Friday, April 17, 2015
In April 1975, San Francisco’s Presidio served not only as a military base but as an impromptu crossroads where infants and children airlifted out of South Vietnam were cared for and then sent to American…
Monday, April 13, 2015
San Francisco is reviving a slice of its natural history one fish, frog and turtle at a time. For more than a decade, ecologists have strived to return Mountain Lake — one of three remaining…
Saturday, April 11, 2015
Local volunteers and officials with the Presidio Trust released the first native species into Mountain Lake Monday after an extensive restoration and enhancement, officials with the trust said.
Tuesday, April 07, 2015
Now open in the Presidio’s former Le Terrasse/Transit Cafe space is Transit, the latest Presidio offering from Traci Des Jardins and company, who also operate nearby Arguello and the Commissary.
Wednesday, April 01, 2015
Historic Mountain Lake in the Presidio came alive Wednesday as biologists and volunteers replanted it with the first native fish to swim there since decades of toxic pollution turned its water into a virtual…
Friday, March 20, 2015
Five distinct visions for the future landscape between the Presidio’s Main Post and Crissy Field are ready for public inspection — but you’ll need cartographic skills to tell one apart from the next.
Thursday, March 19, 2015
The best hotels, hostels, and campgrounds in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area.
Tuesday, March 10, 2015
Two-time James Beard Award winner Traci Des Jardins, the chef behind the 18 year-old French-California restaurant Jardiniere in Hayes Valley, Public House sports pub at AT&T Park and…
Sunday, March 01, 2015
When 19th century soldiers lived in the red barracks that line one side of the Presidio of San Francisco’s parade ground, their daily bill of fare likely did not include eggs Benedict with avocado and artichoke…
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
After 18 years at the Presidio Trust and 14 years as its executive director, Craig Middleton is stepping down.
Monday, February 23, 2015
When coyotes resurfaced in San Francisco in recent years, it was all over for the fox — or so they said.
Friday, February 13, 2015
Talk about the perfect vacation photo op. We're hiking the famous Batteries to Bluffs trail in San Francisco's Presidio, a national park unlike any other, which takes us up and down steps along…
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
The Presidio is easily one of the most romantic parts of SF. Think about it: the enchanting fog, the misty woods, the dramatic views, the rich history of the buildings.
Saturday, February 07, 2015
The remarkable restoration of an ancient creek ecosystem in San Francisco hit a crucial stage Saturday when dozens of citizen gardeners began planting the seeds that will define a new, more natural…
Friday, January 30, 2015
Jason Lisenby likens his planting process to working with cookie dough. Standing along the south shore of Mountain Lake in San Francisco’s Presidio, he reaches into a large green bucket for a handful of…
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
The wonder of the Presidio of San Francisco is that it blurs the line between city and nature to the point where you can’t pull the two apart.
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
Last Thursday was the finale for the Presidio’s Transit Cafe, which is also the picturesque space once known as La Terrasse.
Tuesday, January 20, 2015
In 1994, the US Army ceded the Presidio, a former military base, to the National Park Service with the caveat that it become financially self-sufficient by 2013 or go the way of the chop-shop car…
Monday, January 12, 2015
San Francisco is America’s second most densely populated area, after Manhattan.
Saturday, December 13, 2014
One of the most ridiculous criticisms on consumer websites and social media about Arguello, the new Mexican restaurant in the converted officers’ club at the Presidio, is that owner Traci Des Jardins is an Anglo.
Friday, December 12, 2014
Presidio Trust Executive Director Craig Middleton has seen a lot change since he helped write the legislation that established the Presidio as a national park 20 years ago.
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
San Francisco's oldest building, the Presidio Officers' Club, reopened in November 2014 after a beautiful new $30 million renovation, making the Presidio even more of a must-visit.
Tuesday, December 09, 2014
James Corner Field Operations, the landscape architecture firm responsible for the High Line, has been selected to design 13 acres of new parkland at the Golden Gate Bridge National Recreation Area, the Presidio Trust is to announce Tuesday.
