November 7, 2012
Contact: Lynn Cullivan
San Francisco, CA - San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park announces an open house to gather comments about rehabilitation options for the Aquatic Park Promenade (the wide walkway along Aquatic Park Cove, from Jefferson Street to Van Ness Avenue) on Thursday, December 6, from 4-7pm, in the Maritime Museum. Park Cultural Resource staff will be on hand to provide an historical context for this significant WPA-era structure with photos and drawings from the museum collections.
The Promenade once connected San Francisco waterfront's State Belt Railroad to Fort Mason and the Presidio (through the Fort Mason Tunnel). The track bed and sidewalk were built over sand, and natural subsidence has caused cracking and lost pavement. The Promenade surface has been patched and filled many times, but without repair of underlying elements of the structure, the problem will continue.
The Park is seeking a solution that supports both long-term preservation of the Aquatic Park National Historic Landmark District and safe public use of the Promenade, and wants to hear comments and suggestions from its neighbors, and other stakeholders. The Aquatic Park Cultural Landscape Report recommends replacing asphalt and damaged concrete with new concrete, flush to the track edges. Rehabilitation options could include: repair the underlaying structure, retain and repair the tracks, and repair/repave with concrete or asphalt to match existing; repair the underlaying structure, retain and repair the tracks, and repair/repave with concrete only; or repair the underlaying structure, remove some or all of the tracks, and repair/repave with concrete.
For more information about the open house, please call (415) 561-7006. You can learn more by writing to: Promenade Project, San Francisco National Historical Park, Building E, Fort Mason Center, San Francisco, CA 94123, or by e-mailing SAFR_Planning@nps.gov. The park has also opened a page on the NPS Planning, Environment, and Public Comment site http://parkplanning.nps.gov/promenadepavement where you can read more, and leave comments online.
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