Golden Gate Prepares Now for 75th Anny
Written by Leslie Stewart Monday, 03 October 2011
To make the anniversary fun, educational, and memorable, the Golden Gate Bridge, Highway and Transportation District has teamed up with the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, in cooperation with the National Park Service and the Presidio Trust. This collaboration comes in part because “the District has committed to using no toll dollars on the 75th anniversary observances,” according to Public Affairs Director Mary Currie.
The biggest commemorative event will start on Saturday, May 26, 2012, the beginning of the Memorial Day weekend. A festival planned for Crissy Field will include “a laid-back day full of family activities focused on education, recreation, and excitement,” according to Currie. “Sunday is the big day, but plans haven’t yet been revealed,” she said, although she did confirm that no bridge walk is planned. Preliminary reports indicate there will be “a spectacular nighttime grand finale” visible from around the Bay and broadcast on the Internet.
Getting ready for a big occasion usually involves some dressing up. For the bridge, this will include a number of improvements to the southeast visitors plaza. The most noticeable of these will be a new Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion to welcome visitors with interpretive exhibits and high-quality merchandise. Currie said, “It will be a real enhancement for our 10 million visitors each year.”
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