A brand new park is being created at the Oakland end of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Its working title is Gateway Park.
When completed, the project will open some 45 acres of parkland along the waterfront near the eastern end of the new Bay Bridge East Span in Oakland.
The park will provide a distinct entryway to the East Bay that connects to the bicycle/pedestrian path on the bridge, and will open safe, multimodal public access to the shoreline, with its amazing vistas of the bay and the new bridge.
Gateway Park will highlight the industry, infrastructure and ecology that have shaped the history of this spectacular stretch of shoreline.
A Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) has been prepared for the Gateway Park project. A Notice of Availability of the Draft EIR was released on January 29, 2018, and the 45-day public review and comment period ran from January 29, 2018 to March 14, 2018.
The Final EIR, which will include responses to comments received on the Draft EIR and, if necessary, revisions to the Draft EIR, is now being prepared.
The Gateway Park Working Group is made up of public agencies that include:
- Association of Bay Area Governments
- California Transportation Commission
- East Bay Municipal Utilities District
- East Bay Regional Park District
- City of Oakland
- Port of Oakland
- San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission
Due to funding constraints and the varying timelines for the availability of different sections of land, Gateway Park likely will be developed in phases.
Portions will open to the public as they are completed, with remaining segments constructed as funding allows and as land becomes available. The project could include private sector and philanthropic participation.