Presidio of San
Francisco (November 25, 2013)
– Visitors can now explore the Presidio’s
popular trails and overlooks from anywhere in the world with Google’s recently
Maps “Street View”
feature showcasing panoramic views from around the Presidio.
“Similar to planning a trip via car, pedestrians and
bicyclists will be able to explore places around the world through 360-degree,
panoramic, and street-level imagery,” said Amy Deck, Presidio Trust Project
Manager for Trails & Philanthropy. “The Presidio can be difficult to
navigate if you don’t know the area. Google
Maps “Street View” images will make it a lot easier.”
The priceless panoramic views of eight trails, four popular
scenic overlooks, Rob Hill Campground, and Crissy Field were captured by Google
as part of their Trekker program. The Trekker team utilizes a 40+ pound, 15-camera
backpack system that raises about four feet in height when set on the ground,
snapping images roughly every 2.5 seconds in areas typically only accessible by
foot. This allows visitors to take a cyber adventure through the Presidio and
to plan their next adventure using their smartphone, tablet, or computer with
just the click of a button.
“This provides first-time visitors greater confidence about
what to expect on specific trails, including people with physical limitations,
so that they can pair the visual preview with our trail terrain charts and
determine the best route for their needs,” added Allison Stone, Associate
Director for Trails and Philanthropic Projects at the Presidio Trust.
In collaboration with the U.S.
National Park Service and Parks Canada, Google has already mapped out more than
44 locations, such as Yellowstone National Park, Joshua Tree, the Grand Canyon,
and Mount Rushmore.
The Presidio Trust, a federal agency, is an innovation in the
management of a treasured American place. The Trust was created to save the
Presidio and transform it for a new national purpose. The Trust's vision is
that the Presidio will be forever a public place: vital to the Bay Area,
important to all Americans, and recognized for achieving broad benefits for the
nation. Today, the Presidio welcomes visitors, is home to a vibrant community
of residents and tenants, and inspires greater good through programs that draw
on its history and natural resources. The Presidio Trust serves the public with
events, lodging, venues, and recreational opportunities. To learn more, visit www.presidio.gov