China Beach

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Tucked between Lands End and Baker Beach in San Francisco, China Beach is a sandy cove that includes a beach, tide pools, picnic area and spectacular views north of the Marin Headlands and Golden Gate Bridge. In 2016, aging infrastructure prompted a feasibility study for a rehabilitation project, completed with input from community members, engineers, historians and other experts. 
Based on the results of the study, the National Park Service and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy are leading a $25 million effort to rehabilitate this park site. The project will include refurbishment of the bathhouse and picnic terrace to provide restrooms and other public amenities, as well as needed work on the retaining walls and infrastructure.  

Things to know

  • How long will construction take? Rehabilitation efforts began in May 2023, and we expect the work to last 24 months. 
  • Will there be beach access? Yes, we will maintain beach access throughout, with the possibility of an occasional temporary closure due to construction and to ensure visitor safety.  
  • Are there impacts to parking? Yes. Parking is limited, with much of the China Beach parking lot used for construction staging - to store equipment, supplies and other materials.
  • What improvements will this project provide? There will be a refreshed bathhouse, with separate women’s and men’s bathrooms and sinks. Right outside the bathrooms, there will be overhead rinse stations. By the beach and lower public plaza, there will be exterior low foot rinse stations and picnic facilities.

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Thanks and Gratitude

The National Park Service and the Parks Conservancy wish to thank supporters, neighbors, community members, and friends of China Beach for your input. We also wish to thank our generous donors and express appreciation for federal matching funds that make this rehabilitation effort possible. 

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