Tuesday, November 25, 2014
Have you spent time in the Presidio lately? If you have, perhaps you won’t be surprised to learn that the former military base has made National Geographic Traveler magazine’s Best of the World list for 2015.
Tuesday, November 18, 2014
Millions come to San Francisco every year to experience its steep hills, Fisherman's Wharf and Pier 39, the fabulous restaurants, majestic Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, the ever present cable cars and of course, the epic fog.
Thursday, November 13, 2014
You may have had the best intentions when you emancipated your pet fish into the nearest lake, but setting your overgrown or unwanted aquatic pet free into the ecosystem is about the worst thing you can do with it.
Tuesday, November 04, 2014
A former military post turned national park in 1994, the Presidio is home to everything from a Disney museum and a bowling alley to a historic inn and a trampoline park.
Monday, November 03, 2014
The Presidio has long been one of our favorite spots for families with Crissy Field, the weekly Off The Grid picnic, the Walt Disney Family Museum, the Yoda fountain, awesome restaurants and, last but not least, the beauty of the area itself.
Wednesday, October 29, 2014
There are many haunted spots in San Francisco — Alcatraz, the Curran Theatre, Sutro Baths — but today we're going to focus on one of portion of the City where it seems ghosts just love to congregate: The Presidio.
Monday, October 20, 2014
In San Francisco, officials for the Presidio Trust are planning to dump a fish-killing chemical into the Presidio’s historic Mountain Lake, in a last-ditch effort to get rid of big, voracious alien carp, bass and sturgeon who’ve taken over the waters a
Wednesday, October 15, 2014
There's a new Esquire critic this year, too. Longtime Esquire critic John Mariani has left the building, and in his stead, Josh Ozersky (the force behind meat-centric culinary event Meatopia) has stepped into the role of choosing the best new restaurant
Friday, October 03, 2014
In 1815, Napoleon was defeated at the battle of Waterloo, bringing an end to his grandiose attempt to create a Charlemagne-like empire.
Monday, September 29, 2014
The first troops to deploy from El Presidio de San Francisco were 20 horse soldiers who rode off to quell an Ohlone rebellion in the Santa Cruz Mountains, in 1794.
Tuesday, September 16, 2014
The Presidio is adding 40 rooms to its hotel inventory as the national park makes a push for increased hospitality options.
Thursday, September 11, 2014
Welcome to our new feature that highlights where to be scene and what to see in a specific neighborhood or beloved street. First up: the Presidio
Monday, September 08, 2014
In keeping with its history as a former mess hall in one of the row of redbrick buildings in the Presidio known as “infantry row,” The Commissary has the wide-open feel of a dining hall, but in the best possible way.
Thursday, September 04, 2014
George Lucas's $700M museum may have been chased off to Chicago, but big, potentially starchitect-led changes are nevertheless headed to the Presidio Parklands, as the 13 acres of land sandwiched between Crissy Field and the parade ground at the Presidi
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Next week the public will get a glimpse of what could be built on new parkland near the Golden Gate Bridge.
Friday, August 22, 2014
Andy Goldsworthy, the famed earth sculptor, has been in San Francisco this week building Tentatively named “Earth Wall,” it is his fourth work of free public art in the Presidio of San Francisco.
Thursday, August 14, 2014
A patchwork of eucalyptus groves, freshwater creeks, wildflower-splashed sand dunes and coastal prairie covers The Presidio, a former military post and modern-day national park in northwest San Francisco.
Saturday, August 02, 2014
History presses in as you drive through the Presidio to the Commissary, a partnership between chef Traci Des Jardins and the Presidio Trust.
Monday, July 28, 2014
With 25 miles of trails, the Presidio has enough hiking routes to make up its own top 10 list (hmmm). There’s no one best trail in this historic ‘hood, but if there was, it'd be Presidio Promenade, which stands out for its views of the Bay, Marin, and C
Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Since plans for the Lucas Museum of Narrative Art originally were discussed with the San Francisco Presidio Trust more than four years ago, a lot has transpired.
Friday, July 11, 2014
At the northwest edge of San Francisco lies the military-base-turned-National-Recreation-Area: the Presidio. With the Pacific Ocean to the west, the Bay to the north, and nearly 1,500 acres in between, it offers magnificent views and endless activities.
Monday, June 23, 2014
As Traci Des Jardins would drive over the Golden Gate Bridge en route back into San Francisco, she’d gaze upon the Presidio’s thick forests and wonder how that dramatic plot of land, now a national park, came to be.
Thursday, June 12, 2014
A desolate piece of land sandwiched between the Presidio YMCA and Lincoln Boulevard will be radically transformed by next summer. Over the course of the coming months, the Presidio Trust will daylight a creek that flows through pipes currently buried de
Monday, June 09, 2014
In its 20 years as a national park, the Presidio of San Francisco has been deforested and reforested, and Lyle Gomes has the proof for all to see.
Saturday, May 31, 2014
A precious preserve of urban open space, the Presidio of San Francisco is 1,480 acres of wooded highlands, beaches, and vintage buildings that were used by the military for more than 200 years, from the Spanish and Mexican armies to the US Army, from Ci
Tuesday, May 27, 2014
Last week was a big week for Traci Des Jardins and her team. Not only did they open the doors to their Spanish-Californian restaurant in the Presidio, named the Commissary, but news also broke that they’re working on a second Presidio restaurant, a Mex
Wednesday, May 21, 2014
Restoration is underway at the oldest building in San Francisco’s historic Presidio. The major transformation at the Presidio Officers’ Club includes plans to turn it into a cultural and events center for the masses.
Thursday, May 01, 2014
After much buzz, The Commissary, a new restaurant from celebrated San Francisco chef and restaurateur Traci Des Jardins, will open this month in the Presidio.
Monday, April 28, 2014
A team of 10 individuals, known as Gold 6, from the AmeriCorps National Civilian Community Corps (NCCC will spend just over eight weeks (April 1-May 26) working with the Presidio Trust to complete several eagerly anticipated projects.
Wednesday, April 23, 2014
A piece of San Francisco that does not yet exist - 13 acres rising from the edge of Crissy Field - will soon be the focus of some of the world's leading design firms.
Tuesday, April 22, 2014
Davi Kopenawa will speak at the San Francisco Presidio Trust’s Crown Jewels exhibit on April 24, where he will be welcomed by the Ohlone tribe in a special ceremony.
Thursday, April 10, 2014
The Inn at the Presidio is the newest of the nearly 100 lodges associated with our national parks. The inn offers 22-guest rooms in a renovated three-story barracks the U.S. Army used to house bachelor officers inside this former military post.
Monday, April 07, 2014
As members of the Presidio Trust stand on a fingernail of beach on the southern shore of Mountain Lake, an excited San Francisco resident stops by to comment on the organization’s lake restoration efforts.
Saturday, March 29, 2014
Mountain Lake, the Presidio's watery gem, has finally been cleansed of the sediments and toxic chemicals that poisoned it for a century, and scientists have begun restoring its natural vegetation to create a new wildlife habitat.
Thursday, March 13, 2014
City officials held a press conference yesterday to tout the widening of Arguello Boulevard in the Presidio to add sidewalks and bike lanes.
Saturday, March 01, 2014
A new exhibit at the Presidio in San Francisco looks at the challenges faced by five parks across the globe.
Sunday, February 23, 2014
Wind was the problem. Trees were the solution. The strong ocean breeze that batters the Presidio today was an even more malevolent force in the former military outpost's early days.
Wednesday, February 12, 2014
The Presidio Public Health Service District is the recipient of the 12th annual National Trust/Advisory Council on Historic Preservation Award for Federal Partnerships in Historic Preservation.
Monday, February 03, 2014
The Presidio Trust called an end Monday to the competition for the 8-acre site on Crissy Field coveted by Star Wars creator George Lucas and two other would-be developers.
Thursday, January 23, 2014
The Presidio is a national park that is by all accounts a pretty and nice place to exercise and look at spiral art. Now, there's more of a draw as the area morphs into something of a food and beverage destination.
