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Middle Harbor Shoreline Park Update

About Middle Harbor Shoreline Park

The Port of Oakland (Port) constructed Middle Harbor Shoreline Park (MHSP) as the public access component of the “Vision 2000 Maritime Development Program.” Middle Harbor Shoreline Park (MHSP) is a 38-acre shoreline park built and operated by the Port of Oakland for the community, with more than two miles of pathways encircling Middle Harbor Basin. The planning and design of this park was done with extensive community involvement, which identified key goals for the park. Primary goals included creation of a place for learning about the local history, natural environment, maritime activities and stewardship for the environment. In addition, MHSP provides unprecedented access to the shoreline, with associated views of the bay, natural habitats and maritime activity. For more information on Middle Harbor Shoreline Park, please go to www.Portofoakland.com/port/seaport/middle-harbor/

Park Master Plan Update

The Port completed the Master Plan in May 1999. In 2019, the Port recognized the need to update the MHSP Master Plan (along with the Management Plan). The Master Plan Update will focus on the physical features of MHSP, including the plant palette, landscaping, irrigation/water management, and built structures consistent with the community and Port goals, and program use set forth in the 1999 Master Plan. The Master Plan Update will also propose updates to address recommended changes or modifications to program uses, changing conditions (i.e., sea-level rise, technology, street/bicycle/pedestrian access, etc.) and management and operations structures arising out of the Management Plan Update. Three alternative designs for the MHSP update will be presented to the public for input in Spring 2021.

Park Management Plan Update

The Management Plan document was created by the Port on July 2001 and later signed by Port and East Bay Regional Park District (EBRPD) in November 2002. The Management Plan focuses on administrative aspects of the park. These include but are not limited to a third-party management agreement, Port responsibilities, staffing, operations and maintenance, educational programming, park activities, strategic goals, financial costs and forecasting for a sustainable future. The updates will review operational costs, staffing, third party management alternatives, alliances, activities, proposed design and community recommendations from the Master Plan updates.

Public Engagement Plan

This Public Engagement Plan is a guide to assist the Port with engaging our stakeholders on the development and implementation of the MHSP Updated Management and Master Plan on a more regular and consistent basis. This will help achieve a common understanding and vision between stakeholders and the Port as we develop the updated MHSP Management and Master Plans. Our goal is to also provide opportunities for stakeholders to provide feedback and highlight community concerns regarding the park.

Stakeholder Interview Process

The PEP included six stakeholder interviews, which included three interviews with citizens from key local organizations, two interviews with the maritime community, and one with Port staff. The interviews took place from February 9 – February 18th, lasting 60 minutes each. The presentation slides are available HERE. The key themes discussed in the interviews can be found HERE. The information is being used to develop three conceptual designs for the MHSP physical environment. Those designs will be shared with the public at a future date.

Contact Information

Management Plan Update – Ramona Dixon rdixon@portoakland.com

Master Plan Update – Jan Novak jnovak@portoakland.com

Public Engagement Plan - Laura Arreola – larreola@portoakland.com