Aquatic Park has long been the place where San Franciscans and tourists alike go to enjoy an authentic maritime experience. Along Hyde Street Pier and the sandy strip of beach near the Maritime Museum, this area was once called Black Point Cove. It now hosts a dramatic array of historic ships such as the Balclutha (formerly Star of Alaska) and a graceful curvilinear pier with a sweeping vista of the Golden Gate. For most of its history, this park has seen recreational use of every stripe. Members of the delightful Dolphin Club have braved the chilly bay waters ever since the club was founded in 1877. Then there is the South End Rowing Club, which for many decades has carried on its graceful traditions in the protected lagoon.
Author: Bill Pickelhaupt Publisher: Arcadia Publishing (SC) Published: 11/09/2005 Pages: 128 Binding Type: Paperback Weight: 0.71lbs Size: 9.24h x 6.70w x 0.40d ISBN: 9780738530840
Review Citation(s): Reference and Research Bk News 11/01/2006 pg. 80
About the Author Pickelhaupt, Bill: - Bill Pickelhaupt, author of Shanghaied in San Francisco and Club Rowing on San Francisco Bay, reveals the federal park's surprising history in this volume of vintage photographs. From early recreational boating and swimming, to the development of the pier and museum as a Works Progress Administration project, to today's triathlons and preservation of the boatbuilders' arts, it is easy to see why Aquatic Park delights over 500,000 visitors every year.