Presidio Tunnel Tops, a new attraction in the Presidio, a national park site in San Francisco.
It’s free to all and open every day is easy for everyone to enjoy. It’s built on top of the Presidio Parkway tunnels, with amazing Golden Gate views. It has places to be in nature, picnic sites, lawns and gathering spaces, and an incredible nature play space for kids.
The Presidio Tunnel Tops space used to be occupied by an elevated highway that connected San Francisco to the Golden Gate Bridge by cutting through the Presidio. In 2012, the outdated highway was demolished and later replaced with the Presidio Parkway, which put the road into tunnels so the park could be reconnected.
Michael Boland, WUP member and Chair of the WUP Large Urban Parks Committee, is pleased to announce the opening of the Presidio Tunnel Tops, 14 new acres of new park built to bridge the freeway that cuts the historic Presidio national park site in two.
It is a milestone in the 27-year transformation of the Presidio from army post to national park site, developed with a shared vision by the Partnership for the Presidio (Presidio Trust, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and the National Park Service).
The Presidio Tunnel Tops was built by the community, for the community,
With a decade of input and consultation with community organizations, 10,000 workshop participants, health leaders, and park planners with the goal of making national park experiences available to all.
It is designed to expand the Presidio visitor experience by providing greater possibilities for escape, relaxation, and play, bringing national park experiences to those living in an urban area. Presidio Tunnel Tops is free for all, and easy to get to on public transportation. It was designed by James Corner Field Operations, to inspire further exploration of the national parks and other protected areas.
The project was funded by generous donors and community members who have helped deliver on this vision. Led by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the Presidio Tunnel Tops campaign raised $98 million of the $118 million cost.
You can get more information at www.presidiotunneltops.org