Historic Aquatic Park Promenade to be Restored

Get ready for a better biking on the waterfront: The Aquatic Park Promenade is about to become a smoother ride.

Construction is here for track removal to refresh this beautiful location near Fisherman’s Wharf that is celebrated by intrepid morning swimmers to bike tourists and beyond.

The project will remove the historic tracks of the State Belt Railroad, later called the San Francisco Belt Railroad, which intersects with the southern edge of the popular shoe-horn shaped path facing the Bay. Originally a gravel right-of-way, the Aquatic Park Promenade was paved after train service ended in the 1970s, but years of subsidence and vehicle traffic have separated the concrete from the tracks, creating a notorious tripping hazard to people walking and biking. After years of cracking and pavement loss the National Parks Service will replace approximately 11,300 square feet of deteriorated concrete on the multi-use path between the Jefferson Street bollards and Van Ness Avenue for a seamless connection to Fort Mason.

To improve the path, the Aquatic Park Promenade will be closed between Hyde Street and Van Ness Avenue for four months beginning the week of Oct. 24. The detour will guide people on bicycles heading to the Presidio to use North Point Avenue.

With plans in the works for San Francisco’s waterfront, from the Embarcadero to the continuation of the Bay Trail, it’s important that people are well connected to our city’s iconic waterfront.

Want to help make a beautiful waterfront bike ride a reality? Stay up to date with the latest on what’s happening at the Aquatic Park Promenade, the Bay Trail and the Embarcadero by joining our waterfront mailing list.

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