Golden Gate Park Oak Woodlands Trail Improvements Coming Soon

View of Coast Live Oak with trail in dappled light

Rec and Park received 2 bids from contractors for the Golden Gate Park Oak Woodlands Trail Improvement Project. The apparent low bidder is Yerba Buena Engineering & Construction, Inc. Pending final review of bid and confirmation that it is responsive, construction contract award will be presented to the Recreation and Park Commission- first, as discussion only at Capital Committee:

Wednesday, April 4 (2 pm, City Hall Room 416)

and then, for approval, at Full Commission:

Thursday, April 19 (10 am, City Hall Room 416)

Public comment is welcome at both of these hearings.

The construction contract value is just under $1.5 million and includes the following:

  • Addition of wood framed natural surface box steps
  • Stabilization of trail surface
  • Decommissioning and realignment of selected trails
  • Patching of asphalt paths
  • Improvements to the RPD Operations green waste transfer area on Conservatory Drive, and better separation of this utility zone from recreational trail corridor
  • Erosion control measures
  • Tree removal, mostly to mitigate potential hazards to trail users
  • Landscape planting
  • Interpretive and wayfinding signage

Anytime we make trail improvements, we work with an outside expert to assess trees in the immediate vicinity for the safety of trail users. During this project 27 trees will be removed because they are deemed hazardous by an outside expert. In addition, Rec and Park has identified 3 trees to be removed due to anticipated construction impact.  Trees slated for removal are being posted this week with a 30-day advanced posting.  Because of the sensitivity of the Coast Live Oak trees, which have been designated as part of the Old-Growth Forest Network for their old age and unique significance, Rec and Park is requiring the tree contractor to have experience in sensitive habitat areas and will also be doing careful monitoring of the work for quality control. The project includes new habitat restoration plantings in 4 different locations, with a total of 120 new Coast Live Oak trees and a wide variety of drought-tolerant, high habitat value shrubs.

Pending approvals in April, our goal is to have the contractor begin work on site by mid-May and to have improvements completed by early 2019.

We are excited to be making progress on this project, which has been in the works for quite some time. Thank you for your patience and please stay tuned for additional updates.