On November 7, park managers and community and civic leaders, led by Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi, broke ground on 14 acres of new national parkland atop highway tunnels with dramatic views of the Golden Gate, the Bay, the Presidio and the San Francisco skyline.
25 years ago, visionary San Francisco Bay Area leaders decided to replace the seismically unsafe highway to the Golden Gate Bridge by bringing the road to ground level and covering it with tunnels. This created a new opportunity to take shape above.
The Presidio Trust, the National Park Service, and their nonprofit partner, the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, are working to realize the vision of a 14-acre green space atop the roadway and in surrounding parklands. The park will feature scenic overlooks, paths and gardens; a community plaza with food and services; a campfire circle and picnic grounds; and an expanded youth education center with new labs, community space, and an interactive “playscape” where kids can explore nature. Free and well-connected by public transit, the Presidio Tunnel Tops will also reconnect parklands formerly bisected by infrastructure.
|Design Team||James Corner Field Operations|
Managed by Presidio Trust, with support from the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
|Project Leader||Christine Lehnertz|
Steering Committee Member
Latest News / Presidio Tunnel Tops
The park is intended to complete the transformation of the descent from the Main Post and Crissy Field — evoking topography that was altered in the 1930s when the Doyle Drive viaduct was erected to link downtown San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge.
After three years of negotiations between the Presidio Trust, Caltrans, and the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, construction on the Presidio Tunnel Tops is finally moving forward.