more Nothing spoils the beauty of a baseball home opener: the color, the pageantry, the pomp, the circumstance.China Basin will be aglow in orange and black Monday afternoon, kayaks awaiting long balls in Mc Covey Cove and the sailboats’ gliding masts a glorious sight behind the right-field arcade.It’s a little eerie up there at 2 a.m., said Patrick Trollip, who is heading up the tree-planting project for Mc Guire and Hester, the landscape contractor for the park.

Abby Galvan, 9, Joshua Escamilla,9 and Drew Patel,13 of Fullerton, Ca. less Abby Galvan, 9, Joshua Escamilla,9 and Drew Patel,13 of Fullerton, Ca.

are set for the game as the San Francisco Giants prepare to take on the Oakland Athletics in pre-season action at AT&T Park in San Francisco, seen on Thurs. are set for the game as the San Francisco Giants prepare to take on the Oakland Athletics in pre-season action at AT&T Park in San ...

more Kayaks and paddle boards are seen in Mc Covey Cove during game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Chicago Cubs and the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA Tuesday, October 11, 2016.

less Kayaks and paddle boards are seen in Mc Covey Cove during game 4 of the National League Division Series between the Chicago Cubs and the San Francisco Giants at AT&T Park in San Francisco, CA Tuesday, October ...

It’s still unknown when it might connect to high-speed rail or Caltrain, which will operate the station, how much it will cost to operate, or what shops and restaurants will occupy the 100,000 square feet of retail space.

But what is known is this: Tree by tree, San Francisco’s next significant public open space, a 5.4-acre green rooftop boxed in by towers of glass, is taking shape atop the transit center.

Join me on my multi-part journey down the rabbit hole, where I recap all the nerdly things you need to know.

It’s Thursday morning when I rev up my car and drive on down to San Diego.

“Then all of a sudden these massive trees are lowered onto the roof.