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 for Presidio Tunnel Tops to take shape above.

Presidio Tunnel Tops is a new area within the Presidio national park site, free and accessible to all. Built on the Presidio Parkway Tunnels, these 14 acres of outdoor space connect the historic center of the park to the Presidio’s waterfront at Crissy Field. The new parkland features innovative play and education facilities to serve many more local youth from across the city in park-based programs; a welcoming community plaza with a new visitor center, picnic grounds, and a communal campfire circle; and meandering paths with awe-inspiring views and gardens. Presidio Tunnel Tops will be a place to bring joy, health, wellness, belonging, and a deep connection with nature for everyone. This project was made possible by achieving a $98 million campaign goal to build a world-class parkland. Our thanks to the incredible generosity of our donors and members of our community. Learn more at presidiotunneltops.org. 

Project Details

Infrastructure Type Highway
Status In Construction
Opening 2022
Size 14 acres
Design Team James Corner Field Operations

Managed by Presidio Trust, with support from the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

Project Leader Christine Lehnertz & Michael Boland

Steering Committee Member

Latest News / Presidio Tunnel Tops

Bay Crossings / December 1, 2019

Innovative Presidio Tunnel Tops project gets underway

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.