San Francisco to Turn Old Limo Terminal Into a Sea Lion-Friendly Waterfront Park

by , 11/04/11

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The biologically sound wetland remediation project at Pier 27 demonstrates the port’s commitment to the stewardship of waterfront historic resources. The project also has the potential to be a harbinger of reinvention along the San Francisco’s waterfront corridor.

Development of the terminal was spurred by a need to increase shoreside infrastructure for larger maritime vessels. While under construction, the existing Pier 27 maritime shed will be demolished, opening up the site for a new 88,000 square foot, two-level cruise terminal facility.

The expansive Northeast Wharf Plaza will meet provisioning and passenger loading needs of the cruise terminal. It will also serve as a pleasant space for public recreation. Proposed features include a waterfall (similar to Yerba Buena Gardens), a range of colors and patterns adorning the pavement, trees to double as wind breaks, and food trucks (such as Fort Mason). The park will also reward the public with an inside look at stormwater capture systems and wastewater treatment facilities incorporated into the new development.

Preexisting infrastructural constraints and the Bay’s windy climate inform each new feature. For example, a mobile overhead gangway and raised passenger loading dock will enhance panoramic vistas, block wind, and reinforce the platform’s structural integrity.

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  1. Allison Leahy November 6, 2011 at 4:09 pm

    Hi Juan, thanks for your thoughts!

    While this project won’t be cheap, the shared-use facility will benefit the public and promises to become a beautiful symbol of how green infrastructure promotes better stewardship of San Francisco’s resources.

    PS-I love the solar cooking demos on

  2. Green Joy November 4, 2011 at 4:53 pm

    While people may argue that these types of projects serve nothing more than money sinks, there are so many advantages to them. Firstly, you’re making jobs, even if they’re temporary. One of the biggest advantages of this project is that it aims for a more natural area, allowing the local wildlife to regain some habitats. The area is also being developed allowing the community a place to come together and strengthen social ties. All in all a great project. Thanks for writing the article!

    Juan Miguel Ruiz (

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