Alcatraz Embarkation Site

San Francisco, CA

A new embarkation site to Alcatraz Island encourages visitors and residents to explore and engage with the history of Alcatraz Island and San Francisco’s waterfront.

Located at Pier 31.5 along San Francisco’s waterfront, the National Park Service and Port of San Francisco have partnered with the Parks Conservancy to develop a new welcome center and ferry landing to provide ferry service to Alcatraz Island and other Golden Gate National Recreation Area destinations. The project will provide a new landmark along the Embarcadero and identifiable gateway for Alcatraz Island, as well as creating a quality welcoming experience for visitors.

The site includes a new civic plaza that serves as an extension of the Embarcadero, drawing visitors and residents into the site and to the water’s edge to explore a rich tapestry of interpretive storytelling. Flanking the plaza on each side are two lightweight concrete pavilions – one organizes ferry queuing and operations while the other provides sheltered seating and extending the visitor experience by providing comfort, sustenance, and social connections. Existing historic Port structures will be rehabilitated to include interpretive retail, café, restrooms, and storage.