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Waterfront EcoCenter may get new management

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The Aquarium of the Bay, headquartered at Pier 39, intends to operate the EcoCenter at Heron’s Head Park located at India Basin in the Bayview Hunters Point neighborhood. Officials from the Port of San Francisco, which owns the park land, are expected to put the matter before the Port Commission next Tuesday and ask for approval of a $1 a year, five year lease for the aquarium.

Heron’s Head Park is a 22-acres waterfront fixture that is home to restored habitat, a nature trail, dog run, and an off-the-grid EcoCenter that demonstrates a living roof, solar power generation, and rainwater collection.

According to a SF Chronicle report by John Wildermuth, The Aquarium of the Bay will operate the building with support from the A. Philip Randolph Institute and City College.

The aquarium’s parent group, the Bay Institute of Aquarium Foundation, plans to continue EcoCenter programming already underway for at least four days a week, including Saturdays. The aquarium organization could take control of the EcoCenter as early as next month.

The EcoCenter was built, beginning in 2009 by Literacy for Environmental Justice. That group ended its lease for the EcoCenter in December.

The waterfront land includes a salt marsh that attracts shorebirds, waterfowl, aquatic wildlife, as well as birdwatchers and hikers of the human variety.