Construction is finally getting underway on the long-awaited “Tunnel Tops” project at the Presidio.
The 14-acre park, designed by famed New York High Line landscape architect James Corner, will be built atop the tunnels carrying the new Presidio Parkway through the site. The $118 million project will ultimately connect the Presidio’s main post to Crissy Field and the Golden Gate National Recreation Area waterfront.
Officials are scheduled to hold a ceremonial “groundmaking” Thursday, meaning they will be placing the first soil atop the tunnels. The project is expected to open to the public in the fall of 2021. San Francisco-based Swinerton is the general contractor.
The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy is leading a campaign to raise $98 million to go toward the total project cost. To date, $86.7 million has been raised through a quiet fundraising phase, and a public campaign will begin next spring to hit the goal.
Two federal agencies, the National Park Service and the Presidio Trust, jointly manage the Presidio, while the conservancy serves as their nonprofit partner.