Sutter Shoreline Park Now Open to Bicyclists
Any new opportunity to enjoy the iconic scenery of the San Francisco Bay is something to celebrate. The new Judge John Sutter Regional Shoreline park offers just that with fresh vistas and new amenities on the Oakland waterfront for hikers, sightseers and bicyclists.
Judge John Sutter Shoreline Opens
East Bay Times reported the park open as of October 2020. The park’s premier was officially celebrated in a virtual dedication on October 21st. The park is named for Retired Superior Court Judge John Sutter. He proposed a park at this site for public recreation and access back in 1967. He was the president and a founding member of Citizens for Regional Recreation and Parks. He has also served the Bay Area as Vice Mayor of Oakland.
The 22-Acre park at the eastern end of the Bay Bridge was once the site of a trainyard and part of an Army base. It now offers visitors a walking trail to the recently built 600-foot observation pier. The pier rests on supports remaining from an old section of the earthquake-damaged Bay Bridge.
The park also boasts the impressive window-lined Bridge Yard Building. The unique space used to be a maintenance facility for the Bay Area’s Streetcars but now it will be open for public events, concerts, charity events, and conferences.
Bicycle Perks at Judge Sutter Regional Shoreline
For cyclists, the new park means better parking options and access to the Alexander Zuckermann Bay Bridge Trail. The popular trail opened to pedestrians and cyclists in 2016.
The trail was named in honor of the late East Bay Bicycle Coalition founder and Bay Bridge Trail advocate. The trail extends over four miles from Emeryville to Yerba Buena and Treasure Islands.
Get Out and Enjoy the New Shoreline Park
Whether you’re on foot or rolling on two wheels you can’t miss out on the panoramic sites. The park offers spectacular views of the bay, the bridge, and the San Francisco skyline. You can also follow all the shipping and industrial activities at the Port of Oakland seven days a week from the pier.
The Judge John Sutter Regional Shoreline is open for exploration and may even grow as the Army turns over more land to the district. Don’t miss out.