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About the Project

Welcome to the Presidio Tunnel Tops 

​​This new 14-acre park destination is where visitors will connect with nature, 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, Bay Area leaders, urban planners, and citizens were faced with replacing the seismically unsafe highway to the Golden Gate Bridge that divided the Presidio. The community dreamed of moving the road underground into tunnels so that a powerful new experience could take shape above. With the elegant Presidio Parkway complete, we’re poised to replace a freeway with free play.

An Inclusive and Safe Space

​​Designed by the firm behind New York’s High Line, the Tunnel Tops will feature scenic overlooks, paths, gardens, a community plaza with food and amenities, a campfire circle, picnic grounds, and an interactive “playscape” where kids can explore nature. The site will provide what city dwellers have declared to be their greatest need—a place to escape from it all, recharge, and reconnect with nature and each other.

​​ new Presidio Visitor Center opened in February 2017 - the first element of the Tunnel Tops project to be completed. Open daily and featuring multi-lingual tools, it is the new starting point for Presidio adventures.Welcome + Gather Plaza - Surrounding the Presidio Visitor Center, a new plaza will welcome all. This is where you can gather with family and friends for picnicking, guided walks and programs, and even to hear a story at the communal campfire circle. You’ll also find services such as food, restrooms, park shuttles, and maps.Welcome + Gather – From three vantage points take in awe-inspiring 360-degree views of the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the bay, the city skyline, and the Presidio. It’s like nothing else you can experience in San Francisco.Inspire + Recharge Lawn - This open field will be the ideal place to sit, relax, enjoy the open panorama, and even fly a kite. Here you can enjoy alone time and relaxation, or join in park events and activities.Inspire + Recharge Walk - The Cliff Walk will be the “must see” moment of your Presidio Tunnel Tops visit. Walk along the edge of the earth to take in the inspirational waterfront views, or relax on a series of benches.Inspire + Recharge - Ornamental gardens will feature a rich mix of native and drought tolerant adapted species of flowering shrubs, succulents, perennials, and bulbs. Return again and again to enjoy an ever-changing seasonal display of color.Inspire + Recharge - The open and serene meadows will invite you to relax and exhale as you watch the tall grasses sway with the bay breezes.Inspire + Recharge - The entire family will enjoy a playful three-acre landscape where kids can connect with nature, experience the joy of self-discovery, and spark a life-long love of the outdoors. Be guided by touch, feel, and sound in a safe park environment where everyone can exercise their bodies, imaginations, and minds.Play + Grow Field Center - A newly-renovated Crissy Field Center will include new classrooms and lab facilities, and a private courtyard. As part of the youth campus it will be seamlessly connected to the new public Field Station and the adjacent nature play and exploration area called the Outpost. Programs are intended to reach every child in San Francisco.Play + Grow Walk - An inviting east/west pathway just above the Outpost Playscape will traverse the 25-foot embankment, offering spectacular views of Crissy Marsh and San Francisco Bay. The accessible wide path welcomes strollers and is surrounded by lush areas of native vegetation.Play + Grow