Just to the left of the ruins there's a large pier with an old warehouse and the river pilot boat dock. On the far right of the pier is this "waterfront park." If you think a park is only about grass and nature, forget it. You can walk out on this pier and enjoy the view.
At the end of the pier you can read about the river pilots and see harrowing photos of what it's like to get on and off the ships while the boats are rocking. Just a few yards away, you can see the actual pilot boats. This is amazing - a whole new world for someone who's spent her life in Southern California and the deserts of Colorado.
I've shown expanses of the river before, and here's another one. It's calming, breathtaking, interesting . . . it's lots of things. There are some ducks or small birds swimming out there not too far from the wharf.