San Francisco’s answer to New York’s High Line park to open this summer

The Presidio Tunnel Tops, a 14-acre elevated park in San Francisco, will open to the public in July 2022.

Tunnel Tops occupies the former site of the Parkway Tunnels in the 1,500-acre Presidio national park. It was inspired by New York’s High Line park, which reused a section of that city’s Central Railroad. James Corner Field Operations, the firm behind New York’s High Line, also designed this project.

The development was first mooted in 1993 as a way to replace the seismically unsafe Doyle Drive, which cut the Presidio in two as it made its way to the Golden Gate Bridge.

Presidio Tunnel Tops contains a 2-acre children’s play area called the Outpost, and also a renovation of the Crissy Field Centre and a Field Station. These last two contain classrooms, laboratories, and gathering spaces for youth enrolled in the centre’s camps, field trips, and other educational programmes.

The park offers views of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge, trails, picnic areas, a pavilion and a campfire circle.

Presidio Tunnel Tops will open to the public from 17 July, with a series of free events. More information is available here.

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