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SF is Getting a Huge New “Campfire Circle” in the Presidio

Opening in July 2022, the campfire pit is sheltered from the wind and is a perfect place to snuggle on a foggy San Francisco day.
By - posted 4/29/2022 No Comment

San Francisco’s most anticipated park, Tunnel Tops, is getting a huge new campfire circle.

The Presidio Tunnel Tops bridges over the newly tunneled Presidio Parkway (formerly Doyle Drive), which for years has separated the historic Main Post from the highly popular waterfront below, including Crissy Field and Crissy Marsh. The Tunnel Tops project reconnects the city to the bay.

Through a series of connecting pathways, bluff landscapes, dynamic overlooks, and social gathering places, the Tunnel Tops is set to become a central place to meet and learn, to experience, to enjoy, and to forge new forms of community and events.

One of the coolest features of the park is nearly completed in anticipation of the new park’s July 17 grand opening.

About SF’s New “Campfire Circle”

With a central fire pit and plentiful seating that can accommodate classic national park experiences like evening Ranger Talks, as well as a broad array of community programs, the Campfire Circle is a gathering place for both day and night.  Its rich, garden-like setting features a stunning view of the Main Post and historic Montgomery Street barracks.

Where is the campfire circle located?
The Campfire Circle sits in a hollow at the edge of the Main Parade Ground and adjacent to Presidio Plaza. (See map)

Great for cloudy/windy days
Based on its location and how they’ve set the circle up, it looks like it’s going to be a great place to snuggle up on a cloudy day. Big boulders surround a gas fire pit in a wind-sheltered spot facing the beautiful Main Parade lawn. Here you can enjoy a group talk by a Park Ranger or let your toddlers run on the grass.

And because the Campfire Circle is on solid land instead of on top of the tunnel structure, it can support trees and large shrubs such as Torrey Pines, Banksia, and cypress to provide shade and wind protection.