Crissy Field Promenade Repair: A National Park Service Centennial Challenge Project

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With more than 1.2 million annual visitors, the Crissy Field Promenade is one of the most well-used trails in the Bay Area.

The promenade is a beloved route along San Francisco's northern waterfront in Golden Gate National Recreation Area to enjoy views of the San Francisco Bay, the Golden Gate Bridge, and the city skyline. The promenade also comprises a portion of the 500-mile long San Francisco Bay Trail. As the National Park Service enters its second century, the promenade is ready for its first major repair project since the original restoration of Crissy Field 15 years ago.

This page provides maps and answers to frequently asked questions about the project.

The $5 million Crissy Promenade Repair is funded by the National Park Service Centennial Challenge Project, the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, members of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and the Cosco Busan Trustee Council.

For more information contact GGNRA Public Affairs: (415) 561-4732

Download a project flyer
walkers and cyclists on wet trail
The Crissy Field Promenade is prone to pooling water. The repair will bring a new surface and improved drainage.


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Updated Phase A Map (3MB PDF)
March - April 2017
This map shows the construction closures and detour route for phases B and C of the Promenade repair project. The closure begins at the West end of East Beach and continues to the entrance of the NOAA building. The detour route is the Mason St Path
Updated Phase B/C Map
May - June 2017
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Phase D Map (300 kb PDF)
June - July 2017

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Crissy Field Promenade?
The Crissy Field Promenade is the major east-west multi-use trail traversing the 100-acre Crissy Field. At 1.5 miles long and 20 feet wide,the promenade serves as the primary connector between East Beach, Crissy Marsh, Crissy Airfield, and West Bluff.

The Crissy Field Promenade attracts more than 1.2 million walkers, joggers, and bicyclists each year.

What can I look forward to?
A new surface and improved drainage for a smoother, dryer run, stroll, or bike!

The new trail surface will look and feel similar to the existing surface but is expected to perform better over time. This means fewer bumps and puddles for years to come! The same surface known as park tread is used at the Golden Gate Overlook and along the Presidio Coastal Trail.

The repair project will also improve accessibility around the Warming Hut.

Why are repairs needed?
Harsh weather and high use have caused the promenade surface to degrade significantly since the original Crissy Field rehabilitation was completed in 2001.

The original decomposed granite material has reached the end of its useful life. The promenade no longer drains well, and large puddles and pools remain for several days after storm events.

The new park tread surface will renew the promenade’s lifespan another 10 to 15 years.

When will the improvements take place?
The repair work will be completed in four phases, beginning mid-March, 2017, and lasting through the summer. See maps below for details on specific closure date estimates.

Construction will occur Monday-Friday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., unless posted otherwise.

How will I get around the construction?
Follow the detour signs!

The Mason Street bicycle and pedestrian path will remain open throughout construction. This is the recommended route for all bicyclists traveling along the Bay Trail. Pathways through the parking areas, picnic areas, marsh, and airfield will be open to pedestrians where possible.

Will I lose access to the beach?
The beaches will remain open throughout construction. Access will be detoured around construction zones.

Will there be a reduction in parking at East Beach during the repair?
Areas of the East Beach parking lot will be closed during Phase A (see map), but the park will maintain the maximum amount of public parking possible. The parking lot will reopen completely at the end of Phase A.

Will access to the Warming Hut change?
The Warming Hut will remain open throughout the project with the exception of a few short periods when construction will occur adjacent to the building.

Access in and out of the Warming Hut will remain open to the fullest extent possible.

Did the public have an opportunity to provide feedback on the project?
Yes! The National Park Service released schematic design drawings and accepted formal public comments in April 2016. We also hosted two public walks to review the project scope, and we met with various user groups.

As a result of public feedback, this project no longer proposes to alter the layout of the East Beach parking area or to increase the width of the promenade to 30 feet.

Major changes to the East Beach parking area will be addressed at a separate time through another planning process that will allow for additional study and public involvement.

What is the National Park Service Centennial Challenge Project?
The National Park Service Centennial Challenge Project leveraged $25 million in congressional appropriations with more than $45 million in matching funds from partner organizations for 150 projects around the country.

The Crissy Field Promenade Repair received $2.5 million from the project, which was matched by donations from the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund and members of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy.

Funding for the Crissy Field Promenade Repair was also provided by the Cosco Busan Trustee Council.

Last updated: May 3, 2017

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