SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) — With over a million visitors a year, San Francisco’s Crissy Field has seen a significant deterioration of its promenade since its restoration 15 years ago, and the GGNRA plans to rehabilitate the pathway, and the most heavily used parking area.
Brian Johnson works in Noah’s Marine Sanctuary, and knows firsthand the issues with the 1.5-mile-long promenade.
“When someone uses it a lot, you see the puddling and the maintenance requirements are pretty high now. So, I was encouraged when they said that the new surface is going to be easier to maintain,” Johnson said.
Amy Meyer has been visiting Crissy Field for decades.
“They did a good job, you know, originally. But, when people use a place, you find out what the patterns of use are. Certain things wear down, wear out,” Meyer said.
In addition to fixing drainage problems, the promenade itself will be widened, and a parking lot will be moved back from the shoreline.
Spokeswoman Alexandra Pickavet says it’s made possible by a recently awarded grant.
“For two and a half million dollars, it’s the largest grant in the country for the national parks for maintenance backlog,” Pickavet said.
Work is expected to start in October, and take four to six months to complete.