A brand new shoreline park has just opened at the eastern end of the Bay Bridge. And thanks to a continuous San Francisco Bay Trail, the scenic new park is a roughly nine-mile bike ride from Richmond’s Point Isabel Shoreline Park.
Judge John Sutter Regional Shoreline Park is named after the East Bay visionary and former park district board member who first envisioned the park in the 1960s. It features a 600-foot long by 40-foot wide public observation pier built atop six remaining piles from the old Bay Bridge, EBRPD said. It also has a renovated, 24,000-square foot 1930s-era electric train maintenance building (known as the Bridge Yard) that can host large concerts and community events.
The new park also has bathrooms, walking paths, interpretive panels, and connection to the Bay Bridge Bicycle-Pedestrian Trail that crosses to Treasure Island.
Although the park is in Oakland, Richmond bicyclists and distance runners have access to it via the San Francisco Bay Trail. That’s possible thanks to a one-mile extension of the Bay Trail that opened this past summer just west of Golden Gate Fields. For a map of the Bay Trail, go here.
The observation pier at Judge John Sutter Regional Shoreline Park opens from 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily. Bike parking is available adjacent to the pier.