Crissy Field Next

San Francisco, CA

CMG has been a partner in the ongoing stewardship of Crissy Field since 1999. In 2013, we embarked on a plan for its future.

With over 1 million visitors per year, Crissy Field is loved by a wide range of visitors: families, walkers, runners, cyclists, students, beach-goers, and board sailors. As fantastic as it already is, the park’s popularity inspires the Parks Conservancy and the National Park Service to continually refine its resiliency. We’re proud to be collaborating with them on a vision for the next 20 years of success.

Building on today’s challenges and opportunities, CMG led a planning process engaging Crissy Field’s diverse stakeholders and interest groups. The community engagement process included workshops, “Roving Ranger” exhibitions, and consulting group Contemporanea’s experiential tours.

This analysis informed a strategic project framework: enhance the distinct cultural and ecological landscape identities, increase interpretation and understanding of the cultural and natural history, enhance programming for diverse visitors, balance management costs with value, and improve circulation and access. Project initiatives include new visions for a Mason Street bike promenade, programs for the airfield, tidal marsh overlooks, parking improvements and sea level rise planning. Next steps include additional community input, an environmental impact review process and implementation strategies.

Crissy Field was designed by Hargreaves Associates; Kevin Conger, Willett Moss, and Chris Guillard had the privilege of working on the design team.