SAN FRANCISCO – The San Francisco Recreation and Park Department honored Earth Day today in partnership with the EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park in southeast San Francisco, a long-neglected corner of the city. The Earth Day Coastal Cleanup started at 10a.m. with the cleaning of Heron’s Head and Islais Creek Parks, both operated by the Port of San Francisco.
“Earth Day is such an important reminder that we have to take care of our planet,” said Phil Ginsburg, SF Rec & Park General Manager. “We’re on our way to restoring the shoreline in this part of the City and I thank of all our partners and volunteers for their efforts.”
After the cleanups, there was a FREE fun-filled afternoon to celebrate the first six years of the EcoCenter with cake, candles, and activities. SF Rec & Park’s Mobile Rec hosted rock climbing, skating, and kayaking at India Basin Shoreline Park.
A public-private planning process called the India Basin Waterfront Parks, Trails and Open Space Plan is underway to ensure that park properties being developed along the 1.5-mile shoreline eventually look, feel and operate as a coherent, comprehensive, and integrated parks system.
Located on a post-industrial site with few amenities nearby, India Basin offers a chance for the City to address issues of environmental justice, equity and inclusion in parks and open space for the India Basin and greater Bay View Hunters Point communities. Furthermore, as one of the City’s last remaining natural wetlands, it is a critical habitat for a variety of native species.
To learn more about the project, visit: http://ibwaterfrontparks.com/