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Battery Tunnel Tops

WHAT

In 2021, the Presidio Trust will create public open space on top of the new Presidio Parkway tunnels along Lincoln Boulevard near San Francisco National Cemetery. We’re also restoring surrounding parklands extending from the Battery Bluffs down to Cavalry Bowl and the Pet Cemetery.

These lands, 16 acres in all, were disrupted when the Doyle Drive highway to the Golden Gate Bridge was replaced with the Presidio Parkway.

The new site will be known as the Battery Tunnel Tops. It will feature scenic overlooks and parklets with sweeping views of the Golden Gate, Angel Island, and Alcatraz. Visitors will be able to enjoy picnic tables, grills, and benches.

The site will also include a new multi-use segment of the Presidio Promenade trail that extends from the Korean War Memorial to the Cavalry Bowl and beyond to Crissy Field and the Golden Gate Bridge. The project will also stabilize the historic gun batteries, Blaney, Slaughter and Sherwood nestled in the bluff.

This project will provide access to parts of the Presidio that have been off limits to the public for 80 years.

WHY

From 2009 through 2015, Caltrans replaced the seismically-unsafe Doyle Drive highway with the more elegant Presidio Parkway. When work to rebuild the highway was complete, Caltrans provided funding to the Presidio Trust to redesign and revitalize 75 acres of parkland impacted by the construction. The Presidio Trust is restoring these areas with native vegetation, trail improvements, and new spaces for the public to enjoy.

The Presidio Parkway placed traffic underground in tunnels at two locations so that park improvements could be made above. One site is where the Battery Tunnel Tops is being created. The second is on the Main Post at a site known as the Presidio Tunnel Tops. Presidio Tunnel Tops include 14 acres of trails, gardens, overlooks, and gathering areas, as well as a youth campus. It will open to the public in Fall 2021.

WHEN

Battery Tunnel tops and Cavalry Bowl construction will begin in January 2021 and is expected to be finished in late 2021/early 2022.