Crissy Field is the Presidio’s “front door.” The northern waterfront offers spectacular views, unparalleled recreational opportunities, and the chance to glimpse rare birds feeding on native plants and frolicking in the restored marsh.

Preliminary Shots of the Presidio for the Presidio Trust.
Preliminary Shots of the Presidio for the Presidio Trust.

Residing on an ancient 130-acre (53 ha) salt marsh and estuary, the land used to be used for harvesting shellfish and fish. The Spanish arrived in 1776 and called the area El Presidio. They began to use the area for livestock grazing and agriculture.

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The U.S. Army took control of the Presidio in 1846, using the tidal wetland as a wasteland for dumping and draining. After filling in the marshlands, the Army covered over it and created an aerodome.

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The Parks Conservancy’s signature project, Crissy Field was transformed starting in 2001 from a former military airfield into a vibrant environmental showcase through the generosity of the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund and Colleen and Robert Haas, as well as thousands of community volunteers and donors.Today, the restored Crissy Field is a stunning place to walk or bike on a flat, hard-packed promenade with iconic views of the Bay and Golden Gate Bridge. A beautiful, and much-loved trail winds through Crissy Field between Marina Green and Fort Point.

You’ll find beaches, picnic tables, tidal marsh overlooks, and renowned windsurfing. Enjoy tasty treats at the Beach Hut Café, located on the east end next to the Crissy Field Center, a multicultural urban environmental education center for youth.

At the west end of Crissy Field, the Warming Hut also offers delicious snacks, sandwiches, and drinks—as well as a wide selection of park gear and eco-friendly merchandise.

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