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Heron's Head Park is a 24 acre park located in the Southern Waterfront of San Francisco. This peninsular park is home to Salt Marsh and Upland restoration activity, walking paths, bird-watching, environmental education activities, and the EcoCenter at Heron's Head Park.


Heron's Head Park was born in the early 1970s, when the Port began filling the bay to construct what was to be the Pier 98 shipping terminal. The terminal construction never materialized, and the peninsula remained undeveloped. Over years of settlement and exposure to the tides, a salt marsh emerged, attracting shorebirds, waterfowl and aquatic wildlife. In the late 1990s, with funding from the City and County of San Francisco Public Utilities Commission, the Port, the California Coastal Conservancy and the San Francisco Bay Trail Project, the Port undertook a major renovation of Pier 98. The project enhanced and expanded the marsh by removing over 5,000 tons of concrete, asphalt, metal and other debris, created a tidal channel to improve circulation, and constructed upland trails, picnic and bird-viewing areas and a fishing pier. In 1999, the former Pier 98 officially reopened to the public as Heron's Head Park, named for its resemblance – when viewed from the air – to one of its residents: the Great Blue Heron. Heron's Head Park is now used for education and recreation by thousands of walkers, bird-watchers, students, and visitors from around the City and the Greater Bay area, and more than 100 bird species each year.

heron's head picture collage

Because Heron's Head Park is constructed of fill material, the Port has conducted numerous studies of the soil and groundwater beneath the site, most recently a soil investigation and human health risk assessment. This study evaluated the nature and extent of any hazardous substances that might be present in soil that could pose a risk to public health or the environment. For more information see the Fact Sheet (PDF) regarding the Soil Investigation and Health Risk Assessment report. The complete report is available here (4.9mb PDF).

Heron's Head Park is open daily from dawn to dusk, and is located at the foot of Cargo Way at Jennings Street. ( +37° 44' 22.99", -122° 22' 33.49" )

Planned Entrance Improvements Funded by 2008 Clean & Safe Neighborhood G.O. Bond

For more information about the Port's wetland restoration efforts, please contact Carol Bach at:
415) 274-0568

Wetland Restoration | Heron's Head Park | Pier 94 Wetlands  | A Field Guide to 100 Birds of Heron's Head 

Last updated: 7/9/2013 10:49:28 AM
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