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Heron’s Head Park

The 27-acre waterfront site that we now experience as Heron’s Head Park was once open water in the San Francisco Bay.

In the 1960’s landfill was used to create an earthen promontory. The landmass was intended as the terminus of the Southern Crossing Bridge to route traffic across the Bay. The bridge remained unrealized after a group of citizens protested the proposed flattening of San Bruno Mountain for the creation of the bridge.

Heron’s Head Park occupies the southern-most ground owned by the Port of San Francisco. Not long ago the site was an abandoned patch of urban wasteland known as Pier 98 – named for a pier that was never realized.

Power Plant from the south

The recently retired Hunter’s Point Power Plant at Heron’s Head

In the early 1990’s environmentalists observed that the tidal marsh attracted a large number of migratory birds and advocated the site’s designation as a protected wildlife sanctuary. In 1998 5,000 tons of concrete, asphalt and debris were cleared away from the area to make way for picnic benches, fishing piers and pathways. The name Heron’s Head was chosen for the way in which the land resembles the head of a heron when seen from above.

Heron’s Head Resources

Links to Heron’s Head Maps — We have begun a page with notes about historical maps of the Hunter’s Point peninsula. Much can be learned from comparisons of these maps. If you have interesting maps to add please let us know.

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