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New park to be built on top of highway tunnels near Golden Gate Bridge
The San Jose Mercury News ^ | November 6, 2019 | Paul Rogers, Bay Area News Group

Posted on 11/17/2019 7:44:03 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks

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.

“It’s not often you get to create new parkland in a highly urban environment,” said Jon Jarvis, who approved the project as director of the National Park Service from 2009 to 2017. “This is an extraordinary opportunity.”

The project’s cost is estimated at about $110 million. It will be funded largely by the private donations raised by the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, a non-profit group based in San Francisco.

Work is being overseen the Presdio Trust, a federal agency created by Congress after the Army base closed in 1994 and the land was transferred to the National Park Service. The Trust runs most of the Presidio, and is responsible for restoring its historic buildings and keeping the site financially self-sufficient through rents and other revenues.

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1 posted on 11/17/2019 7:44:03 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Please just leave it alone.


2 posted on 11/17/2019 7:45:39 PM PST by samadams2000 (Get your houses in order.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Would be up wonderful idea, except it will be immediately filled with bums, feces, needles, and no decent citizen would ever be able to go there in any kind of safety.


3 posted on 11/17/2019 7:46:27 PM PST by DesertRhino (Dog is man's best friend, and moslems hate dogs. Add that up. ....)
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Look! A new toilet.


4 posted on 11/17/2019 7:47:32 PM PST by BipolarBob (Bipolars have more fun. No we don't.)
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Tunnel Tops Project in San Francisco kicks off second phase (11/7/19)
5 posted on 11/17/2019 7:47:40 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Show me the people who own the land, the guns and the money, and I'll show you the people in charge.)
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For what they’re spending for the park’s boondoggle, they could build a decent escape-proof asylum-institution to house every mentally-ill homeless pooper in the downtown area, and then clean-up the city.


6 posted on 11/17/2019 7:48:12 PM PST by carriage_hill (A society grows great when old men plant trees, in whose shade they know they will never sit.)
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The Presidio starts building James Corner-designed parkland over highway tunnels (11/8/19)
7 posted on 11/17/2019 7:48:41 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Show me the people who own the land, the guns and the money, and I'll show you the people in charge.)
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To: BobL; sphinx; GreenLanternCorps; Publius

PING.


8 posted on 11/17/2019 7:49:29 PM PST by Tolerance Sucks Rocks (Show me the people who own the land, the guns and the money, and I'll show you the people in charge.)
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Yay! More places for the bums to poop! *SHUDDER*

So glad I got to see 99% of America and Europe when it was STILL ‘America’ and ‘Europe.’

Never going overseas again. Never leaving the farm until they carry me out feet first! :)


9 posted on 11/17/2019 7:52:31 PM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'hobbies.' I'm developing a robust post-Apocalyptic skill set.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

It will look very nice. San Franciscans are all about aesthetics, poopy sidewalks not withstanding.


10 posted on 11/17/2019 7:54:47 PM PST by Spok
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To: BipolarBob

Look! A new toilet.
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What a waste! This is California...we don’t need no stinkin’ toilets.


11 posted on 11/17/2019 7:55:44 PM PST by House Atreides (Boycott the NFL 100% — PERMANENTLY)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Ten years ago I was on an overnight ride thru San Francisco when I happened into the Presidio at first light and saw a sleepy Coyote eyeballing the passing scooters.
Coyotes in SF?...who would have thought.


12 posted on 11/17/2019 8:07:06 PM PST by glasseye ("24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? I think not." ~ H. L. Mencken)
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err nice article... wtf is a cubic ton of dirt.


13 posted on 11/17/2019 8:09:36 PM PST by orionrising
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Like a $9 dollar bill divided by $3’s?
Just add rainbow...


14 posted on 11/17/2019 8:17:36 PM PST by glasseye ("24 hours in a day, 24 beers in a case. Coincidence? I think not." ~ H. L. Mencken)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

[[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. ]]

Woohoo=- a brand new park to poop in


15 posted on 11/17/2019 8:34:49 PM PST by Bob434
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Coyotes in SF?

They're all over the place. Can't shoot them, even pulling out a gun will get you jail time or shot by cops. Protected species. I'm in South San Francisco, and coyotes are spotted every night on streets in my neighborhood, including my own. Some neighbors are complaining about half-eaten cat carcasses on their lawns. Coyotes go up and down the peninsula coastal regions to/from San Francisco's Presidio and Golden Gate Park.

16 posted on 11/17/2019 8:44:20 PM PST by roadcat
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Soon to be the world’s largest, gender-neutral, open-air, latrine.


17 posted on 11/17/2019 8:45:35 PM PST by Natty Bumppo@frontier.net (We are the dangerous ones, who stand between all we love and a more dangerous world.)
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

To all my Army friends who served at the Presidio & Letterman Army Med Center, I feel your pain, hand salute to all those who served there & at Naval Hospital Oakland, 2 of the greatest teaching Hospitals the Military ever had! They were the welcome home centers for the Pacific Theater, Korea, & Viet Nam. Taps.


18 posted on 11/17/2019 8:58:01 PM PST by docman57 (Retired but still on Duty)
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To: DesertRhino

Yep, I must agree. This new urban parkland will be despoiled when the homeless and druggies move in.


19 posted on 11/17/2019 9:03:03 PM PST by Dilbert San Diego
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To: Tolerance Sucks Rocks

Cool before/after graphic.

Seems like a colossal waste of money, though.


20 posted on 11/17/2019 9:36:27 PM PST by BenLurkin (The above is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire. Or both.)
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