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Presidio’s New Visitor Center Major Landmark in Transformation to Park

SAN FRANCISCO — The Presidio’s new $5 million William Penn Mott, Jr. Visitor Center, which opened in late February at the north end of the Main Parade Ground, is a major milestone for the Presidio’s transformation from a major military installation guarding the Golden Gate to a 1,500-acre national park.

The new center, a partnership among the Presidio Trust, the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, is the jumping off point to a day in the Presidio, orienting guests to its current activities and features.

The historic 1900 building, a former guardhouse overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, was refurbished to offer an information desk and interactive exhibits to help tell the story of the Presidio through interactive touch-screen panels, a video wall, audio presentation and a room dedicated to revealing the four areas of the park: Main Post, Golden Gate, Crissy Field and the Southern Wilds.

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