Bay Area Transit Authority
The Bay Bridge East Span across San Francisco Bay from Treasure Island to Oakland opened in 2013. It touches down in Oakland and will be embraced by a 100 acre park, Gateway Park, offering a magnificent signature setting of nature, activity, history and aspect on the working waterfront and the panorama of the Bay. The East Span welcomes bicyclists and pedestrians on the bridge for the first time, giving thousands of daily users an unforgettable two miles of magnificent views and a bike/ped touchdown experience at the heart of Gateway Park. Our team led the land use planning and architectural effort, working first with PWP Landscape Architects and in next phases with Einwiller/Kuehl Landscape Architects and TY Lin to complete design concepts for Gateway Park.
Early in the process, the Bay Bridge design team identified a unique opportunity to create a new world-class park that provides a memorable gateway to Oakland and an unprecedented way to experience the Bay and the Bay Bridge East Span. The Gateway Park Working Group, a consortium of nine public agencies, was formed to explore the possibilities of a creating a place for local residents, commuters, businesses, international travelers, environmentalists, boaters, cyclists and others. Together, we partnered with the community to plan a Gateway Park and applied our award-winning planning process to bring this forgotten piece of waterfront to the attention of local Oakland residents, Bay Trail and Water Trail users, bicyclists and boaters, truckers and shipping businesses. The process began in media silence, but quickly moved to rooms full of participants, busy online chatter and front page press heralding a planning success.
Continuing concepts are testing the potential for reuse of historic industrial structures, construction of a long elevated bike bridge link to Oakland, and possible retention of in-place portions of the former Bay Bridge for intensive public use.