Mission Bay Garage Helps to Create Parks, Open Space in Neighborhood

January 27, 2014

The Blue Greenway project aims to significantly improve the 13-mile corridor along

San Francisco’s southeastern waterfront.

Sold-out San Francisco Giants games at AT&T Park have led to a greener southeastern waterfront, thanks to a unique program sponsored by UC San Francisco’s Mission Bay Third Street Garage.

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Through the program, UCSF is donating $5 for every car parked at the Mission Bay Third Street Garage during Giants home games. The funds benefit nonprofits that enhance public spaces in the surrounding neighborhoods.  Since the program’s inception, UCSF has donated more than $137,000 to local non-profit organizations that build and enhance parks and open space.

The program began during the 2007 season. In the first three years of the program, UCSF granted $58,460 to GreenTrust Central Waterfront, a community-based nonprofit organization that works to improve the Dogpatch neighborhood by creating and sustaining mini-parks, parklets, gardens and other open space.

For the 2013 baseball game season, UCSF supported nearby nonprofit organization Pennsylvania Street Gardens to the tune of $13,035. Started in 2008, the Garden project has successfully cleaned up and beautified sections of underutilized land in the Potrero Hill neighborhood by creating productive and vibrant urban gardens. 

UCSF’s biggest grant from this program went to the Blue Greenway project of the San Francisco Parks Alliance, which benefited greatly from fan attendance during the Giants’ two championship seasons. 

Paul Takayama, director of Community and Government Relations at UCSF,

center, presents the University's donation to the SF Parks Alliance's Blue Green-

way project. Since 2010, UCSF has donated more than $65,000 to the project with

proceeds from San Francisco Giants' game parking fees. Photo by Cindy Chew

The Blue Greenway project’s mission is to enhance the 13-mile corridor along San Francisco’s southeastern waterfront by establishing parks and trails from AT&T Park all the way to Candlestick Point. The project also creates new recreational opportunities and provides public access through the SF Bay Trail and SF Bay Area Water Trail, promoting an environmentally sustainable urban waterfront.  From 2010 to 2012, UCSF donated a total of $65,755 to the project.

Drawing upon the creativity and experience of experts in the community, UCSF hopes to continue to work with community-based organizations to develop an inviting urban landscape. 

UCSF will announce the 2014 beneficiary before the start of the 2014 baseball season in April.

As UCSF moves to complete the new UCSF Medical Center at Mission Bay – a 289-bed, 878,000 square-foot, state-of-the-art, sustainable complex that promises to transform care for women, children and cancer patients – it remains a University priority to contribute to the beautification of both the city and local community.