SAN FRANCISCO — Sometimes the best surprises are right at the top.
Salesforce Park could be to San Francisco what the Highline is to New York City or the 606 is to Chicago.
It’s a public park amid a bustling city – perhaps not so bustling right now given the COVID-19 pandemic has cleared the way for plenty of social-distancing spacing for both locals and visitors on a Friday afternoon in February – atop a living roof featuring 600 trees and 16,000 plants arranged in 13 different botanical featured areas.
Located at 425 Mission St., Salesforce Park is 70 feet above the Grand Hall – or the fourth floor, if you’re taking the elevator from the Beale Street entrance off Mission Street, just south of Market Street near the Embarcadero – and runs the entire length of the Transit Center’s nearly four-block stretch.
The Mission Street gondola to the park was closed on this day.
The 5.4-acre rooftop park is free to the public with open areas including the lawns, hills, plaza and even an amphitheater.
This above-the-street park is actually a layered soil system that balances seismic shifting while collecting and filtering stormwater to irrigate gardens.
A variety gardens consisting of indigenous trees and plants from Australia, Mediterranean Basin and the Wetland are showcased throughout the park. For visitors, these different gardens will allow them to appreciate the climatic conditions and environments – drought, fog, desert and forest.
Salesforce Park – the software company bought the naming rights good for 25 years – opened in 2019 at an estimated cost of $2.2 billion. Included were the necessary repairs and re-inspections when cracks were discovered during construction.
The park above the City is for leisurely strolls and to sit back and relax.
There’s a Starbucks in the 1,070-foot Salesforce Tower and a playground area.
However, no pets are allowed and ballgames, bikes and other wheeled equipment for the exception of wheelchairs and baby carriages are prohibited.
Tents, percussion instruments, sleeping, smoking, soliciting or weapons of any kind are also forbidden.
Salesforce Park is open from now through April from 6 a.m. to 8 p.m., and no earlier than 6 a.m. to no later than 9 p.m. from May through October.
More information is available at www.salesforcetransitcenter.com/salesforce-park.