Tiffany & Co. Foundation Awards $1 Million Grant to Create New Vista at Battery East, Presidio

As if Tiffany & Co. isn’t already an amazing company, their Foundation just granted $1 million to create something memorable for the Battery East, Presidio.

Here’s the scoop:

San Francisco, CA: Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy announced a $1 million grant from The Tiffany & Co. Foundation to revitalize the vicinity of the historic Battery East in the Presidio, an area that boasts breathtaking views of the international symbol of San Francisco—the Golden Gate Bridge. The new Battery East Vista will feature a picnic area with seating, bicycle parking and interpretive signage, improved wayfinding information, and a revamped parking area—designed to enhance visitor connections to the parks and Presidio trails. Located along the San Francisco Bay Trail, this dazzling spot is destined to take its place among the most visited park sites in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

“The panoramic views along the trails near Battery East Vista will help deepen visitors’ awareness and appreciation of the natural beauty of the national parks at our doorstep, just minutes from the cosmopolitan urban center of San Francisco,” said Frank Dean, General Superintendent, Golden Gate National Recreation Area.

The Battery East Vista enhancement project is part of the long-term plan to improve and enhance the trails and overlooks in the Presidio under the Trails Forever initiative. Established in 2003, the Trails Forever initiative is a public/private partnership between the Parks Conservancy, National Park Service, and the Presidio Trust with the goal to create a world-class trail system, protect valuable park resources, and engage the community in their ongoing stewardship.

“The Tiffany & Co. Foundation is delighted to celebrate the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge with a grant to create the new Battery East Vista with stunning views of this national icon,” said Anisa Kamadoli Costa, President, The Tiffany & Co. Foundation. “Through our Urban Parks Program, the Foundation supports organizations working to serve major cities through strategic design improvements of public green spaces. We are pleased to collaborate with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy and National Park Service on the Foundation’s first project in the San Francisco area.”

The goal of the Trails Forever initiative in the Presidio is to renew the trail system that will link all the key visitor venues, programmatic sites, and park landscapes. New and revitalized trails will be organized around 11 major trail corridors—each celebrating a different 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 Greg Moore, President and CEO of the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy. “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.”

Projected completion date for the Battery East project is summer 2014.

We are excited about this project and can’t wait for it’s completion.  I’m sure the addition to the park is going to be beautiful, just like Presidio Park itself.