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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...  read 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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  • Great place to watch the sunset and catch pokemon. Jynx are littered all over the place.
  • This park is quiet, peaceful and offers great small trails to walk and/or hike. Great for walking the dog or going for a stroll any time of the day. The view is fantastic as it's on a hillside facing west.
  • Accidentally wandered this park and thought it was a good idea to cut across this park to get to our hotel! It turns out to be a good idra because this park has a great view of San Deigo and it was my 1st time being here. So me and my bf walked up the hill and saw a house it turns out to be a mission when we reached to it. Pretty kool to then walked up the flights of steps to wander down the path of this park and saw cotton tailed bunnys omg! Then sooner or later down the path we ended up runing into an old stone oven. To bad we didnt explore much of this place! Only if we werent carrying so much stuff we'd deffinetly hike up here again.
  • Beautiful scenery at this old California mission! Trails, picnic tables and history at this large area located near Old Town. Great place to take photos and catch some amazing sunsets over the Pacific Ocean. There are trails you can walk around lush vegetation and panoramic views on top of Presidio Park. Very relaxing place where you can take the whole family, also great place to walk dogs.
  • My wife and I visited this historic park on the weekend.It is situated in one of the highest locations in San Diego and thus has commanding panoramic views.A wealthy San Diego resident bought Presidio Hill in the early 1900's and commissioned an architect to build a private park.He also paid another architect to build the Junipero Serra Museum.In 1929 the owner donated Presidio Park to the city.It's a spectacularly beautiful park worth visiting for sure.
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