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Bimla Rhinehart Vista Point

Bimla Rhinehart Vista Point
Morning view of the Bimla Rhinehart Vista Point on Yerba Buena Island, with the underneath of the East Span of the Bay Bridge in the background.
Photo credit: AECOM

Just east of Yerba Buena Island, beneath the new Bay Bridge East Span, the Bimla Rhinehart Vista Point sits atop Pier E-2 of the original East Span, which for 77 years supported the western end of the East Span's cantilever section. The Vista Point, which was dedicated in October 2019 to honor the former California Transportation Commission Executive Director and Toll Bridge Program Oversight Committee member Bimla Gill Rhinehart (1961-2013), provides an unprecedented opportunity to view the new East Span. It is furnished with a 30-foot communal table, amphitheater seating, and flexible performing spaces for community gatherings and other events.

Many of the Vista Point's elements feature repurposed steel from trusses salvaged from the original East Span. These include:

  • Handrails along the eastern and southern faces
  • Portions of the communal table
  • The counter overlook located on the plaza
  • Bike racks located near the entrance to the Vista Point

Views from the Bimla Rhinehart Vista Point look out over San Francisco Bay to the Port of Oakland, and the tower and self-anchored suspension portions of the new Bay Bridge East Span. Adjacent to the Vista Point is the former Torpedo Storehouse, which is listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is the last remnant of the former Camp Yerba Buena, a one-time U.S. Army base which sat in this exact location.

Still anchored in the adjacent hillside is the former Pier W-2, the anchorage point where the original East Span landed on Yerba Buena Island.