A new park is being created at the Oakland end of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge. Its working title for over a decade was Gateway Park until it was renamed the Judge John Sutter Regional Shoreline in 2019.
The project provides 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 dramatic vistas of the bay and the new bridge. In addition, it will highlight the industry, infrastructure and ecology that have shaped the history of this spectacular expanse of shoreline.
Early phases of the park project that are now complete include the Bridge Yard building, trails, and viewing platforms. The East Bay Regional Park District will implement future phases as well as maintain and operate the park.
Now dubbed a regional shoreline, the park is named in honor of Judge John Sutter, a former East Bay Regional Park District Director and visionary who in 1967 proposed a park at this site for public recreation and access. Additional information including park features and site history is available on the Park District's Judge John Sutter Regional Shoreline webpage.
The Gateway Park project originally included development of a trail to link West Oakland to the park and the San Francisco Bay Trail. That component was split from the park project in 2015, and the trail portion that will link the West Oakland community to the shoreline is called the West Oakland Link. That project is now in the environmental review phase.
A Final Environment Impact Report (FEIR) for the Gateway Park project, which includes responses to comments received on the Draft EIR, was approved and certified in July, 2018.
- Gateway Park Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) – Vol. 1: Comments and Responses
- Gateway Park Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) – Vol. 2: Revised Draft EIR
- Gateway Park Final Environmental Impact Report (FEIR) – Vol. 3: Appendices
- Gateway Park Mitigation Monitoring and Reporting Program
The Gateway Park Working Group, a consortium of nine agencies, was formed to advance and manage the Gateway Park planning effort and the preparation of the Gateway Park Project Concept Report and EIR. The Working Group consists of representatives from the Bay Area Toll Authority (BATA), Caltrans, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission (BCDC), California Transportation Commission (CTC), East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD), City of Oakland, Port of Oakland, East Bay Municipal Utility District (EBMUD) and Association of Bay Area Governments’ (ABAG’s) Bay Trail Project.