Monday, January 13, 2014
The young trees are dwarfed by the backdrop of eucalyptus, Monterey pine, and Monterey cypress planted in the Presidio more than 120 years ago, but the mission is lofty: to replace a dying forest.
Friday, December 13, 2013
Baby pond turtles growing at the San Francisco and Oakland zoos and water plants thriving in a transplant nursery are all waiting to repopulate the Presidio's long-polluted Mountain Lake, where toxic sludge has finally been dredged out.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
The Presidio's longest term residents celebrate living in the Presidio for 18 years.
Wednesday, December 04, 2013
To San Francisco biologist Daniel Gluesenkamp, finding a rare species of manzanita on Doyle Drive — the site of a major Caltrans construction project in the Presidio — was like discovering an exotic orchid, or the tallest redwood tree.
Sunday, November 24, 2013
When Mark di Suvero's eight massive steel sculptures were installed on Crissy Field, there were complaints that they were out of place in a national park. Not so. The pieces stand as measuring rods to help convey the immensity of our landscape.
Tuesday, November 19, 2013
On the coast of San Francisco's national park, the Presidio, a battle is underway that may define what this unique place is really about.
Monday, November 18, 2013
The Military Intelligence Service Historic Learning Center opened on Nov. 11 at Crissy Field to commemorate and honor the legacy of Japanese American soldiers who were trained military intelligence linguists during World War II in the Pacific.
Monday, November 18, 2013
The Military Intelligence Service Historic Learning Center opened on Veterans Day at Crissy Field to commemorate the legacy of Japanese American soldiers who were trained military intelligence linguists attached to combat units during World War II.
Sunday, November 10, 2013
Andy Goldsworthy's latest installation Tree Fall (2013) debuted last month. Its placement in the former Civil War-era Powder Magazine on the Main Post offers provocative new possibilities in considering how man-made conditions collide with nature.
Friday, November 08, 2013
The Presidio Cemetery is the resting place for 30,000 Americans veterans and their families. Keeping the hallowed ground looking perfect has been anything but restful – but that is changing.
Thursday, November 07, 2013
U.S. Secretary of Interior Sally Jewell outlined a major push Thursday at Crissy Field to inspire children and teenagers to express their wild side by putting aside their electronics and getting outdoors to experience nature.
Monday, October 28, 2013
Crissy Broadcast, which had three performances over the weekend at San Francisco's Crissy field, is part of Lisa Bielawa's Airfield Broadcasts project, a series of massive spatial symphonies.
Thursday, October 17, 2013
Yardi announced today that the Presidio Trust, a federal agency created to save the Presidio of San Francisco and transform it for a new national purpose, has selected Yardi Voyager® as its new property management and accounting platform.
Wednesday, October 16, 2013
The Presidio Trust and Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy has launched a pilot program designed to expose more Bay Area residents to the beauty and recreational activities available in the Presidio.
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
After hoisting a pencil point 100 feet into the sky and snaking a line of logs 400 yards on the ground, there was just one direction left to Andy Goldsworthy - down into the Earth.
Wednesday, October 09, 2013
Marin commuters will see construction and vast changes in the coming years along what was once Doyle Drive.
Saturday, September 28, 2013
The largest cash gift in national parks history is intended to be the catalyst to create 10 acres of parkland connecting the heart of the Presidio to Crissy Field and the bay.
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
Three very different proposals were presented Monday for one of the most potentially memorable sites in San Francisco - 8 acres facing the marsh at Crissy Field downhill from the Presidio's Main Post.
Monday, September 16, 2013
Celebrated San Francisco restauranteur and chef Traci Des Jardins is opening her newest restaurant — and an accompanying retail shop — in the Presidio.
Sunday, September 15, 2013
By 5 p.m. Monday, three proposals are expected at the office of the Presidio Trust in San Francisco from the finalists competing for the chance to build what the trust calls a “cultural institution of distinction".
Friday, September 13, 2013
Mountain Lake a special place, but what makes it hallowed ground is that it's where the city started.
Monday, August 26, 2013
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today announces the Presidio Trust as its 2012 WasteWise “Federal Government Partner of the Year” Honorable Mention recipient.
