A Community-Driven Resilience Program

It is vital that the people who live, work, visit, and otherwise depend on the San Francisco waterfront shape the Port's Waterfront Resilience Program. Your ideas and feedback are key as the Port develops projects to ensure the waterfront is safe, sustainable, accessible, and inspiring for future generations.

Since 2017, the Port of San Francisco's Waterfront Resilience Program has connected with tens of thousands of you through community meetings, event tabling, waterfront boat, bike, and walking tours, mixers, online engagement, and much more.

Please see below for a summary of things we've heard and ways to continue to share your feedback digitally. The Port is deeply appreciative of your time and engagement.


Help Shape the Waterfront Resilience Program


We Hear You: Envisioning the Future Waterfront

Since 2017, the Port has connected with Bay Area families at 87+ events and counting. We've heard important feedback and many great ideas that have helped direct the Waterfront Resilience Program.

Here's a brief overview of what we've heard so far...

Connecting the city with the waterfront. We hear you love the waterfront and want to be more connected to this part of the city. We couldn't agree more!

A natural and environmentally sustainable waterfront. We hear the importance of "nature in the city" and connecting to the Bay and wildlife. This includes wanting more marine habitat and education around this wildlife. We hear a desire for a cleaner and greener waterfront.

Increased transportation options. We hear you want it to be easier to visit the waterfront and travel along the waterfront. This means biking, driving, walking, scooting, and taking transit.

Public space and an accessible waterfront. We hear that public space is key. Ideas for public space included dog parks, playgrounds, skateparks, beaches, recreation facilities, picnic areas, and more.

Recreation opportunities. We hear that you want fun things to do along the waterfront like fields, courts, and swimming pools as well as opportunities to get out on the water.

A vibrant and exciting waterfront. The waterfront is seen as a special place to visit, even for San Franciscans and longtime Bay Area residents. We hear you want it to be vibrant with fun activities like public art, kiosks, picnics and places to grill, food and juice stands, and programming such as live music and drive-in movies.

Affordable activities and family friendly activities. We hear you say the waterfront should be affordable with lots of public and community space, affordable places to eat, and free activities.

Respite from the city. We hear the desire for a relaxing and peaceful waterfront.

Special destinations and big attractions. We hear big ideas about new waterfront attractions like gondolas, waterparks, theme parks, zoos, seawater pools, and other ideas that would be unique to this waterfront.

Small things to improve the waterfront. We asked you to think big but you also continue to share important small fixes to make our waterfront a more enjoyable place to visit like more public bathrooms, benches, trees, water fountains, lighting, and more.

What did we miss? Tell us here!


We Hear You: Asset Mapping

Through a series of community meetings and mixers, the Port continues to hear from stakeholders about priorities for waterfront resilience, including feedback on assets, goals, and evaluation criteria. For each community meeting, the Port has summarized community feedback and recorded all responses from the engagement exercises.

Here's a brief overview of what we've heard so far...

Assets we love. We hear you about the many loved community assets including open space and parks, commercial centers that support jobs, senior housing, schools and youth facilities, waterfront access, habitat, cultural districts, the Ferry Building, the beloved Port tenants including the Exploratorium, Recology, the Giants, and Fisherman’s Wharf, the views, and the communities that live along the waterfront.

Assets important to the city. We hear you about the assets you see as most important to the city including affordable housing, the Southeast Treatment Plant, UCSF, emergency response facilities, transportation facilities, utility facilities, cargo and maritime operations, local businesses and other job creators, and the piers.

Assets of greatest concern. When it comes to the risks from earthquakes and sea level rise, we hear you about the assets that are of greatest concern to you including housing, disaster recovery facilities, utilities, and businesses.

What did we miss? Tell us here!

Program Goals and Priorities. We’ve asked you to weigh-in on Program goals and criteria. We hear you that we must do the following:

  • Continue to be transparent and accountable
  • Continue to engage communities
  • Prioritize life safety and emergency response
  • For the southeast waterfront in particular, prioritize environmental justice and anti-displacement
  • Prioritize sustainable and nature-based solution where possible
  • Prioritize assets most loved by the community and most important to the city
  • Prioritize projects that use tax dollars effectively and responsibly


Community Meeting Materials

All meeting materials including summary reports are included below:

It is vital that the people who live, work, visit, and otherwise depend on the San Francisco waterfront shape the Port's Waterfront Resilience Program. Your ideas and feedback are key as the Port develops projects to ensure the waterfront is safe, sustainable, accessible, and inspiring for future generations.

