“The palms are beautiful and grand in size – about
30 to 50 feet tall –, much larger than what we originally had planned
for,” said Michael Lamb, historic landscape architect with the Presidio
Trust. “It is a wonderful synergy of events that we can rescue the palms
from one signature San Francisco location and relocate them in another.
Their presence will make a powerful impression as visitors enter the
park’s ‘front door’.”
The trees, known as Phoenix canariensis, will line
the Lombard Gateway along the park’s eastern border near Lucasfilm’s new
digital campus. They are a highlight of an emerging park trail, known
as the Presidio Promenade, which will link some of the Presidio’s
most historic sites from the Lombard Gate to the Golden Gate Bridge.
The Presidio Promenade is one of several new
visitor trails and scenic overlooks being built as part of the Trails
Forever initiative, which will nearly double the mileage of park
hiking paths and bikeways in coming years. Just last month the new
Immigrant Point Overlook featuring bay and ocean vistas was dedicated in
an event featuring a naturalization ceremony.
“Palm trees were first planted near this area by
the Army just after World War I,” said Lamb. “With this planting we will
complete the vision of a striking Presidio gateway that is beautiful
and pedestrian friendly. The Presidio Promenade trail will allow
visitors to connect to the spirit of the Presidio’s past.”
The trees will be planted at the Presidio beginning
on Tuesday, June 21.
Created by Congress in 1996, the Presidio Trust is
charged with preserving the Presidio’s natural, cultural, scenic, and
recreational resources while achieving financially self-sufficiency by
2013. Six presidential appointees and the Secretary of the Interior, or
her designee, sit on the Board of Directors and oversee the management
of 80 percent of the Presidio lands.