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A New Waterfront Park Is on Tap in San Francisco

April 15, 2001

A six-year project to restore 100 prime waterfront acres to recreational use in San Francisco will be celebrated May 6 when Crissy Field opens as part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

The field, which runs from the Marina district to the Golden Gate Bridge, used to be the industrial backdoor and airfield of the Presidio Army base. When the Army turned the base over to the National Park Service in 1994, the field was asphalt-paved and strewn with rubble.

Since then, the park service, aided by volunteers, has built a waterfront promenade, restored a 20-acre tidal marsh, planted thousands of coastal plants and created a picnic area and a small outdoor amphitheater.

Much of the site has been available to visitors during construction, but on May 6 the final projects will open: a 29-acre meadow; a boardwalk over the marsh; and the Crissy Field Center, with exhibits on the flora and fauna of the area and environmental programs. In all, the development has cost more than $30 million.

Opening day festivities, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m., will include a vintage air show and kite festival. Free. Tel. (415) 4-CRISSY (opening day facts) or (415) 561-3000 (Golden Gate National Parks Assn.), Internet http://www.crissyfield.org.

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