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Mission Rock Partners Development Team Completes Five-Acre Park in San Francisco’s China Basin Neighborhood


China Basin Park, a new central gathering place and regional destination in San Francisco’s Mission Rock neighborhood, has been completed and is now open to the public. The Mission Rock Partners development team is a collaboration between the San Francisco Giants, Tishman Speyer and the Port of San Francisco.

Designed by leading landscape architecture and urban design practice SCAPE and built by general contractor Webcor, the five-acre waterfront site anchors the Mission Rock development just across from Oracle Park. The team has carved out space in the park for a wide range of programs, creating a new public amenity that connects and integrates the new neighborhood with the city.

Photo: Ty Cole
Photo: Ty Cole
A generous plaza sits at the heart of China Basin Park, capturing the energy of the park, Mission Rock neighborhood and surrounding communities. The plaza’s orientation and scale have been crafted to perfectly frame McCovey Cove, the Bay Bridge and the downtown skyline in a single view. An elevated grove lit by catenary lights is an ideal area for cultural events, fitness classes, music, art fairs and other programs, while dramatic stadium seats face the beloved Willie McCovey statue and Oracle Park, reflecting the energy of the stadium and Cove on game days.

A sculpted one-acre lawn provides flexibly programmed space for play and gathering. Gradually sloping down to the water, it also creates a natural amphitheater for movie nights and other events. The sand zone lining the shoreline at China Basin Park is a stretch designed to bring visitors closer to the waterfront and provide a place for gathering, relaxation and recreation.

“It’s thrilling to see China Basin Park open at the heart of the vibrant new Mission Rock neighborhood,” said San Francisco Mayor London Breed. “Where there was once a surface level parking lot, we now have new homes as well as office and retail spaces, and now this jewel of a park for residents, visitors, and Giants fans to enjoy. The extraordinary transformation of Mission Rock and China Basin is also critical in our work to expand our regional transit network, connecting Muni and Caltrain to the Bay Trail's biking and walking paths along our Central Waterfront.”

Photo: Ty Cole
Photo: Ty Cole
China Basin Park employs the same sustainable approach that is carried through the entire Mission Rock development, which was certified Gold under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Neighborhood Development program. Buffering the park’s edge along Pier 48, an 11k sf stormwater garden helps capture, store and convey runoff. Boosting the park's overall biodiversity through water-tolerant native species, the gardens provide a space for more intimate reflection and engagement with the park’s natural systems. Innovative soil design and a climate-responsive irrigation system support the health of the native live oak and climate-adaptive island oak trees along its perimeter.

A key portion of the Bay Trail runs directly through China Basin Park, thus connecting the revived southeastern waterfront to a 350-mile network of trails and open spaces, as well as to downtown San Francisco and South of Market.

Mission Rock represents over 15 years of city planning and community input to transform a surface parking lot into an exciting new neighborhood featuring stylish rental homes, inspired parks and open spaces, community-serving retail, innovative workspaces, and parking to serve ballpark patrons and the surrounding area. Tishman Speyer, the Giants and the Port of San Francisco are joined in Mission Rock Partners by Mitsui Fudosan America, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of Japan's largest real estate company, Mitsui Fudosan Co., Ltd.

The opening of China Basin Park brings the first phase of Mission Rock’s development to near completion. The Canyon, the first building to open at Mission Rock, welcomed its first residents in June 2023. Verde, a second residential tower, will open in early summer, as discussed in a recent April 25, 2024 news article on RENTV. Construction has been completed on a 13-story office tower that will serve as Visa’s Global and North American headquarters, as well as a second commercial building designed to accommodate life sciences research and development.

A growing lineup of popular Bay Area retailers will also open in Mission Rock beginning this year, including Quik Dog, Arsicault Bakery, Ike’s Love & Sandwiches, LuxFit and Proper Food, as well as a full-service restaurant from the team behind the award-winning Che Fico.

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