Presidio Tunnel Tops: San Francisco Like You’ve Never Seen it Before

Twenty-five years ago, Bay Area leaders, urban planners, and citizens were faced with replacing seismically unsafe Doyle Drive that divided the Presidio. Thanks to the vision of landscape architect Michael Painter, the elegant at-grade Presidio Parkway is nearly complete, creating 14 acres of new Presidio parkland above two tunnels – and allowing the Presidio’s waterfront to be reconnected to its historic core. Tunnel Tops was on display in The Studio from January 16 to February 21, 2018.

Presidio Tunnel Tops is an exhibition tracing the genesis of the design for these new parklands in one of the most stunning locations in the world. Beginning with a request for proposals from design firms around the world, this complex project has been developed through in-depth consultation with subject specialists and input from the public.

James Corner Field Operations – the firm behind New York’s High Line – was selected as the lead designer in 2014. For the next year, staff engaged in a public outreach effort that helped shape the design. Groundbreaking is anticipated in 2018.

The Presidio Tunnel Tops will be a destination where visitors can connect with nature, enjoy the outdoors, and be inspired by 360-degree views. For its Marin neighbors, it will create a new view of the Golden Gate, offering recreational opportunities for families and enlivening the journey downtown. In short, it will be a welcoming civic place for all.

The exhibition includes images of the five original team submissions; renderings of the “before and after” views from key spots in the park; and highlights of the current design. In addition to the acreage atop the tunnels, the Tunnel Tops site will feature Playscape, an outdoor area for play amidst the coastal dunes that will occupy 2.5 acres of the Youth Campus, home of the Crissy Field Center. Filmed interviews with project participants and a summary of “what we learned” from the community engagement process will also be featured.

This exhibition at the Marin Art and Garden Center was presented through the generosity of the Presidio Trust and its staff. Special thanks to Michael Boland, Chief of Park Development & Operations, and Noreen Hughes, Project Manager.

​The Pre​sidio Trust is the lead agency for the Presidio Tunnel Tops Project, directing the planning, design, and construction effort and managing community outreach and engagement. The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, the non-profit partner to the Trust and the National Park Service​, serves as the philanthropic and community ​engagement partner and supports park restoration and enhancement, education, and visitor service projects and programs. The National Pa​rk Service is engaged as the manager of the adjacent parklands at Crissy Field and as a partner in interpretation, visitor services, and programming.


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IRS Guidelines for Gifts from Donor Advised Funds to Support MAGC Events

Thank you for your interest in giving to the Marin Art & Garden Center events from your Donor Advised Fund (DAF) or Family Foundation.

We sincerely appreciate your generosity and support!

To ensure your gift follows the current IRS guidelines for DAF/Family Foundation support of an event, we would like to share the below guidelines with you.

  • Raffle tickets, tickets to galas and other special events, auction items, and benefits conferred in connection with a DAF/foundation grant are not permitted.
    • IRS has specifically ruled that fair market value associated with fundraising events cannot be separated, a practice known as “bifurcation.”
      • For example, with Edible Garden, if the price of the ticket is $200 and the FMV fair market value (non-tax-deductible amount) is designated to be $50, the donor must pay from sources other than her DAF/foundation for the full value of the ticket ($200) and not just for the non-tax-deductible amount ($50).
    • We recommend you confer with your financial advisor to confirm if any of these examples of how donors may still use their DAF to support an event would work for you:
      • A donor could sponsor the event, and not attend, and pay fully out of the DAF/foundation.
      • A donor could sponsor the event using DAF/foundation funds and attend by purchasing an individual ticket through non-DAF/foundation funds.
      • A donor could sponsor the event, join the event as a guest of another donor/table guest, and pay fully out of the DAF/foundation.
      • A donor could sponsor the event and host the afforded number of people at their chosen level as long as they pay for the seats at the lowest ticket price ($200 for Edible Garden) outside of their DAF.
        • As an example, a $1,500 sponsor that covers 2 guests, could pay for their sponsorship with $400 from a different source of funds, and then give an additional gift of $1,100 out of their DAF.


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