Rincon Park

Designers: Olin, Office of Cheryl Barton, Claes Oldenburg, Cossje van Bruggen | City: San Francisco, CA | Project Type: waterfront, sculpture, remediation
Date Visited: 11.14.12

Locations: The Embarcadero & Folsom St San Francisco, CA 94105
Size: 2 acres
Official Opening Date: March 2003

Anchoring the end of the Embarcadero at Folsom St, Rincon Park sits on an inclined grassy plane offering stunning views out towards the Bay. The landform of the tilted green space is framed by two arcing walls; the inclined shape of the park heightens the amphitheater effect whilst simultaneously creating a sound barrier to traffic noise from The Embarcadero.

Rincon Park was designed in collaboration by two nationally-renowned landscape architecture firms The Olin Partnership and the Office of Cheryl Barton. Formerly a brownfield contaminated by shipping and rail industries, these landscape architects developed on-site remediation strategies such as soil amendments and plantings that would be useful in the process of bioremediation.

Cupid’s Span, a 60-foot high sculpture designed by Claes Oldenburg and Coosje van Bruggen–the same artists behind Spoonbridge and Cherry at the Walker Art Center Sculpture Garden–, sits on the crest of Rincon Park’s northern knoll.

A relaxing spot with a great elevated view of the Bay Bridge and Treasure Island, Rincon Park has become a favorite spot for scenic views, wedding photographs, and as an iconic meeting spot along the water.

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