Contractor recruiting, training workers to build park on former industrial site at India Basin

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Swinerton has been selected to build the first portion of India Basin Waterfront Park, a community-led project that will train and hire Bayview-Hunters Point residents.

Crews, which will include community members who have undergone construction training through the project’s workforce development program, will build the park’s infrastructure, piers, and other structures on a former industrial site, 900 Innes Avenue. The environmental remediation of the site was just completed.

Recruitment and job readiness training is underway for anyone interested in working on the project through a collaboration between Rec and Park, APRI and the San Francisco Office of Economic and Workforce Development.

Specialty skills trainings for the first cohort of construction workers will begin in November with the support of the Northern California Laborer’s Union, Local 261. During the four-week program, community members will learn construction fundamentals and gain industry-recognized credentials. Recruitment and trainings for a second cohort of construction workers will begin early next year. To learn more, contact APRI.

“A historically neglected shoreline is now clean and we are ready to build a park,” said APRI executive director Jacqueline Flin. “We are also celebrating a newer, more collaborative way of constructing a park—building it with community and investing equity in every step. We heard loud and clear from our community members that career pathways and opportunities are essential. Swinerton’s team understands our vision and commitment to equity for the Bayview-Hunters Point community.”

Construction for this phase is budgeted at $54.3 million.

Work includes:

  • Rehabilitation of the Historic Shipwright’s Cottage, a City Landmark.
  • Construction of a food pavilion, shop building, and maintenance building.
  • Building two new piers, a floating dock, gangway and marine rails.
  • Site improvements such as utility connections, earthwork, grading, structural fill, foundations, walls, concrete paving, stone and concrete stairs, wood decks, an overlook, a trellis, lighting, landscaping, signage, and more.

The first phase of the project, led by the Bayview’s Rubecon Builders, included cleaning up decades of environmental pollution and restoring health to the shoreline, which represents a critical tidal marsh and wildlife habitat.

The India Basin Waterfront Park project is a partnership between the San Francisco Recreation and Park Department, Trust for Public Land (TPL), San Francisco Parks Alliance, the A. Philip Randolph Institute San Francisco (APRI), and the Bayview-Hunters Point community.

It’s being called one of the most significant park projects in San Francisco history, revitalizing and uniting a series of existing waterfront open spaces into a 10-acre seamless design with 2,500 units of existing or planned public and affordable housing within a mile of the future park.

“We are thrilled to be one step closer to an incredible park that preserves the culture and identity of Bayview-Hunters Point while benefiting neighborhood residents at every step,” said San Francisco Recreation and Park general manager Phil Ginsburg.

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