Originally Posted by WildCowboy
As part of a compromise to get rid of the planned mega-yacht marina at Rincon Park, the America's Cup organizers have been given development right to Pier 54 in Mission Bay. This is almost right across Terry Francois from the Commons...
this news got me to stroll over there today, and I'm glad I did. first, a couple shots of Pier 54 so people can see what it is currently.... here is the entrance to the large warehouse (currently storing what looked like Xmas floats or something):
here it is more in context, taken from across Terry Francois. between TF and the pier is the parking lot which on MB maps is parcel P21, usually colored green. to its south, out of the pic to the right, will be the actual green part, P22.
I hope at this Google Maps link
you can see the developed parking lot and the undeveloped area below it. in the map image, the pier angling down toward the lower right is Pier 54.
I was glad I had wandered over that way because, as I continued south, I discovered that, not only had the bayshore reinforcement project had been completed, but the area adjacent had been cleared and graded and *opened up*, with even an interim asphalt bike path thrown down! it's hard to convey here what a dramatic impression the change has made, with new wide views where there was just a fence (and until recently a few small buildings) before. and this even though it is just dirt, and not even as wide as it will be as a park, since the section of TF that hems it in on the west will be pulled further inland when that part is finally developed. I'm stoked about this. Merry Xmas MB, this earns a banana!
here is looking south from the end of P21. beyond the thicker bollards on the right is the former course of TF, where the fence ran until very recently. beyond the thinner bollards on the left is the new open section. Pier 70 in the distance:
a closer-up view:
still looking south, but from more towards the southern end of the new open section. to the south (in the distance) there was already a thin open section where people sometimes fish and play music. fishermen, bike riders, and dog walkers were already using the new section when I walked through (I know it's hard to tell from the pics, but trust me).
looking back north from the southern end (Pier 54 in the background). you have to imagine a park extending all the way to a line parallel with the edges of the buildings you see on the far left - and a pink-and-purple Salesforce campus across the street!:
and, changing the subject, the hospital's southeast corner is quickly getting fleshed out: