2013 CPEO Military List Archive

From: Lenny Siegel <lsiegel@cpeo.org>
Date: Sat, 28 Sep 2013 17:40:55 -0700 (PDT)
Reply: cpeo-military
Subject: [CPEO-MEF] REUSE: "Bechtel gift to help transform Presidio" (of San Francisco, CA)
Bechtel gift to help transform Presidio

by John King
San Francisco Chronicle
September 27, 2013

SAN FRANCISCO -- The largest cash gift in national parks history is intended to be the catalyst to create 10 acres of parkland connecting the heart of the Presidio to Crissy Field and the bay.

The $25 million from the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation will fund more than half the estimated budget for what is being called Tunnel Top Parkland. A new bluff will cover the rebuilt Doyle Drive, allowing for an unbroken landscape from Crissy Field's marsh inland to the Main Post of the former military base, which now is part of the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

The Bechtel gift, announced Friday, will also be used for youth programs at the Crissy Field Center, which sits where the bluff and landscape will emerge in 2016 after the new Presidio Parkway opens.

"It's an amazing act of generosity that makes possible the completion of one of the most amazing park transformations in the world," said Craig Middleton, executive director of the Presidio Trust, which manages the forested historic military landscape where the Golden Gate Bridge touches down in San Francisco.


For the entire article, see
http://www.sfgate.com/default/article/Bechtel-gift-to-help-transform- Presidio-4849173.php


Lenny Siegel
Executive Director, Center for Public Environmental Oversight
a project of the Pacific Studies Center
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