California History, the magazine of the California Historical Society
Newly Digitized August, 2012
A Dream of Seven Decades: San Francisco’s Aquatic Park
Released by the San Francisco Maritime National Historic Park
Reprinted from California History 64:4, Fall 1985
Piers, docks, wharves, and landings dominate the waterfront of San Francisco. Landfill, seawalls, and millions of pilings driven into the bay bottom transformed the soft contours of Yerba Buena Cove, Mission Bay, North Beach, and Hunters Point as the city thrived on its rich maritime trade. There is, however, one purposeful exception. Nestled against the slopes of Black Point (now Fort Mason), and surrounded by the bustling commercial activity of nearby Fisherman’s Wharf is San Francisco’s Aquatic Park.