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The Site

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.

​​ opened in 2017, the Presidio Visitor Center is the first element of the Tunnel Tops project to be completed. Receive helpful tips from staff, view engaging exhibits, and get oriented for launching your adventure throughout the Presidio. Welcome + Gather Gateway Plaza is the central gathering space to begin your exploration. Gather with family and friends for a picnic or attend a program in this open space. You’ll also find services such as food, restrooms, park shuttles, and maps. Welcome + Gather Circle - With a warm fire pit and open seating, gather with your friends and family to relax or listen to a Ranger Talk. The Campfire Circle is also a cozy refuge from the bay winds.Welcome + Gather Golden Gate Meadow is the go-to place to sit, relax, and play on a spacious, open lawn. This is a prime location for incredible views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Bay, and the Marin Headlands.Inspire + Recharge a stroll on the Cliff Walk. It will be a “must see” moment with its inspirational views. You can lounge on the hand-crafted benches along the trail for a relaxing reprieve.Inspire + Recharge and rejuvenate atop the Presidio Steps. With lawn seating, this is an ideal spot for a picnic with your family or to meet friends. Make your way down the steps to access the expanded youth campus.Inspire + Recharge Crissy Field Center Courtyard is the new heart of the expanded youth campus, seamlessly connecting the Field Station and Outpost. It is an essential amenity for youth programs for hosting events or outdoor classroom activities.Play + Grow Field Station is a drop-in environmental learning center. This is where school groups, children, families, and all Tunnel Tops visitors can experience exhibits and activities designed to inspire wonder about nature in the Presidio—and in their own backyards and local parks.Play + Grow expanded Crissy Field Center Youth Campus will be major feature of the Tunnel Tops. It will include a rehabilitated Crissy Field Center, new Learning Labs, a new Field Station, and Outpost or playscape. This expansion offers dynamic spaces for families, school groups, educators, and visitors alike for drop-in or year-long programs.Play + Grow two-acre outdoor Outpost or “playscape” is a welcoming space for toddlers to preteens to connect with nature, create art, and engage in play. Each play area becomes more challenging throughout with activities ranging from climbing, swinging, sliding, and more.Play + Grow