San Francisco's oldest harbor gets a facelift

June 8, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
San Francisco's oldest harbor is getting a facelift, just in time for the America's Cup competition. Instead of a groundbreaking, officials held a plank pulling to kick off the renovation of the Marina West Harbor, which has not been refurbished for 48 years.

The $25 million investment will result in new breakwater segments, the replacement of the floating docks and the construction of a new dock and boat launch.

"We are going to take one of the most beautiful spaces San Francisco has, our beautiful yacht harbor right under the Golden Gate Bridge, and we are renovating it so everyone will be able to have access to it," said former San Francisco Supervisor Michela Alioto-Pier.

The planks pulled off the existing docks will be sent to Crescent City to help rebuild its harbor, which suffered extensive damage in the tsunami last March.