Ceremonial Plank-Pulling Marks Start of Marina West Harbor Project

Wednesday, June 9, 2011

Elton Pon
Phone: 415-831-2782
E-Mail: elton.pon@sfgov.org

Ceremonial Plank-Pulling Marks Start of Marina West Harbor Project
Wood from SF Marina Project Being Donated to Tsunami-Damaged Crescent City Harbor

San Francisco —  The first renovation of the San Francisco Marina in almost 50 years kicked off yesterday, June 8, 2011, as city officials and members of the boating community joined together for a ceremonial plank pulling to mark the beginning of construction on the Marina’s West Harbor.

District 2 Supervisor Mark Farrell and former District 2 Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier were on hand to thank supporters and to help celebrate the milestone.

“The renovation of the West Harbor is an exciting project that will provide much-needed improvements for all who use and visit the marina,” said Farrell.  “Residents, boaters and visitors alike will soon enjoy a world-class marina that this city deserves.”

As an added bonus to the new harbor improvements, salvageable wood from the docks will be donated to the Crescent City (Calif.) Harbor, which was ravaged by tsunamis caused by a 9.0 earthquake in Sendai, Japan in March.

The $25 million project is expected to be completed in 2012, with Phase 2, which includes improvements to the East Harbor, to begin shortly after.  The entire project is expected to be completed in time for one of sailing’s biggest events.

“We share the boating community’s anticipation for the 2013 America’s Cup in San Francisco,” said Phil Ginsburg, general manager of the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department.  “As initial plans take shape for sailing’s most prestigious event, the Marina West Harbor Renovation Project couldn’t have come at a better time.”

The San Francisco Marina facilities have existed in their present configuration since 1963. The floating docks and gangways are made of timber and have degraded over time. The on-dock utilities have degraded as well as become obsolete.

Renovations in the West Harbor include:

· Two new breakwater segments
· Removal of one breakwater structure (mole) near the foot of Scott Street
· Reconstruction of portions of the degraded riprap slopes around the interior shorelines
· Replacement and reconfiguration of the floating docks and slips
· Renovation of existing pump-out facility
· Construction of a guest dock and hand boat launch
· Maintenance dredging
· Code upgrades to the harbor office, restrooms and boater showers
· Landscaping, site and public access improvements

Dock improvements will also include upgrades in electrical service, water system and fire protection stations, installation of new lights dock lights, and replacement of gates, ramps and gangways.

The San Francisco Marina is composed of two harbors, known as East Harbor (also known Gashouse Cove) and West Harbor. The East Harbor consists of 342 boat slips, the City Yachts sales and fuel concession, and parkland, which includes a restroom and two parking lots. The West Harbor consists of the West Harbor marina, the Saint Francis and Golden Gate Yacht Clubs, the Harbor Office Building, and parkland that includes restrooms, a concession stand, and four parking lots. The West Harbor currently includes approximately 326 slips.

The Marina Green, a part of the marina and a major city park, is situated between the East and West Harbors.