2013 Awards

Research, Planning, Analysis and Communication

Honor Award

India Basin Waterfront & Adventure Park
San Francisco, CA
Principal, Lead Designer: Marcel Wilson
Project Manager: Sarah Moos
Client: San Francisco Parks Alliance

Park programs respond to the 4 economic strategies to devise a waterfront adventure park.
Park programs respond to the 4 economic strategies to devise a waterfront adventure park.
The economic strategies imply a sequence of events that can adapt to variables and different scenarios for the project timing. In total, the strategies and sequence of the project doubles as an approach to large scale sustainability.
The vision for India Basin combines materials and strategies with the site conditions to create an ecological composition of unique programs and restored wetlands on the edge of the San Francisco Bay. The planning for the vision creates a clear objective around which advocates can organize funding, political will, and public support in resistance to the constant and lucrative forces of housing.
Local Material Procurement: Procure, stockpile, and reuse materials on-site from local construction, demolition, and development projects.
Off-site impacts are used to purchase mitigation from the park. Mitigation design coordinates with site program and fees are used to fund mitigation and park construction.
Material/Market Value: Leverage the time and space of the existing site to generate revenue and savings streams prior to property acquisition and park construction.
Leverage the time and space assets of the existing site. 2) Capture fees and mitigations from offsite impacts of other projects. 3) Capture waste material streams from infrastructure projects in the region. 4) Generate revenues and fees from on-site real estate and storm water treatment infrastructure.
In 1965, construction rubble from the building of the I-280 freeway in Daly City was used to fill 20 acres in India Basin. The resulting site conditions consist of a big, flat, feral, and rugged open space along the waterfront.
Most of the large and wild landscapes of San Francisco are concentrated in the western half of the city well beyond walking distance (generally accepted to be 1/4 mile) from the India Basin–Bayview neighborhoods. The community is further cut off by other barriers, such as freeways, lack of direct public transportation, and elevation.
The Bayview and India Basin are zoned industrial and residential.  It is home to hundreds of toxic waste sites and pollutant sources.
The India Basin waterfront is the missing link in a 13-mile long open space system along San Francisco’s southeastern shoreline. In contrast to the adjacent Hunters Point Shipyard post-military city expansion, the India Basin urban wildness has soft edges, adventure program, a continuous 1-mile shoreline, and is oriented to the San Francisco Bay.

The India Basin Waterfront & Adventure Park will be a regional destination and complete the missing link in a 13-mile long open space system. Responding to an era of austerity in governments and public works, the project creates a robust open space vision for a postindustrial waterfront in a rapidly developing district. Composed of alternative funding mechanisms that generate revenue and saving streams, the planning strategy devises a new framework for acquiring, funding, and maintaining a legacy waterfront park.