The new Salesforce Transit Center — the replacement for the dingy 1930s Transbay Terminal — is not only a magnet for transbay and other long-distance bus lines. The facility's spectacular 5.4-acre rooftop park has become a near instant hit with residents and visitors, and especially the lunchtime crowd in San Francisco's SoMA neighborhood. As noon approaches, office workers make a beeline for the "Food Truck Lane" at the base of the three-block long facility, where already lines are long. With their felafel, burrito, steamed bun or fusion bowl in hand, they then ascend to the park, where they can choose a spot from among the clusters of inviting, brightly colored tables and chairs set amid lush greenery. Others take advantage of more active pursuits at the park, making circuits around the perimeter track, or partaking in workouts. The park is also a mecca for families, thanks to several kid-oriented features, including a climbing structure made out of rope, and a children's book corner. Civility and trust prevail in this airy urban oasis — at the outdoor children's mini library and nearby adult library, checking out and returning books is on the honor system. Ditto for a game glen, where visitors of all ages can borrow a range of board games. While the planned restaurant and cafe are still to come, you can pick up a coffee, hotdog or popsicle at the outdoor foodcourt. And if you have some time on your hands, you can take an imaginary trip around the world by strolling through the array of micro-gardens that line the perimeter pathway, from Mediterranean to South African to Australian, or time travel at the prehistoric garden. Or you can play a game of "guess when a bus is coming," by predicting when the linear fountain — a kinetic art installation — will erupt with sequential jets of water that mirror the movements of the buses below. On Wednesdays after work, the amphitheater at the west end of the linear park comes alive with bands during the summer and early fall. Best of all, this fantastic array of activities and visual delights is all free, except for the food concessions, of course.
Salesforce Transit Center Rocks Day and Night
Friday, August 24, 2018