The guiding principles for the plan are: enhance visual and physical access to the Bay; create a dynamic, waterfront destination open space; introduce sustainability with urban ecology and stormwater treatment. Located between Pier 39 and Pier 35, East Wharf Park is situated at a unique point on San Francisco’s Embarcadero pedestrian promenade, where the historic pier bulkhead buildings give way to a larger open space with views of open water and a lively marina. The park provides important public access to the San Francisco Bay waterfront and expansive views of Angel Island, Alcatraz, Mount Tamalpais and the North Bay.
The most significant improvements are to widen and enhance the promenade at the water’s edge. Wider connections and multiple points of access to the promenade create new physical and visual connections to the Bay. Two new plaza spaces anchor the promenade and park design at the east and the west ends. A new large plaza at the west end, adjacent to the Aquarium of the Bay, will provide flexible open space for festivals and events. Between the waterfront promenade and the Embarcadero three new public amenity areas are linked from west to east: a destination play area, and bay-side urban ecology; a picnic area; and a community dog park. New water access areas are proposed at both the east and west plazas. These spaces will allow direct access to the bay and will enhance educational programs associated with the Aquarium of the Bay.