De-Pave Park Vision Plan(PDF, 13MB)
De-Pave Park is a 12-acre ecological park in which all existing concrete (from the former Naval Base airfield/runway system) is planned to be removed to create tidal wetlands and wildlife habitat. This park is located on the western side of Seaplane Lagoon at Alameda Point and was originally envisioned and described in the Alameda Point Town Center and Waterfront Precise Plan. In the spring of 2020, the City conducted an input process with local key stakeholders, including representatives from the Alameda Wildlife Reserve, Community Action for a Sustainable Alameda (CASA), SF Baykeeper, the local paddling community, and Alameda chapters of the Golden Gate Audubon Society and Sierra Club. This group had thoughtful discussions about the purpose and design of the park, how to develop wetlands, carbon sequestration, and develop wildlife and aquatic habitat.
The City was awarded $800,000 from the San Francisco Bay Restoration Authority (SFBRA) Measure AA grant with the scope of work to include a Master Plan process with broad community outreach using the Vision Plan as a starting point and development of 30% construction documents. An additional component of this grant is for the City to develop agreements with the SF Estuary Institute (SFEI) to provide scientific consultation on the design and implementation plan as well as Literacy for Environmental Justice to develop a Community Stewardship Program framework to implement at a later date with a volunteer and workforce development program that grows plants and manages habitat maintenance.
The park is intended to create a tidal ecology system that adapts to sea level rise through inundation and includes public access and environmental education. The Vision Plan includes an ADA accessible, elevated shaded picnic area, bicycle and pedestrian trail running the length of the park with additional pedestrian pathways, elevated areas for viewing birds and wildlife, potential fishing areas and seal haul outs (similar to one located near Encinal Beach), jetties to create additional subtidal habitat including oysters and eel grass that sequester carbon, expand the small beach at the corner as a place where people can launch kayaks and paddle boards, and educational opportunity areas for children and families to learn about wildlife, habitat and climate change.
The Master Plan is intended to build upon the Vision Plan with an extensive and inclusive public input process conducted in 2023 to determine what design, amenities, and activities the broader community wants from De-Pave Park.