Habitat Restoration & Park Development
The Port of Oakland is committed to environmental restoration as part of its developments and operations. The Port has completed a number of wetland projects around San Francisco Bay.
Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline Wetland Restoration and Part Expansion
The Port donated 71.5 acres of land, funded, designed and constructed this wetland restoration project in 1998. The Port contributed more than $650,000 to the East Bay Regional Park District to cover monitoring and maintenance of the restoration project. The site offers magnificent views of the wetlands as well as hiking and bicycle trails.
This 320-acre tidal wetland restoration project in Sonoma County was constructed in 1996 by using dredged material excavated as part of the Oakland Harbor -42 ft. dredging project.
Middle Harbor Enhancement Area
Agencies, community representatives and scientists worked together to design the habitat restoration for the 180-acre water area of Oakland's Middle Harbor, a former naval ship basin. The technical details are available in the Long-Term Monitoring, Maintenance and Adaptive Management Program (see link below). This site will become an ecological reserve of shallow bay complete with eelgrass beds. It will provide habitat for species such as Dungeness crab, flatfish, anchovy, herring, and perch. In addition, Golden Gate Audubon has described the Middle Harbor Enhancement Area as a birding hotspot.
Middle Harbor Shoreline Park
The Port is creating a 37-acre Middle Harbor Shoreline Park from the former naval base with areas for fishing, strolling, picnicking, and special events. This park will offer spectacular views of San Francisco Bay, the City of San Francisco and maritime operations at the Seventh Street Terminal.
Hamilton Air Force Base Wetland Restoration
The Port has been a strong advocate in efforts to secure appropriations for wetlands restoration at this closed military base using dredged materials from the -50 ft. dredging project.