Bernal Heights provides visitors with stunning 360-degree views of the city and surrounding Bay Area. A network of trails winds around the hill through the native grasslands and provides access to the top. The Bernal Heights Trail is in poor condition with poorly defined entries, eroded stairways, redundant social trails that contribute to erosion and loss of sensitive habitat, and the trail system lacks trail identification and wayfinding signage.
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Scope of work
The Bernal Heights Trail Restoration project will improve and repair existing trails and steps, eliminate social trails, provide erosion control measures, restore native plants and provide trail identification and wayfinding.
The Bernal Heights Park Trails Improvement Project is funded by the 2008 Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond. Due to increasing construction costs and knowledge gained through completion of four previous bond-funded trails improvement projects, we are also seeking grant funding to help to complete the project. Potential funding sources include the Recreational Trails Program and the Habitat Conservation Fund.
Restoration and construction work will occur in segments throughout Bernal Heights Park from September 2019 through early 2020. Individual trail segments will be closed during work. However, the overall trail network will remain mostly open and will continue to accommodate many recreation activities. The first segment of trail to be … Continue reading
Here is an overview of the work underway for this project: Bernal Improvements Construction crews have removed loose debris from the park road from Bernal Heights Boulevard to the Folsom Street entrance and are installing split rail fence along erosion control areas. Next week work will begin at the eastern … Continue reading
The contract for this project has been awarded to Yerba Buena Engineering. The crews will be mobilizing on site in mid-July and we expect this project to wrap up by early 2020. We will post on site any trails that are slated to be closed intermittently or permanently due to … Continue reading
Thank you so much for your patience! We are finalizing a bid package for contractors for phase 1 improvements at the park, which include improvements to the east and west entrances from the road to the hill (at Bernal Heights Boulevard and Folsom and at top of Esmeralda stairs) as … Continue reading
We are happy to report that the Rec and Park and Public Works team working on the Bernal Heights Park Trails Improvement Project is picking back up with the project this summer. Work remaining includes completing the close to final construction documents, advertising the project to contractors, awarding contract and … Continue reading
This project is currently on hold. Our team applied for three grants over the last year and a half to supplement 2008 Park Bond funding because of rising construction costs. Unfortunately, we were not awarded any of the grants; however, there is a chance that we will be chosen from … Continue reading
Bernal Heights Park has been nominated to receive funding for the Parks Build Community initiative which kicked off on April 1st. The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) is collaborating with The Walt Disney Company to help revitalize parks across the country including parks here in San Francisco. Every day in April … Continue reading
Urban trails allow residents to escape the city's hectic pace and explore nature in their own neighborhoods. One of the things San Franciscans value most about our parks and open spaces is the opportunity they provide for hiking and enjoying the beauty of our natural landscapes. The Recreation and Park Department's Urban Trails Program is a two-part initiative to restore key trails and expand the current volunteer trail corps to help create and maintain a trail network in the city's natural areas.
San Francisco's natural areas contain almost 30 miles of trails, but many are in poor shape--difficult to access, uneven, steep, and prone to erosion.The Urban Trails Program will restore and enhance miles of trails for hikers and recreational enthusiasts of all ages to enjoy, thanks to the Clean and Safe Neighborhood Parks Bond, approved by voters in 2008. This bond dedicated $5 million to improving trails and trail safety in our natural areas, restoring and protecting the natural landscapes around trails, and creating new and improved trail connections between neighboring parks.
Renovated trails will improve access to a variety of urban nature outings, from streamside rambles to breathtaking climbs to panoramic viewpoints. New and improved trail connections will help establish regional trails, enabling residents and visitors to experience miles of uninterrupted natural beauty in the middle of the city.
Because funding for trail improvements is limited, the Department has worked with community groups and stakeholders to focus spending on parks and open spaces that have the greatest needs and would provide the greatest benefits if improved.