Ocean Beach Climate Adaptation Project

Ocean Beach current view facing North showing erosion and temporary barrier wall

Description

The Ocean Beach Climate Adaptation Project is situated along the Great Highway south of Sloat and north of Skyline. The Great Highway passes through Recreation and Parks property in this area. The project has been allocated $2 million to build a multi-use trail and new parking lot on the soon-to-be-former highway roadway. The multi-use trail and parking lot are a part of the SFPUC’s Ocean Beach Climate Adaptation Project, which is in its planning and engineering phase. 

Goals of the Multi-use Trail and Parking Lot Project

  • Connect Coastal trail  from Great Highway to Lake Merced for use by pedestrians and cyclists.
  • Provide pedestrian access to the shore­­
  • Provide replacement parking to access the shore

South Ocean Beach Key Map of proposed project area

Project Overview

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.

Project Elements

Multi-Use Path

  1. Build a multi-use path and replacement restroom in a closed portion of Great Highway. 
  2. Build a replacement parking lot. 
  3. Create plaza near Sloat and Great Highway.
  4. Open trail to connect to beach and existing trail network once tunnel work completed.

South Ocean Beach Pathway Rendering showing cyclists, a surfer and people walking

Project Partners

  • SPUR
  • 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

Project Schedule (Entire Climate Adaptation Project)

Design: 2020-2021

Construction Start: 2023 (4 year duration)

Budget & Funding Sources for Multi-Use Trail and Parking Lot Project

  • Project Budget: ($2 Million)

  • Funding Sources (amount to be determined based on final scope)

      • Federal Highway Administration 
      • San Francisco Recreation and Park In-Kind 
      • SFCTA - Prop K
      • SPUR 
      • SFPUC
      • San Francisco Office of Resilience and Capital Planning
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  1. Monica Scott

    Project Manager
    Phone: 1-628-652-6632