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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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  • Is this the place where was founded the first mission of evangelization-moved more internally in the current site of San diego de Alcala. The site, located on a hill overlooking the Bay and the River was used as a garrison by all military groups, and played a major role in colonization and Mexican wars. Around the presidio there is a park with lawns, statues, monuments, benches, drinking fountains and ... barbecue.
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  • A nice park to walk around. Great views and I can imagine how beautiful it must of been in the early years before freeways and buildings. Right near old town. Near Mission Hills which is also a beauti...  more »
  • Presidio Park has multiple areas there is the cross with the statue of Father Sierra which is normally reserved for weddings. There are areas for sports and cooking and just resting in the sun.lose fr...  more »
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  • Nice park. Bathrooms could use a bit more attention. It wasn't fully but soap and a trash can inside or just outside the entrance would be convenient. It was so peaceful here midday/midweek. We'll be back when the museum is open. Appears to be dog friendly also.
  • The gift shop and museum were closed. The trails were easy to distinguish. Easy trails for families with small children. A lovely green and picnic area.
  • Nice trails. Not crowded. Nice views. It is a nice park to walk your dog, just go for a walk, have a picnic or do all 3.
  • Beautiful architecture. Beautiful views of Mission Valley. With just a little imagination, you can visualize millions of years ago, the primordial extension to the Pacific Ocean.
  • Ehhh lots is trash and graffiti, so pretty ghetto. I have to admit, if you go to the top they have some nice grassy hills to play fetch with your dog.
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