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Old Posted Dec 23, 2014, 2:00 AM
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SAN FRANCISCO | Presidio Park

Presidio park project lands architect behind High Line in N.Y.

SFGate.com
John King
Tuesday, Dec 9, 2014


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A New York landscape architect will lead the design efforts for what could become one of San Francisco’s most remarkable settings, a new bluff overlooking Crissy Field.

The selection of James Corner and his firm Field Operations comes after an unusual competition where five teams were asked to submit conceptual visions for the 13 acres that will blanket two automobile tunnels now under construction. The competition was overseen by the Presidio Trust, which manages nearly all of the 1,491-acre park at the foot of the Golden Gate Bridge.
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the article in the opening post says 2018 opening for this, but I didn't see what looked like any relevant activity yet when I was by there yesterday





edit: aha, this and this now say 2019 (and this is now called the 'Tunnel Tops' project, apparently)

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^^The "relevant activity" is that they have pretty much completed the tunnel and roadway system on top of which the minor land and hard-scaping to create the park will be done--I drove through it for my first time last weekend. So now they can proceed with the park and I don't see anything they are doing that should take much time--another year (OK, year and a half) should be no problem.

They are also hard at work on the Crissey Field marsh and surrounding areas. I wanted to take some out-of-town visitors there last weekend but the construction made that very difficult and I gave up.
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there is certainly work going on in the area, but I'm not sure it is specific to the Tunnel Tops. the tunnels themselves were completed and opened in 2015. I guess my point was it seemed like it was taking longer than they anticipated (or 'hoped' might be a better description), and the links posted above confirmed that.

I (as I imagine many of us do) just get impatient especially with these types of projects that promise to be such jewels when they are done.

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he marsh I believe is just renovation of the existing path, to repair rain damage and general wear-and-tear - nothing new.
It's a little more than that:

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Crissy Field construction to last through summer
By Daniel Montes
BAY CITY NEWS
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February 13, 2017

San Francisco’s Crissy Field is due for a brand new promenade, and construction to rebuild the oceanfront path is set to begin in March, National Park Service officials announced Monday.

Since the promenade opened in 2001, it has degraded beyond repair due to harsh weather and high use by its more than 18 million visitors, according to park officials.

The new project, which will be implemented in four phases in order to minimize impact to visitors, will see the granite promenade converted into one made of a more durable compacted shale material.

The new trail will look and feel similar to the current one, but is expected to last longer, park officials said.

Construction is expected to last through the summer . . . .

The $5 million project was given $2.5 million by the NPS’ Centennial Challenge Project, according to NPS officials.
https://sfbay.ca/2017/02/13/crissy-f...hrough-summer/
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It's a little more than that:

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Crissy Field construction to last through summer
By Daniel Montes
BAY CITY NEWS
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February 13, 2017

San Francisco’s Crissy Field is due for a brand new promenade, and construction to rebuild the oceanfront path is set to begin in March, National Park Service officials announced Monday.

Since the promenade opened in 2001, it has degraded beyond repair due to harsh weather and high use by its more than 18 million visitors, according to park officials.

The new project, which will be implemented in four phases in order to minimize impact to visitors, will see the granite promenade converted into one made of a more durable compacted shale material.

The new trail will look and feel similar to the current one, but is expected to last longer, park officials said.

Construction is expected to last through the summer . . . .
I re-wrote my post before I saw this, partly because this didn't matter to what we were talking about, but the point about the path was that it is not a new addition - it is a re-make of the existing path.
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Uh, yeah...this isn't federally funded. GGNP Conservancy is having to raise the money. Bechtel Foundation made the lead gift of $25 million several years ago.
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So... it's just a... viewing deck?
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So... it's just a... viewing deck?
No—It will connect the Parade Grounds to Crissy Field, uniting the upper and lower areas of the Presidio.
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Join us for a smashing day of demolition as we take down the former Army-era Burger King to make way for 14 acres of new national parkland – the Presidio Tunnel Tops!

The building will come down in a single day – so join us in the morning for refreshments, remarks, and to watch the excavator’s first blow, revealing 360 degree views of the Golden Gate, San Francisco Bay, the city skyline, and the Presidio.
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There is a Burger King in the presidio?
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There is a Burger King in the presidio?
https://sf.curbed.com/2018/10/25/180...park-fast-food
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Who’s funding this? You would think that SF would be building the world’s greatest civic institutions and infrastructure, given the booming tech industry. But of course so much of that are these suburban companies in Silicon Valley with suburban mentalities.
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A well developed, collaborative, and open planning and partnership process has brought us to this point, starting in 1972 with the Nixon administration. The three main entities are summarized here.

https://www.nps.gov/goga/learn/news/...eld-begins.htm

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area covers 82,791 acres in Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties, so it extends well beyond the Presidio.
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A well developed, collaborative, and open planning and partnership process has brought us to this point, starting in 1972 with the Nixon administration. The three main entities are summarized here.

https://www.nps.gov/goga/learn/news/...eld-begins.htm

The Golden Gate National Recreation Area covers 82,791 acres in Marin, San Francisco, and San Mateo counties, so it extends well beyond the Presidio.
This is my post from a year ago (November 4, 2018).
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Who’s funding this? ...
from the article linked to in post #19 on the previous page of this thread:

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The project will be funded through a $100 million fundraising campaign: $10 million from the trust and $90 million from private philanthropic sources. So far, $64.1 million of the $90 million has been raised from 82 individuals and organizations, said Greg Moore, executive director of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.
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Who’s funding this? You would think that SF would be building the world’s greatest civic institutions and infrastructure, given the booming tech industry. But of course so much of that are these suburban companies in Silicon Valley with suburban mentalities.
Essentially the Presidio and the rest of the Golden Gate National Recreation area are federal parkland and under federal control although by law this park is a bit different since there is more local input into its governance and it is required to be self-funding (mainly through leasing of existing buildings and sites).

The city (San Francisco) tends to its own "civic institutions and infrastructure" including the city museums, Golden Gate Park and other parks. All of the city museums have now been either expanded and seismically retrofitted or replaced since the 1989 earthquake. The Asian Art Museum (reputedly the most impressive collection of Asian art outside Asia), previously rebuilt in the old Carnegie library after the city library moved into a new building, is presently undergoing expansion. The Museum of Modern Art last year opened its huge new wing (housing the Donald Fisher--Gap founder--collection and other works). The DeYoung Museum (art of the Americas) was replaced by a dramatic Hertzog/DeMeuron building and the CA Palace of the Legion of Honor (European art) was doubled in size by adding a lower floor. And the CA Academy of Sciences also has a dramatic new building by Renzo Piano.

In 2012 the city passed a $195,000,000 parks bond and most of the city parks are seeing some type of renovation or redevelopment.
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Well stated Pedestrian

In addition, the nine county Greater San Francisco Bay Area contains many hundreds of thousands of preserved acres, including parks, nature preserves, scenic/recreational areas, and those zoned permanently agricultural. The open and green spaces are one of the glories of living and visiting here.
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