Spring 2019, Arch 202 – The Recreation Agency
Last December, the California Department of Transportation and the East Bay Regional Park District signed a 10-year lease for the historic “Bridge Yard” building, located at the eastern foot of the Bay Bridge, marking a milestone in the nearly decade-long process of development for the site and advancing a highly visible public project. At least nine stakeholders are involved in planning the 170-acre Gateway Park, an epic feat of organizational coordination. Not incidentally, Gateway Park is well situated to be a major multi-modal transportation node, as it draws together car traffic from the bridge, local car and truck traffic from Oakland’s industrial port, bicycle traffic at an important knuckle of the San Francisco Bay Trail, and waterfront access.
The Recreation Agency as a whole will produce a comprehensive vision for Gateway Park that integrates all manner of recreational activities with programs that support them. Situating proposals in the voice of a stakeholder will empower our visions to be ambitious and comprehensive.