Work Set to Begin on Bayfront Boat Dock Project

Improvements include installation of a new gangway and boat dock, replacement and retrofitting of dock piles, and native plant landscaping near marsh.

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 includes 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 will include a paved pathway for ADA access to the pier.

Native plants associated with the fringe habitat of coastal marshes in San Francisco Bay will be planted to provide a buffer from the pavement to the coastal marsh. Plants will include alkali heath (Frankenia salina), creeping wild rye (Leymus triticoides), and gumplant (Grindelia camporum), all of which currently grow immediately upslope of the marshes of Pickleweed Inlet.

The project will be 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.


Questions or Comments?

Michael Hanlon
Associate Engineer
Department of Public Works