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Gateway Park / Judge John Sutter Regional Shoreline

The Judge John Sutter Regional Shoreline (formerly known as Gateway Park) is a new park located in the Oakland at the foot of the eastern span of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge.

View of the pier at Judge John Sutter Regional Shoreline (Gateway Park)
Photo courtesy of East Bay Regional Parks District

This distinct “Gateway to the Bay” connects the East Bay to Treasure Island via the bicycle/pedestrian path on the bridge and opens safe, multimodal public access to the shoreline, with dramatic vistas of the bay and bridge.

The 22.47-acre park opened to the public in October 2020, and highlights the industry, infrastructure and ecology that have shaped the history of this spectacular expanse of shoreline. Features of the park include:

  • A 24,00-square foot newly-renovated Bridge Yard Building, which includes concessions and space for concerts, events and conferences;
  • A grand 600-foot long by 40-foot wide observation pier built upon piles from the old Bay Bridge (open from 5:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. daily);
  • Walking paths, bathrooms, and parking for vehicles and bikes;
  • And access to the Alexander Zuckermann Bay Bridge Trail, which extends over 4 miles from Emeryville to Yerba Buena Island.

Visit the East Bay Regional Park District website for details about the amenities currently available, as well as the history of the park.

The park, a designated regional shoreline, is named in honor of Judge John Sutter, a former East Bay Regional Park District Director and founding member and former president of Citizens for Regional Recreations and Parks. In 1967, he proposed a park at this site for public recreation and access.

Watch the video of the virtual park dedication ceremony that took place on October 21, 2020.

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.

Development of the Judge John Sutter Regional Shoreline was a joint project between nine agencies: Bay Area Toll Authority, Caltrans, San Francisco Bay Conservation and Development Commission, California Transportation Commission, East Bay Regional Park District, City of Oakland, Port of Oakland, East Bay Municipal Utility District and Association of Bay Area Governments’ Bay Trail Project.