The SFRPD and The Trust for Public Land, sponsored by a generous donation from Build Inc., conducted a “Design Ideas Competition” for the future design of the combined 900 Innes and India Basin Shoreline Park sites.
Five talented landscape architecture teams submitted design ideas, and after a juried review, Seattle-based Gustafson Guthrie Nichol was declared the winning firm.
The Design Ideas Competition built on extensive stakeholder input from the task force and the community at large, and was guided by the technical information contained in the India Basin Waterfront Study.
The SF Parks Alliance was leading community engagement for the project. A jury composed of design professionals and community representatives, with the oversight of the design competition advisor, reviewed the design idea submissions and selected the winning landscape architecture team.
4 professionals & 3 community members
- Community Representative Leah Pimental
- Community Representative Maya Rogers
- Community Representative Sue Ellen Smith
- SF Recreation & Parks Commissioner Mark Buell
- Climate Change Expert Jad Daley, Director of The Trust for Public Land's Climate Conservation Program
- Urban Designer Bonnie Fisher, Principal, ROMA Design Group
- Landscape Architect Willett Moss, Partner, CMG Landscape Architecture
The selected design firm then will undertake a participatory design process, including public meetings, to develop a final concept design for these properties.
After a tremendous response to the RFQ, the following 5 teams rose to the top, and have been elected by the stakeholders in the India Basin Task Force to participate in the Design Ideas Competition:
The experience and inspiration represented in these teams will surely bring an incredible array of ideas to the project. Stay tuned!
The vision for 900 Innes (1.8 land acres) and India Basin Shoreline Park will incorporate at least five basic programmatic elements:
1. A continuous Blue Greenway/Bay Trail, a waterfront-access trail extending from India Basin Shoreline Park through 900 Innes and connecting to India Basin Open Space.
2. A continuous Class-I bike lane, which may run in tandem with or separately from the Blue Greenway to provide a safe, high-speed route for commute and recreation bicyclists of all ages.
3. New pedestrian, bicycle and vehicular access to the shoreline.
4. Retention and restoration of the historic Shipwright’s Cottage at 900 Innes. The cottage will be restored and repurposed for use as a cultural and educational center, as well as a concession space.
5. A new park at 900 Innes that will give residents access to open space, parkland resources and new recreational opportunities.
In addition to these basic elements, firms can propose a range of other programmatic improvements for each site. The India Basin Waterfront Study’s community outreach process revealed residents’ desires for a human-powered boat launch area, picnic areas, lawn space for events, birdwatching areas, new playgrounds, improved wetlands and other habitats, new art installations, concessions, restrooms, improved access and pathways, improved parking/drop-off areas, bicycle parking, site furniture, signage and lighting.