SF City Officials Turn Freeway Off-Ramps into Distinguished Park
A Grand Opening to Celebrate Sue Bierman Park
SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco Recreation and Park Department (RPD) in partnership with the Port of San Francisco, and San Francisco Arts Commission hosted a ribbon cutting ceremony to celebrate the grand opening of Sue Bierman Park today. The opening of this park will help our City to welcome and better serve the crowd of residents and visitors near Embarcadero during Fleet Week and many more significant events to come.
In addition, RPD and Ziptrek welcomed and invited the grand opening participants for complimentary Ziptrek ride to get a great view of the new park from above as part of the celebration for Sue Bierman Park’s opening.
“With stunning views of the Embarcadero, Ferry Building and the Bay, Sue Bierman Park is an idyllic spot for residents and visitors alike to enjoy the beauty of San Francisco,” said Phil Ginsburg, RPD General Manager. “We thank our city partners for their continued support and are grateful to this community for its unparalleled advocacy for this special park jewel.”
The 5.3 acres of land previously served as on ramps and off ramps for the Embarcadero freeway. Demolition of the Embarcadero Freeway took place in 1991. Although the areas below the freeway ramps were landscaped, they didn’t serve recreational and park purposes. Rather, the parcels were dedicated to highway use with the landscape oriented to mitigating environmental and visual effects of the off-ramps.
Finally, in 2001, The Recreation and Park Department (RPD) acquired these two parcels. Then in 2004, a conceptual design was developed through a community process to create a site to better serve recreational and park purposes. The construction began in November, 2010. Now here we are to have the pleasure of opening Sue Bierman Park for everyone to enjoy.The total budget for this project is $2.8 million and $1.9 million for the first phase. 100% of the funding comes from Downtown Park Fund.