The Bayfront Boat Dock is now open to the public.
Please keep in mind that use of the boat dock is for non-motorized watercraft only. Be sure to check tides before embarking as this upper reach of Richardson Bay is very shallow and becomes almost impassable during low tides. If you do get stuck in low tide do not attempt to leave your boat. Wait for the tide to return and paddle back to the dock.
History of the project
In the 1970s, the City of Mill Valley built a recreational access pier in Bayfront Park providing access to Richardson Bay, but in 2005 the pier was severely damaged beyond repair during a large storm. The replacement of the dock has since been a desired project for the City Council and the Parks and Recreation Commission. The primary goal of the project was to rebuild the pier as access to Richardson Bay for kayaks, canoes and other non-motorized watercraft.
The project included the removal of several unnecessary piles, retrofits to remaining piles, and installation of a new transition dock and low freeboard dock providing access to the bay. Additionally, construction included a paved pathway for ADA access to the pier.
The project was completed by Valentine Corporation of San Rafael. Funding for the project will come from various sources including the City of Mill Valley General Fund ($175,000), Federal Priority Conservation Area Grant funds ($100,000) administered through the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and Cosco Busan remediation grant funds ($26,500) administered through National Fish and Wildlife Foundation.