Photo: Nikki Tran / SFGate
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With a gondola ride, board games, free tai chi classes, writing workshops, a bar, and of course a Starbucks, the Salesforce Transit Center has everything you could want, except for dogs or balls (Neither are allowed accordingly to the park rules). And no buses, either, at least for now.
Salesforce Park is the public rooftop park that sits above the Salesforce Transit Center. It is one of three long-awaited amenities (the park, the transit center, and the gondola lift) to open today. Or rather, reopen.
The Transit Center at First and Mission was shut down in September 2018 after two cracks were discovered on the beams supporting the rooftop. The beams have since been repaired and visitors are able to fully wander the 5.4-acre park.
Open daily from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. for the summer, the park is a manicured oasis in an ever-growing sea of corporate high-rises. Visitors can take the gondola lift (which is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. for the summer) to enter the park, but they’ll need to take the escalators or elevators down to exit. More info on summer hours can be found on the Salesforce Transit Center website.
Yes, Transbay’s gondola is now in business. Here’s the view from inside (and proof I didn’t miss my calling by not going into film) pic.twitter.com/Cz4agoHXkj
— John King (@JohnKingSFChron) July 1, 2019
During Monday’s grand reopening, the park was already bustling with visitors, many of whom ate lunch at the wooden benches and shiny new tables. Some visitors sat on the fresh grass in front of the amphitheater and basked in the sunshine. A band set up their instruments for a performance. One ambitious visitor was even spotted jogging. Most strolled around, admiring the botanical gardens.
This is only a partial reopening. Bus service is not yet available and still operating out of the Temporary Transbay Terminal. Construction is ongoing on the three-level transit center, which will serve as a commuting hub for various transit services, including Muni, AC Transit, Golden Gate Transit, Greyhound, Amtrak, Caltrain, and the future California High-Speed Rail system. Although the exact date has not been announced, bus service is expected to begin later this summer.
Check out the photos in the gallery above this article for a tour of the reopened Transit Center.
Nikki Tran is a SFGATE intern. Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
This post was originally posted at https://www.sfgate.com/bayarea/article/Salesforce-Transit-Center-park-rooftop-tour-14065357.php.