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A New Gateway to the Presidio
PROJECT UPDATE (4/22/2014)
Presidio Trust selects five internationally-acclaimed firms and invites the public to help create the vision for the Presidio Gateway site. View the Press Release >>
Project Background
An unprecedented opportunity exists to create a new gateway to the visitor experience at the Presidio of San Francisco, a new kind of national park site located at the center of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, one of the largest urban national parks in the world.
The Presidio Trust, working with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service, has selected five renowned firms to develop conceptual design and programming for 10 acres of new parkland that will be created in the Presidio atop a dramatic bluff with panoramic Golden Gate views.
The design opportunity came about as the result of the demolition of the 75-year-old freeway leading to the Golden Gate Bridge. It is being replaced by the Presidio Parkway, a new at-grade tunnel-covered roadway that will connect the two most expansive public spaces in the Presidio: the historic Main Post and the bay front at Crissy Field.
The project also includes three acres of newly designed parklands adjacent to the Crissy Field Center, including facilities and grounds for youth programs offered by the Trust, Conservancy, and National Park Service.
The Gateway has the potential to become one of the most iconic destinations in the country, attracting a broad cross-section of local, national, and international visitors. The teams are:
The teams' design concepts will be presented to the public in fall 2014. Alongside the professional design teams, the Presidio Trust is inviting the public to submit their own concepts through an open “ideas competition” that will launch in May.
Get Involved!
We invite the community to learn more about this effort and to share ideas. Additional participation opportunities will be posted here as they are scheduled.
Gateway Site Tours
Learn about the Presidio Gateway project from members of the project team. Hear more about the vision for re-connecting Crissy Field with the Main Post. Get your questions answered, and share your own ideas for this magnificent site.
Presidio Gateway Site Tours are available every Friday afternoon from 4 to 5 pm. Tours meet in the Presidio Trust lobby at 103 Montgomery Street, Main Post, in the Presidio. 
·         Reservations are required.
·         Groups of eight (8) or more may request a private tour.
·         Approximately ¼ mile of walking is involved, so please wear comfortable shoes.
Make a reservation or request a special tour >>
Tours with fewer than eight participants may be cancelled 24-hours prior to start time. Registrants will be notified via email of any cancellations. Tours will not be conducted on Friday, July 4, 2014.
Public Forums
Thank you to all 350 members of the public who participated in our Tuesday, May 6 public forum with the design teams! Your questions and comments are invaluable resources for our design teams as they begin developing initial concepts for the site.
The next opportunity to meet and provide feedback to our project and design teams will be in early September 2014. Join the Presidio Gateway email list for periodic project updates.
Contact Noreen Hughes, Presidio Trust, at
The Presidio Trust is the lead agency for this project, directing the planning, design, and construction effort and managing community outreach and engagement. The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the non-profit partner to the Trust and the National Park Service, serves as the philanthropic and community engagement partner and supports park restoration and enhancement, education, and visitor service projects and programs. The National Park Service is engaged as the manager of the adjacent parklands at Crissy Field and as a partner in interpretation, visitor services, and programming.
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 View the RFQ


 Selected Team Proposals


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