of San Francisco - April 22, 2014) The Presidio
Trust, working with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and the National
Park Service, has invited five renowned design 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, which 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 five teams, selected out of 25 respondents, are:
The teams responded to a request for qualifications
(RFQ) that was issued by the Trust and its partners in March. Respondents were
asked to propose a cross-disciplinary approach to creating a signature
destination that would welcome diverse audiences. Each of the teams will be
awarded a $25,000 stipend to develop its proposal over two months, and present its
designs to the public in the fall.
“The response of these internationally acclaimed
design teams is a testament to the potential of this site, which is one of the
most iconic and beautiful in the world,” said Craig Middleton, Presidio Trust
Executive Director. “We look forward to working with them and with the community
to create a breathtaking new place to welcome the public to the Presidio.”
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. The public is invited to meet
the five design teams at a forum on May 6 at the Presidio Observation Post, and
will have many opportunities to provide feedback on design, amenity, and
programmatic aspirations for the new site through a series of site tours, events
and exhibits.. Visit the Presidio Trust website for more information about how
to get involved: www.presidio.gov/gateway.
The non-proﬁt Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
is a key project partner with the Presidio Trust and is securing the
philanthropic funds needed to complete this visionary initiative. To date, the
Parks Conservancy has raised $30 million to support this project, including a
generous $25 million lead grant from the S. D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation.
“The Bay Area has a strong tradition of philanthropy
and volunteerism to support our world-class national parks at the Golden Gate. We
are honored to be a partner in this next exciting chapter of park-building at
the Presidio to create a public place that is by and for everyone,” said Greg Moore, President & CEO of the Golden Gate
National Parks Conservancy.
The Conservancy will continue to work with the Trust
to secure the philanthropic funds needed to complete this project. The National
Park Service is also engaged as a partner agency.
About the Presidio
Presidio Trust, a federal agency, is an innovation in the management of a
treasured American place. The Trust was created to save the Presidio and
transform it for a new national purpose. The Trust's vision is that the
Presidio will be forever a public place: vital to the Bay Area, important to
all Americans, and recognized for achieving broad benefits for the nation.
Today, the Presidio welcomes visitors, is home to a vibrant community of
residents and tenants, and inspires greater good through programs that draw on
its history and natural resources. The Presidio Trust serves the public with
events, lodging, venues, and recreational opportunities. To learn more, visit www.presidio.gov.
About the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy
The Parks Conservancy is the non-profit membership organization created to
preserve the Golden Gate National Parks, enhance the experiences of park
visitors, and build a community dedicated to conserving the parks for the
future. The Conservancy is an authorized “cooperating association” of the
National Park Service, and is one of more than 70 such nonprofit organizations
working with national parks around the country. To learn more, visit www.parksconservancy.org.
About the National Park Service
The National Park Service (NPS) is a federal agency within the U.S. Department
of the Interior charged with managing the preservation and public use of
America’s most significant natural, scenic, historic, and cultural treasures.
The NPS manages the Golden Gate National Parks, as well as 394 other park sites
across the United States. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/goga.