The Parks Conservancy and National Park Service began improvements to the Bay Trail at Battery East in 2008, with the construction of bicycle, pedestrian, and accessible paths where formal trails did not previously exist. Prior to this dedicated multi-use trail, cyclists and pedestrians had to travel along with the heavy traffic on Lincoln Boulevard, which had provided their only link to the Golden Gate Bridge.
In 2012, and in anticipation of the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge, the Parks Conservancy and National Park Service completed an additional segment of dedicated bicycle/pedestrian lanes at the point where the trail passes by the Battery East parking lot.
In 2014, the final segment of dedicated bicycle/pedestrian lanes was constructed, along with the creation of the new Fort Point Overlook.
In 2015, the Battery East Vista and Trailhead project was completed. The new Battery East Vista features an accessible viewing area, seating, trail maps, and interpretation of the historic battery. The Battery East parking lot was redesigned to increase capacity and reduce maintenance needs, and the Bay Trail was realigned to improve bike and pedestrian safety. These Bay Trail enhancements included separate lanes for bicyclists and pedestrians and new bike parking; bold new wayfinding signage; trail improvements to meet outdoor accessibility standards; and a revitalized landscape with native plants.
The Battery East Vista was made possible through the generous support of The Tiffany & Co. Foundation.
Complementary projects to enhance the Bay Trail at Battery East were made possible by the Evelyn and Walter Haas, Jr. Fund and the Association of Bay Area Governments-Bay Trail Project, as well as the generosity of thousands of individual Parks Conservancy members and donors to the the Trails Forever initiative.