Welcome to the Presidio Tunnel Tops.
This new park destination is 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 escape from the stresses of urban life without ever leaving the city we love.
What is the Opportunity?
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 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. We’re now poised to fulfill the vision of a generation – to create a 14-acre green space atop the new roadway tunnels – replacing a freeway with free play.
Escape into Views, Nature, and Play
Thoughtfully designed by James Corner Field Operations (the firm behind New York’s High Line), the Presidio Tunnel Tops will feature scenic overlooks, paths and gardens, a community plaza with food and services, a campfire circle and picnic grounds, and an interactive “playscape” where kids can explore nature. It will be San Francisco’s backyard…where everyone can escape and recharge. Located at the center of the Presidio, a national park in the heart of the Bay Area, the Tunnel Tops will be a welcoming refuge where we can slow down, live in the moment, regain our sense of wellbeing, and re-connect with ourselves and each other.