South Ocean Beach Project

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The South Ocean Beach 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 soon-to-be former highway roadway. The project is currently in its planning and engineering phase.Ocean Beach FLAP Project Area Elements20170623 01


• Provide access to the shore
• Provide parking to the shore
• Connect bikeway
• Safely replace parking


Ocean Beach south of Sloat has experience significant erosion during the past 15 years. The 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 pipes. The Recreation and Park Department worked with the National Park Service, SFMTA, Public Works, PUC, and other government agencies to develop the South Ocean Beach Project. Recreation and Parks 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. In addition, parking is expected to be a part of the project.


Phase 1: Road Narrowing, Multi-Use Path, and Intersection Upgrades

• Narrow Great Highway from 3 to 2 lines along the coast (Public Works)
• Build multi-use path in closed portion of Great Highway. Build replacement parking lot. (Rec & Park)
• Improve safety at intersection of Skyline Blvd and Great Highway, including new crosswalk and improved traffic controls. (Caltrans and SFMTA)

Phase 2:

• Close Great Highway south of Sloat to all vehicle traffic.
• PUC to protect Lake Merced Tunnel
• Reopen trail once tunnel work completed.


  • Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), Office of Federal Lands Highway
  • San Francisco Public Works
  • National Park Service: Golden Gate National Recreation Area
  • San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA)
  • San Francisco Planning Department
  • Public Utilities Commission
  • SPUR
  • Caltrans (California Department of Transportation)
  • San Francisco County Transportation Authority (SFCTA)
  • California Coastal Commission

Budget and Funding Sources

Project Budget: ($2.0M)
Federal Highway Administration ($1.69M)
SFCTA – Prop K ($264K)
SPUR ($45K)
SF Rec & Park In-Kind ($1.8K)

Project FAQs


Ocean Beach Master Plan (SPUR)

Local Coastal Program Amendment (Planning Department)

Sea Level Rise Action Plan (Planning Department)

Immediate-Term Coastal Management Actions (SFPUC, GGNRA, CCC)

Ocean Beach Sand Backpass Project (SFPUC)

Coastal Erosion Plan (GGNRA)