San Francisco breaks ground on new "Tunnel Tops" national park

Today, San Francisco has broken ground on “Tunnel Tops,” a
new 14-acre national parkland
that will span two sections across the top of the Presidio Parkway
highway tunnels. Designed by New York-based James Corner Field
Operations, the landscape architecture firm behind the High Line,
the new park will include a campfire circle, scenic overlooks, a
play area and more. The project is slated to open in fall 2021.

rendering of people on a walking path surrounded by tall grasses

Building on the international movement of turning post-industrial
structures and underutilized transit areas into public green
spaces, the new Presidio destination will provide direct pedestrian
access from Crissy Field to the Presidio’s Main Post for the
first time in eight decades. Created with input from more than
10,000 community members in the city, the elevated park will be
free to access and provide dramatic views of the Golden Gate
Bridge, the bay, the Presidio and the San Francisco skyline.

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rendering of people around a fire pit in a park

rendering of people flying kits with view of Golden Gate Bridge in the distance

Tunnel Tops will offer a variety of amenities for all ofSan Francisco’s
communities and visitors. It will include interactive educational
and recreational opportunities. Located directly adjacent to the
newly opened Presidio Visitor Center and a planned transit center,
Tunnel Tops will welcome guests with the Gateway Plaza and Visitor
Center at the heart of the park. From there, visitors can explore
the Campfire Circle; the spacious Golden Gate Meadow; a Cliff Walk
with 360-degree panoramic views of the surroundings; the Crissy
Field Center Youth Campus with new Learning Labs, a new Field
Station and a new Youth Courtyard; and a multisensory learning
environment for children called the Outpost.

Rendering of children playing on a playground that mocks the appearance of a pile of logs

rendering of green, stair-stepped landscape in a park

“The Tunnel Tops will provide greater access to fresh air,
beautiful views, gardens and gathering spaces, where people can
come to relax, play and connect with each other,” said Jean
Fraser, CEO of the Presidio Trust. “Having a national park so close to downtown is
part of what makes San Francisco great, and we hope it will inspire
new visitors to discover the many things the Presidio, the Golden
Gate National Recreation Area and other national parks have to

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Corner Field Operations

Images via James Corner Field Operations

Source: FS – All – Ecology – News 2
San Francisco breaks ground on new "Tunnel Tops" national park