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Quality of Life


The Mission Bay Open Space System

MB_ribbon_cutting.jpgThe Mission Bay Open Space System will eventually contain 43 acres of new parks and open space.  To date, almost 12 acres of new parks have been completed and are open to the public.  The parks have contributed significantly to the creation of a sense of community in Mission Bay, the newest San Francisco neighborhood.  On a daily basis, one can see residents walking their dogs, kids rolling down hills, neighbors competing in basketball games, and exercise groups working out.  One exciting new feature of the park system is the new Mission Creek Sports Courts, which provide opportunities for basketball, tennis, and the City’s only sand volleyball court.  The area also includes a new boat ramp, allowing direct access to Mission Creek for human-powered boat craft users.  For those 4-legged members of the family, the park also includes a new off-leash dog play area.


Yerba Buena Center

Taken as a whole, Yerba Buena Gardens is a model of urban open space and cultural attractions.  It is visually stunning, socially inviting and diverse, and culturally stimulating from movies to Monet.  It represents a civic investment of over $140,000,000 which has attracted $2 billion in private investment.  It provides a prime setting for the Moscone Convention Center and a core asset for the City's $8 billion tourist and hospitality industry. 

Yerba Buena Center for the Arts (YBCA)

The first cultural institution to be developed at Yerba Buena Gardens was the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts.  YBCA is located in two buildings built and owned by the Agency along the eastern side of the Yerba Buena Esplanade, a six-acre park in the heart of the downtown area.  The 100,000 square foot cultural facilities include three galleries, a film/video screening room, a multi-purpose Forum space, and a 750-seat proscenium theater.  YBCA opened in October 1993.  YBCA 's mission is to present contemporary art from the San Francisco Bay Area and around the world that reflects the profound issues and ideas of our time, expands the boundaries of artistic practice, and celebrates the diversity of human experience and expression. 

 The Children's Center at Yerba Buena Gardens

YBC carouselThe Children's Center at Yerba Buena Gardens represents the efforts of the Redevelopment Agency to create an entire city block--an urban destination--devoted to youth. Opening in October 1998, it is one of the few civic sites in the nation dedicated to children and youth.  Located in a garden setting in downtown San Francisco,  it is surrounded by cultural, entertainment and family venues, offering recreational and creative activities for children from toddlers through teens.  Major elements include:   Zeum, a 34,000 square foot hands-on, multimedia arts and technology center for kids,a 32,000 square foot, National Hockey League size Ice Skating Center, a 12-lane bowling center, a child care center, 130,000 square feet of outdoor space with a learning garden, a child-sized labyrinth of hedges, a play circle with interactive features, a play stream, open lawn areas,  youth -friendly art, and a 1903 Charles Looff carousel.


The 20,000 square foot Museum of the African Diaspora  opened in December 2005 and was developed as the cultural component of the St. Regis Museum Tower project at Mission and Third Streets.  MoAD's mission is to connect all people through the celebration and exploration of the art, culture and history of the African Diaspora. 

Contemporary Jewish Museum

The Contemporary Jewish Museum  opened in June 2008.  The 63,000 square foot facility includes an adaptive reuse of the landmark Jessie Street Power Substation.  The museum offers programs and exhibitions that explore contemporary perspectives on Jewish culture, history, art and ideas.

Hunters Point Shipyard

Open Space & Parks

HPSThe twenty-six acres of the Shipyard’s first phase of development will be dedicated to open space and parks use that will enhance the development of the 75 acre Parcel A and provide residents with space to enjoy nature for recreational purposes. The open spaces on the Hilltop include Hillpoint Park, Innes Court, the Galvez Steps, several pocket parks, adjacent bluffs, and a network of pathways that connect these spaces.  The Hillside features stepped linear parks that connect the neighborhood streets and homes.  Here the main open space feature is Central Park, serving as an open space link down the center of the Hillside.  These parks collectively complement the city’s Blue Greenway Project designed to use the bayshore as an anchor for extensive new open space throughout San Francisco’s eastern neighborhoods.

HPS Public Art

During 2009, the Agency is commissioning public art for Parcel A of the Hunters Point Shipyard with completion expected during the summer of 2010. The one million dollar “Hunters Point Shipyard Public Art” project is one element of the Cultural Historic Recognition Program (CHRP) of the Shipyard which was negotiated as part of the Phase 1 Development and Disposition Agreement for Parcel A.  The CHRP is a critical component in the Agency’s strategy to restore the Shipyard’s role in supporting the economic vitality of the Bayview Hunters Point community.  In addition to improving the quality of life for the residents who live there, the Program will ensure that the future Shipyard is not disconnected from the historic and cultural elements of its past.  The CHRP will also underscore the level of public investment in the area, making it a more attractive location to own a home or locate a business.  Finally, the CHRP supports Agency’s efforts to create an Arts District for the Shipyard to attract cultural visitors to the Shipyard and to directly engage Bayview Hunters Point residents and businesses in the production, sale, and promotion of art. 

Community Facilities Parcel

During 2009 the Agency started the planning for what will be constructed on the first 1.2 acres of community facilities parcel, pursuant to provisions in the Phase 1 and 2 Disposition and Development Agreements that dedicate a total of six acres of land including infrastructure to benefit the Bayview Hunters Point community. The community, through the Mayor’s Citizens Advisory Board will help determine how this site will be developed. Initial community input regarding the potential range and mix of uses included the following ideas among other things: job training, community center, cultural, or educational uses. Planning and Design Development for this site will be concluded by summer 2011.

Last updated: 12/23/2013 9:37:16 AM