Mission Trails Visitor Center

 

The Mission Trails Visitor and Interpretive Center is the focal point for Mission Trails Regional Park, the largest urban park in the United States. The center consists of a 14,081-square-foot, two-story split-faced masonry building with mixed slate veneer, exposed native granite rock, glass curtain wall, and exposed architectural quality wood framing.

The facility features a vast exhibit area both inside and outside the building structure, with such features as a solstice observatory, a replicated historic water flume, sculpted and replicated rock work, bronze-sculpted animals, natural historic exhibits, Native American exhibits, plant and geological displays, extensive exhibit case work and furnishings, exhibit graphics, special exhibit lighting, and a computerized audio-visual media display system.

Additionally, the structure contains several classrooms, an auditorium, ranger’s office, restrooms, and a 180-degree library with 16-foot-high glazing, extensive millwork and slate finishes.