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Parks Recreation & Waterfront Department
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Berkeley Municipal Pier-Ferry Project

(NEW) Berkeley Municipal Pier & WETA Ferry Facility Planning Study Community Workshop #3
Date: October 27, 2021
Time: 6:30pm-8:30pm
Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/82683370448 
Phone: +16699006833,,82683370448#
Email your comments to: BMASP@cityofberkeley.info
Pier-Ferry Community Workshop #3 flyer
The project team has received several comments from the community on the project. Attached is the project team responses to these frequently asked questions: Pier-Ferry Study FAQs

Public Engagement Process
The Pier-Ferry Planning Study is in the public process phase, which has involved a community process in the form of four (4) Focus groups in early January, 2021 and the first two of three large Community Workshops on January 21, 2021 and August 10, 2021. The project was presented at the City Council Worksession on February 16, 2021, followed by a WETA Board of Directors meeting on March 4, 2021. The presentation slides and breakout group notes for these meetings can be found on this webpage below. 

The goal of these meetings has been to receive extensive community feedback on the project and incorporate feedback into the preliminary concepts for the project. The goal is to develop a final recommendation for the community, City Council and the WETA Board by the end of the calendar year. If the concept and design funding are approved by the City and WETA,  the City and WETA would execute a second MOU for design and environmental studies. The Design Phase is anticipated take 2 to 3 years.

The next scheduled chance for public feedback is at the third Community Workshop on October 27, 2021. See the meeting information at the top of this page.

To provide feedback on this study, please email bmasp@cityofberkeley.info.


City Staff

Consultant Team

  • GHD, Inc.
  • Sea Engineering – Underwater Structural Inspection
  • Marcy Wong Donn Logan Architects – Architectural
  • Mott MacDonald – Coastal Engineering
  • Bluhon Group 

Project Background 

In July of 2015, the Berkeley Municipal Pier (“the Pier”) was closed to the public due to significant structural problems that rendered the Pier unsafe. In 2017, the City retained a structural engineering firm (GHD) to assess the problem and develop a range of potential solutions and costs. In 2018, the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA) staff initiated discussions with City staff regarding the possibility of new ferry service at the Berkeley Waterfront. During those initial discussions, WETA and City staff realized that it could be cost-effective to investigate a single pier that would provide two uses – ferry service and public recreation. In 2019, WETA and the City Council authorized a Memorandum of Understanding Agreement (MOU) to jointly fund a planning study to evaluate the feasibility of a dual-purpose pier.  If the answer is yes, the two agencies would execute amendments to the MOU to fund the next phases of the project (design, construction, and operations/maintenance). For background details, see the Council Report approval of the MOU on March 12, 2019 .    

See Council Report for the WETA MOU on 03-12-2019.

Project Information     
The City is working with a consultant to conduct a Structural Condition Assessment / Restoration Feasibility Study for the currently-closed Berkeley Municipal Pier.
This Restoration Feasibility Study will initially: (1) evaluate the existing structural integrity of the Pier, (2) develop conceptual restoration alternatives to facilitate reopening the Pier for public use in the most cost effective manner, (3) provide recommendations on rehabilitation priorities, (4) identify environmental and regulatory permitting requirements (5) determine cost estimates, and (6) depending on the results of the structural condition evaluation, the Study will explore the feasibility of ferry services at the Pier, and any ferry-related additional appurtenances that might be needed.
The assessment is complete (see below). It will be a guiding document to ultimately identity the feasibility and magnitude of improvements to the Berkeley’s Berkeley Municipal Pier.

The Berkeley Municipal Pier was closed in July, 2015 due to visually observed structural problems on the underside of the concrete decking and pilings.

Status: Planning
Schedule: The initial assessment will be published in early 2021
Funding: T1; WETA (Last Updated: January 2021)
Project Manager: Nelson Lam, Supervising Civil Engineer
Contact Info: NeLam@CityofBerkeley.info

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