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For more than two centuries the Presidio was a major military post. Rising prominently above San Francisco Bay, it earned the title “defender of the Golden Gate.” Today, the 1,500-acre Presidio is a new kind of national park – a place of natural beauty, a site of great historic significance, and a unique public resource where people live, work, and play.
The New Presidio Parklands Project is a significant chapter in the Presidio’s ongoing evolution. A portion of the elevated highway that cut through the Presidio for seven decades is being replaced with an at-grade roadway hidden from public view by discrete tunnels.
This creates a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to establish a magnificent 13-acre space that integrates the waterfront with the Presidio’s historic core via a new landscape from which visitors can experience the Presidio, access the shoreline, and view the iconic Golden Gate Bridge. The New Presidio Parklands Project encompasses three interconnected sites:
- A 10-acre dramatic designed landscape to be created above the roadway tunnels
- A 3-acre revitalized Crissy Field Center Youth Campus with a “Learning Landscape”
- A gracious new plaza for the Presidio Visitor Center
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.