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Presidio Park, San Diego
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Presidio Park is a city historic park in San Diego, California. It is the site where the San Diego Presidio and the San Diego Mission, the first European settlements in what is now the western United States, were founded in 1769.In 1773 the mission moved a few miles upriver while the fort remained on Presidio Hill. The presidio had been established to protect against Indian attacks or foreign invasions. As the need for such protection disappeared, people preferred to live in Old Town at the foot of the hill, and the fort was gradually abandoned. It was in ruins by 1835.In 1907 George Marston, a wealthy department store owner and civic leader, bought Presidio Hill with the aim of preserving the historic site. Unable to attract city funding, Marston built a private park (planned by architect John Nolan) including the Serra Museum (designed by architect William Templeton Johnson) in 1925. Marston donated the park to the city in 1929.The park encompasses about 40acres. Visitors to Presidio Park enjoy sweeping views of the city, the San Diego River valley, and the Pacific Ocean. The grounds are open for picnics and play. The facilities can be used for weddings and other special events.The spot in the park where Junípero Serra planted a palm tree when he first arrived in 1769 was declared a California Historical Landmark. Otherwise, no historical structures remain in Presidio Park today. The site is occasionally used for archaeological excavations. A fenced-off area encloses the foundations of the chapel, walls, and other historical sites.
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  • This was a lookout point of great military value and that can clearly be understood from the view. You could easily see a fleet or an army approaching. The grounds need work. It's a climb from old tow...  more »
  • As a child I remember it being so lush and my sister got married there but now due to the drought it is brown. The fort itself and reading the history is interesting. 
  • Beautiful and quiet park where tourists rarely seen. Here you can reach by car or on foot from the old town for Mason street and climb the Hill. Here are a couple of attractions. Juniper Serra Museum Museum was closed, but from the outside it's very beautiful and wonderful views of the city. In the depths of the park there is a commemorative wall and Stella in honor of the historic events of 1769 there was founded the future city of San Diego.
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  • Quaint museum to walkthrough but it is entirely under-funded. The park is nice and green but still very small. There's a pathway to take around which guides through the city's history. It's a nice stroll, but short and in need of a makeover.
  • Zen-sational site for relaxation and meditation. Check-out Saturday morning Qi Gong classes on the Meet-up App.
  • What a beautiful historic location! A very peaceful park and trails to wonder through and enjoy nature. I look forward to walks there whenever I'm in San Diego.
  • Awesome lightly used park that Monday thru Friday feels like it's your own private getaway
  • Just amazing. The park has awesome monuments, open fields and is typically fairly open. Great place to go on a warm day.