Ocean Beach Climate Change Adaptation Project
The Ocean Beach Climate Adaptation Project (OBCCAP) is situated along the Great Highway south of Sloat and north of Skyline. The Great Highway passes through Recreation and Park Department property in this area. Recreational and open space elements planned for this soon to be former roadway include a multi-use trail, restroom, beach access stairs and a parking lot, and are a part of the SFPUC’s Ocean Beach Climate Adaptation Project, which is in its design phase.
Goals of the Recreational and Open Space Project Elements of the OBCCAP
- Connect Coastal trail from the Great Highway to Lake Merced for use by pedestrians and cyclists;
- Provide pedestrian access to the shore; and
- Provide replacement parking to access the shore.
Ocean Beach south of Sloat has experienced significant erosion during the past 15 years. The SPUR Ocean Beach Master Plan outlines a managed retreat strategy to allow for some retreat of the coastline, while still protecting important city infrastructure, namely Public Utilities Commission wastewater pipes and associated infrastructure. The strategy includes four key aspects:
1. Buried seawall to protect the Lake Merced Tunnel;
2. Creation of multi-use trail and parking;
3. Roadway changes and intersection improvements.
4. Replace the Sloat Restroom with a new restroom building.
The Recreation and Park Department worked with the National Park Service, SFMTA, Public Works, PUC, and other government agencies to develop the Ocean Beach Climate Adaptation Project. Recreation and Park’s proposed improvements to the area include adding a new multi-use trail for pedestrian and bike access between Sloat and Skyline - connecting a link along the shoreline that is currently missing, and replacing coastal parking.
More information about the coordinated effort to address Ocean Beach adaptation efforts can be found on the San Francisco Planning Department's Ocean Beach website.
Recreational & Open Space Project Elements
- Build a multi-use path and replacement restroom in a closed portion of Great Highway;
- Build a replacement parking lot;
- Create plaza near Sloat and Great Highway; and
- Open trail to connect to beach and existing trail network once tunnel work completed.
- Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Office of Federal Lands Highway
- Public Utilities Commission
- San Francisco Public Works
- San Francisco Planning Department
- San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA)
- National Park Service: Golden Gate National Recreation Area
- San Francisco Zoo
- San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA)
- Caltrans (California Department of Transportation)
- California Coastal Commission
Construction Start: late 2023/early 2024 (4 year duration)
Funding Sources for Recreational and Open Space Elements of the OBCCAP
Funding Sources (amount to be determined based on final scope)
- 2020 Health and Recovery Bond
- Federal Highway Administration
- San Francisco Recreation and Park In-Kind
- SFCTA - Prop K
- San Francisco Office of Resilience and Capital Planning
An upcoming multi-agency, virtual community webinar will share status updates on the City’s Ocean Beach Climate Change Adaptation Project Read on...
The San Francisco Planning Department has published the draft environmental impact report for the Ocean Beach Climate Change Adaptation Project. . . Read on...
There are two upcoming opportunities to provide public comment on this project. . . Read on...
Thank you to the 90+ community members who joined us for . . . Read on...
Please join the City’s multi-agency virtual community meeting to . . . Read on...
Check out the panel discussion on the project . . . Read on...
Planning and design is ongoing for this project . . . Read on...
- Ocean Beach Climate Change Adaptation Project: Community Meeting 2 – 4.20.2022 Presentation Slides
- April 20 Webinar Question and Answer FINAL
- Ocean Beach Climate Change Adaptation Project: South Ocean Beach Multi-Use Trail Community Meeting #1 12.03.2020 Presentation
- Ocean Beach Climate Change Adaptation Project: South Ocean Beach Multi-Use Trail Community Meeting #1 12.03.2020 Q and A