Public invited to weigh in on Presidio parkland design 

click to enlarge The Presidio Trust is seeking the public's input on the design of 13 acres of new parkland. - COURTESY PRESIDIO TRUST
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  • The Presidio Trust is seeking the public's input on the design of 13 acres of new parkland.
At the end of last year, the Presidio Trust selected James Corner Field Operations to design 13 acres of new parkland that will reconnect the Presidio’s Main Post to Crissy Field. Now the public is invited to provide input on the design.

A series of six public-design workshops will be held monthly in neighborhoods across San Francisco — including Civic Center, Chinatown, the Bayview and the Mission — starting with a 10 a.m. Saturday meeting at the Women’s Building, 3543 18th St. Information on other meetings can be found at newpresidioparklands.org.

“It’s absolutely a rare opportunity to get 13 new acres of national parklands and we want to be inviting and attractive to everyone, so we want to get a broad range of opinions on this project,” Presidio Trust spokeswoman Dana Polk said.

The new parkland will grace the top of two tunnels that are part of the Presidio Parkway, which is under construction to replace the seismically unsafe Doyle Drive, the southern approach to the Golden Gate Bridge built in the 1930s. The parkway is slated to be completed early next year and construction of the parkland is scheduled for mid-2016 to 2018.

James Corner Field Operations, the firm behind New York City’s High Line park, was selected among five design teams in part for its experience interacting with the public, Polk said. The final design is expected to be presented to the public Sept. 17.

The Presidio became a self- sustaining entity in 2013. Since then, the trust has prioritized making the Presidio a destination, reopening the Officers’ Club to the public in October and working to expand programming and events.

“We want to continue that and ultimately turn the Presidio into a welcoming visitor destination,” Polk said.

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