Saturday, August 24, 2013
At the bottom of the Lyon street steps, there is an odd indentation in the adjoining Presidio wall, a notch occupied by six houses. That notch is a tangible reminder of one of the most remarkable figures in San Francisco's history - Juana Briones
Friday, August 23, 2013
Issues arise in the three proposals selected to create a cultural venue to replace the Presidio's former commissary building, today's Sports Basement store.
Tuesday, August 13, 2013
I'm a Bay Area native who grew up in the Presidio, but it was only recently that I spent most of a day exploring—and being delighted by, what I found here. Here are my top six surprises of the Presidio.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
Three finalists have been chosen to present full proposals to create a cultural institution at the former Commissary site on Crissy Field, currently occupied by Sports Basement.
Saturday, July 27, 2013
A ceremony was held Saturday as ground was broken for a future Korean War memorial at the Presidio in San Francisco.
Thursday, July 25, 2013
Fascinated by the U.S. Army's long history of tree planting, artist Andy Goldsworthy is creating a new work for the Presidio of San Francisco.
Monday, July 22, 2013
The four-room Funston House is now welcoming guests as an extension of the park’s popular 22-room Inn at the Presidio.
Tuesday, July 16, 2013
The Presidio Trust became fiscally self-sufficient for the first time this year, which means the group no longer needs taxpayer dollars to run the former Army base.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
Learn more about the Presidio's extensive bike trail network.
Monday, June 24, 2013
San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee has come out swinging in support of George Lucas’ $700 million proposal to house his private art collection in a new cultural museum at the Presidio.
Monday, June 24, 2013
Once functioning as the military's unmarried officer's quarters, this 22-room inn was remodeled in 2011.
Wednesday, June 19, 2013
Building 201 in the Presido is being moved as part of the rebuilding of Doyle Drive.
Monday, June 17, 2013
The Presidio Trust hears public presentations from the three finalists chosen to redevelop the park’s former commissary site at Crissy Field.
Tuesday, June 04, 2013
A listless Allen's Hummingbird found near Mountain Lake was taken to WildCare, where it is currently being taken care of before being released.
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Toxic sludge is being pumped out of Mountain Lake to transform the lake into a clean, healthy natural preserve.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
The Lucas Cultural Arts Museum and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy are two of three finalists.
Sunday, April 28, 2013
The Presidio Trust has selected three finalists in the competition to create a major cultural facility in the former commissary of the military base turned national park.
Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Lou Bustamante gives Picnic at the Presidio's first weekend a glowing review.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
While 16 different proposals were submitted for the project, only two prompted any discussion at a recent public meeting.
Sunday, April 07, 2013
The southern approach to the Golden Gate Bridge will be completely transformed when it’s completed in 2015, and with it will come a new look for The City’s northern waterfront.
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Travel Expert Stephanie Abrams describes why visitors should stay overnight at Inn at the Presidio.
Tuesday, April 02, 2013
A group of environmentalists say dog-walking rules don’t go far enough to protect the park’s sensitive habitat and are instead calling for severely restricting commercial dog walking in the Presidio.
Thursday, March 28, 2013
The joint achievement of the National Park Service, the Presidio Trust and the nonprofit Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy will be honored on April 4 with three Stewardship Excellence Awards from the Cultural Landscape Foundation.
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
This unique neighborhood of 1,500 acres, the whole of which is a National Historic Landmark District, has been owned by Spain, Mexico, and the United States over the past 236 years.
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The Presidio is home to the world’s first community certified under LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED-ND 2009).
Thursday, March 14, 2013
Spring is busting out all over San Francisco's Presidio. From March through the end of July, this amazing urban national park sees more airborne activity than SFO.
Thursday, March 07, 2013
The Trust received 16 concept proposals for repurposing the former Commissary site across from Crissy Field, ranging from history and environmental centers to a George Lucas Cultural Arts Museum.
Wednesday, February 27, 2013
As drivers speed along Highway 1, past the Richmond District and into the Presidio, they might only catch a quick glimpse of Mountain Lake off to the east.
Monday, February 25, 2013
The Inn at the Presidio is expanding. NBC LA recently deemed the hotel (and the Presidio) “Worth the Drive.”
Wednesday, February 20, 2013
The Officers’ Club in the Presidio has been undergoing a major rehabilitation and restoration for years now. Now, with an end date in sight, the Presidio Trust is seeking a restaurant operator for the historic building.
Friday, February 15, 2013
If you want to know how far the Presidio has come in the last 20 years, it helps to remember where it started from.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
Further projects and challenges lie ahead. But the Presidio has met its first test in paying the bills and safeguarding an essential part of the country's history.
Sunday, February 10, 2013
The Presidio Trust, the federal agency that runs the Presidio of San Francisco, has quietly passed a milestone.
Friday, February 01, 2013
The Trust's revenue now exceeds expenditures, and several future projects promise to bring a continued stream of new income.
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
The Inn at the Presidio of San Francisco is situated in one of the most fascinating vacation and ecological settings in the world.
Friday, January 25, 2013
With several new accommodations, eateries, entertainment and events spaces in the works, the Presidio is transforming into San Francisco’s next hospitality mecca.
Sunday, January 13, 2013
Gregory Werkheiser has worked in education, business, and government—and he’s eager to get people from all three fields talking more to each other about effective ways to run organizations.
Friday, January 11, 2013
Building 1216 is one of many white Mission-Revival style buildings at Fort Winfield Scott in the Presidio National Park, but what is inside is anything but ordinary.
Wednesday, January 09, 2013
Inn at the Presidio is expanding with four more rooms in a nearby renovated historic house on Funston Avenue.
Monday, December 31, 2012
The National Center for Service and Innovative Leadership (NCSIL) is growing in the Presidio to advance the efforts of those working for the common good.
Saturday, December 01, 2012
Situated at the southern end of Mac-Arthur Avenue in San Francisco’s Presidio, El Polín Spring and the Upper Tennessee Hollow have recently been restored.
Saturday, November 10, 2012
The Presidio Trust is relocating non-native turtles and fish from Mountain Lake before cleanup work begins this fall.
Thursday, November 08, 2012
The Presidio Trust and the Save the Redwoods League have partnered in a study that uses tree rings in timber beams to date the Presidio Officers' Club.
Wednesday, October 31, 2012
The history of the Presidio's beloved Pet Cemetery is revealed.
Thursday, October 04, 2012
The Presidio's Fort Scott is now home to the new National Center for Service and Innovative Leadership, which will develop leadership skills for people involved in volunteerism and national service.
Tuesday, October 02, 2012
Scientists hoping to trace 2,000 years of history and environmental change at Mountain Lake began extracting samples of the lake's thick sediments ahead of a long-awaited dredging project.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
Imagine the Golden Gate Strait before the iconic bridge was constructed at the Before the Bridge exhibition.
Sunday, August 12, 2012
An effort is underway to create an above-ground replica of the fort's original walls.
Wednesday, August 08, 2012
300 goats arrive to tame weeds at Presidio Golf Course.
Saturday, August 04, 2012
Presidio Trust archaeologists search for the remains of one of San Francisco's oldest houses.
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
The local blog describes options for living in the Presidio.
Friday, June 29, 2012
The NYT enjoys a night at the Inn.
Tuesday, May 29, 2012
A ceremony honored and remembered fallen soldiers.
Sunday, May 27, 2012
Endangered species make a comeback at the Presidio.
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Learn about the scenic highlights along the Presidio's wild western bluffs.
Tuesday, April 03, 2012
Ken Bastista tours the new Inn at the Presidio on its opening day.
Thursday, March 01, 2012
The Inn at the Presidio opens its doors to the public.
Thursday, February 02, 2012
Bay Nature provides an overview of the history and biodiversity of the Presidio's forest.
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
A plan for the environmental cleanup of Mountain Lake is being presented to the public.
Friday, January 06, 2012
Historic Pershing Hall will welcome visitors to enjoy an overnight stay.