SAN FRANCISCO—Say goodbye to potholes and puddles! Loved by more than 18 million visitors since it opened in 2001, the multi-use Crissy Field Promenade is about to get some much needed TLC. Construction is expected to begin mid-March and last through the summer. Work will occur in four phases to minimize impacts to visitors, but each phase will require detours.
Harsh weather and high usage have caused the promenade surface to degrade beyond simple repair. The project will completely remove the old decomposed granite and replace it with a more durable compacted shale material. The new trail will look and feel similar to the existing surface but is expected to perform better over time. This means a smoother, drier run, stroll or bike for years to come!
Detour signs as well as project information coordinators from the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy will direct park visitors around the construction zone. The beaches, marsh and airfield, as well as nearby Presidio destinations will remain open. The Mason Street bicycle and pedestrian path is the recommended route for all bicyclists traveling along the Bay Trail.
This $5 million project is one of the country's largest recipients of funding from the National Park Service Centennial Challenge Project — $2.5 million — matched by donations from the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund, and members of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. Funding was also provided by the Cosco Busan Trustee Council.