Heron's Head Park
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Heron's Head Park

HERON’S HEAD PARK is a 24 acre park with ecologically-rich tidal wetlands, the Eco Center, San Francisco’s first off-grid building, and a mile and a half of trails. The park features extensive views of the bay and interpretive signage that describes the distinct ecologies of the park. The nearby area is home to a unique combination of ecological and industrial uses, with the former Hunters Point Power Plant and the Naval Shipyards which await regeneration to the south, as well as Recology and "eco-industrial" businesses at Pier 90.

Open since 1999, the transformation of Heron's Head Park from an abandoned brownfield provides a model for collaboration between community organizations, city and regional agencies. Hear more about it from Carol, Anthony and Patrick:

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The park continues to grow with the construction of a new parking lot, park entrance and an off-leash dog run in the summer of 2012 funded from the 2008 GO Bond. The area is home to many species of birds, a field guide to which can be found on the Port's website on Heron's Head Park.


The land on which Heron's Head Park sits was created out of rubble in 1970's by the Port of San Francisco. Known at the time as Pier 98, the land was supposed to become a site for containerized shipping but the project never materialized. The Port in partnership with Literacy for Environmental Justice (LEJ) have been working since 1996 on the creation of the park, regeneration of wetlands and habitat, and providing an environmental education program that serves schools both locally in the Bayview and from futher afar.

Diagram of filled land around Heron's Head Park



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