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Work continues on the Tunnel Tops Project, a roughly $110 million effort to create a 14-acre public park in the Presidio atop the new tunnels that replaced the deadly Doyle Drive in San Francisco, Calif., Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2019. (Karl Mondon/Bay Area News Group)

New park to be built on top of highway tunnels near Golden Gate Bridge

“Tunnel Tops” project in San Francisco Presidio breaks ground Thursday

In the latest step toward the rebirth of San Francisco’s Presidio from an aging former Army base to a bright light of America’s national park system, crews are set to break ground Thursday on a project to build a new 14-acre public park on top of two freeway tunnels near the Golden Gate Bridge.

When finished in 2021, the unusual project, called Tunnel Tops, will link Crissy Field, on San Francisco’s waterfront, to the Presidio’s Main Post, parade grounds and visitor’s center. That connection was severed more than 80 years ago when the road to and from the Golden Gate Bridge, formerly known as Doyle Drive, split the landscape in half.

The new park, roughly the size of 10 football fields, will stretch over the top of the roadway, and be free to the public. Part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, it will include trails, gardens, a campfire circle, community plaza, youth education center, and thousands of native plants, trees and overlooks across San Francisco Bay.

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