Our Mission

Friends of Presidio Park is dedicated to supporting conservation and management of the historic, cultural, and natural resources of San Diego's publicly owned Presidio Park

Friends of Presidio Park History:

Under the direction of the City of San Diego Park & Recreation Department Director, the Presidio Park Oversight Committee was formed in 2000 to address the need of protecting and preserving the site of the San Diego Presidio, the first European settlement on the West Coast of the United States. Then Mayor Susan Golding appointed the first members of the Committee, making it an officially recognized advisory board of the Park and Recreation Department for all matters related to and involving the 52-acre park.

    In 2003, the Committee changed its name to the San Diego Presidio Park Council, and during February of that year, it was incorporated by the State of California, later becoming a federally recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit public organization.  The paramount purpose and focus of the Council was to educate decision makers, the citizens of San Diego, and Park visitors regarding the significance of the site, and to promote the adoption of a policy for its preservation.
     By 2005, all of the Presidio excavation artifacts and related intellectual material, with the exception of the Ezell Collection, were consolidated, inventoried, and stabilized.  They are currently housed at the Balboa Park Administration Building.  This was funded by the City and from a grant from the California Missions Foundation.

    In 2010, the Council transferred its 501(c )(3) non-profit status to the Friends of Presidio Park.  The organization remained dormant for several years, and in 2013, the Friends of Presidio Park adopted revised by-laws and their non-profit status was reinstated.

    Today, our goal is to work with the community, historic organizations, and the City to support on-going archaeological artifact and archival inventory projects, as well as efforts to preserve and maintain Presidio Park for future generations.

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