San Francisco’s Municipal Pier near Aquatic Park closed indefinitely

The historic pier that creates San Francisco’s Aquatic Park Cove has been closed indefinitely by the National Park Service.

The pier has been in dire need of repair for some time, but the recent 5.1 magnitude earthquake that occurred near San Jose at the end of October triggered an assessment that deemed it unsafe for public use. The San Francisco Chronicle first reported the closure. (SFGATE and the San Francisco Chronicle are both owned by Hearst but operate independently of one another.)

“It’s incrementally deteriorating. That’s what we know at this point,” said Dale Dualan, public information officer for the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. “It’s a challenge to say what the exact next steps will be. We’ll continue to evaluate and monitor the condition of the pier and keep the public updated on our website.”

A popular fishing spot, as well as a destination for both locals and tourists, the pier provides vital protection as a breakwater not only to swimmers and rowers recreating but also to historic ships that are docked within the cove. The 1,400-foot walkway was built in 1929.

Much of the damage over the years is due to winter storms and crashing waves, but the pier has also endured other harm. For example, a freighter crashed into it in 1953, according to the pier’s website.

Repairs have been estimated at around $100 million. “We can propose these projects to have them repaired but we at the local level don’t get to make that decision,” Dualan said. “… It’s likely it won’t reopen until we get permanent long-term fixes in place.”

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