Since 2017, the Port of San Francisco's Waterfront Resilience Program has connected with tens of thousands of you through community meetings, event tabling, waterfront boat, bike, and walking tours, mixers, online engagement, and much more.

Please see below for a summary of things we've heard and ways to continue to share your feedback digitally. The Port is deeply appreciative of your time and engagement.


Help Shape the Waterfront Resilience Program


We Hear You: Envisioning the Future Waterfront

Since 2017, the Port has connected with Bay Area families at 87+ events and counting. We've heard important feedback and many great ideas that have helped direct the Waterfront Resilience Program.

Here's a brief overview of what we've heard so far...

Connecting the city with the waterfront. We hear you love the waterfront and want to be more connected to this part of the city. We couldn't agree more!

A natural and environmentally sustainable waterfront. We hear the importance of "nature in the city" and connecting to the Bay and wildlife. This includes wanting more marine habitat and education around this wildlife. We hear a desire for a cleaner and greener waterfront.

Increased transportation options. We hear you want it to be easier to visit the waterfront and travel along the waterfront. This means biking, driving, walking, scooting, and taking transit.

Public space and an accessible waterfront. We hear that public space is key. Ideas for public space included dog parks, playgrounds, skateparks, beaches, recreation facilities, picnic areas, and more.

Recreation opportunities. We hear that you want fun things to do along the waterfront like fields, courts, and swimming pools as well as opportunities to get out on the water.

A vibrant and exciting waterfront. The waterfront is seen as a special place to visit, even for San Franciscans and longtime Bay Area residents. We hear you want it to be vibrant with fun activities like public art, kiosks, picnics and places to grill, food and juice stands, and programming such as live music and drive-in movies.

Affordable activities and family friendly activities. We hear you say the waterfront should be affordable with lots of public and community space, affordable places to eat, and free activities.

Respite from the city. We hear the desire for a relaxing and peaceful waterfront.

Special destinations and big attractions. We hear big ideas about new waterfront attractions like gondolas, waterparks, theme parks, zoos, seawater pools, and other ideas that would be unique to this waterfront.

Small things to improve the waterfront. We asked you to think big but you also continue to share important small fixes to make our waterfront a more enjoyable place to visit like more public bathrooms, benches, trees, water fountains, lighting, and more.

What did we miss? Tell us here!


We Hear You: Asset Mapping

Through a series of community meetings and mixers, the Port continues to hear from stakeholders about priorities for waterfront resilience, including feedback on assets, goals, and evaluation criteria. For each community meeting, the Port has summarized community feedback and recorded all responses from the engagement exercises.

Here's a brief overview of what we've heard so far...

Assets we love. We hear you about the many loved community assets including open space and parks, commercial centers that support jobs, senior housing, schools and youth facilities, waterfront access, habitat, cultural districts, the Ferry Building, the beloved Port tenants including the Exploratorium, Recology, the Giants, and Fisherman’s Wharf, the views, and the communities that live along the waterfront.

Assets important to the city. We hear you about the assets you see as most important to the city including affordable housing, the Southeast Treatment Plant, UCSF, emergency response facilities, transportation facilities, utility facilities, cargo and maritime operations, local businesses and other job creators, and the piers.

Assets of greatest concern. When it comes to the risks from earthquakes and sea level rise, we hear you about the assets that are of greatest concern to you including housing, disaster recovery facilities, utilities, and businesses.

What did we miss? Tell us here!

Program Goals and Priorities. We’ve asked you to weigh-in on Program goals and criteria. We hear you that we must do the following:

  • Continue to be transparent and accountable
  • Continue to engage communities
  • Prioritize life safety and emergency response
  • For the southeast waterfront in particular, prioritize environmental justice and anti-displacement
  • Prioritize sustainable and nature-based solution where possible
  • Prioritize assets most loved by the community and most important to the city
  • Prioritize projects that use tax dollars effectively and responsibly


Community Meeting Materials

All meeting materials including summary reports are included below: