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Presidio Park, San Diego

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Historic Site Nature / Park
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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TripAdvisor
  • There's a path you can access from Old Town San Diego (which is of course also worth a visit) that seems to have been created some time ago. It has markers with bits of information on them but some of...  more »
  • This is a very nice family oriented park. You can see excellent views of the city and walk on paths that are easy to difficult to hike.  more »
  • I've been going to Presidio Park for my entire life. It is a beautiful setting on a long hillside. the road to the top winds through the trees and open grass areas. There are several somewhat steep ar...  more »
Google
  • While it's very nice looking, it's not at all safe. This would be a park to completely avoid. My wife and I got chased out of the park by a guy with a knife. The mentally unstable are out of hand here.
  • Great park for playing Pokemon Go! Actually though, it's a really nice park with lots of different areas. There were flat areas for picnicking, lots of slopes and brightly colored flowers, and a great lookout point at the top of the hill.
  • Not a lot here. Nice view. Parking is limited.
  • This is the greenest park in the central San Diego area. Lots of beautiful trees and trails. Plenty of free parking. Great neighborhood. No tourists. Fresh air and breathtaking views.
  • Nice park, terrible for anyone in a wheelchair. Went for a lunch picnic with my cousins. Since the park is on a hill it made it difficult navigating the park with the wheelchair.