San Francisco

A Culmination of the Presidio Parkway [In-Person Program]

Lunchtime Forum


The Presidio Parkway from Above
Image © James Corner Field Operations

This spring, the Presidio will open Battery Bluff, six acres of beautiful new open space created atop one set of Presidio Parkway tunnels through the national park site. Combined with the upcoming Presidio Tunnel Tops, a total of 36-acres of new public parkland will be added to the Presidio, and the bayshore will be reconnected to the historic heart of the park for the first time in eight decades. This moment marks the culmination of a three-decade government and community effort, championed by SPUR and numerous government agencies, to replace the seismically unsafe Doyle Drive with a new roadway, designed by the late Michael Painter, that would fit seamlessly into the park landscape. Join key actors in the design and construction process to hear this remarkable story of how government and community collaboration led to a world-class open space. Attendees will receive a new book commemorating the Presidio Parkway development, Parkway for the People, by Kristina Woolsey.

  • Jim Chappell / SPUR
  • Michael Alexander / Doyle Drive Task Force
  • Ignacio Barandiaran / Arup
  • José Luis Moscovich / San Francisco County Transportation Authority (formerly)
  • Michael Boland / Presidio Trust
  • Skip Sowko / Caltrans (formerly)

Co-presented by APA Northern California.

1.5 AICP CM credits are available for APA member attendees.

1 AIA learning unit is available for this program.



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