Golden Gate University Environmental Law Journal


This Article is a remembrance of the collaborative planning efforts that led to the creation of Middle Harbor Shoreline Park in Oakland.7 As the Article proceeds, it will shift between a third-person account and a first-person narrative recorded by the author, who served as manager of the Port of Oakland's Environmental Department and led the planning efforts that resulted in the creation of Middle Harbor Shoreline Park. The author believes that to tell the story of the park's creation, it is necessary to explain the controversies that surrounded its creation and to discuss the values and techniques that led to cooperation between the various parties interested in its development. Understanding these lessons offers an important model that will better ensure the efficient completion of future large projects along the San Francisco Bay waterfront.