Tiffany Foundation Awards $1 Million to Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy

The Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy has announced a $1 million grant from the Tiffany & Co. Foundation to revitalize the area around the Battery East fortifications in the Presidio.

To better take advantage of the area's panoramic views of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Battery East Vista enhancement project will create a picnic area with seating, bicycle parking, interpretive signage, improved wayfinding information, and a revamped parking area. The enhancements are scheduled for completion in the summer of 2014.

The project is part of a long-term initiative to enhance the Presidio's trails and overlooks called Trails Forever, a public-private partnership between the Parks Conservancy, National Park Service, and the Presidio Trust. New and revitalized trails will be organized around eleven major trail corridors — each highlighting an element of the Presidio landscape — and will feature the latest sustainable design, accessibility standards, and directional and interpretive improvements.

"This generous grant by the Tiffany & Co. Foundation through its Urban Parks Program will help complete the final segment of SF Bay Area Trail improvements in the Presidio," said Parks Conservancy president and CEO Greg Moore. "By providing additional visitor opportunities to explore this major national park site in an urban area, we are continuing our efforts to link visitors from near and far to the beauty and rich history of the Presidio."

"The Tiffany & Co. Foundation Awards $1 Million Grant to Create a New Vista at Battery East, Presidio." Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy Press Release 08/07/2012.