Crissy Field Center + Learning Landscape

San Francisco, CA

CMG developed the site design and learning gardens for a new environmental education center located at the east edge of Crissy Field.

The landscape design integrates the facility into existing sculptural landforms and tree groves, accentuating the design of Crissy Field. The environments include outdoor cafe dining and social public spaces, learning gardens, native plantings, a living willow fence, and a system to harvesting rainwater from the roof to reuse in the building.

The Crissy Field Center is an interim location for the youth environmental education program that is temporarily displaced by the construction of the Doyle Drive and tunnel project. The site improvements were designed to be reversible if desired, and the unique modular building by Project Frog has the potential to be relocated.

Since its founding, CMG has provided other services to the GGNPC for Crissy Field, including a post occupancy analysis of the park, designs for additional improvements, and currently, the Crissy Refresh Plan for its 15-year anniversary.

Additionally, CMG participated in a study of a new 30-acre landscape to combine the programs of a new Presidio YMCA and a new Crissy Education Center, while allowing public access by park visitors. In the design, the Presidio Y offers sports and recreation areas for large groups of young children, while the Education Center’s outdoor space caters to young adults studying environmental science, history, and ecologies of the park. The proposal replaces a large parking lot and abandoned Presidio Commissary buildings and capitalizes on the Doyle Drive renovation in which the adjacent highway is being rebuilt and moved underground. New trails that lead from the Presidio Main Post allow pedestrians to walk through the Presidio Y’s open space to Crissy Field and the beach.