By its nature, any large development project comes with false starts and crossed fingers. The unexpected twists that cast long shadows across the best-laid plans.
Crissy Field is a mile-long national park site on San Francisco’s northern shoreline. It was once an Army airfield and part of the Presidio, a United States Army post.
In 1994, when the Presidio closed and was transferred to the National Park Service (NPS), Crissy Field was covered in crumbling asphalt, toxic contaminants, and abandoned buildings. The transformation, led by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and NPS, began in 1996 after extensive community engagement. The design created a 28-acre grassy airfield, a 20-acre tidal marsh, and 16 acres of dune habitat. Volunteers planted 100,000 native plants, and Crissy Field opened in 2001. Today, the park hosts 1.2 million visitors a year and a variety of wildlife, including 125 species of birds. The Conservancy is now sponsoring “Crissy Refresh” to determine how the park can best continue to serve the public.
|Status||Open / Ongoing|
|Design Team||Hargreaves Associates|
Managed and operated by the National Park Service, with support from the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy