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Salesforce Park’s grand reopening will be a subdued affair

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But the gondola will—at last–be available for rides

Aerial photo of Salesforce Park.
Salesforce Park.
Photo by Patricia Chang

Like a vow renewal ceremony or a one-hit wonder’s sophomoric effort, the reopening of Salesforce Park and Transbay Transit Center will be a more restrained affair when it springs back to life Monday.

San Francisco’s new transit structure, which shuttered six weeks after opening following the discovery of two cracked steel beams in September, will reopen to the public July 1. And while bus service won’t recommence until mid- to late-July, the park level, arguably the public’s preferred portion of the $2.2-billion behemoth, will once again be accessible.

But unlike the first opening, the gondola, which whisks people up two stories from the corner of Mission and Fremont, will be in operation.

Additional highlights at the center include Jenny Holzer’s White Light, a scrolling LED installation of text that wraps around the elliptical glass enclosure of the grand hall; public art; the 1,000-foot-long chasing water fountain; bike lockers and racks; grass knolls and lawns ideal of lunchtime lollygagging; and over 200 species of plants and trees.

Arboreal aficionado Mike Sullivan, author of The Trees of San Francisco, created this handy walking tour of the 5.4-acre park’s trees and plants, which include cork oaks, Queensland kauri trees, African fern pines, monkey puzzle trees, and flame trees, just to name a few.

The center will also eventually host free events, food trucks on Natoma Street, a rooftop restaurant, yoga, meditation, bootcamp workouts, crafts, bird watching, knitting, and children’s activities for varied ages.