-tolerant plants and fruit bearing trees. Sustainable design is carried through the open space with locally sourced construction and landscape materials, and a drainage system that processes and retains 100% of the site’s storm-water runoff.  

The Bayview Gateway project was funded with $4.6 million from the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks General Obligation Bond and Port funds. A future phase for the open space will bring public art to the corner of Third Street and Cargo Way. 

The Blue Greenway is a City and County of San Francisco project to improve and expand the public open space network along the City’s central and southern waterfront, from China Basin Channel to the San Francisco southern county line. When fully completed in 2045 this network will consist of 13 miles of contiguous pedestrian and bicycling routes plus a series of parks and respite areas at which to enjoy and access the Bay.

Today’s Bayview Gateway opening ceremony will include remarks by Malia Cohen, Supervisor District 10; Scott Wiener, Supervisor District 8; local community members and Port officials, including Commission President Leslie Katz and Commissioner Kimberly Brandon.     

Guy Johnson, son of the late Maya Angelou, is also expected to attend today’s event. He will take part in the celebration, as his mother’s poetic words are inscribed on the benches as a commemoration of her strength and inspiration to the Bayview community.  

“Our community applauds the addition of the Bayview Gateway, with its expansive greenery and Ms. Angelou’s inspirations, as a place to celebrate connections among ourselves with nature and the written word. The Bayview Gateway is a much needed public space to promote people's health, happiness, and well-being,” said Port Commissioner Kimberly Brandon. “The Port extends its gratitude to San Francisco voters for approving the funding of this wonderful beautification project, this gateway to the Bayview community.”  

The site, which once contained crumbling piers and blighted landscaping, is the result of a 2009 planning study that engaged area stakeholders and City staff in a discussion on future uses for the site. These discussions concluded with the recommendation to create a real gateway at the site by expanding the landscaping and adding public art. The Port and the San Francisco Art Commission will deliver additional art to the Bayview Gateway project in 2016.  

The Port of San Francisco, an enterprise agency of the City and County of San Francisco, oversees a broad range of commercial, maritime and public access facilities along the City's waterfront that are held in public trust for the people of California.