Beginning Date: Summer, 2011
Completion Date: May 8, 2012
The first on-site center dedicated to telling the stories of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Center welcomes visitors, provides orientation and information services, houses exhibits, and offers high-quality commemorative and interpretive merchandise.
- The new Welcome Center opened to the public on May 8, 2012—in time for the 75th anniversary of the famous icon.
- The 3,500-square-foot, energy-efficient, modular building was constructed off-site.
- In addition to interpretive panels, the Pavilion showcases a 12-foot Bridge "test tower" used in 1933.
- The new, nearby Golden Gate and Pacific Overlooks are now open to the public.
In concert with visitor-experience improvements around the Golden Gate Bridge’s southeast plaza, a series of enhancements were completed along the Battery East Bay Trail, including:
- Separate lanes for bicyclists and pedestrians to ameliorate safety.
- Bold new wayfinding signage.
- Improved trail grade to meet outdoor accessibility standards.
- Revitalized landscape with native plants.