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The Waterfront at the Petaluma River


This project received a Citation Award from the American Institute of Architects


As part of a larger project to renovate all of Petaluma’s downtown area, The Waterfront needed to build on the heritage of the space, have a distinct look and feel and complement the overall design for downtown Petaluma. Goals of Petaluma’s downtown renovation included creating a new visual brand for the area, as well as traffic calming, enhancing commercial access, and improving livability for the community overall.



  • Build on existing railroad tracks with a sinuous form for walkways and hardscapes
  • Use rich materials of cobble, brick, and metals recalling an earlier era of the working waterfront
  • Accommodate traffic, parking and back-of-house services while creating an inviting pedestrian environment fronting the river


Special Features

  • Attractive new walkways, with new trees and unique benches visually connect The Waterfront with downtown
  • Design allows for flexible commercial opportunities, such as for popup vendors and seasonal events
  • Attractive trash enclosures contribute to the richness of the landscape
  • Recycled street cobbles, mined from Sonoma County in the late 1800s, made their way back from San Francisco to this Petaluma waterfront

(707) 696 - 2967

1574 Skillman Lane
Petaluma, CA 94952