Functional Biotreatment Meets Gathering Spaces
Stormwater treatment was the key design factor and function for the park – the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission requires the park to treat offsite stormwater runoff from 13.8 acres of adjacent open space and streets. A series of three vegetated basins and swales span the length of the park. These biotreatment areas are both functional and beautiful; their geometries define gathering spaces and more intimate moments along the adjacent building frontage, distinct from the more exposed promenade along Mission Creek.
The park is a place for passive uses such as strolling, outdoor dining, socializing, and enjoying the waterfront views to complement the more active programs provided by the surrounding Mission Bay open space. The experience is urban, site-specific, and pedestrian-oriented, implementing the planning vision of the Mission Bay design criteria.
The park is anchored by two paved plazas at 4th and 3rd Streets, that provide picnic and gathering areas for adjacent retail and crowds attending games and events at the ballpark. The building that fronts the park features an amphitheater that allows visitors to sit and overlook the park and water. Boardwalks extend to small promontories over Mission Creek for unique waterfront access. The park allows for spill-over activity on game days and will be activated by the everyday retail program in the adjacent building—in addition to providing protected circulation along the waterfront for cyclists and pedestrians as part of the Bay Trail.