Twenty-five years ago, visionary Bay Area leaders, urban planners, and citizens were faced with replacing the seismically unsafe Doyle Drive, a highway to the Golden Gate Bridge that divided the Presidio's waterfront from its historic core. The community did not seek simply to rebuild a freeway – it dreamed of moving the road underground into tunnels so that a powerful new experience of the Presidio and San Francisco Bay could take shape above.
Today, Doyle Drive has given way to the elegant Presidio Parkway. Through the Presidio Tunnel Tops project, we're poised to create a beautiful 14-acre green space atop the new roadway tunnels and in the surrounding landscapes – replacing a freeway with free play.
The Presidio Tunnel Tops will be San Francisco's great escape, a place where visitors will connect with nature and the outdoors, where kids will play and grow, and where all of us will be inspired by 360-degree views that were never before possible. The Presidio Tunnel Tops will be where we can find refuge from the stresses of urban life without ever leaving the city we love.
Learn more about the Presidio Tunnel Tops project and how to participate >>
Visit the Presidio Tunnel Tops Project Lab
Located at the Presidio Trust Headquarters Building, First Floor 103 Montgomery Street, on the Presidio's Main Post (Get Directions )
Drop in weekdays, 10 am to 4 pm (closed on Federal Holidays)
Free and open to all – no reservation is required
The Presidio Tunnel Tops Project Lab is your place to learn more about "San Francisco's Great Escape."
Check out the latest designs as they continue to evolve, watch a video, see a large site model, and share your ideas for what would make a great experience.
Guided tours of the project lab and the site are available regularly. Please check the events calendar for dates and times.
Free guided tours and discussions for community groups are also available upon request. Please contact us at PresidioTunnelTops@presidiotrust.gov.