A day ahead of its public opening, San Francisco’s new Presidio Tunnel Tops park held a ribbon-cutting ceremony, where some of the park’s largest donors came together with community leaders and politicians to celebrate their work.
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.
|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
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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.
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.