Beginning Date: April 2011
Completion Date: March 2012

In 2011, a dramatic phase of improvements was completed in the heart of the Tennessee Hollow Watershed by the Presidio Trust, Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, and National Park Service.

El Polín visitors can now enjoy:

  • A new trail/boardwalk, replacing the old asphalt roadway.
  • A revealed segment of the creek coursing through the watershed.
  • Restored wetland habitat.
  • New restroom facilities.
  • New picnic and barbecue area.
  • Benches and gathering spaces.

This site is one of the prime birding locations in the Presidio, and connects people with both nature’s wonder and history’s lessons. Archeologists continue to study remnants of settlements dating back 200 years to the Presidio’s Colonial period, when families such as the Briones and Miramontes likely settled around El Polín.

Through new interpretive panels and programs, the public will get a glimpse into San Francisco’s earliest days.

Key Contributors

Now YOU can help us realize our vision for El Polín and the entire Tennessee Hollow Watershed. Future projects include revitalizing the eastern tributary, restoring forests, completing the Ecology Trail, and bringing the stream at Quartermaster Reach back above ground. Contact Kathryn Morelli at or (415) 561-3050.